#25for25yrs – It’s Never Too Late [1/25]

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As you can see from the title, this is post 1 out of 25 posts. If you caught my post yesterday, in honor of my 25th birthday, I will be doing a blogathon for the 25 days leading up to my birthday. I’m so excited to share my stories and my journey thus far with you. I’m hoping that these posts will give you a deeper look into me and what I’m all about as well as some insightful lessons, bits of motivation, a sprinkle of entertainment and a whole lot of inspiration. To continue on the fun, check back here each day and also follow me on IG (@threethousandmiles) where I’ll be posting using the hashtag #25for25yrs.

Today I want to share one of the greatest lessons that I’ve learned in my short journey through life. It may sound cliché and I’m sure you’ve heard it before, but one of the biggest lessons I’ve learned is that:

“It’s NEVER too late!”

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Growing up I was a competitive cheerleader and a gymnast. Don’t ask me to tumble now but I used to love vault and bars and competed on both in high school. My competitive cheerleading team was nationally ranked and we consistently placed within the top 3 at nationals within our division. We were awesome and I have so many memories with them.

Unlike the other girls on my team I was relatively new to the world of cheer. A lot of them started as little kids and they had amazing tumbling skills to show for it. I was an ex-dancer/ gymnast and wanted a fun way to make friends and stay active. My background made it easy for me to pick up on cheerleading but even during my gymnastics days I HATED tumbling so much. So I was less than amused when my coach made it mandatory for all of us to tumble during our routine at competitions.

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Me and a few members of my old team before a competition!

One season, I found out about this awesome summer camp called Woodward. If you’re into cheer/ gymnastics you’ve likely heard of it. Basically, it’s an intensive camp for cheer and gymnastics enthusiasts to train and learn new skills. After months of begging my mom, I visited campus in Pennsylvania and fell in love. I knew that a few weeks at camp would help bring back my confidence in tumbling and that I would come back to my cheer team ready to flip across the mat.

After much convincing, my mother agreed to let me sign up. Except the thing was I never went. For whatever reason I decided that 14 years old was too late to learn to tumble and to learn new tricks. I figured I was too old and it was too late for me grow as a gymnast and cheerleader. In other words, I gave up before I ever got started. After that summer I started a new cheer season and continued with minimal progression in my tumbling skills. It wasn’t until much later that I realized how stupid it was to hold myself back.

During my time as a cheerleader, I always regretted not going to Woodward for the summer. Even if I didn’t come out as the next Gabby Douglass the training and the experience would have been so beneficial for me.

“I let myself quit before I even got a chance to really start”

It’s really hard to get into something, especially when you feel like you’re perpetually behind or when you’re starting later than everyone else. Whether you’re new to the cheer team, or you’re the nontraditional pre-med who decided she wanted to go to med school later in life, it’s hard not to compare yourself to others.

Read: Comparison is the Thief of Joy

But regardless of where you are in your journey, don’t ever deny yourself the opportunity to learn and grow. I made a mistake by not going to cheer camp. How many times have you denied yourself an opportunity to do something great out of fear of failure, or because you felt like you were too late or too old? Looking back, I had 3 solid years of competitive cheer left and that doesn’t include the additional 4 years of cheer I did in college. It was silly of my to feel like training at 14 years old was worthless, especially since I had so many years left to compete. Who cares that I wasn’t tumbling at 4 years old like my other teammates? The sad part is, I watched cheerleaders who were even newer and older than me learn and master skills that I denied myself from learning. The difference between them and me was that I gave up and I wrongfully decided it was “too late”.

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An old photo of my old Harvard Cheer teammates and I at cheerleading nationals in Daytona, FL!

Maybe you’re in a position where you’re looking to change paths or perhaps you’ve had opportunities to develop and grow. Whatever your situation may be, please don’t give up. Go to cheer camp, sign up for the post-bacc, switch your major, take that dance class, etc. There are already so many obstacles and hurdles many of us have to cross each day, don’t become an additional barrier to your success.

