Glittering Sun, Family Love and the End of Exams!

As I type this, the setting sun is gleaming off the ice and snow that covers the grass in our backyard. I love to write at our dining table because of the beautiful view that I get to experience. My daughter is sitting to my right, testing out a box of markers to make sure each pen is still working well and up to her standards. Every so often, she proudly points to her artwork which at this point mostly consists of multi-colored doodles.

This week was an intense exam week consisting of Anatomy lab exam, Digestion/ Metabolism Final exam and the Reflective exam (which covers clinical material since the beginning of medical school). I found this block to be one of the most intense so far. Despite the challenging exams, the week ended on a great note with a fun patient simulation activity and then dinner with the Dean of Medicine. I was really impressed that the Faculty made time to meet with us in groups over the past few months and that the Dean talked to each of us individually to find out more about us. When asked what he considers to be the features of a good doctor, his words stuck with me….”listen, be kind and be humble”.

Now that this set of exams are over and we are on Spring break, I got to spend a beautiful simple day with my daughter. We did silly things like dancing around the dining room to her favorite music. I love how she would look at me with her big brown eyes and giggle as she tried to copy my dance moves. My son spent the week with his grandmother in the Laurentians since his school was on Spring break and I was having exams. It was the first time he has ever been away from us overnight and it went very well. He had a blast with his granny. I really missed him though and look forward to seeing him  when we drive up to the Laurentians for the weekend.

Today, I had the chance to reflect on the wonderful blessings in my life, especially my husband and children. My husband came home early from work today and surprised me with beautiful flowers. A few weeks ago my son presented me with some of his artwork depicting our family and it really moved my heart to see his perception of us. Sometimes in the busyness of life, we can forget how much we as parents mean to our children and how important we are to them. I love being a mother and wife, and despite the demands of medical school, I am so happy to be learning so much and that I have been given the incredible opportunity to do this. I look forward to the next block after the Spring break!

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Beautiful surprise flowers from hubby!
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My 5 year old’s drawing of our family (including our black dog!)

 

The Sunshine Blogger Award

A big thank you to Rob over at the blog V-pub for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award. I have enjoyed following Rob’s blog with his heartfelt personalized stories and songs. You will also get to hear some great original music recordings so please do visit the V-pub!

The Sunshine Blogger Award comes along with 11 questions so without further ado, here are my answers:

  1. Dogs or cats? Definitely cats. I understand their mood swings!
  2. What is your favorite cold weather meal? Does Kenyan tea count?
  3. What famous person would you like to ask a question to? Beethoven
  4. What would that question be? I would ask Beethoven what he was thinking and feeling when he composed Für Elise. This is one of my favorite classical pieces. The reason I decided to learn how to play the piano was so I could play this song.
  5. What is your fondest childhood memory? Mortal Kombat competitions with my brothers. 
  6. If you could go back in time – any time – when would it be? The 70s so that I could have my hair in a ‘fro.
  7. Name a historical person that you identify with. Florence Nightingale
  8. What is your favorite book? Daring Greatly by Brené Brown
  9. Can you watch the same film over and over? Definitely! My favorite re-watchable films are Hot Fuzz and Galaxy Quest.
  10. Flip flops or sneakers? Flip flops!
  11. Where do you see yourself in 10 years? I see myself practicing medicine as a doctor, continuing to raise my kids and keeping up with my hobbies, particularly music and writing.

There are so many great blogs out there! It’s always so hard to choose! Here are my nominations for the Sunshine Blogger Award:

Behind the White CoatThe Elusive HorizonActing DoctorInto the PsychePoetic LibertyLily and LemonWhere’s CristinaSewloveableSometimes Silver Linings are BlueLeah LindemanxoCARA

Here are the rules for the Sunshine Blogger award should you choose to participate:

  1. Thank the person/people who nominated you. [ Link Back]
  2. Answer the questions from your nominators.
  3. Nominate eleven other bloggers and give them eleven questions.

And here are my 11 questions! Enjoy!

  1. If you had to learn another language, what would it be?
  2. Who is your favorite music artist?
  3. Tea or coffee?
  4. What country would you like to visit next?
  5. What is your favorite season?
  6. If there is one thing you could change in the world, what would it be?
  7. What is the craziest thing you have ever done?
  8. List one of your current short-term goals
  9. Why do you blog?
  10. What piece of advice do you have for new bloggers?
  11. What do you spend most of your time doing?

