Dear 2016

Dear 2016 Thank you. Thank you for giving me a community service post that was not at all what I had anticipated. Working in the clinics for a year was so challenging, and there were probably hundreds of times when I felt like I was ready to throw in the towel. Many tears were shed, […]

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Let’s Talk About Mental Health

In medicine, we accept that both diabetes and schizophrenia are diseases which require a multi-faceted approach to treatment. Whether you have hypertension, a stab chest or bipolar mood disorder, you attend a healthcare facility for treatment. We accept that diseases of the mind are equally as important as diseases of the body, and we treat […]

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Embracing Your Inner Rebel

Do you remember how, as a child, nothing would hold you back from having a good time? You would happily run through the sprinklers and play on the beach, not caring at all what your body looked like. You would stand up in front of friends and family, telling them all of your great ideas, […]

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Destination Addiction

Destination addiction: the idea that happiness is in the next place, job, partner or moment. Isn’t it funny how most of us spend our lives wishing and waiting for the next best thing? I know for me when I was studying I longed for the day when I could start internship. Then when I started […]

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Happy. Thank You. More Please.

I spend about two hours in my car every day, driving to and from work. To pass the time (and keep me sane) I listen to podcasts. In one such podcast, the host spoke about a new concept she was welcoming into her life. Every time something happened that she felt grateful for she would […]

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Different. Not Better.

I hate to admit it, but I spend a lot of my free time on my phone scrolling through Instagram and Facebook. Although social media is far from social, it seems to have crept into all aspects of our lives, and now it seems that whenever I have a spare moment I’m clicking on that […]

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Being an Introvert in an Extroverted World

When I was an awkward teenager, I thought that being an introvert was a bad thing. It was at that age where you just want people to like you, and surely people will like someone who is fun, outgoing and ‘extroverted’? I was the shy, quiet girl who preferred a good book to a night […]

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Saying No

Hi, I’m Gen, and I’m a people pleaser. Yip. I’m a “yes sure, no problem” kinda gal. When someone asks me to do something, my instinctual response is to say yes. Hey Gen, can you please see another 10 patients before you go? Hey Gen, can you please be in charge of drawing up the […]

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Breaking Up With Perfectionism

Perfectionism is defined as the refusal to accept any standard short of perfect. The refusal to accept anything that is flawed or faulted. The refusal to accept anything but the best. The trouble is though… Perfect DOES NOT EXIST. There is nothing on this big green planet that is not in some way flawed. Yet […]

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Stop the Glorification of Busy

When I was scrolling through my Pinterest news feed recently I found something that really resonated with me. It was  small picture with a powerful message: It really got me thinking. Why is it that in 2016 we place so much value on being busy? And more importantly, why are we allowing this? How often do […]

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