Friday love list: Staying awake edition

IT’S FINALLY FRIDAY!!!!!!!! (in case you can’t tell, I am ridiculously excited about this fact). *And* I even feel semi-awake (compared to during my post-run shower last night during which I washed my hair with body wash…)

I know today is going to be amazing because:

1. I woke up 15 minutes before my alarm. Feeling refreshed. What is this sorcery?

2. Neutrogena Visibly Bright face wash has made my crack of dawn skin look glowing and, well, awake instead of like a puffy eyed zombie.


3. I have copious amounts of my morning go-to drink: black tea with milk. Lately my caffeine of choice has been tea…and I’m finally starting to like green tea. I used to think it tasted like grass but now, with a little stevia, I’m starting to realize it’s delicious.

4. The sun started peaking out at 6:30 am. Seriously, that is amazing. Instead of heading to school in the pitch black, it’s finally sunny enough that my brain realizes it’s actually day time and it’s actually time to be functioning.

5. I *may* have lost 2 pounds! Not a huge deal in the grand scheme of things but at least a little of my effort is showing. I’ve gained about 10 pounds in the past year which has *not* made me overweight…but I can’t fit into a lot of my clothes which is disconcerting mainly because I’m poor and can’t afford to buy new ones…

6. I can wear normal people clothes to school today because I have no patients! I love scrubs as much as the next person and business casual makes me feel like I know what’s up. But there’s nothing better than a sweatshirt you’ve had for years.

{Oh, and yesterday I ran 4.3 very, very slow and plodding miles on the treadmill. But yay for a longer run!}

So, without much ado….

good morning


What are your Friday plans? 

The boy and I are going to lame it up with a home-cooked dinner, mall-walking, and grocery shopping. We are literally the life of the party.


Friday love list: TGIF edition

It’d be a complete and total bald-faced lie to say that today wasn’t rough. I’ve been having a lot of these days lately. To put it nicely school is just beating me to a pulp. I can’t seem to win for losing. I put in more effort and things seem to go worse.

So instead of dwelling on it, I decided to rush home and get cozy.

It’s Friday and I’m in love with being cozy.

1. Big, old pajama pants are literally the. best. cozy clothes. Putting on my pajamas never fails to make me feel better.

2. Hot tea + milk. Enough said.

3. Old episodes of Friends. Again, does this really need explanation?

4. My snowflake fleece blanket. Being warm is the pre-cursor to cozy.

{How do ya’ll deal with a bad day?}

Friday love list: Health edition

Lately I’ve noticed quite a contradiction in my life: I spent most of my days learning how to heal people and help people get healthier yet I find myself eating potato chips for dinner because I have a research paper to write or getting McDonald’s on the way home because I was just too tired after a day in the clinic to even think about cooking anything.

So basically, I learn how to make other people healthy yet I don’t apply that knowledge to myself.

Not cool.

Thankfully I’ve managed to retain some shreds of my former healthy self.

It’s Friday, and I’m in love with:

Iced coffee with 1% organic milk. I’ll spare the awful details right now but I never drink conventional milk if I can help it.

8 hours of sleep. Anything less and I become an overly caffeinated, mood swinging mess.

Talking and cuddling with the boy after a rough day. Communication is therapeutic.

Taking Grey’s Anatomy breaks. I’m a pure over-achiever but I always call it quits by 6:30 pm for some well-earned time with Dr. McDreamy.

Greek salads. My diet has left very much to desire lately so thank goodness for Greek salads.

The fact that I love what I’m doing. If I didn’t truly believe in what I am working towards, I would never be able to make it through the day…let alone write 3 research papers on different topics, back to back. I am so lucky that I had every single opportunity I needed growing up to get me to where I am now and that I found something that I am truly passionate about. Not everyone can say they truly love their job.

Maybe it’s just because I’m a “newbie” and am not yet jaded/beaten down by the system, but I’m hoping that I never lose my drive and love for helping others.

What are you truly passionate about? 

Friday Love List: Growing up edition

Yesterday afternoon I was sitting in Panera, dreading my drive, failing at concentrating on my paper, and wishing I could spend the weekend on the couch in my apartment instead of having to apartment search. I have been filled with anxiety. So I took up eavesdropping.

Enter the best thing I could have possibly heard at that moment. A businessman, trying to ask a girl why she was hesitating over taking a job, said, “Are you really not wanting to take this job because of your insecurities? You need to be a big girl and make this decision for yourself. But consider this, do you want your future children to have these same insecurities? The only way you can ensure they don’t is by getting over them yourself.”

Okay, so he could have been a little more sensitive, but he spoke the truth. Did I really want to give up an amazing opportunity just because I was scared to move to a new city?


Was I terrified to mail in the official letter accepting acceptance?


Am I terrified to move on to a new stage in my life?

Oh yes. But it will be worth it.

It’s Friday, and I’m in love with:

The boy, who puts up with my nervous breakdowns and loves me no matter what

My car, which is hold but has carried me many miles over these past few weekends

Unlimited Panera iced tea. Having a straw to chew on is apparently a stress reliever

The Internet. Without access I don’t know how I’d even begin to search for apartments in a city 3 hours away.

My body. Alright, so I’m currently sick, but that’s just my body’s way of saying, “slow down and take care of yourself”.

Friday love list: spring break edition

This semester has flown by. Yowsa. I feel conflicted over this realization; on one hand I am that much closer to my end goal and other the other hand, well, I am that much closer to my end goal. Growing up is some scary stuff and this past week has been filled with some very real, oh-my-gosh-I’m-a-grownup feelings. But those feelings are also wonderful because I love knowing I can accomplish anything I set out to do.

