Becoming a physician may have been my biggest accomplishment, but there is so much more I want to share with all of you!
I am a first generation college student from a small town in Michigan. None of my family members had experience in the medical field, but I fell in love with science and medicine at the young age of 10 years old. I am now an Emergency Medicine Physician based out of a coastal, community hospital in Southern California.My college experience began at Arizona State University; I completed medical school at The Ohio State University, and finished my residency training at the University of California Irvine. Once you get to know me, you will see that my path to medicine was not as straight and easy as it may seem, and I often found it challenging to maintain a good work/life balance. It took many years, and a whole lot of soul searching, motivation, and attitude changes.
I always knew I wanted to share my life experiences and educate others outside of my workplace somehow, but I never thought it would be through a blog. My social media journey started one day at the hair salon, when my stylist who I had known for about a year, told me to stop talking about it and start doing it. I made my Instagram account right there in that chair, and have fallen in love with having a social media presence, ever since that day.
This blog is intended to give you a glimpse into my crazy beautiful life in medicine, with many health/wellness/lifestyle tips along the way. No one said following your dreams would be easy, you are not alone, but I am living proof that you can have a successful, busy career AND a healthy lifestyle full of things that make you happy.
Learn the Majestic Mantra!
- Everything in moderation.
I apply this to all aspects of life! I don’t follow a strict diet. I just try to be as healthy as possible and indulge sometimes without feeling bad about myself. I exercise regularly but I know my career doesn’t allow for it everyday. I balance my social activities with what I know my body needs, like sleep and quiet time.
- Quality over quantity.
This is my favorite principle to apply to my life. I used to worry constantly about whether I was studying enough, exercising enough, spending the right amount of time on friends/family. I spent so much time worrying about TIME, that I wasn’t doing quality work. Now, I focus on quality reading, studying, exercise, fun and worry less about how much time I’m actually doing these things. Spending a ton of time on something does not necessarily mean the quality is high.
- Excellence is not a skill; it’s an attitude (Ralph Marston).
I have noticed throughout my career path that if you maintain a good attitude, you can perform excellent work and skill will develop. Attitude is literally everything. And surrounding yourself with others who practice the same mindset can have a dramatically positive effect on your life!
- Know your priorities.
You may love a lot of things, but if you love yourself, you know that squeezing everything in isn’t always an option. Identify the things in life that make you feel like, well… you! The things you can’t live without. The things that make you so happy. Do those things with a passion and never give them up. Not for school, not for your job, not for anyone else.