A spur of the moment post that turned into sharing my love for the book Present Over Perfect and how it has been just what I needed in the busy time of life!
Popping in this morning to catch up a little bit. I of course had a post I planned to get up today, but wasn’t able to get it done. Sort of the story of my life these days!
Life has seemed a little overwhelming lately. Even though I’m on my outpatient pediatrics rotation, which is known to be really light and relaxed, I still feel swamped. I am able to sleep in more which helps so much (i love sleep!) but I basically have a meeting scheduled during every moment of would-be free time. Starting to schedule fourth year and plan for residency applications is taking up a lot of my time. I am meeting with lots of deans and mentors, talking to friends and family, and looking online at all my options. It’s taking up a lot more time and mental energy than I expected! (And no, I still haven’t decided.)
I had planned to get all the things done during this month of outpatient pediatrics. Blog posts, Beautycounter work, doctor’s appointments, extra projects, all kinds of books and fun! But instead it’s felt more, “Oh my goodness, why do I have all these extra things on my plate and can things please just slow down.” Ya know what I mean?
It’s been the push I need to finally buy Present Over Perfect. The book has been on my radar for years, but my best friend recently said good things and I felt like maybe it would be just what I need. And oh my goodness YES. It has become my little retreat. I settle into my bed with some tea or a glass of wine, light a candle, and dig in. Not at all the best for my productivity, but exactly what my soul needs right now.
I am nowhere close to finished, but each short chapter has enough goodness to inspire deep reflection and thought. So far the concept of holding the power to create a life we want rings true. She talks about rejecting the idea that we have to be over-scheduled and oh so busy. We can say no to lots of things that weigh us down so that we can say yes to things that fill us up.
Problem for me is that there are lots of things I can’t control in my own life right now. I’m in an educational system that, like it or not, requires crazy long hours, menial tasks, and an accompanying large amount of stress. But I can change my mindset on that and instead say I am so grateful to be on this career path, making a difference in patient’s lives, and working towards the flexibility I desire. And in the mean time, I will do my best with the things I can control. Medical students are programed to do more, because resumes and applications of course!, but I have the power to decide what is really important to me. I don’t have to buy into it. I’ve never really agreed with lots of our societal expectations and norms. We are so unhealthy and lost! I just have to stay strong in my beliefs and goals.
Back To Work!
Okay wow. That just turned into a much longer, deeper post that I had expected. Kind of fun to just open a post and see what comes out! I hope you guys are enjoying this more spur of the moment writing. I have to get ready for a meeting (of course!) and then class this afternoon.
Have a great day!!