Monthly Update : January 2017

January 31, 2017

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What a month.

UPS

  • I completed another course in medical school, Endocrine II. I enjoyed endocrine much more this time around, perhaps because of the pathology. I didn't love Endocrine I last year, so it's nice to have a stronger appreciation for it this year. 
  • I'm getting better at saying NO to things that make me unhappy. Protecting my time is proving to be amazing for my mental health. 
  • I started teaching meditation at my school for a meditation research study another friend of mine is conducting. It's fun to connect with first year students and it's always a great reminder for me to be mindful of my own thoughts and actions. 
  • I've had this super weird skin rash for a while, so I finally got it checked out by a dermatologist. It's totally benign (and also super weird), but I'm glad it's nothing to worry about. It's something called Schaumberg's disease & I'll be writing a whole post all about it later in February. 
  • I registered for the SAAO convocation in March. Basically, I get to go to a kick ass conference and learn about osteopathic medicine from some really amazing docs. I. Can't. Wait. 

DOWNS

  • I rang in the new year with a nasty little virus. It took a while to kick it, but it was certainly a downer there for a while. 
  • There was a lot of anxiety floating around school at the beginning of the semester. Board exams are terrifying, but the negative energy bouncing around was enough to drive me crazy. I am fully ignoring all the panic now that I have a plan
  • My heart breaks more and more each day with what's happening with politics and our country. My blog will not be a place for me to discuss those things... but goodness, it's been a downer of a month for me. 

IN PROGRESS

  • After a lot of self reflection, I decided to apply to the osteopathic fellowship at my school. My heart was always torn between applying for the anatomy fellowship and the osteopathic fellowship... but when I sat down and was honest with myself, I knew that I wanted the osteopathic fellowship much, much more. I poured my heart into my application & I have an interview next week on February 6. I have SO many incredible classmates who applied to the fellowship as well, so regardless of who is chosen, I know the department will end up with a great group of fellows. I have so much piece of mind knowing that I have put my best foot forward and if I am not chosen for the fellowship, that's going to be ok too. Putting everything you've got towards a goal can be intimidating, but you'll never know what could happen if you don't put yourself out there. 

LET GO OF

  • Guilt. When I have to study and get things done, I feel horrible saying no to seeing my family or friends. I know they understand, but I still carry around a lot of guilt when I can't be at certain events.
  • Anxiety. All I can do is my best... and that just has to be good enough. 

WHAT I HOPE TO REMEMBER FROM JANUARY 2017

  • Celebrating 6 months of marriage
  • M & I making decisions to take better care of our mental and physical health 
  • I'm so happy I married M. He's the best guy out there - and there's no one else in the world I'd rather do life with. 

1 comment

  1. I love you Tate Marie!! All I can say is you are totally amazing! Keep up the incredible work! It will be so cooool to have a doctor in the famiy!! xoxo

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