LIFE LATELY: This week has been extremely rough. On Tuesday, I grabbed lunch with Shanice from Purely Positivitea. (By the way, definitely check out her blog if you haven’t already, it’s awesome). Lunch was amazing but soon after, I got pretty sick. At first I thought it was a case of food poisoning but it ended up being a flare up of my digestion issues. This flare up was the absolute worst one I ever had. I ended up going 3 days without being able to eat or drink. At the end of the week, I finally caved and went to the ER for fluids and meds. They helped so much but I’m hoping I don’t get another flare up before I get a chance to see a GI doc in the upcoming weeks. Today I managed to have 5 saltine crackers and a broth bowl from Panera, which is the biggest victory of the week! (no seriously, I’m so excited I could throw a party over this). At the end of the day, I’m just trying to stay positive. While I could do without having a finicky stomach, everything else is going great and I have so much to be thankful for, so despite feeling under the weather, it’s all smiles over here!
AROUND THE BLOG: Despite feeling horrible all week, I still managed to get posts out! *pats self on the back* I shared some of my dermatologists recommendations for soft moisturized skin in this post here. In addition to that Kreyolicious reached out and featured me on their site. If you haven’t heard of them, Kreyolicious is a site that posts all thing Haiti and Haitian culture. Be sure to click here to learn more and to read my two part interview!
LA LIVING: I went to the beach with some classmates yesterday. It was so fun and the perfect day for the beach. There was a slight breeze and the sun wasn’t too hot so we weren’t frying on the sand. I didn’t actually swim because the water was cold but thankfully one of my friends also stayed on shore. We kept each other company while the rest of our group jumped into the ocean. I saw my first dolphin, and it came pretty close to the shore (and our friends who were swimming). Apparently dolphin sightings aren’t uncommon along Southern California shores, but I was excited since it was my first time seeing one.
WHAT I’M READING: So I have a list of about 100 books I want to read. I got really excited and requested almost all of them at once from the library… Now they’re all checked out and I’m overwhelmed because I’m not sure which one to start first. Anyways, I think I’m going to start with Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth. For those of you interested, according to Amazon the description is: “In this instant New York Times bestseller, pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth shows anyone striving to succeed—be it parents, students, educators, athletes, or business people—that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a special blend of passion and persistence she calls “grit.””
If you read the blog regularly or follow me on social media, you’ll know that I have a discipline problem. I know I’m smart. I know I am capable and worthy of the opportunities and work presented to me. But I’m actually kind of lazy, especially when it comes to doing things I don’t really want to do (even though I know it will help me). I’m working on being disciplined and simply getting things done. Hopefully this book will help me out.
AROUND THE HOUSE: I actually haven’t gotten anything new for the house. Since I was home sick all week, I didn’t really care about organization and things got pretty messy. I did spend a good portion of last night cleaning up and tidying the place and things are looking much better. My friend is coming to visit next week so I want to make sure everything is nice and neat for her arrival so I’ll probably do a deep clean before she gets here.
MEDICINE: This week I was on the patient side of things and it was not fun. As someone who goes to the doctor quite often, it’s sometimes difficult juggling it all. But thankfully, med school has equipped me with the tools I need to navigate the healthcare system myself. I try not to complain because I know others have it way worse. My experiences only motivate me even more to work towards improving our healthcare system and finding solutions that provide affordable and accessible care for everyone.
How was your week? Let me know in the comments below!