I am often asked how I find balance amongst all the things that I am trying to do — full time school, work, my new hubby, two puppies, research, community involvement, physician shadowing, MCAT and GAMSAT prep, leadership building experiences, relationships with family and friends, and my own mental, spiritual, emotional and physical health and well-being..
The truth is simply that I don’t. I try my hardest and do my best to prioritize and focus on what matters most. Some weeks that means I give up climbing or social interactions for extra hours studying or in the lab. Other days it means I give myself a little break from the books to coach a competition, get some me time, or dedicate my time to one of the many causes I am passionate about. Other times it means I put everything aside to take my puppies for an extra walk, to be there for a friend in need, or to spend some quality time with my husband that doesn’t involve my laptop open or my face buried in a text book. Some weeks I feel accomplished and proud of myself and others I feel inadequate and worn out. What I have come to learn in my pursuit of “having it all” is that we certainly can’t have it all at once.. and I am ok with that. I am slowly but surely learning how to be perfectly content in my imperfections, my inadequacies, and my imbalances, and that is the most wonderful of feelings