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Medicine, LGBTQ issues, frugality, minimalism, work-life balance
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When I started to meditate, I arrogantly thought that I would be good at it.  I'm generally pretty good at sitting still, and I can stare off into space for hours, so I figured I'd be a natural.  Nope.Nope nope nope nope nope.My monkey mind is as active as anyone else's.  From the moment I plunk my ass down on my meditation cushion at way-too-early o'clock, my mind starts wandering ...
Posted: Jan 15 2019 @ 9:59 PM
In March of last year, about 5 months after my major breakup, I decided that I was ready to start dating again.  I had gotten past my initial euphoria at leaving a bad relationship, allowed myself to grieve the good parts, and reached the point where I felt okay with being single.  I was ready.As I was getting back into dating, I distinctly remember thinking about how good a mental ...
Posted: Jan 01 2019 @ 12:23 PM
I've been thinking about meditating for years.Although I don't remember specifically, I suspect that I first heard about mindfulness meditation sometime during my medical training.  It was probably during a session on "resiliency" or "work-life balance", and I was probably cursing the fact that I had to sit through an hour of stupid talks before I could get back to the ward to finish my work and go home.  I ...
Posted: Nov 03 2018 @ 6:54 PM
It is 11:33, and I suddenly remembered this blog and NaBloPoMo.  So...I'm sorry.  This is not going to be a particularly inspired post.  It is, in fact, going to just be a list (someone said that lists were completely okay).  I will try to do better.Things I May Write About in the Next 28 Days:-  Meditation-  What to do when all your friends have babies, but you're single and childless-  ...
Posted: Nov 03 2018 @ 1:38 AM
It's NaBloPoMo, one of the worst-named events ever, which means that Rosemary at Creampuff Revolution is blogging again!I haven't blogged in almost two months.  Not sure why...maybe because meditation is making me less angsty, and I am less in need of a public space to vent?  Maybe I'm just lazy?  (Bets on the latter.)I don't know if I will NaBloPoMo this year, but the day is almost over, so I'm ...
Posted: Nov 02 2018 @ 12:06 AM
This weekend marks the one-year anniversary of the beginning of the end of my relationship with my ex, M.  The anniversary of the actual end will be this Wednesday, but I'm going to be on-call that day, and in the interest of not being a disaster at work, I am trying to get all the feels out this weekend.  I spent Saturday alone at a Nordic spa, warming myself in ...
Posted: Sep 03 2018 @ 8:16 PM
Like most women, I could tell you a lifetime of diet stories.  The first one I remember is from grade five, when I was 10 years old, and I decided that I was tired of being the biggest person in my class*, the boys having not hit their pubertal growth spurts yet.  In a moment of inspiration, I created for myself an elaborate system in which I could eat whatever ...
Posted: Aug 25 2018 @ 11:22 AM
When medical schools interview prospective students, the question "How do you deal with stress?", or some variant, inevitably comes up.  Having been an interviewer on a few occasions, I know that every interviewee with at least basic interviewing skills will come up with some combination of the following:ExerciseRestAdequate breaksHealthy eatingMeditationYogaTime with friends and familyEtc.When I said those things in my medical school interviews, just like everyone ...
Posted: Aug 11 2018 @ 5:40 PM
For almost all of my dating life, I have struggled to make failing relationships work.  The queer community in my city is small, so I've tried to convince myself over and over that I can make do with someone who is too loud/too messy/not interesting enough in order to have a partner.  The worst of this was with my second-last ex, whose many good features made me want to overlook ...
Posted: Jul 07 2018 @ 10:48 AM
The first four weeks of my most recent relationship passed in a strange and magical sort of delirium.  Perhaps I have always felt this way at the beginning of a relationship and had simply forgotten, but it seemed more intense and all-consuming than any relationship I'd ever been in.  When we weren't together, we texted constantly, and when not texting, I still thought about her all the time.  It was ...
Posted: Jul 02 2018 @ 8:01 PM


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