Thursday, January 21, 2016

Sweet Sixteen


Last year I shared some of my goals and areas of focus for 2015.  Now that we're well into 2016, I wanted to revisit a few of these things before the month is over.

Work: "Time management and active studying...Becoming a better student"
Yes, the rumors are true.  Medical school is a full time job, with overtime and sometimes holidays; however, I'm here (just like all those who've come before me) to say that it can be done.  My experiences first and second year have been like night and day.  My first year was very much a struggle until the end, but by the grace of God I made it through and have been going strong since I started second year.  I'm involved in a few organizations, doing some volunteer work that I'm really proud of, and doing fairly well in my courses.  While I still have boards and much more work ahead of me, it's a great feeling to look back at how far I've come.  It really motivates me to continue on this path and learn all I can, not for scores or exams, but so I can fulfill the responsibility I have to my future patients.  Changing my mindset and my way of studying (which I continue to adjust) was definitely a huge part of this, so I'll be sharing more about this in future posts as I continue to learn and adapt.

Serve: "Opportunities to help other people...promoting health...prevention..."
From volunteering as a health coach to mentoring to working as a health advocate, I've done much more in this area than I could have ever imagined.   During my first year of school, I definitely had opportunities to help others; however, due to my own struggles, I often felt I had little to offer.  I felt as though I had no time to spare for anyone else.  How could I help others, when I could barely help myself?  But, one thing this past year has definitely taught me is the importance of starting where you're at.  You don't have to be perfect, or have it all together (I still don't, no one does!) to help someone else, to make a difference.  Even with your failures, your inadequacies, you still have something to offer.  Giving of yourself to support others helps you keep your own life and struggles in perspective.  I like to believe I end up learning much more from these experiences than I give.  It's also motivating.  Your success is not for yourself, so neither is your struggle.    

Style.  "Building and remixing my wardrobe...weekly outfit planning...style existing pieces."  I've done a bit of them all.  Now I'm more interested in editing my wardrobe down to the basics.  A simple, cohesive wardrobe of quality pieces that fit well and work well with each other, with little to no thought at all.  I'll be getting back to outfit posts as soon as I figure out how to work my self timer.  More of my favorite pieces, styling tips and ideas to come. 

Blog: "Post more regularly."  This one goes back to time management.  Especially during my first year, I found it difficult to allow myself to blog at times when I was 1-2 days behind in lectures or had an upcoming exam or practical.  At the same time, I had to give myself that freedom from time to time as an outlet from all the stress of school.  While I didn't post on this space as often as I'd like too, Instagram did become a bit of a micro-blog for me to share bits of life and style.  It's also a place where I found support from fellow med students and just some pretty positive and inspiring women in general.  On that note, do check out the Med Sisters Series, birthed out of this awesome community.  I'm also in the process of figuring out Snapchat (@inspirationele1)!  Either way you can definitely expect more tips, advice, ideas, and inspiration so stick around!  If you're just joining in, hey! 

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Two years ago I said 2014 would be my year to "flourish," and I did.  One year ago I said 2015 would be my year to be "fearless," and I overcame many.  As I progress towards board examinations and into my clinical education, this will be a year of shift, of new responsibility.  But, it will also be a time of celebration.  Learning more, reading more, creating more, giving more, and living more.  My "sweet '16."

Looking forward to diving back into this little space, sharing more and enjoying the community of it.  Follow along on the micro-blog for daily inspiration between posts. 



What are some of your goals and areas of focus for 2016?  With January nearly over what are some of the positive changes you've made?
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  1. Time management is what I struggle with the most. It forever seems like no matter how hard I try, there's not enough time in the day for procrastination and everything else.

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    1. It's been helping breaking tasks down into smaller pieces so it's not to overwhelming, scheduling your breaks after you work and starting things early. It takes a bit of practice but it works.

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  2. This really was so very thoughtful, I hope this year is everything you want it to be and more
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    1. Thanks Jasmine! You too! I can't wait to see more of your travels and journey as well.

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