Sunday, February 7, 2016

WIR 5 (2016)

Hi! I'm back with an update! Feeling very inspired to get 'back in the game' and so glad your'e sticking with me and continuing to read!


Currently reading: Rediscovering Jesus - somehow, I've been able to stick with the increments of reading mapped out in this devotional. I have been working four ten-hour shifts per week and have trouble keeping my eyes open to read at night. This book gives me the daily dose of Jesus I need and it's manageable. My friend gifted this book to me and is doing the same challenge so having that accountability partner has helped as well.

Of course, I've still been listening to the Happier podcast as part of my goal to infuse happiness into everything I do in 2016.


I've gotten back into the habit of writing in my planner which feels great. Here's a secret: I've been daydreaming of post-graduation planners but sticking with my Gallery Leather for now. 

Somehow I came across the Sorted skin for gmail and got a code to test the beta version. I can be a visual person so I'm really excited about this reorganization of the inbox. I honestly  have difficultly navigating Gmail and don't feel it's intuitive. So, I'm excited to see how Sortd changes the game! P.S. I have an invite code if any of you are interested. 


I've been all about comfort the past few weeks since I'm up in the mountains. I picked up this ivory Free People sweater (more like blanket shaped as a sweater) and have been wearing it nonstop at home. Trust me, it's worth it.


This rotation has been great! I can always build on my clinical knowledge but I am really trying to observe the strategies pharmacists use to interact with patients under certain circumstances. Due to a snowstorm we had up in the mountains, I used two personal days early in the week for rest, relaxation, and reading.

This & That

It dawned on me that this is my last semester to enjoy living as a college student with little responsibility. Although I enjoyed laying low inside during the storm, I crawled out of my bed over the weekend to paint a souvenir and try snowshoeing.

In other news, I am still obsessed with pizza. I ate it five times this week.

Talk to you soon!


Sunday, January 24, 2016


Once again, I have a bit of a commute on my way to work (aka rotation #6). Since I'm caught up with my favorite podcast, The Lively Show, and wait for new shows to release on a weekly basis, I wanted a podcast I could 'binge' on to make the drive a little luxury. I am also far, far away from home and found myself feeling negative and lonely. I reminded myself how unsustainable this pessimism would be for another five weeks and set out to do everything I could in my power to evoke happiness in the present moment. This podcast, Happier with Gretchen Rubin, fills my drive time and also prompts reminders of healthy habits and happiness. I've thought about how I should share this gem multiple times on my drive and sort of brushed it off but I get so excited about listening to this show every chance I can and believe it will intrigue some of you too!

Perhaps you've heard about Gretchen Rubin. Does The Happiness Project ring a bell? I have not read any of her books but have since added them to the list after enjoying the podcast so much. Gretchen has a younger sister, Elizabeth Craft, who is the show's other host. I quite like the banter between Gretchen and Elizabeth and find their voices easy and light to listen to. The shows are usually around 40 minutes and structured to include 'try this at home' challenges, stories shared between Gretchen and Elizabeth, as well as listener questions -- plus a few ads. Gretchen usually has time to school the listeners on personality tendencies that may shape the way we form habits, which I find helpful. As a type-A individual, I like putting a name or label to certain traits and find it fun to identify which category I fit into. This podcast keeps my mind busy and happy.

Give Happier a listen this week and let me know if you're enlightened!


Sunday, January 10, 2016


It's the 10th and final day of my self-imposed blogging challenge and I'm taking this 9th post to be real. 9/10 isn't bad right? That's like an A. Also, I'm sorry I didn't always have them posted on the correct day but let's get into it.

A few weeks ago, before the new year, I had been talking with my friend, Yuna, about the idea of un-resolutions. We both tend to over-extend ourselves, leaving us feeling exhausted. I liked the concept of an un-resolution and asked her to promise me she wouldn't let me take anything new on for 2016. She agreed. So far, I haven't taken on any new projects but what's the first thing I do? Create a difficult challenge for myself and wallow in guilt when I can't live up to it. This challenge has left me feeling like a failure. Em reminded me, I created this space for motivation, community, and passion. It is not not my job, duty or worth. I'm a 24-year old woman trying to learn my trade, pay the bills, and be an attentive, loving wife, family-member, and friend. I've got to remember to be gentle with myself.

As for what I'll do differently in the future if I decide to advertise a marathon of sorts is draft my posts in advance. This week I move out to CO to complete my community rotation. I'll allow blogging return to a hobby during that time and will post about my adventures and growth when feeling inspired. In the meantime, you can watch this week's vlog here to see how I filled my time when not blogging. Can that count as post #10? Great, I knew you'd understand :)

Don't forget to be gentle with yourself!

Saturday, January 9, 2016

My Gallery Leather Planner | Large Academic 2016

I'm finally getting around to show you my current planner and it's about time because this one has been "home" for about 6 months! Let me remind you this is unusual length of time for a "planner addict" to commit to one style. I picked up the Gallery Leather Large Academic Planner prior to rotations and expect it to suit my needs through 2016. The layout is monthly/weekly as you'll see in the photos below. If you're interested in the supplementary video I filmed about this planner, click here.

As far as design goes, the simpler the better. I get tired of patterns and colors easily so it's most logical for me to find a plain planner inside and out to allow for modifications when I have the enthusiasm. I also prefer a book bound style planner rather than a spiral. 

Year at a glance

I remember being really, really excited about this view when I first got the planner because I got to make a key for all of my rotations. Can't believe I am over half way finished with the year!

Monthly view
If I'm being honest, all I really need in a planner is a monthly view. I write recurrent and future events in this view and color coordinate with small dots using Staedtler Triplus Fineliner pens. I write the actual event in pencil just in case there are changes.

Weekly view
I reserve the weekly view for daily and smaller tasks. I feel more comfortable using pens in this section since I can turn the page in a shorter amount of time. The lined page adjacent to the weekly spread is for lists of all different styles. I experiment with the layout of the lined page from time to time but usually revert back to bullet journal style boxed checklists.

Have you chosen your planner for 2016? Let me know below!

Thanks for reading :)