Hi! My name is Clare and I’m so glad you’re here! I graduated in 2010 from Notre Dame with a degree in marketing and design, but a few years ago I decided to pursue a career in medicine. After a postbac year and a long application process, I finally started medical school in the Fall of 2015. I’m currently a third year medical student and I’m so, so happy – I definitely made the right decision. My dream is a practice focusing on mental health and integrative medicine – treating the underlying cause of disease using a lifestyle-first approach.
- Age: 30
- Call Home: St. Louis, MO
- Work: Medical student, Beautycounter consultant, yoga teacher, blogger
- Family: Mom, Dad, John and Kevin (+ Maureen as of May 2017!)
- Love: Notre Dame, St. Louis Cardinals, warm weather, yoga, chocolate, cheesy inspirational quotes, all things Irish, slow mornings with coffee, mental health, dry humor, any and all exercise, preppy and classic fashion, the Today Show, splitting bottles of wine with friends, interior design, getting lost in a good book, and blogs.
The Story of the Blog:
I started my blog fresh out of college and a much different person than I am today. I had just recently recovered from Anorexia Nervosa, moved back home for my first job, and was searching for connection. My eating disorder made me feel very misunderstood and isolated (there is much more information out there about Anorexia Nervosa today than there was when I was struggling!) and my blog was a way to explain my thoughts, share my newly healthy life, and connect with other people that got it. It turned out that sharing on the blog also helped bring me closer to family and friends. I was better at explaining myself in writing than I was face to face with them.
Where I Am Now:
A lot has changed since then! I’m still very happy I started the blog, but my life looks totally different now. In the past six years I’ve changed careers, gone back to school, become a certified yoga teacher, lived in four different states, dealt with a host of health issues, and done lots of growing up. I’ve shared almost all of that on the blog, and being that vulnerable opened me up to a lot of criticism. It gave me a thick skin, taught me how to handle judgment gracefully, and gave me a lot of self confidence. I’ve made a fair amount of mistakes, but that’s part of the process.
At this point, as a medical student, I’m much more careful and deliberate about what I write. As someone that is very open by nature, it’s hard for me to hold back and recognize when I need to stay professional. But I understand and appreciate the field I am in and want nothing more than to be a wonderful doctor to so many people that need one.
What’s In A Name?
I called my blog “Fitting It All In” because I knew that at every point in my life there will be many facets that I’m trying to fit in. That has never been more true! Between medical school, research projects, teaching yoga, blogging, spending time with friends and family, and finding the time to exercise and sleep, I keep myself very busy! I’m figuring it all out as I go, and hope you join me!
//My little brother’s engagement party, Dec 2016//
DISCLAIMER: I am a Certified Holistic Health Coach and RYT-200 Yoga Teacher, but I’m not a doctor (yet!), writer, photographer, or personal trainer. Please always consult your doctor before trying anything you may read on my blog. Feel free to contact me with any questions or comments at email@example.com. Thanks for reading!