Since forgoing cheer camp, I have tried to not make the same mistake twice. I now take every opportunity I can get to further myself and to get closer to my dreams. Even if others around me got a head start, it doesn’t mean that I can’t finish the race, and the same goes for you too! Since then I’ve advanced myself in so many ways. I’ve learned to bake and decorate cakes, I decided to change my path in my medical journey, I’ve set new goals, and so much more.

As I’m approaching 25 it’s so important for me to remember these lessons. I’m only getting older and I refuse to limit myself and my growth. Here’s to never limiting ourselves and not allowing doubts and fears to get in the way of our dreams!

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My old cheer team and I at a competition. Big bows, glitter eyes, and lots of blush was the trend that season lol!

Xo, Trisha

P.S. Thank you for joining me in my 25th birthday countdown! Check back tomorrow for a new post and don’t forget to follow along on IG using #25for25yrs!

 

September 30, 2016
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Countdown to 25 Years Old! #25for25yrs

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If you’ve been following along on my journey you’d already know that I have been anticipating my 25th birthday coming up and that I’ve already had a premature quarter life crisis.

Read: Quarter Life Crisis

Tomorrow marks the beginning of my countdown to 25 years old! I knew that for the last month or so leading up to my birthday I wanted to share something each day in honor of my 25th birthday but I couldn’t decide what I wanted to write about. I contemplated sharing a “favorite” each day or a motivational quote each day. But ultimately, I decided on #25f0r25yrs. 25 for 25 is more than a hashtag I’ll be using. For the next 25 days I will be sharing reflections from the last 25 years of my life.

 

What does this mean for you as a reader?

It means that for the next 25 days you’ll find something new from me EACH DAY! Topics will range from reflections, to throwbacks (pictures included), to funny posts, to lessons learned and so much more. While I love any opportunity to sit back and reflect, my posts are going to be just as much for you as they are for me. My goal is that you’re entertained, inspired, and motivated by my thoughts, reflections, wishes, and stories from the past 25 years.

Additionally, I hope my birthday countdown posts will give you a chance to get to know me and see a bit more of my journey. I only started blogging in January but there’s sprinkles of my life that I’m excited to share with you that are from before I started blogging.

 

How do you join in on the fun?

All you have to do is visit Three Thousand Miles each day and check back for the latest post (www.threethousandmilesblog.com). Also definitely follow my journey on instagram (@threethousandmiles) or you can follow along with the hashtag #25for25yrs on instagram and twitter! I’ll be sharing photos and videos and reminders of my latest post. Also, if you have bloglovin’ definitely subscribe to get my latest posts in your bloglovin’ feed by clicking here.

I’m so excited for you to follow along! Here’s to 25 days of stories, reflections, vulnerability, truth, motivation, faith, and inspiration!

xo, Trisha

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September 29, 2016
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PCOS & Food: What I Eat

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In honor of September being Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) Awareness Month, I decided to be a bit transparent about my PCOS struggles. For some, PCOS means that they have a harder time having kids, for others it means that they have extra hair everywhere and for others like me, it means that it’s extra hard to lose weight.

Truthfully, PCOS hasn’t severely affected my life too much. Most of my struggles have been corrected with medication or weight loss. In efforts to lose weight I have been really intentional about working out. Additionally I have been extra intentional about my diet as well.

Read: Weight loss with PCOS

After writing about my past experience with weight loss a few of you reached out and asked me to share my favorite recipes. Truthfully, I love to cook and in reality it really doesn’t take me more than 30 minutes to make yummy healthy meals (I don’t count the time it’s cooking in the oven or in the crockpot because I can do other things during this time). I’d love to share recipes here but in reality, blogging is such a visual space and posting recipes means that I have to take photos and such. As a result, a quick 30 minute meal becomes  an hour or more. Don’t get me wrong, this is something that I plan on doing in the upcoming weeks but until I find time to do so, I wanted to hold you guys over (especially those that have been asking) with a few links to some of my favorite sites for finding recipes.

