So I’ve been meaning to write posts like these for a while but it’s been super hard to figure out how I wanted to organize them. I always loved Franish’s Top Three posts and Krista’s Weekend Updates are also some of my weekly favorites. Anyways, I’m inspired by these ladies who manage to post these updates every week and I decided to give it a try and put my own spin on it (although I love how Franziska keeps her posts organized by date… I shall be using her numbering system until I find a better solution). Anyways, expect to find these types of posts every Sunday! (why Sunday? Because I usually don’t schedule posts for Sunday haha). Let’s get started shall we?
LIFE LATELY: This past week has been SO HECTIC. I seriously went from having ALL OF THE TIME to having ZERO HOURS PER DAY. I recently had a change of schedule and the next two weeks are jam packed but after that things should lighten up for a bit, which is nice. I really didn’t do anything too exciting this weekend. p.s. be sure to read to the end (especially if you’re premed/ in medical school). You may find some helpful advice!
AROUND THE BLOG: My weekend was boring, but I did however create a new organization system for le blog and I am so pumped. Basically it’s a batch schedule. I found that there were certain tasks I was doing over and over again and rather than do them post by post I do everything in one category in one day. For instance I will now write ALL my blog posts on Sundays & Mondays. I will outline ALL my posts on Saturdays etc. In theory I should be “ahead” so that way if I miss a few days I’m not too behind on blog content but we’ll see how that goes. Anyways, I’m hoping that this will allow me to create new content more consistently for you all 🙂 Also MY BLOG EMAIL INBOX IS EMPTY. If you emailed me in the past month then check your inbox bc I stayed up all night to respond. I had a last min schedule change so I get to sleep in, which means I spent a few extra hours cleaning out my email inbox and it feels so good!
LA LIVING: I have had so much fun in LA recently. I visited a trampoline park for the first time (sorry no pics or blog post) but it was a blast. They have groupons in most cities so you have no excuse not to go. I have been pretty active since I reactivated my Los Angeles ClassPass membership (review coming soon) and I even went on a hike in Culver City. I have been spending lots of time there actually and spent time at The Culver Hotel for brunch and it was SO GOOD. Click the links for the recaps!
WHAT I’M READING: I’m currently reading Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling and I love it so far. I read her first book and am a big fan of her show The Mindy Project. I’m not sure why I haven’t read this book yet. It has been on my to do list for ages and I’ve been procrastinating. But I’m glad I finally got around to reading it. Btw if you haven’t already, sign up for your local public library. I use Overdrive from the LA Public Library and get free books delivered to my kindle app on iPad. It’s great because I can get books almost instantaneously (given they have it available online & it’s not on hold). Sometimes I do get hard covers in person but for the most part, almost all the books I’m interested in are available online and they’re FREE!
AROUND THE HOUSE: *Disclaimer: Mom, I know you told me not to buy any more home decor so if you’re reading please stop now* I redecorated my study space of my studio. My favorite part is the gallery wall I DIYed. Not gonna lie, I love it but I’m having regrets. Perhaps I should have chosen a more minimal design? I think I’ll go extra simple for the rest of my walls. I’m still searching for the best art for my living area. Where do you guys get your art work? I want something large, simple, but affordable.
IN MY CLOSET: My closet is a hot mess. I really need to reorganize it but the issue is I don’t know how. It’s not that I have a lot of stuff, (I did a big purge of clothes a few months ago) but it’s the way things look. Even though I have very few things, my closet just LOOKS messy because everything is out in the open. I’m so tempted to go to the Container Store and get some ELFA units for my closet but those are pretty pricey. I’ll probably try to create a DIY for this project. Keep your eyes peeled because I’ll make a post as soon as I tackle this. Anyways, in regards to clothes I haven’t bought ANYTHING other than workout clothes. I’ve fallen in love with some workout leggings and they’re only $30 (actually less because this store always has a major SALE!!). I’ll be sure to share that as well in the upcoming weeks too. My friends over at The Skirtsy Box sent me an African print skirt and I LOVE it. You can find the initial unboxing here and how I styled it at my friends graduation by clicking here.
MEDICINE: Ashley from Survivor: Caribbean Med Student created this blog post and tagged me to fill out my answers. I figured I’d share my responses in this post 🙂 Thank you Ashley for tagging me. Be sure to see her responses by checking out her post! Here’s the tag:
Who are you and where do you study? I’m Trisha & I’m a medical student in sunny Los Angeles!
