All About Time Management

By on November 14, 2014
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Some people know DR BELINDA VIEGAS MUELLER as a psychiatrist, others as an author of books such as The Golden Gate And Other Stories, The Cry Of The Kingfisher and Goa Maaza. Still others will probably know her as Goa’s first woman super randonneur (long-distance sport cycling), cycling 600 kms in less than 40 hours. She is the third Indian, and first woman, to cycle 1,200 kms in less than 90 hours. VIVA GOA finds out how she balances her many passions

Dr Belinda Viegas Mueller, who studied first in Nairobi, Kenya and later at St Joseph’s Convent High School in Belgaum, found herself drawn towards psychiatry as a profession. 

She moved to Goa shortly after her children were born to give them a nurturing environment to grow up in. She took up writing when she decided to become a full-time mother, and has since published three books, with two more in the pipeline. She’s also one of the state’s top long distance sports cyclists, setting a few records along the way. 

For the multi-talented Dr Mueller, time management comes naturally as she seemingly effortlessly balances 
all her professional commitments with her passions.

On becoming a psychiatrist…
Growing up in Africa, I was very keen on becoming a wild-life ranger. Later, I found myself attracted to medicine. During my internship, however, I became rather disillusioned with medicine, because I felt it compartmentalised the patient. 

But when I tried out psychiatry, I fell in love with it from the very beginning, because here I could connect with the real person behind the illness. For me, psychiatry is not just about surmounting illness, but it is about connecting with one’s inner self and realising one’s potential to find happiness and 
even fulfillment.

Read the full article in 'Viva Goa' magazine copy.
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