Medicine

In the Pursiut of… Finding my Calling

❝You don’t find your true calling, you fight for it.❞ – Dave Isay

PERSONAL LIFE:

Y’all, I found my calling in life! How many people can truly say that? I always enjoy a good TED Talk, but this one in particular struck a cord.  In his new book, Callings: The Purpose and Passion of Work, Dave Isay shares 7 takeaways for finding your calling, and I feel the need to share these profound insights with you.

  1. Your calling must possess three things: you must be good at it, you need to feel appreciated, and you need to believe that what you are doing is helping others.
    • This part is kind of obvious. I mean, if you think about, this is the definition of a nurse practitioner.
  2. Your calling often comes out of difficult experiences.
    • I have had countless set backs and people telling me that I wasn’t good enough for as long as I can remember. But I finally came to the point where I knew what I wanted and was capable of achieving, and I’ll be dammed if someone tries to tell me otherwise!
  3. Your calling often takes courage and ruffles feathers. A calling often starts when you are taking a stand against the status quo that simply isn’t acceptable, and then dedicating your work to change it.
    •  A lot of nursing stems from a culture of submissiveness and lower academic standards, and anyone that knows me knows that I am stubborn as hell. Part of this calling is that I want to raise the standards for nursing education and independent practice through several outlets that I will speak of in another post.
  4. Others often nudge you towards your calling.
    • Though I previously mentioned that many people told me I would never make it, there were also several people who nudged me along the way: coworkers, preceptors, professors in nursing school, my friends, and most importantly, my family.
  5. What comes after identifying you calling is what really matters.
    • See #3
  6. Age is just a number. Your calling can arrive at any stage in life.
    • This doesn’t necessarily apply to me, but some of you may appreciate this.
  7. Your calling doesn’t always come with a big paycheck.
    • Know your worth, but also be willing to take a pay cut to pursue your dreams. Undeserved populations are the people  I love to help the most. Though the pay isn’t as great as working in a hospital, I have weekends and holidays off, and everything I do is helping someone in need. And that my friend, is priceless.

MEDICINE:

Have y’all ever heard of asparagus pee? The nose has many different receptors which enable us to smell different scents. Every time you eat asparagus, your pee smells, but only certain people have the genetic mutation to be able to smell it.

ON THE INTERNET:

I am looking forward to the new year (Can we all agree that 2016 was not the best?), and I plan on wearing the outfit below. I decided to go for a Great Gatsby theme this year!

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  1. How gorgeous is this dress from Amazon? And for $39?! Yes, please!
  2. Continuing the Gatsby theme, I also ordered this headpiece from Amazon. – $13.99
  3. And to complete the outfit, I could not pass up on these golden pumps from Nine West. – $59.99

 

 

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