The title has several meanings.
First, the obvious. I’m starting to blog again. Well, at least that’s my goal. Back when I first began blogging, everybody was doing it. I had a great circle of blogging friends who I had come to love. Thankfully, I still get to ‘see’ them on Facebook. My purpose for blogging then was to fit in, to do what the cool kids were doing. Then, I started pharmacy school back in 2009 and blogging (and basically anything extra curricular) had to be put on the back burner. Not only was I enrolled in a doctoral program, I had a baby at home!
Second, I graduate from pharmacy school, Then University of Tennessee Health Science Center, College of Pharmacy to be exact, on May 31! Four years of graduate school and I’ll be called Doctor. I have a job and finally a career! I know at 33, I probably should have had a grown-up job long ago. But that’s neither here nor there. Well, I’m here so whatever. Anyway, to say I’m anxious yet excited is an understatement.
Third, well, I’m no longer a wife. Well, I guess technically I am, but not for much longer. And I’m OKAY with that. It was actually MY decision. After almost 12 years of marriage, I called it quits. Am I proud of that? No. Was it necessary? I think so. And still, as I type this, I never thought I would be in this situation. I didn’t intend to break up my marriage. But, time changes things. Things change. Life changes. Priorities change. Experience changes us.
So, I’ve been thinking on how to revive this here bloggy blog. I may have found a solution. Daily Dollops! What is that, you ask? A phrase that is either stupid or genius. I’ll let you decide, but don’t tell me. What I’ve decided to do is have a theme for each day of the week, not including the weekends. For example, “Medicine Mondays”, etc. I’m still working on ideas. I’d like to incorporate things that are going on in my life right now. I’m on rotations now, so, of course, pharmacy topics will definitely be included. My girl is FIVE now (hold me) and the husband and I have been married for over 11 years now. Crap, I’m old. I’m a regular runner now and have completed 5 half marathons and am currently registered for 2 more later this year. All that is important to me. Important enough that I want to share stories with you about it.
So, now that I’ve told you I am in, are you with me?
Who thinks I should start blogging again?
I don’t think I have ever asked my readers (cough, are any still out there?) to donate to a cause. Until now. I ran my first half marathon in December 2009. It was benefiting St. Jude here in Memphis. It was, by far, one of the most memorable events in my life. Running through the campus of St. Jude nearly took my breath away. Sick kids out in the cold cheering us runners just proved their courage and strength to fight cancer. Last year, I didn’t sign up to run before it sold out. This race sells out every year, and every year, the sell out comes earlier and earlier. The race is not until December but it sold out in July. I want to do something more this time. I want to know I did more than just pay my entry fee. I am so excited to be running as a hero this year. Can you help me? Can you help the kids at St. Jude? My goal is just $500. It takes $1 million a day to operate the hospital. Any amount helps. You can ask something of me in return if you would like. I am pledging to personally raise money for St. Jude this year.
No. Why would you think I am referencing a Big Time Rush song? If you don’t know who BTR is, then you don’t have a little girl in the age range of 4 to 14. That could be a good thing.
What I am really referencing is my journey through pharmacy school at the awesome UT! Two years survived. Two years left! I’m still thrilled every day about walking into class. And this Fall, I’ll be walking into class in our new, very own pharmacy building!! Yea, we’re that awesome. I feel like I have grown more in the past two years, than I have ever before. I’m finally at a level I am proud of. I just finished a brief intro rotation at a local women’s hospital. I LOVED it. I must admit, I liked walking around in my white coat. Yea, I said it. The white coat does something to your confidence and self-worth. I enjoyed being included in meetings with the big wigs. It was a bit of an ego booster for my opinion to be valued.
I am ready to enjoy the rest of my Summer with my girl. I’m also excited about what’s ahead in the near future for me and my career. I know it’s been a long, challenging road, but it really has been worth it. I can honestly say this path I have chosen has been one of the best decisions I’ve made. I feel like I’m at a good place and things can (hopefully!) continue to get better.
When I hit ‘publish’, I was told it was my 500th post. Icing on the cake. What a perfect 500th post.