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Back to Rome

Okay, so last week I kind of skipped out on the Building Rome Challenge. This wasn’t because I was giving up, and not because I didn’t accomplish the goals and felt “unaccountable,” but because last week was just a really crappy week for me.  Anyhow, I am back on the wagon – and in perfect time, since this week’s theme is about working past roadblocks.

As most of you know, I have the major mental roadblock about being rejected and starting residency in a program that I don’t really want to be in.  This is something I really, REALLY need to get past.  I don’t think it will happen in a week, or in a month (I mean, it’s already been a month and I’m still struggling with it).  However, I guess here is as good a place as any to start and to work on getting over this.

Last weeks goals (well, the week before) were:

1. To run 3 times
2. To work on mindfulness exercises
3. To take some “me time” every day.

I am very happy to say that over the past week and a half, since I set these goals, I have actually done a great job of meeting them!

1. Two weeks ago I ran 3 times.  Last week I only ran twice.  I was going to run yesterday (which would have made 3, but I was post-call (and therefore tired) and K texted me as I was contemplating going and said she was ready for our “phone date” early… I decided that I needed the friend therapy more than I needed the run…

2. Last week I downloaded a mindfulness app onto my phone.  It is called Headspace.  Basically it is daily 10 minute mindfulness meditations that you can do anywhere.  You are supposed to do them every day and so far I have done the first 6 in a row (daily).  I bring my headphones to work and I try to find 10 minutes when I think I won’t be disturbed to sit and do the exercise.  I know that the best effects of mindfulness meditation comes from daily practice, so I’m hoping that I can get myself into the habit of doing this daily.

3. The “me time” has been a little bit of a challenge, but I think if I consider the running and the meditating as “me time,” then I’ve definitely had some every day.  I have also tried to stay on top of taking baths, reading a book (I started a new book but only read a few pages) and even just sitting down in a quite spot and opening my gift from K (Only 4 left 😦 ).  I think there is some room for improvement on this one, but I know it will always be a challenge seeing as how I regularly work 11 hour days, and then throw in a 24 hour shift every 4-5 days… Time, in general, is not very easy for me to come by these days.

Anyhow, this week’s goals might be a bit lofty, but I’ll see how they go.

1. Write a post for the Stories That Must Not Die.
2. Run 3 times
3. Continue with mindfulness exercises everyday4. Finish assembling my “thankfulness gift” journal that I’ve been writing in for K (because I’m going back “home” for the long weekend and I’m going to see her!)
5. Focus on the things I like about my new program and city instead of the things I miss about “home”

Wish me luck on all of these things!

7 thoughts on “Back to Rome

  1. New city and life is always so challenging. I really need to see if I can find that app. I think work is trying to destroy my heart right now and could use some meditation. Good to see you back!! 😀


  2. I will have to check that app out, fits right in with the advice I was given again this afternoon. Good going on the other goals and here’s to the weeks ahead falling into a better routine professionally and personally.


  3. Even though your time is truly not your own, you are developing practices with the meditation and the running. That will lead to good things. The thankfulness gift journal sounds like me time to me. 🙂 I think you’re doing awesome. I like your take this week on focusing on the things you like about your new situation. Sometimes, a little shift in perspective can do wonders. (At least, that’s what I keep telling myself while I’m struggling with things.) I’m still in awe of everything you’re doing!


  4. Wish me luck on all of these things!

    Obi-Wan “Ben” Kenobi says: “In my experience, there’s no such thing as luck.” I am inclined to agree, although I still will give good fortune its due. So I wish you strength to take the best advantage of the opportunities you are given.

    Mindfulness exercises are good. I have studied the Eastern paths here and there, and I know it is a part of Buddhism. I think they are wonderful in their plain, unfettered simplicity; compared to Taoist water meditation, mindfulness is so much less complicated, and easier to do anytime. It’s something I need to remember to do myself.


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