I’ve been thinking about how I should format this first blog post in TWO MONTHS.
The best thing I can come up with to make it as concise yet comprehensive as possible is to do a sort of “interview” with myself.
First of all: how are you? It’s been quite the
summer year so far. I consistently feel like the gif of Elmo in a sea of fire. It hits deep.
So here’s the interview with myself, in case you were interested.
What have you been doing since you last posted on the blog?
I was studying for the national physical therapy boards examination, which I took on July 28th. I am currently awaiting the results, and I am honestly nErVoUs; it was a challenging exam.
Last Saturday, I moved back home to New York (although “home” is a relative term, because I feel like Boston is a very real home to me now). So a lot of the last two months was also filled with relishing as much time as possible with loved ones in Boston while studying and keeping social distance.
Why did you decide to go back to New York?
Some practical/financial reasons mostly, which are now even more pronounced thanks to COVID. From the spiritual side of things, I feel like New York is where I am supposed to be, and I cannot pinpoint the specific reason for that. In retrospect, moving to Boston for college was a result of both practical reasons and a feeling of peace, even if I did not know what was ahead… and look how well that turned out 🙂
I am very grateful for my family allowing me to stay at home during this time!
So when do you start practicing physical therapy for real?
Good question. Given the current employment climate, your guess is as good as mine. I applied to a couple residency programs earlier this year, one of which I did not get into, and the other was cancelled due to COVID. Currently, just doing my best to seek and find!
Besides applying for jobs, I’m taking this interim to help around the house, work on some new/old fitness skills, BLOG (hi!), pray, and find different ways to serve and grow here in NY. Oh, and dance in the kitchen unapologetically.
Any follow-up to your last blog post re: justice for black lives?
There has been continual reading, listening, learning, aching, discussing (sometimes debating), supporting, and growing going on in my own life and in the community of people around me (even if through social media).
I can now highly recommend the book Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. My friends and I shared great conversations over the book, and I believe that it has changed us to be more aware, less passive, and more active against deeply planted racism in America and, in many cases, our own hearts. It’s a pretty quick read and very beautifully written.
The division about nearly every human issue in this nation is heart-wrenching. But the triumph of Goodness and Truth, although subtle and sometimes hard to sense, is always there, and I trust in that.
By the way, you can sign the new petition for Breonna Taylor here.
What is currently on your heart?
(I put this question in here because that’s what this blog is about, so I was going to share it sooner or later anyway.)
Well, besides all of the above, the current thing I feel I need to improve upon is staying true to my authentic self when I’m in any sort of social situation — with family, friends, strangers, anyone. Not saying I’ve been acting differently or “I’ve been hiding who I am!” Nah nah nah. What I’m saying is that sometimes I think I need to stand my ground more when I want to say something that I think is true OR refrain from any conversations / actions that I don’t think are the best, morally speaking.
I am the wettest noodle of all wet noodles, who is too agreeable for her own good. I know very well the standards I strive to maintain in my life — the integrity and love with which I want to live. And I need to start living by those things with more confidence, even if other people don’t necessarily feel warm and fuzzy about it all the time, including (especially) myself.
“There is no truth without love and no love without truth.”
Will you blog more now?
Hopefully! I think this blog/world could use some more light and things that edify the heart, so I am hoping to share more of my blog’s founding principles — prayer, eating, moving, and grooving — in a simple and engaging way to keep you feeling hopeful as well.
I just used hope three times. Get after that stuff.
Happy Friday! I truly hope you are doing well and staying healthy. ♥︎ Thanks for stopping by.
So tell me:
What have you been up to the last two months?
Do you ever struggle with being too agreeable? Or perhaps too confrontational?
What’s one great thing that has happened to you this week?