A much needed refocusing on Why I Blog, including a discussion on how I lost my blogging focus and how I'm getting it back right now! _________________________________________ I've spent a lot of time recently thinking about my career and what I want my life's work to be. My clerkships are wrapping up and I'll apply for residency later this year, so it's time to narrow things down and make a decision. I've been very introspective -- thinking about my goals, my purpose, what I want my . . .
Sharing my tips on how and why I balance medical school with working part time jobs, aka "side hustles" "I don't know how you do it all!" I get that a lot. And my initial gut reaction is, "Oh my goodness, I don't!" It's not very common to work during medical school anymore. (My mom worked her way through medical school though!) So, when people see that I also have a blog, Beautycounter business, and teach yoga, I suppose it seems a little crazy. But while I keep myself very busy, I . . .
Today I'm sharing one reason I used to suck at relationships. I'm sure there are many, but there is one big one that I realized recently. I think this is on my mind due to the recent reunion weekend with my college girls, who have been privileged (ha) to witness the more questionable choices in men and terrible heartbreaks I've gone through. We reminisced (and I cringed!) a lot. Gratefully I'm now experiencing it from a, "Holy cow, I can't believe I put up with that much!" perspective, . . .
I still hear girls saying they want to weigh XX pounds less and should only eat 1400 calories per day way too often. I'll hear that lifting and yoga aren't good enough workouts because they don't burn enough calories. And I think to myself, "Aren't we over this already!?" But then I remember that I am over it, but not everyone else is there yet. Years of my life were spent focusing on eating less and running more. The scale dictated my happiness each day. I turned down events with friends . . .
I'm a few months into clinical rotations and getting used to wearing real people clothes to work each day. Long time readers remember that I used to share my work outfit every day back in my former marketing life (feels like a lifetime ago!). It was nice to be able to wear workout clothes to class for a few years, but I really do enjoy putting together cute outfits! Getting dressed for work is different now for a few reasons - there are more restrictions to clothing as a med student, both . . .
Med school can be stressful, but I don't want to pretend like I'm any more stressed than other people. I may have different stressors, but everyone has their own worries and anxieties no matter where they are in life. As I've mentioned before, my school is especially focused on student wellness and trying to ease some of the anxiety and depression that medical students are prone to. That can only go so far, though, and so there is still a huge responsibility on students to actively manage . . .
Today over lunch our AMWA chapter (American Medical Women's Association) hosted a Q&A panel with five female physicians. It was an informal session so that we students in the audience could ask whatever was on our minds related to being a woman in medicine. The women were from varying backgrounds and specialties and ranged from their thirties into their sixties, so they provided many useful perspectives. I wish I had been a longer session because I had many more questions I could have asked, . . .
One of the most common concerns in the emails I get is about eating "junk food" during recovery. People tell me, "But that food isn't good for me!" You SHOULD eat junk food in recovery! People are very concerned with their health, to a sometimes orthorexic extent, and want to feed their body with nutrient rich foods. I get that. I lived that. There is SO much health information out there now about kale-this and super food-that, that it seems that the ONLY purpose of eating is to . . .
**Please note: this post was originally written on August 27, 2013. I've alluded in previous recovery posts to some hormonal issues I've been dealing with lately, but never specifically addressed them. I decided not to share my story until I had good news to share, and I'm thrilled to say that I now do. I got my period back naturally after my anorexia when I was 20, at a BMI of around 18. I went on birth control right after that, and stayed on some form of birth control . . .