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 . . .
Hey strangers! Definitely didn't mean to take this much time off of blogging, but life has been nuts around here! Last week was brutal. I somehow got the perfect storm of super long hours at the hospital, a big assignment due last Friday, and a nasty cold. My trip to Seattle left me so tired, then add the sinus congestion and stress of school and I was just not feeling it. I was totally down about medicine as a career. Awful attitude! Luckily I had a day off on Sunday and slept a ton, and . . .
Every once and a while one of the doctors giving a lecture adds in some practical advice. At the end of a lecture on the physiology of pregnancy, our teacher shared some of road that got him to where he is today, which included lots of travel and some twists and turns. He spontaneously, but beautifully, encouraged us with these words: Carve out time to disappear. I love that. His words are particularly relevant given that I've been sharing some thoughts about balancing a career in . . .
Yamas and Niyamas. That sounds silly. Yamas and Niyamas are the first two of the 8 Pillars of Yoga, as written in the Yoga Sutras in 400 CE by Patanjali. The Yamas and Niyamas are ten ethical principles that allow us to live at peace with ourselves, our family, and our community. The five Yamas focus on how to conduct ourselves morally with the world around us, while the five Niyamas are inner practices. This past weekend at yoga teacher training, each of us gave a quick presentation on . . .
Failure has been brought up in my life in multiple ways lately. The research project I'm working on this summer revolves around mental health in high school students. My PI (principle investigator) gave me tons of books to read on the subject, and many involve the idea that many high performing teenagers from affluent families never fail. They aren't even given the chance. They jump through every hoop they are given, and if something is to go wrong their parents swoop into save . . .
FRIENDS!! I am still sick and congested and on day three of no voice, but I am SO HAPPY because I am finally moved into my new house!! I'm paying just a teeny bit more than before, but I am getting SO.MUCH.MORE. Instead of a small apartment, two girlfriends and I now have a full house! We have a dining room, living room, big open kitchen, porch, fenced in yard for the two pups, office, laundry room....I'm just on cloud nine. It's still not all put together and decorated, but I'm already so in . . .
A few weeks ago my yoga teacher Katrina shared something that has really stuck with me. A speaker at an event told her that everyone either has to choose a path or choose a destination. If you choose a path, you trust that whatever situations or events along the way are the right ones. You trust the process. You see where it takes you and know that it will work out. If you choose a destination, you do whatever it takes to get you to that place. You might change paths and make . . .
Happy birthday to me! A great gift was all of the advice you guys shared with me. I was surprised by how varying, practical, and yet contradictory the tips were! I love that they are from people both younger and older than 27, too. They are a great way to get me thinking a little deeper about my life and how I want to live it. Enjoy! You may feel like an adult, you may think you know who you are and what you stand for, but you are only just beginning. Be open and understand that . . .