  1. www.skinnytaste.com
  2. www.fitmencook.com
  3. www.carnaldish.com
  4. www.allrecipes.com

My favorites for healthy dishes are Skinny Taste and Fit Men Cook. Recipes can be intimidating and many require lots of steps and ingredients. Most of the time, I don’t follow recipes to a tee because of time and lack of ingredients. If a recipe requires a random spice or herb and I don’t have it on hand, I just skip it or find a replacement in my pantry. I look at recipes for a loose guide regarding what spices/ seasonings/ ingredients go well together and how long to cook for. I don’t measure everything to save time, and since I like to cook, I’m pretty good at eyeballing. Regardless, I think chefs at all levels would be able to find something easy and satisfying to make by browsing the links above.

Anyways, keep on the look out for some yummy recipes coming from me soon!

I’m excited to share them with you in the upcoming weeks!

 

xo, Trisha

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September 27, 2016
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Hello Fall

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Happy Fall everyone! A few weeks ago, I wrote about changing seasons. While its convenient to use season changes as periods of starting fresh, sometimes life and it’s circumstances don’t really give us the opportunity to reset. If you’re entering this last quarter of the year holding on to some things from earlier then I think you may be encouraged by what I had to say in my last fall post.

Read: New season, same problems

With that being said, regardless of what you have going on, the next few months can still be a period of renewal and crossing off your goals. Here are some ways I plan on maximizing my time and productivity as we say goodbye to 2016:

1) Reprioritizing my goals

At the beginning of the year I made a list of resolutions and things I wanted to accomplish. Some of these things I haven’t started and others, I’ve already crossed off my list. Notice how I didn’t say rewriting my goals. The point isn’t to make myself feel bad over the things I haven’t done. But instead, I want to refocus and reprioritize. Why didn’t I accomplish everything? Is that revolution still relevant/ needed for my life or was I just being lazy and didn’t want to put in the work needed. Whatever the reason may be, think about all that you wanted to do for 2016 and reprioritize the items you have left. The goal isn’t to necessarily finish by the end of the year (sometimes projects take a long time) but instead, it’s to hit the ground running and start making a dent in all that you want to do.

2) Improving productivity

2016 has not been the most efficient year for me. But even if your life runs as smoothly as a well oiled machine, there’s always room for improvement. I’m going to talk more about this in  a future post next week, but my major goal for the rest of the year is to simply just get shit done. I have so much to do, paperwork to fill out, things to study, applications to submit, plus more and at times it can get pretty overwhelming. No more excuses though. I just need to suck it up get to work. Keep your eyes peeled for my upcoming blog post on this.

3) Spending more me time

I live alone so technically all of the time is “me time” but I’m looking forward to soaking in the last few months of 2016 by spending extra time with myself. Of course I’ll make time for friends and family too. A bunch of friends are getting engaged and married and I realized how quickly my opportunities to be alone are going away (can you tell I’m an only child lol). My goal is to be selfish with my time and do what I love most because I know that I won’t always have the freedom to do so down the line in the future.

 

In honor of fall and “me time”, I spent some time at a park the other day. It was an impromptu visit to breathe fresh air, enjoy my Starbucks outdoors, and watch the kids and dogs run around. I grew up playing in the woods in back of my house and every once in a while I like to head to nature (insect and animal free please) to find some peace.

 

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My Legacy WIllis needs to be sent for a leather spa day. But I kind of like the scratches. This bag has been extra loved and used by me and has so much more personality from it’s imperfections!

 

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OUTFIT DETAILS:

romper: Forever 21 (old in my closet) /// vest: Levi’s /// flats: Sam Edelman /// necklace: Dana Rebecca (dupe for less than $15) /// aviators: unmarked brand from Ross (only $5!!) /// bag: Coach Legacy Leather Willis Bag (legacy & classic collection bags are currently unavailable but you can find pre-loved & vintage ones online!) /// nails: Essie Gel Couture Take Me to the Thread /// headband: Forever 21

HAIR/ MAKEUP DETAILS:

face: Smashbox Photofinish Primer (to keep shine at bay) but other than that I’m au natural /// hair: 4 day old wash & go (my usual) using Camille Rose Curl Maker & Fresh Curl Hair Smoother

Disclaimer: Thank you for reading my blog. Some of my links are affiliate links and I earn a small percentage of those sales. Thanks in advance if you decide to purchase items through them. Don’t like affiliate links? That’s okay too! I provided product details to give you the option to find the items on your own. Thank you for supporting Three Thousand Miles.

