Saturday, January 11, 2020

Hey everyone!! Happy 2020!! Welcome to a new year and a New DECADE!

How did we get to 2020 already?  I swear it was just "yesterday" that we were preparing for the Y2K end of the world, lose all your money in the bank, cant fly because airline computers won't work, entire shutdown/meltdown that never happened. Wasn't that just the other day???

Time really does fly by.  There have been so many changes over the last 10 years in my life. Sometime I look back and don't know how 10 years went by already.  

Besides committing 70% of the decade to becoming a doctor I was still able to enjoy myself.  

I left my job to chase my dreams and that was really my biggest accomplishment of the decade! Life would be very different if I didn't take that leap of faith enrolling in Medical School in another country...

I applied in 2012, got accepted and had plans to quit my job to start school in the fall of 2013. Before I could quit, I was laid off from work and had time to organize my life before moving to St Maarten.  That was an adventure unlike any other! I lived on the most amazing island for nearly 2 years, met lifelong friends...and a guy who I had no idea would change my life.  Next stop was moving to London for a year.  While in the UK, I traveled to some pretty amazing locations—France, Iceland, Italy, Netherlands, Morocco, Scotland, Spain and Switzerland.  Fourth year of Medical School took me to NYC where I lived in 5 different apartments (definitely don’t miss that!), did a brief stint in Uganda which changed my life (again) and then had the most EPIC graduation celebration in 2017 with some of my closest friends and family in St. Maarten! TAKE ME BACCCCKKKKKK....

Residency brought me to Milwaukee, WI to a program where I've had the opportunity to work with some great new and experienced Physicians and connected with some cool DST Sorors in the Midwest.  I thought Med School graduation was the highlight of the decade but then I got engaged and married the most fantastic human.  We dated & loved long distance for nearly 4 years.  Now that we’re married and living in the same place, things have changed so much again— in a good way!  How he puts up with my craziness every day is nothing short of a miracle.  We laugh until it hurts & I'm in tears, we have an unwritten language and he's teaching me Dutch.  I'm kind of a horrible student tho, sorry babe!

This year 2020 puts me at the cusp of change yet again.  My 3 year Residency is nearly over and the next chapter will soon begin.  

There have been big changes in our family and we are all so blessed to be here another year to celebrate with one another.  I made some resolutions/plans for personal growth and change last year around this time.  Some things were accomplished, others were not—but we are all a work in progress so there’s still time to continue working on ourselves.  

Board exams are coming and more focused/dedicated study time is a necessity.  While we are always learning, studying and reviewing as doctors, once this is over in April I’ll be free from formal exams for 10 years πŸ™ŒπŸΎπŸ™ŒπŸΎπŸ™ŒπŸΎ!!!!

I’m looking forward to the time when life is a little more predictable and the schedule is not as hectic.  Until that happens, I’ll continue going with the flow and living my best life!

It’s my hope that the journey into this next decade is as exciting and fulfilling as the last!

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Let's Catch up!

The year has been going by so quickly.  I posted for the new year and I blinked and Lent just ended!  Rotations have been pretty busy for me, crazy hours, lots of patients including delivering about 20 babies, lots of learning, meeting new people, and PLENTY of SNOW (It's the last weekend in April and we got 2-3" of snow yesterday, ughhhhhhhh)!!!  I've gotten to spend a few days with my love and reconnected with my bestie on a City Break!  I don't feel like I got to post about one of those since I lived over in London and weekends included quick trips to fun destinations with Cam & Mike...I miss you guys!

My New Years resolutions have mostly crashed and burned. I haven't felt motivated to put any more restrictions and structure on my life than what's already absolutely necessary every day with Residency.  They're not resolutions per se, but I am actually working thru a few more of of the items on my list of goals that I want to accomplish this year.  

Oh! Since I passed my last and FINAL STEP exam, I was able to apply for full medical licensure...I'm officially a fully Licensed Doctor here in Wisconsin! woot, woot!  Pretty unbelievable right?? I know, my mind is pretty blown as well--in a good way.  

I'm sure no one wants to read a bunch of my random thoughts, so I'll give you guys an update you with pics instead...  

We've had ENOUGH SNOW and COLD to last a lifetime this past winter, record setting temps and wind chills. 

Spent time with these cuties at a Marquette Women's Basketball Game!

Back in my Happy Place with my guy for a few days!  The views, sand, and sunshine NEVER GET OLD!

Our favorite beach has been restored after Hurricane Irma :)

City Break with my Bestie in Memphis...

The famous Peabody Hotel Ducks: 

Delicious build your own cupcakes from "Cupcake Cutie". If you're ever in Memphis go try them...Pick your cupcake, your icing, and any toppings you want.  
Left: Red Velvet w/Cream Cheese icing.  
Right: Vanilla cupcake w/Vanilla Buttercream & fruity pebbles topping 

Touring the City on foot: Civil Rights Trail, National Civil Rights Museum which has been built around the Lorraine Hotel where Dr. King was assassinated back on April 4, 1968 (Rom 306); Beale Street,  an obligatory picture with the Elvis Statue, a trip across the longest pedestrian foot bring from Tennessee to Arkansas and sampling some of the local eats.  

