there's a blank space on the wall next to me where my board prep calendar used to taunt me daily with its assigned subjects to review and PREP questions to complete. i certainly did NOT kill myself studying for the exam, but it did take up a fair amount of mental energy daily -- energy that i am excited to repurpose for other things!
you know, things like:
loading up a virtual shopping cart with sale merchandise (and then promptly closing the window):
writing aspirational lists . . .
and baking fall treats . . .
oh wait, i guess i was already doing all of these things! to be honest, i really didn't sacrifice fun/relaxation while prepping for the exam. instead, what has been missing is focus on the rest of my work-life, including:
☑ learning pediatric endocrinology. every time i took notes on yet another chapter of laughing your way (by the way, IF (and only if) i passed, i highly recommend this book), i was spending that time not reading about precocious puberty, vitamin D deficiency, new diabetes research, or the like. i am excited to start studying these topics which (thankfully) are way more interesting to me than yet another review of crazily-named syndromes or developmental milestones.
☑ writing grants. i will be applying for at least two grants this year that are due in december. i am determined not to let this ruin my fall, but i am definitely having some trouble being productive. this assignment looms so large (and intimidating) to me that i am having difficulty breaking it into manageable tasks. however, it's not really all that long-range of a project anymore!
my goal today is to make a new calendar -- this one devoted to these new challenges as outlined above. i really want to break this into manageable pieces that do not consume me and that allow room for fun.
any tips for breaking up a large and intimidating project? scientists: any grant-writing advice!? as always, i'd love to read what you all have to offer . . . i'm always so impressed with your wisdom and insight.
workout: 5 mile victory run after the test! pace = ??? maybe 9ish?
celebration dinner: after a brief stop at city beverage to toast being done with my former residency-mates, josh and i headed to lantern to celebrate over a wonderful dinner.
i did not take photos (it was incredibly dark!) but as usual, the execution of their asian fusion menu was flawless -- from the pork-and-crab spring roll appetizer to my lettuce wraps entrée to the local grape, caramel, and hazelnut sundae we shared for dessert (as amazing as it sounds). josh and i noted that very little has changed at the west franklin street standby since we first tried it ~8 years ago -- but in this case, if it ain't broke . . .
peds board prep: is OVER! hopefully, forever.