How did you spend the first day of fall? I love this day because it means that there’s just about a month until my birthday. I’m turning 25 and still have no idea what I want to do. Birthday celebration suggestions are warmly welcomed!

xo, Trisha

September 22, 2016
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Quarter Life Crisis

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I’m turning the big 2-5 in just about a month and I couldn’t be happier. I’m so excited to reach this milestone. After having the worst birthday of my life last year I decided that I was going to change things up for this year’s festivities. This year’s birthday theme is quick and simple, “celebration & appreciation.” I want to celebrate not only my accomplishments but also all of the amazing and supportive people God has blessed me with and I want to appreciate them all because honestly, I don’t think I would have gotten this far without them.

25 is a big year, and like others who reach this age, it has me reflecting on not only the things I have done, but where I’m going. I’m not gonna lie but I have been questioning my career goals and future trajectory since day 1 in medical school. Up until this point, I had a pretty clean track record, was beasting my block exams, and was genuinely excited for medicine and then I realized that it’s not what i thought it would be. To say I was disappointed was an understatement. This wasn’t a case of imposter syndrome because I wasn’t doubting my abilities. I KNOW I can totally rock the medical world as a future practitioner but the thing is, that’s not what I WANT to do. I’m passionate about a lot of things regarding health care, but I’m realizing that I’m more of a big picture type of person. Being on the front lines as a doctor is such a privilege but personally, I feel like the most moving and shaking is done one step above on a policy and administrative level and that’s where I want to be.

For a while I struggled with these thoughts, and I felt guilty for not being as excited as my peers for entering 3rd year. Rotations are cool but I wanna be with the movers, the policy makers, and work on the business side of things. Concepts like delivery, efficiency and cost excite me more than the thought of being in a clinic. I am by no means diminishing the value of practicing medicine and I fully intend of completing my MD degree AND going to residency (because I still want and value being a clinician, just not full-time). But for right now, I’m accepting the fact that my fate and path is different from my classmates and that’s okay.

My good friend of mine started her own blog called & She Codes where she is documenting her life as a new coder and woman in tech. She left her prestigious medical school post-bacc program to chase what she loved and I was always inspired by her story. Her leap of faith brought her to LA and we have been basically inseparable ever since. Lami, talks about 5 Reasons Why You Should Pause and Consider a Career Change in one of her blog posts and I think it’s worth a read even if you’re dead set on what you are doing in life. When I read it, I realized that I resonated with all 5 things. I don’t want to spoil her post for for you but the part that was most applicable to my life was that I wasn’t excited by what I was doing. I felt like an auto-pilot zombie who was just going along with what everyone else was doing because truthfully I didn’t know what else to do. Reading Lami’s post further confirmed my feelings that I’ve been having all along.

Sometimes I feel guilty sharing these types of thoughts. As a medical student blogger, a lot of pre-meds read my posts and my med school posts are among the most popular on social media and have been recognized in various places around the interwebs. All of the other med student bloggers I know of share their obstacles and journey’s but the message is the same and can be summarized as they love medicine and can’t wait to be a provider, which truthfully isn’t how I always feel. If you are looking for a happy go lucky place where I tell you how much I love medicine and medical school and how it’s perfect and I never want to do anything else, then you’ve read the wrong blog. In my first post I promised myself (and you) that I’d be 100% honest and to try to be as vulnerable as I can, and sometimes honesty is messy. Sometimes, real isn’t pretty. And sometimes our path’s are nontraditional (aka like mine).

Thank you for joining me on this journey of self discovery and journey through medicine. Also definitely check out Lami’s post and the rest of her blog if you get a chance. Even if you’re not into coding, I think she has an awesome story. Dropping medicine for something else that you have no experience in is awesome. Being fearless and brave is awesome. Being passionate about something so much that you can’t sleep is awesome. I’m excited to read more about her adventures. I’m excited to continue to share more about mine. And I’m excited at the thought that my words and little leaps of faith can potentially inspire you to live your best life too. Stay True!

xo, Trisha

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September 9, 2016
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