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.
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:
- 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.
- Set aside time to treat yoself!
- Be intentional with each interaction, and strive to tell your loved ones how much you appreciate them.
- Dare to do something you’ve never done before.
- Be willing to stand up for what’s right, even if you are standing alone.
- 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.
- 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!