I saw my last patient last week. My last patient in 20 years of service as a nurse. This individual made an appointment for vague symptoms, didn’t appear ill and when bluntly asked what was needed, stated a note in order to skip a mid-term. Knowing that this would be my last patient, I felt…… Continue reading Closing Time…
I wanted to re-post this. I find gratitude in the moments I have been blessed with to be motherly, to provide guidance and self-less care. Happy Mother’s Day…. It warmed my heart to see all of the Mother’s Day posts on social media yesterday. Everyone taking time out to recognize their Mom or the…… Continue reading Wait…are you a Mom?
I have always been a morning person. There is something very inspiring about waking up right before sunrise and being apart of the quiet, slow rising and renewal that a new day brings. When I worked nights, the 500 am rush of patient tests, assessments and physician rounds gave me a sense of peace and fulfillment that…… Continue reading The Importance of a Morning Ritual
I heard a term today that rocked me to my core. I am living life half-open. I cannot take credit for this term, but when I heard the words, I would’ve rather been hit by a bullet. I have felt that over the last 2 years I have taken a leap to live life fully, for myself,…… Continue reading Catch & Release….Being OK with the Flow
There is an inside joke about yoga. “Hi, I’m Cara and yoga ruined my life.” You laugh, but it’s the truth. You start out looking for a way to de-stress and let go of all the crap that builds up day after day and then all of a sudden, it penetrates every fiber and molecule of…… Continue reading Yes, Yoga Changed Me
I remember having an interaction with one of the surgeons about 2 weeks from my last full-time day at my former hospital. He caught me in the hallway while scrubbing for surgery and started to ask me a variety of questions. This surgeon would speak to me, but my interactions with the surgeons were pretty…… Continue reading Seeking Stability….
So if you are still reading and following, I am so glad. You are definitely not alone and you can definitely start a new path for yourself. Being in the vicious cycle of productivity, burnout and beginning again is EXHAUSTING. I think we all know this on some level, but many people day after day…… Continue reading Where Do I Begin?
Fun fact….I share a birthday with Nelson Mandela. When I found this out it was an a-ha moment. I mean, here was a man who stood for something, had PASSION. Why didn’t I feel that way about anything? I mean, I guess I defined myself as passionate, fiery, but didn’t feel true passion about much.…… Continue reading How Did I Get Here? Part III
Do you ever ask yourself that question? How did I get here? Viewed as a positive inquiry or a negative plea through sobs and moments of surrender, it is a simple gut-check of self reflection in our most present of moments. As a gut-check, it provides an opportunity to either keep going or turn it…… Continue reading How did I get here?