Happy 24th birthday to me! Even though I have an exam coming up on Monday, I still want to take time to make today special. I think birthdays are a great day for self reflection (and of course the perfect day to #treatyoself!). Now that I have my blog, I have the pleasure of sharing my reflections with you all :).
I’ve had so much to be thankful for during my 24th year of life. I made it to my second year of medical school and now I am finally ALMOST DONE with the classroom portion of my learning. I had an incredible support system among my family, friends, and boyfriend. I got to travel: to India on a medical mission trip, to Disney World for a pediatrics conference, to Florida for spring break and weekend getaways, to Georgia to visit my boyfriend, and to Illinois and Louisiana to visit my family. I got plugged into a great Bible study, and felt more at home at the church I have been attending while in medical school. I’ve had great health, a roof over my head, clothes to wear, and food to eat.
I improved in my coursework. I took on a couple of leadership positions at school. I have taken more time to pleasure read this past year than I ever did in undergrad. I made exercise a higher priority, and even completed a whole workout program. I’ve been cooking more of my meals, and successfully made one of my mom’s recipes for the holidays. I’ve been getting better about spending more quiet time with God each day. I’ve logged quite a few hours of volunteering. I realized my limitations and went to bed or did something not school-related when I wasn’t learning anything from my studies.
I doubted my abilities. I took criticism too personally. I worried too much about school and my health. My apartment got pretty messy before exams. I compared myself to my classmates. I definitely talked about things WAY more than I prayed about them. I felt guilty about doing activities with friends and bailed because I was afraid of not doing well enough in my coursework.
Goals for next year
I will make more time to do things I enjoy (such as writing more blog posts :P). I will find my self-worth through Jesus. By my 25th birthday, I will look in the mirror and be comfortable in my own skin. I will pass my boards the first time around and make it to 3rd year rotations. I will work on letting things go more easily, especially when it comes to my own mistakes. I will make an effort to memorize more scripture this year, and plan on reading through the entire Bible.
Here’s to another year being alive and well!