One of the essay prompts for a medical school application was, "Tell us what you do with your free time." I got stuck. I called my mom for help. Her response was, "Clare. WHAT free time?!" I've always thrived being busy. I enjoy lots of things and so want to do lots of things. Heck, that's what inspired the name of this blog! And it worked before med school. I was able to to squeeze in all the things I wanted to do, keep up with work, and still have plenty of fun. But recently I've . . .
Yesterday morning I gave a research presentation at my high school. My dean and I have been working with them for the past few months, and it's so fun to get to be back and see my old principal and teachers. It has been ten years!! Dress (old) - Similar | Cardigan | Flats - similar, similar | Necklace is White Plum | Dog not for sale ;) When I graduated from high school I was in the depths of my eating disorder. The teachers remember me that way -- as a very high achieving, perfectionist . . .
Hey friends! Today I'm sharing a quick yoga video that is perfect if you have back pain. I don't know about you, but on days where I'm chained to my desk (so most days...), my back hurts. Taking just five minutes to stretch and backbend makes a world of difference! Spend a couple of breaths in each pose, or feel free stay longer if it's feeling extra juicy good. If you don't have a yoga block for supported fish, you can either skip it or try it unsupported by sliding your hands . . .
Most days wearing something other than workout clothes feels like an accomplishment. I have a flexible schedule which I am trying to soak up now before I start clinical rotations, but somehow the days always manage to get jam packed. Mornings are rushed, sleep is at a premium, and I'm always wishing I had more time. Aren't we all? Even though I don't always go to morning classes, I usually have to be at school at least some point throughout the day. And those all-too-often crazy days . . .
Hey, friends! Sorry to disappear for a little while. I tried to record a yoga video earlier in the week, but after two attempts it wasn't working so I gave up and decided to get back to studying. I'll try to record it again this weekend and share! We have a test almost every Friday for the next couple of months, so life is busy! It's going well though, and I love what I'm learning. This weekend I have some time to catch up on studying for boards, am teaching two yoga classes, and have . . .
Happy Monday! Are any of you off for Columbus Day? I'm back to school to start our renal module, which should be full of chemistry and physiology. Hard to believe we're already in our third class of the year! Today I'm sharing another day in the life post for you. This was last Monday, which ended up being pretty jam packed. Before I started medical school I was curious what my days would be like, so I hope you all enjoy! 7:30am: Wake up. No alarm needed on the days I don't get up . . .
Happy Happy Friday!! It's a gorgeous day here, I just finished my Respiratory final exam, and life is good! Most of this week was spent studying, but this weekend I should get a little time off to relax. I'm teaching yoga tonight then hanging with friends, tomorrow is college football and babysitting, and Sunday will probably be a little laid back, catch-up on life day. What do you have planned? Here are my favorites this Friday! 90s Music I don't know why, but I've been all about . . .
I had to think about the messages I wanted to share when I started to teaching yoga classes at school a few weeks ago. While some of the people that show up for the Monday night classes are regular yogis, others are pretty new and are just taking advantage of the opportunity to stretch or try something new. I was faced with the challenge of how to approach and explain yoga. How could I make yoga accessible and fun, but still get across some of the deeper lessons it has taught me? At . . .
When people start medical school they are often in for a shock. These very smart students, who up until that point worked really hard to be the best in order to get into medical school, suddenly are competing against other people just like them. Not everyone can be the best. Perfectionism is the norm in medical school. That's good -- we all want our doctors to be smart and capable! -- but it can have its consequences. Anxiety and depression run rampant. During one of the first weeks of . . .
Happy Friday!! How was your week?? Mine was pretty busy with events every night. That makes it fly by, but means I didn't have enough time to study! This weekend will be ALL about the studying - our respiratory final is next Friday. Last night I got to go to the Cardinals game with some friends. It might be the last game I see this season - the wild card race is looking kinda iffy for us! But it was an exciting walk-off win and a great night with friends. Here are my Friday Favorites . . .