Sunday, January 26, 2014

A week of firsts...

Hello all!  So far I am already doing better writing in my blog.  I have a few topics that I'd like to discuss in future posts too, but for now I'd just like to reflect on the past week I had.  It was ah-ma-zing.  I had a week of firsts.  Well, 2 first.  2 big first in my life.  The first was all the hard work I have put in, the miles I have ran (122+ to be exact) since October and the pain my body has been through was put to the test one week ago at the PF Chang's 1/2 marathon.  I can now proudly call myself a half marathoner.  I DID IT!  I made it to the finish line.  Did I doubt that I could do it?  Heck no.  I knew it wouldn't be easy, but I also knew if I put my mind to it, I could make it happen and it sure did.  The last 3 miles were pretty painful, but all that pain was soon forgotten when I crossed that finish line and got my heavy metal of accomplishment.  I still can't believe I really did a 1/2 marathon.  Thank you to everyone who donated.  Our team raised over $11,000 for Phoenix Children's Hospital.  Your generosity not only made me finish the race but it will save a childs life, somthank you. Now I am left with such an overwhelming sense of accomplishment, 2 blisters, a bloody toe and now a toenail falling off (sorry for the gruesome details).  I have also never been as sore as I have been in my entire life, but once again all the pain was a sign of an accomplishment.  Now what's next you ask?  A full marathon?  I think I need some new shoes first....

I also put my mind to something else as I started the new year.  If I want something bad enough and I put my mind to it, it will come.  I realized this week my mind is finally cooperating with me!  I got my first B in HUBI (on a major test!)!  I know that doesn't sound super exciting because I'm sure you (like me) are hoping I get A's but if you have read any of my previous posts, med school ain't easy.  And, it's a testament to myself that I am even "good" at school again!  I am just relieved and happy that the adjustments I have made are paying off.  So far so good and I am going to stick with my new routine.  Some powerful messages from classmates have been emailed/posted tonight about our reason for being where we are now.  I know without a doubt that I am where I supposed to be.  I know without a doubt I am supposed to be a doctor.  Of course I have some moments of doubt, but when I come back to reality and really think about my purpose and reason for doing so, it is exactly where I am supposed to be.

As the week concludes I hope to continue this "high" into this week and weeks to come.  I am excited to get back into the gym this week and do something else other than running!  So, as we start this new week just remember to relax, enjoy life and don't sweat the small stuff.   I'll leave you with a quote I posted on Instagram earlier this week that I truly believe in.  "If you are depressed, you are living in the past.  If you are anxious you are living in the future.  If you are at peace you are living in the present."

Till the next time...

Love, Erin

PS:  Here are some pictures and a song from PINK that I LOVE.  It just seemed fitting for this post.

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