With that said, I am glad that I’m not yet a full-blown grownup and I still get spring break. So very, very glad.

It’s Friday, and I’m in love with:

Reading magazines and drinking warm tea in bed in the morning (breakfast in bed rocks!)

Getting to run whenever I feel like it, not when my schedule dictates

Having no meetings, appointments, or classes for a week

Getting to see my friends and family soon!

Driving to Whole Foods for lunch in the middle of the day, just because I can

Getting to breathe, relax, and recharge for the rest of the semester

Happy Friday!!!

Friday love list: So much tired edition

I don’t know what it is about my weeks lately. They seem to just want to beat me into submission! But I’m a college student who drinks decaf coffee voluntarily, I ain’t scared of a little tired. Take that, crazy schedule!

It’s Friday, and I’m in love with:

The fact that I slept until 8 am this morning. 7 am wake up calls do take their toll on me when my days last 10 hours.

Coffee. Even though I’ve only been drinking decaf, it helps me feel a little more awake.

Olive Garden’s minestrone soup. Perfect for a Thursday night, “I don’t feel like even attempting to cook” dinners.

Laughing hysterically for no reason just because I am exhausted and think everything is hilarious

My bed. And pillows. And blankets. And robe. And early bed times.

Having only 1 class, 1 clinic appointment, and 1 meeting. Thank you for being gentle on me, Friday.


Happy Friday!!!

Friday love list: Road trip edition

Driving 6 hours is tiring. But it’s also freeing. After a hectic few weeks, getting out on the open highway just driving felt spectacular. Sure, driving longer distances comes with its own set of stresses but not having to worry about exams or studying or clinic schedules is like lifting a gigantic weight off of my shoulders. And I’ve always loved knowing that I am out being adventurous when other people are stuck in class. Basically, this weekend was just what I needed to get my spunky spirit back.

It’s Friday, and I’m in love with:

Singing out loud at the top of my lungs while driving down the highway

Blueberry bagels with peanut butter

Counting out of state license plates

Not having to go to class. Or study.

Being filled with an adventurous spirit and feeling as if I could conquer anything

Happy Friday!

Friday love list: Busy, busy bee edition

I cannot express how ecstatic I am that today is the most perfect day of the week. It’s Friday! I feel like I have been running around like a crazy person every single day this week and spending every spare second of my day trying to get something accomplished. Granted, I accomplished quite a bit but being so productive is exhausting after a while! My body is screaming, “hey crazy lady, take a break!” And that is fully what I intend to do this weekend: spend lots of time relaxing in my pajamas, eating cinnamon buns, running, and prepping for the week ahead. Does that not sound blissful?

It’s Friday, and I’m in love with:

Getting to sleep until 8:30 am. After 3 early mornings in a row, I’m thankful to be able to sleep in.

More free time. No clinic hours, only one class, only one afternoon meeting. Life is good.

The beautiful weather. Dragging myself around campus is much easier when it’s warm out.

Getting to sit on my couch and do absolutely nothing

The fact that I have no classes or meetings for 2 day. I may have a lot of work to this weekend, but I have no schedule!

Getting a short week next week (I’m going out of town Thursday and Friday!)

Panera smoothies. I have a free one on my myPanera card and I cannot wait to indulge!

Cinnamon buns, scones, and pizza…the diet of a tired and busy student

I don’t know that I have any plans for tonight but that doesn’t even matter. I am so completely and utterly thankful that it’s Friday!!!

Friday love list: Valentine’s edition

Excuse my French, but it has been a long ass week. I am always thankful for Friday to roll around but I am especially thankful for this Friday because it means time to catch my breath, clean my apartment, and spend time with the boy. And it means that Valentine’s Day is Monday and I am so excited to spend it with someone who I love so much that my heart could burst!

It’s Friday, and I’m in love with:

The boy, who buys me frozen yogurt when I’m feeling down

Decaf coffee + milk + Splenda. Mmm, fake sugar.

Holding hands in the grocery store

My new parking space. It’s right up next to my building and practically the best Valentine’s Day present to myself, ever.

Planning date nights and getting all giddy

Goodnight kisses

Pink frosted cookies and assorted chocolate boxes

Happy Friday! I think I’ve been bitten by the mushy bug!

Friday love list: Paper writing edition

This week seemed to fly by! Fridays are basically perfect in my world; I get to sleep in until 8:30, be finished with class by 11, and spend the afternoon either running, hunkered down at Panera, or in low-key meetings. If every day could feel like Friday, I think the world would be a much less hostile place!

It’s Friday, and I’m in love with:

Panera! I love their coffee and pastries and lunches and breakfasts. Basically, it’s the perfect place to camp out and paper write (except for the fact that during lunch time their Interwebs are restricted to 30 minutes)

Writing on legal pads. I don’t know what it is about legal pads but they make me feel so studious

Discovering new topics and facts that I am completely passionate about

People watching and crossword puzzling while I should be researching

Getting an amazing grade on a paper that I felt less than confident about

Having my professor tell me she was impressed with my paper proposal

Feeling productive

Crossing items off of my to-do list

Finding an amazing pen hidden at the bottom of my pencil case

The fact that it’s FRIDAY!!!!!!!!!!

Happy Friday! Do you have any weekend plans? I’m looking forward to a low key and relaxing time. I think my weekend project might be a vision board