Staying Grounded

March 15, 2017

Life, as of lately, has been really out of control.
School is crazy. Family is crazy. Life. Just. Gets. Crazy. 

I really love routine. I love to have balance. I love to feel grounded. 
And right now, that's not what life has to offer me...which is ok, as long as I remember to do things on my own to stay grounded! 

This afternoon I was able to get on my mat for an hour and really slow down. The class I chose to do focused on my predominate Vata dosha. I absolutely love my Gaia membership because of the variety of types of yoga/meditation classes I have on hand all the time. 

Today, this seemed like exactly what I needed, so I decided to try it out.

I will admit that I was anxious and ready to do a more difficult yoga class for the first 20 minutes. It wasn't a very difficult class so I found my mind wandering a lot and I felt annoyed by the poses designed to make me feel rooted and connected. 

But then... there was a shift. I was happy to be with my breath and stay with the movement. I love that about my yoga practice. There's always a lesson to be learned! 

It was a great class. I was reminded of how much I love to be connected and grounded in each present  moment. I was reminded of how easy it is to let your mind wander, but how much more peaceful it is to simply focus on the task at hand. 

And as usual, a part I cherish so much about spending time on my mat - is that my sweet critters come to lay with me as I practice. (Please notice Bear doing down dog - - he loveeessss to do down dog while I do yoga!)




I can't ask for much more than I already have! 

What do you do to stay grounded? 

Chicken Marinade Recipes To Freeze

March 10, 2017

One of the things on my to do list over spring break was to make some frozen meals to save me time during board prep (which is lurking right around the corner).

I found this amazing site and decided to try it out! I went to the store and bought enough ingredients to make two of each flavor. And now I have 14 chicken marinades ready to go whenever I want them!

Chicken marinade in progress! 
While it did take some time, it was delightfully easy. Label the freezer bag, throw in all the ingredients, marinade the chicken for 24 hours in the fridge, and then throw it in the freezer.

All you have to do is thaw it in the fridge overnight and bake at 425 F for 20-30 minutes. So easy! Cut up some veggies to bake at the same time and it's an easy, non-pizza kind of dinner :)

YUM!
I'll let you know which ones I enjoy the most. M & I have tried the jerk chicken - it was delicious!

Monthly Update : February 2017

March 5, 2017

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UPS

  • My school has a contract with a company called Clinical Skills USA. Trained men and women come to our school to teach us how to do a male and female exam. It's an amazing experience to have someone coach you through how to do a pelvic, breast, and recital exam! We had small group sessions with both a male and a female instructor and they helped us feel comfortable with how to perform the exam well. I really enjoyed the experience and I'm grateful that when I go out on rotations, I will have the knowledge to perform all of those exams without feeling awkward or uncomfortable. 
  • Beach Body- I signed up for beach body on demand this past month and have been following a more consistent work out routine. I love their programming and I really love how flexible it is. Working out from home is what works for my schedule right now and I have a wide variety of workouts to choose from (in addition to yoga and meditation!)

DOWNS

  • I wasn't offered a position for the fellowship I applied for at my school. That was a downer, for sure. I'm still bummed about it, but I'm also incredibly happy for the people who were selected. All things happen for a reason :) 
  • My dad was admitted to the hospital and has been terribly illl. He hasn't been in good health for years before this either. I don't have the energy to discuss any of it in detail, but he has septic pulmonary emboli and will need several weeks of rehab. Medical care for the elderly is such a sticky mess. My brother and I are trying to handle things as best as we can, but more about all of that on another day. It's just been a whirl-wind with his poor health and trying to stay on top of my school work. 

IN PROGRESS

  • I'm thrilled to have been invited to work on a paper for the JAOA with two faculty members at my school. It's a really fun assignment and I'm excited to share more about it as we finish things up! Stay tuned. 
  • Rotations begin in July this year. My school assigns rotations based upon a lottery system, which makes planning very difficult. I'm in the process of deciding where I want to be for my core rotation site. The lottery will be at the end of March and I will know by April 1 where I will be spending my third year. 

WHAT I HOPE TO REMEMBER FROM FEBRUARY 2017

  • Life gets really crazy. I hope to remember all the kind things people have said and done for me during this insane month. Even the smallest things make a difference... I hope to remember to reach out and be as kind as possible when other people are dealing with tough things. Even the smallest gesture means a whole lot more than you realize! 
  • You only get one body. Treat it kindly. Feed it well. Move it often. Prevention really does make a difference in your health. 
  • Studying side by side with M. That's our daily norm. We're in a crazy season, but I still love being home with him and our pets working toward our goals. 

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