Hey there

I know I have been MIA.  It’s bugging me too, don’t worry.  My brain is full.  Too full to pull anything out of besides ECG strips, medication doses and ACLS algorithms. Yes, this is my life lately.  ER training.  But I’m loving every single minute of it. December 3rd is the big day.  The day where I get to breathe a sigh of relief in finishing my program, while moving into panic mode when I actually begin working in the ER – minus the “student” tag on my badge.  But. That means having actual days off with more adventures and more pictures to share.  Get ready…

On my yoga mat last night, a quote was read at the end of class:

Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it’.

– Dalai Lama

I don’t know what I liked about this quote so much, but it rang true.  Maybe because I was able to relate it to pretty much anything in our lives, whether we know it or not.  The Saturday nights you gave up in order to train at the crack of dawn for a race.  Or, the chocolate cake you passed by that was calling your name in order to feel your ‘size heathy’. The lack of social life you seem to have whilst in school (or is that just me??), in order to reach further in your career.  Of where you want to be.

In order to reach a goal, we often have to give up certain things.  Be proud of this.  Be proud of sticking to your guns and going after what you want.  If we didn’t have to give up anything, the rewards probably wouldn’t feel so great.  So remember this the next time you feel like a dork for having to say no.  There’s a reason why you want it so bad.  Remind yourself of this, and give yourself a pat on the back.  It will feel that much better when you get to where you are after.  It always does.  

Smile with your heart!

(Pictures from Joffre Leaks, Pemberton, BC)

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  1. I love you Jen!! Been missing your blog posts. They always seem to show up right when I need them. Thanks for the reminders of how awesome life is even when it feels like its not. Sacrafice = Rewards!! Such a gift! You are awesome! So proud of how hard you’ve worked to get where you are. Good luck with the rest of your training!

  2. I simply love that quote. I needed to read that. It will be something I keep in mind as I toil through nursing school. Thanks for sharing!!!

    BTW, those nature photos are breathtakingly beautiful. What a campsite you had!!!

  3. Good to hear you are doing well. Don’t you just love it when you get words of inspiration that just seem to fit with what you are doing at the time? Keep up the good work and taking time to play outside. Beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Reading your blog makes me so happy, you are so wholesome and inspire the carpe diem way to live (the only way!)

    Really big *clinkclick cheers, woman, I aspire to achieve dreams like yours!

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