When did you start studying medicine or premed courses? For the most part I’ve always been premed. I toyed with other options but chose medicine in the end because it’s what I’m most interested in.
What made you choose the medical field? So many things. My mom’s a nurse, I loved my pediatrician, and my experiences with global health really shaped my perspectives and inspired me to chose this path!
How did you come up with your blog name/username? I’m not that creative… I chose it because I’m three thousand miles away from home.
How would you describe your blog? My creative escape. I love blogging. I love writing. I love photography (except photo editing). I love designing. This is my space to inspire, create, motivate, encourage, and share. Thank you for coming on this journey with me.
What’s your favorite quote? I hate this question because I can never think of a good quote. But probably “You have the same 24 hours as Beyoncé” or “
Rome Beyoncé wasn’t built in a day”. They’re so cliche but they’re true. You see her success, Blue, her talent, etc but you have to realize her evolution and glow-up was a culmination of many years of hard work, late nights, sacrifice and to be completely honest a ton of strategy. I often feel like I’m 25 and haven’t achieved anything yet or that I haven’t arrived at my purpose and then I remember to count the little victories and that becoming my best self takes time.
Best memory in medical school? I can’t pick just one… My global health trip to Haiti, white coat ceremony, passing step 1, and fun outings with my classmates!
What’s one course you struggled with? Our foundations course and biochemistry. Basically basic science concepts (makes sense because I was not a traditional science major). Foundations was our first block and a mix of topics that would be the foundation for the rest of first year. I have never even heard of a tumor suppressor gene and other basic concepts before so I was so confused. It was hard because my classmates were biochem wizards and took cancer genetics and other boring classes that made me shun science classes other than the required ones throughout undergrad. I knew I could over come it, but it was really annoying to have to basically learn from scratch when everyone else felt like those topics were review from college. But I quickly learned that we all have our own strengths. For instance pharm was my jam after working in the ER as a scribe and documenting the drugs for the patients all day long, whereas some of my classmates without clinical experience found them really hard to remember. We all have strengths and we all have weaknesses and these experiences taught me to not compare myself and just work hard no matter what.
What’s your favorite book? I don’t think I have one… but I will say I love Sophie Kinsella. For some reason I have a weird obbsession with Confessions of a Shopaholic Series. I read all of them and each time I had to finish it in a day because I love them so much. Probably not my favorite, but definitely a guilty pleasure.
What do you do in your free time? Blog, sleep, facetime my friends, call my mom, read books for fun, watch youtube, paint my nails, explore LA, workout, find workout classes in LA, take photos around LA, sleep some more, facetime some more, listen to podcasts, go to the mall, go to Target, go to TJ Maxx, go to HomeGoods, go to Ross or Big Lots (when I’m EXTRA bored), go to my favorite Nordstrom Rack in Burbank (super far but, all the best stuff here), Go to IKEA (also far but next to the Nordstrom Rack so this is usually one big outing), go to Sally’s, shop on Amazon, make cookies, clean my apartment, cook, go for a walk, update my blog layout (trying to leave this alone and not do that as often anymore), plan a DIY project, declutter a space of my house, browse craigslist for things I don’t need, think of productive things I could be doing in my free time but I’m actively choosing not to do, make really extensive and organized to do lists that take hours but in reality accomplish nothing, avoid checking my email, checking my email, avoid sending emails, … my life is pretty boring.
What do you want to major or specialize in? I have no idea. I like kids and I get bored very easily. That’s all I really know for now.
Who do you look up to? My mama! She’s my bestest friend. No seriously, she is. I tell her everything!
How do you study (productively)? No distractions, minimize my dock on my macbook, turn off notifications and put ALL DEVICES on do not disturb, turn off wifi unless I really need it, delete apps, log out of social media so it’s not easy to just “open it and check real quick”, give myself rewards, and use the Forest App Productivity Timer. I also wrote a post called ‘How to Be More Productive‘ and you can check it out here.
How do you stay motivated in medical school? Pageant answer: I think of saving the world. Real life answer: Medical school put me in so much debt and there’s no other way out of it but to graduate.
What are your best tips for future medical students? Have a life outside of school. Get hobbies, and make friends. Also really prioritize your well-being and don’t punish yourself. I know medicine requires sacrifice but I don’t believe that medicine (or anything/ anyone else for that matter) should have so much power in your life to drive you to the point of misery. There are opportunities to have a life outside of medical school (but you need time management skills( and whatever school related things you’re stressing about, more than likely in the grand scheme of life, it’s not that serious and it’s going to be okay.
What did you do this week? Let me know in the comments below!