Women in Medicine Series

July 12, 2017


I was having a conversation recently about how incredible it would be if we thought of ourselves as positively as others do. The way we view ourselves is often very different from the way others view us. We are our own worst critics, tend to be too harsh about our shortcomings, and discredit our achievements. I'll be the first to admit I'm guilty!

There will always be people who are better than you at XYZ, or worse than you at the same thing. Comparison is such a thief of joy! Social media can be a great source of inspiration and connection, or it can be really damaging. We all post about our best moments, leaving the tough parts of our lives tucked away in the dark. 

I noticed my instagram stories they other day - - full of strong, smart, women. Women that I know personally, women I've connected to via social media, and women that have thousands of followers but inspire me on a daily basis. 

I've been sitting on the idea for a while now, but I've finally decided to launch a women in medicine series on my blog. I am going to highlight the successes of other incredible women because they inspire me, and I'm pretty sure they will inspire you too. 

Women who are real. Women who are genuine. Women who have walked in your shoes before. Women who have worked endless amounts of hours to get where they are today. Women who want to reach out and inspire you to do the same. 

I have already contacted several amazing women who are ready to share their hearts and I am looking forward to launching these posts in the next few weeks! If you or anyone you know may be interested in participating in my women in medicine blog series - please reach out to me at tatedoesthings (at) gmail (dot) com or send me a message on instagram. 

Let's cheer for each other, support each other's dreams, and hold up a mirror to ourselves and others to see our true potential. I hope you'll join us! 








Photo credit: 
Morgan Sessions

My Favorite Kale Salad


I'm pretty sure the world can be divided into two populations: those who love kale and those who do not. I would like for this recipe to inspire both populations of people. If you love kale - try this recipe and maybe you'll discover this recipe will be added to your list of favorites too. If you don't love kale - try this recipe anyway. My husband used to frown at kale, and now he voluntarily eats kale salad (even when I'm not looking!). 


Grab yourself a nice bouquet of kale from a grocery store or farmer's market. I usually buy two bundles of kale for this recipe. 


Thoroughly wash your kale and de-stem your kale. The stem of kale is really firm and many people don't like to eat it - - although, if you're interested, you can keep the stems to use in stir fry, etc. If de-stemming your kale totally freaks you out, check out this simple video about how to quickly de-stem your kale


Once I have my kale washed and de-stemmed, I tear the kale into bite sized pieces, throw it into a salad spinner to spin off the extra water, and toss it into a bowl. 


Now for the dressing! I never use exact measurements - but here is a run down of what I do. 
  • Juice two lemons & remove the seeds 
  • Add about an equal amount of olive oil to the bowl
  • Add a few dashes of salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes 
  • Add about 1/2 spoonful minced garlic (or a few garlic cloves minced if you're doing it that way)
  • Mix it all together and dump on top of your prepped kale! 
I usually just use my hands to toss the dressing on all the kale - but feel free to be a normal human and use tools to do that if you wish. 

Once the kale is dressed, I put all of it in the fridge. The lemon helps soften the kale and make it less bitter.


I usually prep a huge batch and have kale ready to grab whenever I need it. It's super easy to grab this as a base for your salad and add anything else you want to top off your salad! A quick go to for me is chicken, strawberries & walnuts... but be creative! 

Do you have a favorite kale recipe? I'd love to hear about it!


The Power of Words

July 10, 2017


This poem resonates with me on so many levels. 
I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. 


Desiderata 
by Max Ehrmann

Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story. 

Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. 

Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs;
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism. 

Be yourself.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment
it is as perennial as the grass. 

Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself. 

You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. 

Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. 

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy. 






Monthly Update : June 2017


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June was a rough month. I felt challenged mentally and emotionally on a daily basis. Studying for my board exams consumed every moment of my day and really pushed my limits. I plan to write more detailed posts about how I studied for my board exams, how I attempted to stay sane, and how I made efforts to take care of myself during that time. Stay tuned for that.
I finished Level 1 and Step 1 board exams by June 28 and M & I left for our road trip the next morning (more details in another post). Our time spent in the North Cascades away from the pace of our normal lives was much needed - and we toasted to our one year anniversary surrounded by some pretty incredible scenery. 

I'm slowly beginning to feel like a normal person again. We've been cleaning like crazy - getting ready for new roommates and starting to pack up my stuff to move for clinical rotations. 

I'm catching up on emails, blog posts, etc. Sleeping in, drinking coffee, playing with my pets, catching up with friends. Hopefully July will have a more exciting update :) 

But here are a few things I'll leave you with... 
  • THIS. THIS. THIS. I'm absolutely obsessed with these words. 
  • the 80/20 rule. I absolutely love this. M & I are trying to get rid of a lot of things - and downsizing ALWAYS feels good. My closet is about to be so much more enjoyable once I drop off all the good will items! 

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