Holleman photoHello, and welcome to WorkWellBeWell!

In a nutshell, this blog is about something I call “life balance”: finding satisfaction and meaning in our work, love and happiness among our family and friends, and time to take good care of ourselves. And finding it every day of our lives–not at some far-off point in the future.

It isn’t easy. But we keep trying because we know that meaningful careers, loving relationships, and a healthy lifestyle aren’t merely important. They are absolutely essential if we wish to live a truly “good” life.

This may come as a shock to some business executives and their boards, but we are not merely worker ants. We are designed for far more complex and wonderful lives.

In this blog I will try to provide both a philosophy of life balance and practical tips for implementing it in our lives. Plus, I’ll throw in some of the creative touches that help give my own life balance and perspective: stories, poems, and reflections on the world around me.

If you wish, take a few moments to share your thoughts with me and others who read the blog. We’ll learn from each other, and together we’ll discover the joy and fulfillment of finding balance and wholeness and goodness in our lives.

Warren Holleman, PhD


About me . . .

I work at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, where I serve as professor of behavioral science and director of a wellness program for faculty physicians and scientists. Clinically, I’m a marriage and family therapist. Prior to coming to MD Anderson, I served on the faculty of Baylor College of Medicine, focusing primarily on community health, medical humanities, and behavioral medicine.

On the personal side, my wife and I are enjoying our 38th year of marriage. We have a daughter and a son, and both are out of college and moving forward in their lives and their careers. My hobbies include writing plays, telling stories, growing tomatoes, playing baseball, trail-running, and mountain biking.

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  1. Donna Baver Rovito - August 18, 2016 @ 1:16 pm

    Hi, Warren!

    Your piece about your medical menage-a-trois on KevinMD was marvelous and I’m reaching out to you as editor of Physician Family, the nation’s only publication which is focused on physicians AND their families. In case you’re not familiar with us, we’ve been around for two years and publish a quarterly magazine (both digital and in hard copy) and weekly blog and have a robust social media presence as the “go-to” resource for those who share their lives with a physician. We would love to talk with you about periodically writing pieces about medical marriage, work life balance, etc., for our publication. Physician Family is affiliated with the American Medical Association Alliance, the sister organization of the AMA which is focused on the families of physicians. You can reach me at editor@physicianfamilymedia.org if you’re interested – and we really hope you are!

    • admin - August 19, 2016 @ 3:22 pm

      Hi Donna- Cool! Thank you for reaching out to me. I took at look at your summer issue–very nicely done. I’ll email you.

  2. Georgia Thomas - September 13, 2016 @ 1:01 pm

    Thank you for sharing your love and your frustration as you watch your wife practice medicine. Married to an oncologist, I sometimes forget about how much we both give to our careers because we practice endless forgiveness around those interruptions, the fatigue, the intrusiveness and demanding nature of current medical practice. One of the great gifts of my marriage is that my husband understands, and I hope that’s mutual. But now I’m thinking, perhaps we both need to put more effort into taming this tiger.


  3. Barre Morris - December 13, 2017 @ 4:49 am

    id you know the scars that I have with one of my best stories is… ?️?️????????????️‍♂️?????‍♂️?️?? #TBI http://blog.memorialhermann.org/traumatic-brain-injury-patient-to-memorial-hermann-employee/

  4. Rebecca Lunstroth - February 2, 2018 @ 4:49 pm

    Hi Warren,
    I hope this message finds you . I’d like to discuss something with you so please contact me at your convenience. Look forward to hearing from you.

  5. Bob Auman - March 6, 2021 @ 1:15 pm

    Were you an intern years ago in Rep. Ike Andrews’ in Washington? I believe we met there.

  6. Barb Pearce - October 30, 2021 @ 8:52 pm

    I rowed in a boat in college with Marsha, and Roxy and I were looking for the people in that boat at the Nationals. Please ask her to email the address above, or call 203-640-7067. Thanks!

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