For having grown up in one of the colder states, I should’ve naturally become a boot-lover. Or at least not a boot-hater. But let me share why this happened. So… I was kind of a weird kid. One of my first memories from when I was young is hating socks. And that translated to hating boots. Because, before the age of Uggs, you were really supposed to wear socks with your boots. But that seam over the toes was sooooo annoying! I couldn’t get over it. I even wore my soccer socks inside out. I tried and tried to put those on the right way, because wearing them inside out was not exactly “cool,” but I couldn’t make myself do it. It took me quite a few years to get over that and wear at least my soccer socks the right way. I honestly still prefer to not wear socks, (yeah, I wear flats and heels without socks in winter, as evidenced in my last post), but I’m making myself do it. Because then I can wear boots. And boots really are quite nice in the frigid Minnesota temps.
Ok, so now that I shared some of my inner crazies, I now get to share my boot love. This is the pair that started it all. We all know them, the Stuart Weitzman 5050 boot. They first came out years ago and were crazy popular. They were also crazy expensive! So I waited a bit and eventually found them on sale (maybe a year or two ago?). I love them and wear them all the time. They are perfect for work. I love them so much that I got the quilted version as well (… on eBay for less than $100!). This year I was determined to expand my teeny boot collection. I fell in love (serious love) with SW’s Highland boot. And Lowland boot. These are essentially the new 5050. They are gorgeous… and crazy freaking expensive. Like, absurdly expensive. And not on sale anywhere. I thought about what I would have to do to afford these. But I couldn’t come up with enough. The price just isn’t justifiable right now. So I looked for alternatives. And decided on SW’s Rockerchic just today. They’re fairly similar to the 5050 in style. I got them in the fossil color because they are 40% off, although if the praline color was on sale I’d have opted for those. Either way, I’m super excited for them to arrive!
The thing is, for the next few months, I won’t really be wearing boots. I won’t really be getting dressed at all, beyond scrubs. Starting on Monday I have two straight months of night shifts. Month one is MICU nights and month two is regular medicine nights (yuck). By the time I get to dress like real person again it’ll practically be spring! At least those Rockerchic boots will look adorable with spring sweater dresses and such. And I suppose I have many Minnesota winters ahead…
I’ve fallen a bit behind on blogging. I’d been putting my energy elsewhere… towards finding a job! These past few months have been filled with researching hospitals, filling out applications and heading off to interviews (which sometimes felt like interrogation sessions…). Nothing about that was difficult per se, but it was certainly stressful. Especially during the long waiting period before anyone was offering positions. But it was worth the effort, I think. The group I signed with was so friendly and supportive, I really felt at home there. I’m excited to finish residency and start working! Only about six more months to go…
Having a job figured out is such a relief and opens a lot of free time back up so I can start doing other things again! One thing I’m most looking forward to is reading a good book. Seriously, what’s better than sitting by the fire with a cozy blanket, chai tea and a good fiction novel? Maybe reading on the beach with a cocktail, but since that’s not possible, I’ll settle for the former. I also need to get back into cooking! I’m not sure how successful I’ll be in that since I still am working a lot and I eat most meals in the hospital. But I’ll try. I also need a good closet update. Its been quite the struggle to dress up recently, which isn’t uncommon for me in winter anyway. I excelled (hehe ) at amping up my shoe collection after I discovered the Sloan flat (I have them in 4 colors and am still angry I missed out on the special edition ones). The addition of those shoes made getting dressed super easy – just throw on some dark ankle pants and a sweater and you’re good to go! Unfortunately, its gotten pretty cold and am sick of my feet freezing. My 5050 boots from a few years ago are getting a lot of love now. I’m a bit obsessed with the gorgeousHighland and Lowland OTK boots, but will have to either sell a bunch of stuff or pick up a few extra shifts to pay for them. But those are boots I’ll wear and love for years, so its almost justifiable.
Oh, there’s so much more on my wishlist (or sitting in my cyber carts) just waiting for sale… and for my bank account to bulk up! If I pull the trigger on another coat it’ll likely be J. Crew’s Chateau Parka. I have last year’s version and love it. Its probably J. Crew’s best coat, so I doubt it’ll actually make it to sale, but we’ll see. There are a few Burberry coats on sale (and they’re having their winter sale), but I don’t think I want to spend that much. I’ve also been waiting for forever for Madewell’s Shirttail skirt to get marked down. I’m hoping it’ll be as versatile as the last skirt I got from them (I’m usually not a skirt person, but those are so flattering). I’m overdo for adding some extra over-sized shirts to my closet too, but my wish-listed stripe and plaid ones refuse to make it to sale.
There are so many good sales that I have yet to browse. Like Ann Taylor’s 60% off everything (as good as it gets!), or Yoox’s extra 25% off everything (not many people use Yoox, but I like it). Maybe I’ll get there. Or maybe I’ll just start browsing and give up after a few minutes as usual. Anyway, I hope you had some good time off, have a wonderful week!
I’m always looking for ways to improve myself. Why not, right? Its better than the alternative? When I come across a good idea, I’ll give it a try. Sometimes it sticks and sometimes not. Below are some of my favorites!
#1 Keep it interesting. When I’m working a ton of hours it can be difficult to motivate myself to learn about non-medicine things. But I find that if I don’t do that, I get stuck in a rut of uninspired boredom (not that medicine is boring, but doing any one thing over and over can become boring!). The easiest fix I’ve found is Audible audio books. I’ve been listening to these books online for the past few months. Its $15 a month and you get to choose from a ton of books (I think you still get your first two books free). I just finished ~17 hours of Buddhism teaching (the great courses). It was awesome and intriguing! I’m going to make it through maybe one or two more books on Buddhism before I’ll make myself take a break and learn about something else (I heard the great courses on weapons is awesome).
#2 Streamline the online. I can’t believe how much time I can waste on the interwebs. Life is so much nicer after cutting back a bit (sounds like addict talk). To keep myself from sifting through 20-30 emails each day, I subscribe to unroll.me to consolidate all of my retail emails into one daily email. The application also allows you to unsubscribe or keep email from certain sources in your inbox if you prefer as well. I also got rid of facebook, twitter, instagram, etc on my phone. Really, I don’t need all that junk. It would probably be good for my blog to be more involved, but its not worth sacrificing that much of my life to it.
#3 Workout with an intention. I’m a firm believer in the daily workout – so many benefits!! There’s no better way to start off the day than with a good workout, although unfortunately I usually start work too early to make the 6am classes. But evening workouts are good, too. One small thing I’ve added to my workouts is a little mantra. It’ll change by the day, but it usually is something like “relax, happy, healthy, breathe.” Its uplifting and I think its good to remind yourself that you are proud of yourself (as funny as that sounds).
#4 Just track it. For me, eating like crap is a sure way to make myself feel gross physically and mentally. But eating healthy is hard! The easiest (but still hard) way for me to keep my diet on track is to track it. I use myfitnesspal.com because its free. I’ll sometimes fall off the wagon (um, like now), but I know I’ll get back on in a few days and don’t give myself too hard of a time about it.
#5 Observe. Gosh this one is hard, but its so important. Its been my focus for a while now (its a huge part of many types of yoga and Buddhism). What I mean by observe is to observe yourself. To reflect on your own actions, reactions and feelings. You observe them, but that doesn’t mean you have to change them. But I find that thinking, “I’m feeling anxious/stressed/angry about X/Y/Z” actually helps me somewhat overcome those feelings. I realize the feelings are there, accept them and stop dwelling on them.
Hopefully some of this was helpful, or at least interesting to read. Feel free to share any of your secrets!