Five Things

Five Things: February 20th 2021

I think weekly update posts are a staple of blogs I love. They’re a fun way of writing about your week in a way that’s simple and honest.

At first I was going to focus on only positive things, but that didn’t seem like a complete picture of my life. Hopefully most things are positive, but I’m open to writing about it all: the good, the bad, and the ugly.

1. Started this blog

The spontaneous thought “Wouldn’t it be nice if I had a blog where I documented my life in my 20s” on Sunday night turned into a real thing 24 hours later.

As I was setting up this blog, I read the part of Gretchen Rubin’s book “The Happiness Project” that talks about her process in setting up her blog, and was reminded that a huge source of happiness in my life is learning new things and growing (she calls this an “atmosphere of growth”). Though I’ve blogged before, I’ve never used, nor bought a domain name, and Googling and watching YouTube videos for this endeavour turned out to be a real thrill.

Maybe this will jinx it (especially when you consider my track record), but I have a good feeling about this blog.

2. Have wonderful friends

I’m not going to lie, it’s been a tougher week than normal—for a multitude of reasons that are long and boring.

My friends really stepped it up for me this week, though. One sent me a beautiful bouquet of pink (my favourite!) flowers for Valentine’s Day. They were a complete surprise and when my doorbell rang on Sunday morning I had no idea what was going on. I generally hate surprises, but I like good surprises.

Additionally, I was unattractively complaining to my friend on Wednesday night, and the next day she messaged me saying that she had gotten me lunch. The delivery had perfect timing in the midst of a rough week and it was a wonderful surprise. Thank you so much to my friends 🥺

3. Interviewed… a lot

As mentioned in my last post, I’m currently looking for a summer job. I’ve been fortunate to receive some invites to interview, but because they’re all over a short period of time (about four days) it’s been a bit overwhelming. The way I’ve been thinking of them is like little fires that I have to continuously stamp out, ha.

Still, I’m proud of myself for putting myself out there. Nobody likes applying and interviewing, but it’s necessary. Additionally, I think the process of interviewing is really about practice making perfect. So even if I don’t get the jobs, or a job, at least I’ve been able to improve my interviewing skills.

4. Volunteering again

I’m fortunate enough to have a volunteer position at the clinic right now. It’s one of the more difficult parts of being a medical student during COVID for me personally—online school is fine, but it’s not getting that exposure to different specialties with electives and observerships that’s been particularly difficult.

Though I’m not doing anything really medical-related at the clinic, just being in that environment is encouraging. It’s a motivating reminder of the career that I’m pursuing, and where I’ll be one day. Plus the people at the clinic are very kind.

5. Spent time with my family

Last Friday was Lunar New Year, and Monday was Family Day, so it was very apt that I spent a lot of time with my family this long weekend.

One of the highlights of this pandemic means that there can be more family time for everyone, and that includes my family: my sister has come to work from home for a month and some. This is the longest we’ve lived together as a family in almost four years, and though I was nervous at first for the adjustment, it’s been a seamless transition.

It’s a funny thing to ask of a blog with no readership, but I’ll shoot my shot—how was your week? Anything in particular you’d like to talk about?

x B

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