Thursday, January 2, 2014

Hello 2014, I've Been Expecting You

   Ever since I started med school almost 4 whole years ago, I have been looking forward to the year 2014 - the year I finally reach my life-long goal of becoming a doctor.  This year, even more so than last year, will be full of milestones, changes, progress and challenges.  This year is going to be a wild ride.

   Here are last year's resolutions revisited:

  1. "Re-find my happy place": I think I made great progress on this goal.  Third year got the best of me mentally, and I am thankful that 2013/fourth year were so much better.  Yeah, there were times during fourth year where I've had a lot more free time, so that definitely contributed, but I've also been a lot better about using my free time to recharge.  I've also been so much better about just doing whatever I want in the moment - whether that's crafting, blogging, binge-watching tv, painting my nails, etc - and not feeling guilty that I should be doing something more productive.  I'd say I was pretty successful in re-visiting old hobbies and exploring new ones.  I also made a lot more effort than usual this year to spend time with family, med school friends, and non-med school friends, which I think has enriched my life as well.  Overall, mission accomplished, but it shouldn't end there.
  2. "Become an OB/Gyn rockstar": I nailed this one, I think.  I accomplished all but one of the goals I set out for myself, though they seemed daunting at the time.  Though my research isn't at the stage where I'd thought it would be at this time, I'm still really proud of myself for what I've been able to achieve so far.  I worked my butt off during my sub-internships, studied hard for Step 2 CK, and put WAY more hours into my personal statement than I ever anticipated.  Interview season started off a little slower than I would have hoped for, however, it picked up towards the middle, and now I can say I am comfortable with the number and quality of programs that I've interviewed at.  
  3. "Train Melvie": This was definitely just as hard as I anticipated it would be, and there were times when BF and I were both incredibly frustrated, but we did it!  Don't get me wrong, Melvie still has moments of bad behavior (like when he decides to destroy something while we're gone), but he is such a good dog now, extremely well-behaved 90% of the time.  I'm soooo glad we got him.  I mean, I love this stupid dog to death.  My favorite part about him is how every morning he wakes us up by jumping into bed, laying between us, and "cuddling" us awake.  
  4. "Keep a cleaner house": Well, this last year I was cleaner than the year before, but this is very much a work in progress... Not much else to say about that haha.
  5. "Be more of a morning person": Yeahhhh.... not so much.  Fail.

   New resolutions for 2014:
  1. (Couples) Match into OB/Gyn residency:  I'm well on my way to this one.  Two more interviews to go, then the rank list is due in February.  After we finish all of our interviews, BF and I will sit down and pow-wow about all our favorites.  Then, on the ever-so-fateful March 21, 2014, we will get that powerful little envelope which reveals where we'll spend the next 5-7 years (thanks to BF and his pediatric surgery aspirations lol).  I am so excited!
  2. Graduate from medical school with my M.D.
  3. Find a new place to live the next chapter of our lives.
  4. Finish my research project: I'm hoping to have written my manuscript at least by the time I start intern year.  We'll see if that actually happens...
  5. Be a good bridesmaid: I'll be helping throw a bridal shower in a few weeks, so I hope that turns out well.  I hope I fulfill all of my bridesmaid duties well.  Also, another goal is to fit into my bridesmaid dress that I bought on the small side as motivation to lose weight.  I tried it on yesterday and it didn't zip all the way up... so I have work to do haha.
  6. Make the yearbook for my class.
  7. Revamp my blog:  I've had this stupid, irrelevant layout for almost all of med school.  Unfortunately, I know nothing about design or HTML-ing, so this will be a challenge.  But I'd really like to start residency with a prettier blog.
  8. 365 days of gratitude: I saw this video of a woman who took a picture each day for a year, reflecting on the positive things in her life she was thankful for.  I've been wanting to do something like this for a while, as reflection and gratitude are huge parts of living a happy, fulfilling life, however I haven't found a format I can stick to yet.  In the past, I tried a paper journal, but I just always ended up not doing it.  This year, I'm gonna try this type of "photo a day" format electronically via Tumblr, so that I can hopefully even do it during residency.  I've decided to keep it completely anonymous, so I can be 100% honest and not hold anything back.  
  9. Live it up before intern year starts: Veg out.  Travel.  Drink a lot.  Spend time with friends and family.  Keep doing arts & crafts.  DO IT ALL NOW WHILE I STILL HAVE SOME SORT OF A LIFE!
  10. Survive the first half of intern year: Hopefully I'll do more than survive.  I really hope I thrive.

   Happy new year!  I'm excited for the next chapter, but a little sad that this one is ending.  


  1. 2014 is going to be an AMAZING year for you!!! I cannot wait to hear about where you end up and all about your new adventures in residency!!!!

  2. What an exciting year ahead of you!!! Wishing you all the best in 2014!!!

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  4. Thanks for linking up with medical mondays! Such a fulfilling year you have had and even more to come this year. What are your top states you are hoping to match in? I always look up to the OB/GYNS they are some of the most hardworking physicians I know. I nanny for one and she is so busy but still an amazing mom. Yes definitely live it up before intern year starts. My husband and I had some of our best times before he started residency. Even during but obviously thats a whole other ball game with responsibility and exhaustion. But it goes by so fast and I promise its all worth it. Happy 2014 :)

    1. Some of our favorite states/cities (in no particular order) are California, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Boston. I think our rank list is going to be all over the place... lol

    2. Wow what a variety of choices thats great! Ours was mostly warm places (my choice) but sadly we ended up back in the north for my husbands first job. Ahh luckily my parents are in FL for a nice winter vacation.

  5. Good luck on match day!! I like your 2014 goals, they are actually realistic and attainable, and seem like they are aimed at not only improving your life but also the lives around you. 2014 is a big graduation year for both of us (just mere undergrad for me) and I am hoping to start my medical education, while you finish the first stage of yours. I hope 2014 brings all that you are hoping for!

  6. Stopping by via MM Blog Hop! Great resolutions - it was fun to also read what you resolved in 2013. Good idea!

    Ray Doc Wife

  7. Stopping by from Medical Mondays -- I enjoyed your looking forward and ahead perspective. Also wishing you good luck this spring -- the Match is so crazy! I'm excited to see where we (H is MS4, too) end up!

  8. Thanks for linking up with Medical Monday. You have some great resolutions, I might borrow some:-) Congratulations on your upcoming graduation.

  9. Loving these resolutions on your reflections on the past year. Can't wait to hear about your match. It is an exciting (and slightly scary) time! I know it will be great!!