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There’s a view at the top of the misty mountain—you just have to climb it

A big thank you to Timothy Pike over at What Inspires Your Writing? for featuring me on his blog. I’m very excited! If you haven’t visited Tim’s blog, please do so. It is a wonderful place to meet up with other writers and to get greater exposure for your writing!

I also want to take this opportunity to say thank you to all my readers for all your support and encouragement over these past few months.

When I first started writing my blog, it was a private blog and I was quite shy about writing publicly. But the interaction I have had with many of you and the interesting blogs I have come across have made it so worthwhile. I feel that I have grown through this writing experience and I love it!

As you go through life, remember to try doing something outside your comfort zone! You never know where the road may take you! It could be somewhere incredible and unimaginable!

What Inspires Your Writing?

Malaika Awori likes to climb mountains, literally and figuratively. Literally, there was the trek up Kenya’s Mount Longonot in her childhood, a guided hike that she admits was “not all that difficult.” Her blog, Potential Doctor, however, chronicles a different kind of uphill journey?her trek up the mountain of medical knowledge to her longtime goal of being a doctor.

In either case, it’s often what we see from the top that makes it all worth it. While she hasn’t reached the summit of her medical mountain yet, Malaika recalls the view from the top of Longonot. After working her way up a seemingly dry, barren mountainside, the swirling mist that had accompanied the group all the way up soon cleared, and she found herself peering straight down into the lush, tree-filled interior of the dormant volcano. “It was like a hidden paradise waiting to be discovered by those willing…

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Five Reasons Why I Love Blogging

I first started blogging in the summer of 2014 and I have to say it was initially a little intimidating. For someone like me who was shy about posting simple status updates on Facebook, I thought to myself, “how in the world can I publicly reveal myself through blogging?”

So I initially set up my blog as a private blog only viewable by my husband. As I continued to write posts, I found myself gaining confidence and I realized that it was a really therapeutic way to be creative. As I perused the sites of more experienced bloggers, I realized that there was no set formula for writing blogs. People write about whatever means the most to them and often the content is inspiring and informative for others. That’s what really got me hooked on blogging. It is a world unto itself with a host of information and a sneak peek into other people’s worlds. I finally got serious about blogging earlier this year and made my blog fully public. I still feel a bit of apprehension when I hit the “publish” button but for the most part, I am feeling a lot more confident about blogging!

So without further ado, here are my top 5 reasons why I love blogging:

  1. Builds Your Confidence and Improves Writing Skills: I was very shy in the beginning about posting my ideas and opinions online. I thought, “what will people think?”, “does this even make sense?” But the truth is, the more we practice something, the better we get at it. So the more you write, the more confident and proficient you will get at it.  It trains you to be courageous enough to speak up and voice your opinion. It’s not an easy thing to do but worth striving for nonetheless.
  2. A Great Teaching and Learning Tool: You may wonder what to blog about. I wondered the same thing. It doesn’t have to be fancy. Everyone has something to offer and that’s why blogging is so great because it is a free exchange of information, one teaching, another learning.
  3. Forms Connections: I have met some truly inspirational people through blogging. One female physician in particular has become one of my mentors as I prepare to apply to medical school. A mother like me, she has been through the process and is in a good position to provide advice and motivation. Our friendship is blooming and I would have never found her had I not discovered her blog online.
  4. Inspires Others: Blogging allows you to come into virtual contact with people who have similar interests, dreams and motivations. By reading what others are doing, it gives you new ideas. And by writing your own thoughts, you can in turn inspire someone else. You may not always be sure of what to say in a post, but say it anyway. You never know whose life you can touch in a very special way.
  5. Gives You Direction: There’s something about putting things down in writing that helps you to collate your thoughts and get more focused. Some of my posts have been pep talks to myself to remind myself why I’m doing what I’m doing and that I can succeed at whatever I set my mind to. Just seeing positive words on the screen has a powerful effect on our frame of mind.

So if you’ve never blogged before, now’s your chance. And if you are already an avid blogger, keep going! Your words are inspirational!

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Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net