LIFE LATELY: This past week was a pretty long week. In addition to a bunch of work and things on my plate, I also had lots on my mind. I tend to dwell on things internally and basically drive myself crazy over situations that are over and done with. However this week I’ve been really conscious of my thoughts and what I allowed my brain to dwell on. Instead of ruminating over people or situations, I decided to pray for the situation/ the person instead. Nothing too long or crazy… just a quick 1-2 lines asking for peace for a situation or just something positive for the people involved. Don’t get me wrong, my idle mind still has me overthinking everything. But I feel so much better knowing I can control the trajectory of my thoughts. But truthfully even with all of that, this has been an awesome week. I’m a bit behind in my studies, but I’m hoping I can play catch up tomorrow!
AROUND THE BLOG: I’m so proud of myself. Although I posted one of my posts late, I got everything up that I was planning on posting last week. I shared a list of cute and functional bags for med school rotations and right now the Lo & Sons OG bag is in first place. Before I take the plunge though, I’m going to get my Longchamp bag fixed (it broke after six years) and wait until 1-2 weeks after my internal medicine rotation ends to get a feel of exactly what bag I’ll need. I also shared a post on tips for getting into medical school with a low GPA and a low MCAT score. Thank you to those of you who have sent me DMs letting me know this post was helpful. Like I said in the post I am NOT an admissions officer, but I’m sharing some advice in hopes it helps someone else. Even if only one person benefits from that post, I’m just happy to be a blessing.
LA LIVING: I got dinner last night at a Cuban restaurant called Versailles. My food was good (chicken and yellow rice with plantain) but it literally came out less than 5 minutes after we placed our order. I love good service but that turnaround time had me raising an eyebrow. Anyways the food was flavorful and filling. The only thing missing was some spice. This is my second time eating at Versailles and would recommend it if you’re looking for good sweet plantain and arroz con leche (rice pudding). The food was good but not great enough to rant and rave about it. If you do go, try to go for lunch since their lunch menu is cheaper and I’m not sure if the dinner prices are warranted for what you receive. The portions are large though so sharing is possible and you’ll likely have leftovers.
WHAT I’M READING: I’m still reading You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living and Awesome Life. I’m not sure what I was expecting but it’s a lot different from what I thought it would be like. My first complaint is that I could not follow anything about the conscious mind vs. the subconscious mind. I majored in psychology but I feel like Jen wasn’t making too much sense there. My other complaint is that she keeps mentioning scenarios to relate to and catch the attention of the reader but none of these scenarios fit my life. Other than that I’m loving the book. It actually helped motivate me to get back after it in the gym and starting yesterday I’m doing 21 days of activity. So whether I’m walking, running, lifting weights, stretching, dancing, or doing yoga, I’m going 21 says straight of being active. I’m curious to see what else this book pushes me to do. By the way, thank you Toni for sharing Jen’s TED Talk with me last week. I finally got a chance to watch and I loved it.
AROUND THE HOUSE: For the second week in a row, there are no updates here! I’m really trying to be frugal and save and I don’t need anything at home. I’m also going to be switching to do my Target shopping online for a while to continue to save. Roaming those aisles in the store always suckers me into buying stuff I don’t need. Plus I don’t have time to be running back and forth to the store anyways. Anyone else always end up in the home section even though they’re at the store for something completely unrelated?
MEDICINE: I’m starting internal medicine in a couple of weeks. I already have my resources lined up but I’d love to hear what you have found to be helpful. So if you already did your IM rotation please share any advice/ study resources that your recommend!