JOY and Trusting Acceptance

With the new year being only a few days away I have found myself thinking about New Year’s Resolutions. There’s a part of me that actually hates the new year’s resolution bandwagon, I have even written about it in the past. My qualm with it is that I feel like life changes should not be limited…

To the Woman Who Wonders if She’ll Ever be Enough

As women, I think our self-worth is attacked so much. Many of us have, at one point or another, experienced a feeling of being “too much to handle” and “not enough” all at the same time. We feel like we’re too broken for somebody to love, we’re too needy, we’re too much work. Or we…

The Need for Confession

As a convert to Catholicism I quickly learned that I had a greater knowledge base than a cradle Catholic because of going through RCIA and getting foundational faith teachings at a mature age, and because I was choosing the faith I think I was probably more willing to learn.. And most of the church teachings…

An Advent Challenge

It’s still extremely surreal to me that I finished nursing school. That come January I won’t be going back to class, that there are no more 8 am lectures, no more care plans, no more monthly exams, no more finals. I know I’ll never stop learning. I know I’ll never stop wanting to learn more,…

That’s All Folks 

Friday was a momenteous day for me. After 5 and a half years I walked out of the gates at capital university for the last time as a student and it felt so good. As excited as I am for what’s next I can’t believe it’s finally over.  I thought about doing a sappy Facebook…

Wishing for Better

As we near the end of the year, I keep seeing these things on facebook saying something to the effect of “I hope 2017 is better than 2016″. And to be totally honest those kinda things frustrate me so much! There seems to be this perception that life is supposed to be all rainbows and…

Hump Day Inspiration – Mother Teresa Edition

In light of so much negativity and obsessing over the results of this most recent election, and in light of the exhaustion that strikes many teachers and students at this time of year I thought I would share a tid-bit of what I’ve been reading and reflecting on from Mother Teresa. Mother Teresa so often…

These Hands

A couple weeks ago I found myself thinking about all these hands have done in my short 23 years of life. I was largely reflecting on the work they’ve done in the hospital. These hands have done chest compressions trying to save a life These hands have wiped tears while patients cried They have rubbed…

Letting Go of Perfectionism

About a month ago I went to confession. I had the option to do face to face or to go behind a screen. I opted to go face-to-face and it was maybe one of the best decisions I have made. As I went through my sins the priest could see my facial expressions and see…

A Change in Mission

This semester has been – hmm – insane. It’s been so good. I love my clinical. I don’t mind class (maybe my perspective skewed because graduation is less than 50 days away so I don’t care all too much). I love my preceptor. But it has been busy, so busy and so hard in different…

What if we lived authentically?

When I started this post it was going a very different direction than it’s going to end up going… I was thinking about pain and about the patients I see in the ED(emergency department). Most people who come to the ED come because they are experiencing pain in some capacity. One of my first shifts…

Are You Willing to Face Your Wounds?

The last several months have felt like I’m in survival mode, and the last 2 mos have really felt like I was in survival mode. A lot of things happened at once and I just had to get through. There wasn’t time to think, to feel, to rest… I had to do what I had…