Monthly Archives: December 2016

Reflections and a New Year

Someone recently brought a great podcast titled “Increase Your Impact”to my attention. As PA’s, PA students and Pre-PA’s I think a lot of us are cast from the same mold of goal and success seeking.  In today’s society sometimes it can be difficult to stop and realize that we have in fact come a long way in 365 days, because we continue to pursue more success.  

I am going to answer the questions below because I believe it is a great exercise for your mind and soul, my hope is that it prompts some of you to do the same!  

Part of what I want to do in the upcoming year (I refuse to say “new years resolutions” because I believe change and reflection can happen anytime) is to share more of my personal life, aspirations, accomplishments and little life hacks I believe have made me a well rounded and successful individual. And generally some stuff other people might really dig 😉 

  1. What are you grateful for?

    My health, first and foremost.  I know this appears “cliche”; however, I have witnessed a great deal of illness and death in my life and I am thankful everyday that my body works as it should.  I don’t need a permanent catheter, I’m not bed bound and I am able to physically push my body to the limit lifting and crossfitting.  Second, I traveled more than I ever have in 2016 and 2017 is already shaping up for the same.  Seeing the world is one of the most important things to me and I am finally able to do just that!

  2. What struggles did you overcome?

    A lot of you may or may not have read about my financial struggles coming out of PA school.  I had what seemed like a insurmountable amount of private student loan debt that went in to collection.  I did something about it.  I left everything I was comfortable with to decrease my cost of living, increase my income and pay off debt.  In 12 months I’ve paid off about 30k in debt. I talk about this because I hope that someone out there who is struggling will know that it is doable. 

  3. What did you learn?

    A lot of medicine.  Tomorrow I will celebrate 2 years of being a certified physician assistant.  They (whoever “they” are) say that your learning curve is the steepest during your first two years of practice.  I hope to continue to learn just as much for the rest of my career, but my god I learned a lot this year!

  4. Who positively impacted your life?

    A great number of people.  Less likely to be thanked by most people include my financial advisor– dude put my shit together.  And all of the usual suspects in my life who have always positively impacted me–Debbie, Stacey, Melanie, Katie, Cass and Doug.

  5. How am I different from the person I was in January?

    I am more patient.  I am more kind to myself, organized and directed.

  6. What relationship do I need to strengthen in 2017?

    I would say my friend Katie.  We don’t talk as often as I like and I want to make a better effort!

  7. What do I need to stop doing?

    Wasting time on social media.  There I SAID IT.  I have so much I want to get done this year, everyday and every week.  I’m going to significantly decrease the amount of mindless scrolling I do and replace that behavior with working on the project goals I have for 2017.  Also– give Piper increased walking (don’t worry she isn’t deprived we go for a 2 mile walk 4-5 days per week).

    Order less shit from Amazon and split that money between vacation and loan payoff!

  8. What do I need to start doing?

    Not being so hard on other people.  Attempt to employ the concept that everyone is doing their best.  No, I didn’t coin this concept– Brene Brown did.  I have a tendency to be very critical of other people (as much as myself).    In full disclosure, in 2016 I became better and being more kind to myself as opposed to others.  

  9. What do I need to keep doing?

    Following my training and nutrition programs.  I’ve really dialed in on my health and wellness the past year and I’m really proud of that!

    Follow through with the projects I have planned for 2017 and make progress every day.  

    Keep reading for enjoyment and making selections that enrich my life and make me a better person. 

    Striving to learn at least one new thing each day about medicine.