Phoenix Rising: Welcome 2017

Greetings OMS family!

First, I’d like to wish you all a Happy New Year! I hope you extend grace as I share with you the following admission: I totally forgot that yesterday was New Year’s Eve! Okay, before you exit this blog post, because of your disappointment, let me tell you why. For the past two weeks I have been on Winter Break, and I have been enjoying myself lol. 


Tortola, BVI ❤

I allowed the roosters of Tortola, BVI to awaken me, and the effervescent conversations with loved ones to determine the time to sleep. So yes, I have been pretty bad at checking my phone, and did not know that yesterday was indeed December 31st. Nonetheless, I hope 2017 is your best year, and I have a few wishes for you all:

  1. Find joy in the little things, and store them up for rainy days. If you’re into crafts, make a 2017 memory jar which contains moments that you can reflect on at a later time. Didn’t see the hyperlink? The Make & Do Crew have instructions, and free printables to make a memory jar. Check them out here. 
  2. Set aside time to treat yoself! 
  3. Be intentional with each interaction, and strive to tell your loved ones how much you appreciate them. 
  4. Dare to do something you’ve never done before. 
  5. Be willing to stand up for what’s right, even if you are standing alone. 
  6. If you are an applicant, incoming or current medical student, I pray you never forget who  you are, and remind yourself continuously of that fact. Why? For some, medical school is a particularly trying time. It is a time where insecurity and doubt are commonplace, and/or you realize that things are not as easy as they were in undergrad. That is not an easy realization to cope with; at least, it wasn’t for me. So I implore you to hold unswervingly to who you are, but continue to grow in the process. 
  7. Continue to check-in with OMS of course! ❤

Review of 2016

2016 was fraught with triumphs, and sprinkled with tribulations. It was a year in which I shed more tears than I had deemed possible; yet, it also was a year in which I learned the most about myself.


 I learned that I wasn’t the negative Nancy I spoke about in previous posts; in fact, I realized that I have struggled with anxiety for a large portion of my life. In 2016, I chose to come to terms with this newfound realization, and I faced it head on. I sought out professional help, and challenged myself to do something each day that normally I would be too anxious to do. Additionally, I created a self-affirming mantra for days when I’m critical of myself: Be kind to yourself. Yes, 2016 has been a time of growth, but if I can take a lesson from the rosebush, it would be that pruning is absolutely necessary. For that, 2016 I thank you.

Updates: Winter Break Edition

Beauties and gents! I hope you believe me when I say this was the best winter break I have ever had. To start, I passed the first part of my block exam, which means there are ONLY two more exams before the end of second year! Secondly, I formed a rough outline of my Step 1 study schedule using CramFighter (Look forward to a review of this app!). Lastly, ya girl became international lol! Yes, I spent time with my favorite sis in Tortola, British Virgin Islands, and will share more about my trip in a later post. Additionally, I was able to go to Candy Cane Lane, and HAD-A-BLAST! Oh, did I mention I saw Hidden Figures, and felt such a sense of pride as a woman of color in STEM. I hope your winter break also went well, and I look forward to hearing ALL about it! 







3 thoughts on “Phoenix Rising: Welcome 2017

  1. caribmd2be says:

    Happy New Year and I pray that this will be a wonderful and productive 2017 for you! 🙂 And thank you for sharing the words of wisdom; there were some nuggets that I need to pay attention to sister!

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