Need vs. Want

Dear Readers,

It has been a long time since I’ve updated you on what’s going on with my life.  To be honest, not much has happened.

1) I’ve tried to apply to places to volunteer short term to gain new hands-on experience and clinical knowledge, but I have not had any luck.  I was surprised to get a rejection voice message. It was nice that the volunteer coordinator took the time to call instead of sending me a generic rejection email.  What I don’t understand is why she waited a month after to notify me? Why is it common to notify acceptances right away and rejections a long time after?  A decision has been made, so why not just let the people who were accepted and rejected know at the same time?

If you know me, I am a workaholic.   I feel like a wasted space now.  I want to do something.  It frustrates me that I am wasting my weeks away doing absolutely nothing to benefit myself or society.  On the other hand, I need to relax.

2) I’ve been eating a lot of junk food.  I ate donuts, chips, pizzas, hamburgers, french fries, fried chicken, and Chinese food.

I love food.  I am not going to deny that I enjoy eating junk food.  On the other hand, I need to eat healthier so that I don’t develop diseases and complications and live a poor quality of life.

Clearly, what I need is not what I want.  I am not saying that it’s bad to do what you want.  Sometimes we just need to take a step back and think if this is what we need or want.  Excess in either the need or want option is bad.  Moderation is key!  Feel free to comment and share your need vs. want dilemma.

If any of you readers have any school-related or life-related questions, please let me know!

Until next time, make good choices and live a healthy lifestyle.

Catherine D.

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It’s All in the Head

Dear Readers,

I hope you all are doing well. I miss writing to you all. Even though we haven’t actually interacted, the fact that you’re liking, following, and/or reading what I am writing means a lot and makes me feel supported! After not doing much leisure reading or writing for months, it has been difficult and feels foreign to return to those leisure activities.

A lot has happened since I last blogged. As hard as it may to fathom given the quality posts I published in the past, I am human and far from perfect. I do make mistakes. I do break down. I cried so much these past several weeks than I did this entire year. I also drank soda and ate a lot of sweets and fatty food.

The mind is powerful and can make us mad. We constantly want control of the outcome. We plan and expect things to go or people to behave a certain way. Throughout the process, it probably feels like a life or death situation. In our heads, we’re probably thinking if it doesn’t work out, then we’re at a dead end. If a person behaves differently, then there’s something wrong with that person.

There are some things we can’t control. I am still trying to accept this. Rather than doing what I did and cry yourself to sleep and eat junk food, talk to someone! It’s unhealthy to keep all the built-up emotional baggage to yourself. I know it’s easier said then done, but let’s work on opening up rather than keeping everything inside.

If any of you readers have any school-related or life-related questions, please let me know!

Until next time, make good choices and live a healthy lifestyle.

Catherine D.

Stop and Smell the Roses

Dear Readers,

After several weeks of busyness, I finally have a week break! It’s strange to go from constantly doing what seems like something every hour of the day to doing what seems like nothing every hour of the day. I am not used to the quietness and doing absolutely nothing. During that one week break, my mom took me out to eat a lot in hopes of helping me gain weight. I also got to eat some of mom’s homemade food, so that was nice.

The one week flew by so fast. Before life gets busy, I made it my mission to cook rather than heat up one of those microwavable dinners. The day I got back from break I cooked tomato rice soup, one of the soups my mom used to cook me. Surprisingly, it tasted like her soup!

I was told I have “blinders” on when I work on something. That is, I am so focused I lose sight of my surroundings. The one week break reminded me that it is okay to be unproductive. I do not have to constantly do something. The quietness is pleasant. There’s no need to fill it with noise. My advice for all you workaholics like me: Stop and Smell the Roses. Relax! Take a little bit time out of your busy schedule and do what you enjoy. Don’t let the quietness bother you. It’s actually a beautiful part of life that we mistake as a void or being unproductive.

If any of you readers have any school-related or life-related questions, please let me know!

Until next time, make good choices and live a healthy lifestyle.

Catherine D.

Hellos and Goodbyes

Dear Readers,

Life is full of hellos and goodbyes. A few weeks ago I said more goodbyes than hellos. I said goodbyes before, but they did not leave me feeling so sad. I miss the familiar faces of my colleagues, supervisors, co-workers, and students. During my last days, the reality of not seeing these familiar faces anymore soaked in. What hurt me most was the thought that I will miss them more than they will of me. To them, I may just be another person. One of my students hugged me on his last day, and that assured me that was not entirely true.

These past couple weeks I said more hellos than goodbyes. Sadly, some of these hellos are those hellos where you get acquainted with each other for 2-3 seconds and then forget each other’s names and never interact again. On the other hand, when you continue to interact, these hellos become the start of new friendships. Although a small part of me miss all the people I have said goodbyes to a few weeks ago, I will not grow as a person if I do not distance myself from the old and familiar and welcome new and unfamiliar territory of my life.

If any of you readers have any school-related or life-related questions, please let me know!

Until next time, make good choices and live a healthy lifestyle.

Catherine D.

QUALITY, not quantity!