I wasn't that excited about the BBQ but Gus's fried chicken was sooooo good! 

Big River Crossing: Pedestrian foot bridge that connects Memphis, TN and West Memphis, AR.

MemPops after the almost 2 mile trek across the foot bridge and back.  Strawberry Lemonade-->YUM!!!

The most unexpected thing I ever expected to see and really enjoy.  The Bass Pro Shop!  This place has a swamp, aquariums, (real!) alligators, tons of varieties of fish, waterfalls, 100ft cypress tress (INDOORS!), the worlds tallest free standing elevator, a bowling alley, lodge, and the best panoramic views of Memphis and Arkansas you've ever experienced.  Definitely worth a trip, you will not be disappointed.  

 Views from the observation deck 33 stories up.

Looking ahead to what's next with anticipation and expectation...

Whatever it is, I'm ready!
Until next time...

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Welcome to 2019!

Happy New Year!

The start of a new year is the perfect time to reflect on how things have gone over the past year. Has the prior year been good? Not so good? What were the highs and the lows? Hopefully the scales are tipped more towards all the positive things. 

Life happens. We suffer losses, disappointments and missed opportunities. But luckily we are all here another day, another YEAR—to give it another shot! To take another chance! So, let’s put forth our best efforts to work on being the best version of ourselves in 2019!. 

I can’t lie—overall 2018 was a great year in my book!  There were many highs and few lows.  From a professional point of view, I was able to successfully complete my Intern Year (First year as a new Physician), get off to a decent start learning to be a Senior Resident, and build relationships with some awesome folks.  Personally, I made a huge commitment to my better half, the one who accepts for who I am...flaws and all.  I don’t know how I got so lucky to end up with this amazing guy!!!!  My family and friends are healthy and doing big things. I’m so blessed to have such a good group to go to for advice, love, and to have a good time.  They make me strive to be a better person  

I’m settling a bit more in Milwaukee, meeting some new people, learning about some new places and trying some new activities. I’ve also been able to re-establish a connection with my Sorority and I hope to continue that into this coming year.  

Dare I say it, but I may have even started getting used to the weather! It hasn’t been anywhere near as bad as I thought it would be. Or maybe its so terrible that once you move past the disrespectful cold, biting winds, & frequent flurries your terrible memories are erased like Men In Black and you can’t possibly recall how bad it can get lol. Nah....all jokes aside, it hasn’t been that bad.  If I had to make the same choice knowing what I know, I would still choose to be here. 

With all that being said: It’s time to set some goals for the New Year! I’ve been thinking about my goals and I really want them to be meaningful and achievable even if I have to work hard to accomplish them. I haven’t formerly set yearly goals since starting Medical School—where the goal was just to successfully finish! This is the start of a new chapter and I’m ready to bring back a part of me that has been put on a shelf due to something bigger going on. 

Do you all set annual goals?  How do you decide what to focus on? Is it based on different categories/areas of life?  How do you hold yourself accountable?  Do you set goals with your partner, family and/or friends? Feel free to let me know in the comments section. 

I’ve done vision boards in the past and also just written down my goals and carried them in my wallet all year; periodically taking them out for review and to check my progress.  I’m really excited about what 2019 will bring and the contributions I hope to make.  I’m hoping to look back on this and see how well I did at the end of the year in reaching the goals I set. 

Welcome to 2019....let’s make this one of our best yet!

Until Next time...

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Living the 2nd year life!

Second year is in full swing.  I'm just wrapping up my second month.  July was In-Patient Medicine and August was Emergency Medicine.  It's been a whirlwind.  The new Interns are getting into their groove as new Physicians and the we are getting used to them looking up to us for guidance.  It's a weird feeling!  Most times, I barely feel like I know what I'm doing and now I'm mentoring other Residents and even have Medical Students working with me.  YIKES!!!!! 

I'm working on managing my time well, while trying to study and work and live life all at the same time.  It's been an interesting transition.  But that's life, at least in the last few years...nothing has stayed the same very long.  There's lots of change.  Always.  As soon as I get "comfortable" in one role, things switch up--be it a rotation or location or status as Student vs Intern vs 2nd Year Resident.

It's not all work all the time this year.  There's been some time to have friends visit, to go to Summerfest, the Wisconsin State Fair and a take a trip to Chicago to link with my Sis from Med School!!! Chicago is a cool city.  There is much more to do in Chicago than we actually had a chance to in a short weekend but it was fun nonetheless. 

It's almost time for a new rotation to begin...time to get mentally prepared to be in a new environment again.  Let the fun [and learning to be a good Doctor] continue...

Who wants to read and not see pics, enjoy!

Summerfest-tons of FREE concerts for every music genre you could imagine.  Got to see Tory Lanez--just what I hoped it would be!!!

Chicago w/my Sissy...

                                  The Chicago Style hot dog was actually really good!

State Fair  featuring Jumbo Cream Puffs, En Vogue & T[L]C...

Tee came to town and we got to check out the beach...The beach by the lake that I have yet to get in, BUT it looked nice. 

Until next time...