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Thankful Thursdays
therapy

Thankful Thursdays

Malibu Beach People who meet me tend to perceive me as a positive person, but I’ll admit that I wasn’t always that way.  I was quite the complainer growing up and blamed others if things didn’t go my way.  My negativity improved through maturation over time, but my four years of psychiatric residency training certainly helped … Continue reading

Stay or Leave?
Psychiatry / therapy

Stay or Leave?

Office Balcony Sunset I recently made a difficult decision regarding my job, which triggered feelings of uncertainty, fear, and self-doubt.  In the process of contemplating my decision, I recalled one of my patients, a college student who struggled with depression.  Despite going to a prestigious university, his overwhelming fear of not getting accepted into law school further … Continue reading

Delayed Journey
Psychiatry / therapy / Travel

Delayed Journey

Sedona, AZ Confusion about my career path, difficulties prioritizing, and a busy schedule are the only excuses I have for going eight whole months without writing a blog post.  If you asked me one year ago to describe how I envisioned my life would be post-residency, I would have said “happy,” “free,” “liberated,” “fun.”  However, a few months after buying my … Continue reading

Know Your Limit
Psychiatry

Know Your Limit

  Came home from work late today…again. I’m passionate about my job as a psychiatrist and spent about two hours with each patient that I was called to consult on the medical floor this weekend.  Lunch and dinner were an afterthought.  I felt the hunger pangs, but pushed on because the appreciation received from each patient for … Continue reading

Popular Party-Pooper
Psychiatry

Popular Party-Pooper

{Port Hueneme Pier} Introvert = energized by activities alone Extrovert = energized by activities around people Introvert tends to negatively associate with being a “loner” or “party pooper” and conversely, one may assume that an extrovert is “the life of the party.”  Growing up in southern CA, I felt pressure to be an extrovert because who really wants to be viewed … Continue reading

New Beginnings
Psychiatry / therapy

New Beginnings

Taking in the scenery from my balcony on my last day in Oregon I’m currently sitting on my couch wearing gym attire contemplating whether or not to head to the gym.  Five minutes into a repeat episode of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” I convince myself of an alternate plan to work out at 5am tomorrow before going to clinic (I confess that this is … Continue reading

Oregon Trails
Travel

Oregon Trails

The countdown of the last eight years of medical school and residency seemed never-ending, but the remaining seven weeks until graduation seem to fly by way too fast.  So much has happened in the last six months since my latest blogpost, which includes securing a new job as an outpatient psychiatrist back home in southern California, finishing my … Continue reading

A Life of Distractions
Psychiatry

A Life of Distractions

{sunny skies in Los Angeles}  Life gets hectic.  Projects fall to the wayside, self-care less prioritized, hobbies take a backseat, laundry piles up, house chaotically clutters — a reflection of our minds overly-stressed from numerous tasks and obligations.  Neglecting my blog for the last 2.5 months was an unfortunate bi-product of  accomodating my piling “to-do” list these past few months … Continue reading

Sunset, Sunrise
Travel

Sunset, Sunrise

{another sunset in Waikiki} Written on May 10, 2011… I just returned from an extremely quick and busy trip to Oahu, then LA, then the Philippines, then nor-cal, and now back to Oregon.  Overall, my trip was amazing, inspirational, sad, surreal, spiritual, traditional, and much more words I can’t even recall due overwhelming jet-lag.  Unforgettable.  I’ve watched … Continue reading