Dear Readers,

I am bothered that there are some people out there who are more concerned about the quantity (i.e. number) rather than the quality. If you produce an x amount or spent an x amount of hours, but the quality of work and products are poor, then why bother?

For example, as a student, you can spend a lot of hours studying, but not earn the grade you want. Why? During those hours you count as studying, you may be watching TV or be on one of those social media sites. If not for those reasons, it may be that you passively studied–flipping through lecture notes and textbook without engaging and extracting key components of material. You can complain that you spent x amount of hours, but were those quality hours?

The point is to focus on the quality. I am not telling you to be constantly obsessed with every single detail and seek perfection. There is not a problem with paying attention to the details, but you want to use your limited time efficiently. With the work that you do, do not be careless. Make your time and efforts count.

If any of you readers have any school-related or life-related questions, please let me know!

Until next time, make good choices and live a healthy lifestyle.

Catherine D.

Valentine’s Day – Passion or Obsession?

Dear Readers/Followers,

Valentine’s Day is coming up!  I’m sure many of you all have something special planned for your loved ones.  To stay on topic with Valentine’s Day, I want to discuss the topic of passion versus obsession.

Did any of you all watch the season finale of The Biggest Loser?  ***Spoiler Alert*** Just in case you didn’t watch it and plan on watching it, I won’t reveal the winners of this show.  Instead I will say one of the contestants was way too skinny.  If you watched the finale, you know who I am talking about.  I realize that the winning cash prize at the finale is simply a way to motivate contestants to lose weight, but some contestants get caught up in the competition, be obsessed with getting the highest percent weight loss, and lose far too much that his or her BMI is below the normal range.

Often the fine line between passion and obsession is blurred, and obsession is confused with passion, because we are so caught up with what we are doing.  I am no exception.  I admit I get caught on a project or goal.  We need to step back and reflect upon why we began that project or goal.  If we don’t, we lose sight and track just like that contestant on The Biggest Loser who lost too much weight.  This contestant, like the other contestants, was on the show, because this contestant wanted to be HEALTHY.

If any of you readers have any school-related or life-related questions, please let me know!

Until next time, make good choices and live a healthy lifestyle.

Catherine D.

Holiday Season

Dear Readers/Followers,

It’s now the holiday season.  Not only is it the season of giving, it is the season of eating.  When I think of the holidays, I think of sweets such as cookies, ice cream, candies, cakes, and pies.  If they’re made available at home, we will be tempted to eat them.  After all, it’s there and it’s convenient just like food at fast food restaurants.  You don’t have to put much effort in preparing the food for eating.  It’s fast and easy.  Yes, these food taste delicious, but are they good for your heath?  Let’s replace these unhealthy sweets with fruits and vegetables at home.  So that the next time you’re hungry, you can chew on an apple or a carrot.  This does not mean you have to give up sweets all together.  The key is to not overindulge.

If any of you readers have any school-related or life-related questions, please let me know!

Until next time, make good choices and live a healthy lifestyle.

Catherine D.

Thanksgiving

Dear Readers/Followers,words w friends

You may wonder why I embedded a picture of a game of Words with Friends to the right.  It will make sense as you continue reading.  If you are not familiar with the game of Words with Friends, it is like an online game of Scrabble.

If you play Scrabble or Words with Friends, you know that sometimes you are dealt with a hand of unfavorable letters.  For example, you may given either all consonants or all vowels.  Like life, we are sometimes placed in unfortunate circumstances out of our control.  We have to work with what we have.  Sometimes we can’t build a word with the letters that we are given, and it is okay to admit to temporal defeat and hit pass or swap, allowing others to help you (aka asking for help) or utilizing new letters (aka approach).  Not asking for help and using the same dead end approach is futile and insane.  As defined by Albert Einstein, “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, despite the challenges or obstacles of life we have to work with or overcome, reflect on and be thankful for all the good aspect of life.

If any of you readers have any school-related or life-related questions, please let me know!

Until next time, make good choices and live a healthy lifestyle.

Catherine D.

Patience

Dear Readers,

Sorry for not posting on WordPress for a long time!  I’ve been keeping myself busy mostly reading and writing works on Wattpad.  I’m also relearning how to play Sonatina in C Major Op. 36 No. 1 by Muzio Clementi on the piano.   Just like most things in life, success is not instant.  When I started off relearning the song, I had to refamilarize myself with the notes.  Then, I have to learn how to play the left and right hand simultaneously with the right rhythm.  Anyway, the constant failed attempts are frustrating and discouraging, because I expected instant success and gratification for my efforts.  Like most things in life, be patient.  Work at the goal, because achievement of success is not a smooth path.

If any of you readers have any school-related or life-related questions, please let me know!

Until next time, make good choices and live a healthy lifestyle.

Catherine D.

Happy Belated Labor Day

Hello Everybody!

Happy Belated Labor Day!  I hope you all had a great day off or at least allowed yourself some time to have a break.  Although you are doing a great thing by contributing to society, remember to take care of yourself as well!

If any of you readers have any school-related or life-related questions, please let me know!

Until next time, make good choices and live a healthy lifestyle.

Catherine D.