This week, the week of May 23, 2016, is what I’m considering to be my last week of residency. Technically, residency doesn’t end until June 30. But June is my self-study month. And doing some studying while laying outside in the hammock doesn’t really seem to qualify as work!
I don’t think I’ve fully processed the fact that its almost over. I mean, I’ve spent the last 11 years of my life looking forward to now (at least when I was awake enough to remind myself that training is temporary). Now that its almost here, its almost surreal. But once the shock wears off, and I’ve at least partially made up my chronic sleep deficit, I don’t think I’ll have any trouble finding ways to occupy my time! Looking for houses to buy (of the fixer-upper variety), traveling (trip #1: Italy and Spain), gathering with amazing friends and family for weddings and events… so many things to do! I’m getting emotional just thinking about it.
I may or may not continue blogging after residency. I enjoy blogging, but making myself presentable for pictures for the blog has become quite a chore! I can’t tell you the last time I cut and colored my hair (thank goodness for colored hair masks and texturizing sprays, which keep me looking almost presentable). I can’t image concentrating for long enough to decently paint my nails now-a-days. And I don’t think I’m even capable of doing any remotely complicated makeup (like anything beyond a shadow and mascara). I do still buy clothes fairly frequently. Probably 90% of what I buy is pre-owned, to minimize spending. I promised myself that when I’m more financially stable I can buy more retail items, like my wishlist travel bag and work to dinner dress. Perhaps when I get dressed on a regular basis I’ll feel differently about pictures and blogging. We’ll see!
I’ve recently discovered new hobbies. Lots of new hobbies! After quite a few years of doing little past studying and working, exploring these new activities is so exciting!
What have I done so far?
I’ve up-cycled craigslist furniture like crazy (I’ll be sharing… my struggles are kind of amusing). I’ve even started to build things. Small things, shelves and such. But I’m going to try a coffee/ end table set soon. And maybe even a pergola, but this is yet to be determined. I’ve also started gardening. I’ve never gardened by myself before. I tried to grow a few herbs a few months ago, but they all died. Since then, though, I’ve done a lot of reading so hopefully I won’t kill everything I plant. And they say certain plants, like raspberries, are essentially like weeds and just grow themselves. So there is real hope. To go along with the gardening, I had to pick up cooking. If you’re looking for something delicious and so good for you, try out this Sweet Potato Chickpea Buddha Bowl. And have some Healthy Zucchini Muffins for dessert. OMG yum. I’m trying to stay well rounded and not completely get sucked into only my new hobbies. One of the many audiobooks I’ve been listening to suggested making goals of the week at the beginning of each week to help stay on track. This week, my goals look like this:
>20 Board questions
>30 min Self-improvement reading
Don’t buy anything
This kind of sums up what I feel is important right now. #1: I want to keep learning medicine, not only to study for my upcoming boards, but to stay current in my practice. I’m doing study questions to help with that for now. #2: Blogging! I enjoy blogging and the challenges it brings. It often gets put aside for other things. #3: One of the best things I’ve done for myself it listening to audiobooks. I’ve mentioned audible.com before. Its an amazon company that sells audibooks. If you’re a member for $15/month you get one free audiobook per month (and it can be anything, like a $70 20-something hour course of Buddhism). Totally worth it. If nothing else, it makes commutes much more tolerable. #4: I’ve had a long struggle with overeating to the point of feeling uncomfortable (and then feeling guilty about it). Fasting isn’t common in our culture, but in many parts of the world it definitely is. I’m just starting to explore this, so I make my fasts easy and allow a few fresh fruits/ veggies throughout the day in addition to any calorie-free drinks, like tea. I feel lighter and happier by the end of the day, although to be honest, its pretty difficult for me at certain points throughout the day. But I hear it gets easier. Lastly, #5 this week is curbing my spending. All of my new hobbies have lead to more spending. Plus, I’m still trying to finish decorating the house (now that is expensive). And, now that its finally getting warm outside and I’m dressing up again, and my closet is in need of a serious post-residency revamping. I’m trying to add stuff slowly and mindfully. Things like this classic short sleeve popover and these beautiful wide leg trousers are what I have in mind for my springtime additions. Maybe Madewell’s highly rated canvas weekender will have to come home with me too (before its sold out, its been on my wishlist for a while now). Whew, that post got longer than anticipated! Complete with tables and everything, lol. If you have any tips or suggestions regarding woodworking, gardening, cooking, or really anything (because who knows what the next hobby will be), I’d love to hear!
I meant to post the rest of my Jamaica pictures sooner. But residency took over… Again.
Spending 14-15 hours per night in the medical intensive care unit this past block was ridiculously draining. I quickly went from completely relaxed to not eating, not sleeping, and always on edge. But its over! Last week was my final 100+ hour work week (of residency). How crazy is that? Almost done!! These last three months of PGY-3 year will be much more laid back. I’m so ready.
I’m feeling a bit burnt out, so I’ll post a lot of pictures but not a lot of words! Just to summarize, the pictures are all in Negril, Jamaica. We stayed at Idle Awhile and Hide Awhile and would recommend both of these places (just note they had adorable cats and dogs running around, so if you’re not a pet person you might not appreciate that!). We ate at some great restaurants (per Trip Advisor reviews) – Just Natural, Ivan’s Bar & Restaurant, Murphy’s West End, Rockhouse, Best in the West and a few others I can’t remember. We didn’t do much else, just relaxed on the beach (favorite bikini ever). Hope you enjoy the pictures!