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September 29, 2019

Wildflowers

Yesterday YY and I headed up north and did the Berowra to Berowra waters walk - an 11km hike in and back.


September 24, 2019

Gardens and tea

Last weekend, I went to Leura in the Blue Mountains for a day trip with Waka and Kaalya. I was last there two years ago, and was keen to see the Everglades garden in bloom for spring!


September 16, 2019

Spring resolutions

Hello all! After a bit of a dark winter, spring is finally here and I'm ready to get back into life and hopefully blogging as well.


I've found this year difficult. Starting a new job at a new hospital in February was a lot harder than I expected, and I spent a few months feeling stressed, self conscious, and battling a bad case of imposter syndrome. It got better with time, as well as meeting lots of awesome people along the way. Then came another round of job interviews last month (I only had a one year contract), which has had the happy result of me staying on to start formal ICU training next year! It feels so good to finally be able to get stuck into an area that I'm interested in and excited about.

With this comes the next challenge: sitting a big exam next year, which I'm aiming to do in March. It's almost a purely science-based physiology exam, which was never my strong point at uni - I was always better with clinical content. At the same time, there's something comforting about the idea of studying for an exam, as it's something that I know how to do and have control over.

I don't want this to be the next thing that takes over my life, though. As I learned during med school, balance is key. I want to stay healthy - both emotionally and physically. So here are a couple of resolutions that I've thought up - I feel like spring is as good a time as any to make some new ones!

1. Keep running. It's difficult to be consistent with my schedule, but I've managed to get back into the swing of running over the winter. Somehow over the last few months I've been able to run further than I have before - I managed 12k last week, which was something I thought was impossible for me until recently! I'm aiming to do City2Surf, or even a half marathon, this time next year.

2. Start reading again. I have been in a horrible reading drought which I am only starting to break. It's just been so much easier for me to relax by frying my brain with Netflix or random leopard documentaries on Youtube, but I'm starting to make a conscious effort to read more. I've put a load of detective novels onto my Kindle to get me started, and I'm making myself read during meals or before bed (when I'd otherwise be watching videos), which is working well for my sleep hygiene too.

3. Be productive on the train. Again, lots of wasted time on my commute to and from work this year, mindlessly scrolling through my Facebook feed. I've decided I'm going to use train time to either study (and have printed off hard copies of my notes to make it easier) or write up blog posts on my phone.

4. Get dressed. On my days off, it's tempting to stay in my PJs if I'm not leaving the house. I've started changing into proper clothes, even if I'm studying on the couch, and it does make a difference in mindset.

5. Take more photos. I used to love taking photos - this blog is a testament to that. My favourite thing to do would be to spot something beautiful amongst everyday scenery, and take a snap. I haven't been doing this much anymore - a combination of being mentally burdened with other things, and maybe because I'm sick of seeing people take photos of everything since the rise of Instagram. But that's not got anything to do with me, and I want to start photographing again.

6. Do more new things. I feel like the way I spend my leisure time is stuck in a bit of a rut. I want to try new things - go to a beach I haven't been to before, or an event or activity that I usually wouldn't do. Go alone, if no one else is free. Maybe make that once a month? I'll report back here.

And on that note - what better way to break out of a rut than to go on a trip? Next month, a friend and I are going to Bolivia and Patagonia for three weeks! She's also a doctor, and somehow miraculously the stars of annual leave have aligned - which they may never do again for the rest of our working lives - so we're going big in the short time we have. Get excited for the packing post.

And with that I'm going to end this post which has turned out way longer than the few points I initially wanted to list. I guess I still have lots to say after all! Anyone else have any resolutions for the new season?