Sunday, January 11, 2015

Banana Pancakes and Reflexions

It is amazing what some free time and open space does for your well-being. This morning the hubby made banana pancakes and for the first time in a while I felt really relaxed and care free. Life as a resident is better than expected 100%, but there are still times during this journey where you question your sanity and your capabilities. The good news is, I've completed half of intern year! The challenge is the next half coming up, but I know that I can do this and hopefully with flying colors.

Don't get me wrong, I really like what I'm doing. Daily I think about how happy I am that I chose family medicine and more so, chose to come to Charleston. The new friends I've met are like an extended family, and it was almost instant, because these are the people who are going through the exact same experiences as you, and no one else can really say that. I've never woken up and dreaded going into work (only wanting to sleep more!) and there is a difference. I'm really happy and fulfilled in my profession, but it also can be a double edged sword sometimes.

I just finished a very long stretch of working without days off and true time to myself. Although for some of those days I was finished in the afternoon, there is a huge difference in having free time. The more I do stretches like that, the more I realize how important down time is as well as "me time". I'm certainly not the best version of myself or the best doctor I can be without having some time to make sure I'm doing OK.

I've now entered a block of having all my weekends off and it is glorious. Even just these last two days in a row of have done wonders for my mood and my soul. I was able to clean my house, plan meals for the week and grocery shop - which are silly things but the organization keeps my mind at ease- as well as go out for a run and spent some quality time with Kyle doing nothing. If I ever feel like we are having a rough week, it usually just means we need a time out with each other. It's pretty simple.

I'm spoiling myself and going to the spa today. It was given to me as a gift, but I'm extending it and adding some extra spa services on. I usually feel guilty about spending money at a spa, but I'm turning over a new leaf! I need time to get me back to me, and whether its a walk on the beach, a yoga class, cooking a healthy meal, lounging in the pj's with my hubby or going to the spa to be pampered, I'm going to give in to these needs. Because I want to be the best version of myself, and for me it seems, balance is one of the only ways to achieve this.

"We got everything we need right here, and everything we need is enough."

So I hope all of you are finding ways to feel like the best you. Isn't that what turning over a new year is focused on? Enjoy the little things and take time for yourself doing exactly what you want to be doing!  xoxo

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Happy New Year- 2015!!

What a difference a year makes! Kyle and I listed our top five favorite things that happened this year! Here are some of those memories, and a few more:

"It's not how much we have, but how much we enjoy that makes happiness."

Match Day with my PCOM loves!

Purchasing our first home <3

Med School Graduation!
Kevin and Amy's Wedding in Maine

One year with this guy

Kyle's new job :)
New friends!
Our beach life.

Christmas Memories with the family
"A New Year is on the way and the possibilities are endless.."