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From Reflection to Resilience: My 2023 Journey in Dentistry and Life

Michelle Strange
Michelle Strange, RDH reflects on 2023

As we approach the end of another transformative year, I find myself reflecting on the path I have walked and the lessons I learned along the way. Every year, I do this thing where I write a letter to myself, and I don’t open it until 365 days later. Opening last year's letter, my closing thought was:

“I am focused on being impactful and not relevant. I am improving on my ability to see myself, love myself, and show others how much I love and support them. I make better business decisions and I don’t let anyone gaslight or manipulate me. I have accepted my energy and power in this life and I am making no apologies for it.“

It’s funny how an earlier version of me pops out from the past to help me reflect on where I was, where I wanted to be, and where I actually am today. So here's a glimpse into what I’ve accomplished since then, hoping that it might resonate with some of you:

Owning my unique journey

I'm delighted to have made significant strides in aligning with my goals. I’ve been putting in a lot of effort to make a positive impact not only in dentistry but also within my community. Truly valuing who I am and embracing my unique self, quirks and all, has been a game-changer. I now see my ADHD brain as a superpower, and I've come to appreciate the beauty in its intricacies.

Lessons learned: Trusting my instincts

The lawsuit with Endeavor Business Media and the sale of my former podcast, A Tale of Two Hygienists, were challenging chapters. However, they taught me invaluable lessons about trust and intuition, as I knew deep down that the partnership wasn't the right fit for me

I have learned to trust my instincts, recognizing that not every opportunity is in my best interest. While I wish I had taken better care of myself emotionally and legally during these times, the lessons learned have been worth their weight in gold. Click to read my grievances against Endeavor and my former business partner, Andrew Johnston.

Goals for 2024: Making an impact where it matters

Looking ahead, my vision for 2024 is clear. I am determined to continue providing advice for better oral health to those with limited access to care. That's why I recently launched my Amazon Storefront, creating a hub for valuable dental resources. 

As a nomad hygienist, I will continue to crisscross the country, addressing infection control issues in dentistry through my company, Level Up Infection Prevention. And, of course, I will be spreading the gospel of patient engagement for long-lasting outcomes to my colleagues!

Join me on this journey

If you're passionate about oral health, don't miss out on the resources available at my Amazon Storefront. I have designed it as a one-stop-shop for all things oral health, from dental care essentials to travel must-haves. 

And for my fellow professionals, be sure to check out my Speaker Packet for a deeper dive into crucial dental healthcare matters.

As we wrap up this year and prepare to embrace the challenges and triumphs of the next, I invite you to join me on this journey of growth, resilience, and making a meaningful impact. 

Together, we can create a brighter, healthier future.

Wishing you joy, health, and smiles,

Michelle Strange, RDH

1 Comment

you are such a powerhouse! Great blog, I cannot wait to see 2024 unfold for you, you are always such an inspiration! Go big or go home, bitches! 💪💓

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