We had the good fortune of connecting with Dr Maddie Wallace and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dr Maddie, do you disagree with some advice that is more or less universally accepted?
I disagree with the conventional idea that in order to be more successful or make more money you have to work harder. This idea that whoever works the longest hours or sacrifices the most for their job is the most dedicated. I disagree with this philosophy because I do not believe working harder is the key to being more successful. When you tie ‘success’ to ‘doing more’ it creates this relentless, unattainable expectation that you have to be doing as much as possible all the time. I believe that the pressure I put on myself to always worker harder crippled my growth at the beginning of my chiropractic career. I became overly stressed and stretched too thin. When you are operating from the space of “I’m not doing enough” and feeling constantly behind you lose the genuine joy you get from doing what you do. Creating unrealistic expectations leads to chronic stress which dampens that joy and leads to burn out. I believe that rest, recuperation, relaxation, fun and play are equally as important to success as getting things checked off the ‘to do’ list. I believe that when you give yourself space and time enjoy your life outside of work you can actually be more effective when you are working because you feel better. Another piece to this puzzle is mindset. If I am working incredibly hard but I feel that my hard work is not paying off I take a step back and assess my mindset. Maybe I am working hard externally but internally I have a block or something holding me back from attaining this goal. Or maybe my attitude has become negative and I need to flip it before I can move forward. So much more goes into being successful than just working longer and harder.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I recently stepped into the role of business owner as I purchased a chiropractic practice in La Jolla. My practice is called Awaken Family Chiropractic and I am ecstatic to evolve, grow, expand and cultivate an awesome community here. Awaken Family Chiropractic provides individualized care for people of all ages. I believe that having health gives you freedom. My goal is to empower my practice members to live with less limitations and more life expression. Chiropractic care is an amazing way to create more balance, connection and vitality within the body, and never is it more significant or so impactful as during pregnancy and childhood. For that reason I love working with pregnant moms, babies and kiddos. I have done additional training to better serve these populations and I continue to learn and study as I go. I would not say my journey to get here was easy but there was a sense of alignment that made me feel comforted along the way. The opportunity to purchase this practice came somewhat unexpectedly and it felt as if things were falling into place. The previous owner is phenomenal and her practice was something truly special. I adore the physical space as well as the energy of it. She and I are very similar in our philosophies about chiropractic, patient care and life in general. I can’t imagine a better fit for me and I am so grateful that I was able to step in and take ownership of something so unique and magical. Feeling as if everything was coming together and that I was on a purposeful path made all of the stress and setbacks easier to manage. Working through some mental and emotional obstacles also helped clear the way for me to move forward and make this dream become a reality. One of the biggest lessons I have learned so far is that things are going to work out, and stressing about them doesn’t help. In fact, stressing about them deactivates the problem solving center of the brain and makes the issue worse. Instead, visualizing how amazing it will feel when things do work out not only makes me feel better but allows me to trust in the process, find creative solutions and have a more positive outlook which creates a huge ripple effect of goodness.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
San Diego is truly one of the best cities on the planet! I love this city so much and am proud to call it my hometown. The list of amazing places here is never ending. Some of my top picks for visitors are La Jolla Village, La Jolla Cove, Pacific Beach, Ocean Beach, Balboa Park, Little Italy, Seaport Village, Kate Sessions park and Downtown. I have to give a special shoutout to Hillcrest since it is my new neighborhood! I recently moved to Hillcrest and I adore it. I am discovering all sorts of amazing places, such as Oliver Cafe, Parma Cucina Italiana, Sunny Boy Biscuits and Khyber Pass to name a few. It also has an epic farmers market that is right down the street from me. A perfect Sunday is walking to Oliver Cafe for an iced Lavender Latte on the way to the Hillcrest farmers market to pick up some groceries and local goodies before grabbing a drink at Hillcrest Brewing Company.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There are so many people I need to thank for my success. My family has been completely instrumental in my journey, always supporting me and encouraging me even when I felt frustrated, discouraged or unsure. My amazing boyfriend, Ian, has been a rock for me the past few years and was by my side every step of the way as I recently purchased my own practice. My life and business coach, Dani Kenney, has provided me with priceless mentorship throughout my entire journey. As I continue to grow and take on the responsibilities of being a business owner as well as a chiropractor I feel unbelievably grateful to have my Mom, my Dad, my sister Natalie, my aunt Brenda, Ian and Dani in my corner. I know that I can always go to them for a shoulder to cry on, a piece of advice or a totally pump-you-up pep talk. And lastly, I have to shoutout my friends who have been there for me as well. Thank you for the encouraging texts, the long walks on the beach, answering my a million technical questions and always checking in on me (you know who you are, thank you!). And a special shoutout to Geri for helping me with my website and all the marketing/branding stuff that is not in my wheelhouse. I appreciate you! I truly would not be where I am today without these incredible people!