Archive | January, 2011

Oh The Places You’ll Go

31 Jan

So it is my destiny to read loads of children’s books when living with a 3-year old. Most children’s books though are uncreative, and the plots tend to be ridiculously simple. So I love it when I can read a story that has a purpose, moral or just says something more then, “look at the ball spot”.
That being said a good friend gave my daughter, my new favorite book, “Oh The Places You’ll Go” by Dr Seuss (I heart Dr Seuss). And I have to say I find it really inspiring! It talks about a boy who’s off to great places, and how it’s all up to him where he decides to go, “You’ll be on your way up! You’ll be seeing great sights! You’ll join the high fliers who soar to high heights.” and then the reality, “i’m sorry to say so but, sadly, it’s true that Bang-ups and Hang-ups can happen to you. You can get all hung up in a prickley-ly perch. And your gang will fly on. You’ll be left in a Lurch”. “And I know you’ll hike far and face up to your problems whatever they are.” And then the positive reinforcement, “And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.) Kid, You’ll move MOUNTAINS!…Your off to great places! Today is your day! your mountain is waiting. So…get on your way!”

So what does this have to do with echo, school and the like??? Everything! I love that the idea that it’s all up to you where your life goes! Yeah there will be “hang-ups and bang-ups” but you can succeed and move mountains! Ok so i’m looking for encouragement anywhere I can get it! But it’s helping me conquer my mountains. Thank you Y and thank you Dr. Seuss!


Mini Meltdown Recovery

15 Jan

Y, Em & I among the chaos of crazy Catalonians!

So a friend blogged about meltdowns and when life hands you lemons she found these great variations of the the original….”When life gives you lemons, suck out all the Vitamin C and yell “EAT THAT, LIFE!” and “When life gives you lemons, alter their DNA and make super lemons!”

Her suggestions was when life hands you a meltdown melt down some chocolate and have a fondue party! And then a mojito 🙂 I like that! The best mojito i had was when me and Y were in Barcelona just before Barca won the world cup and chaos broke out in the streets. Good times!

Mini Meltdown

8 Jan

my head after thinking about this years goals!

Disclaimer: So this is like a dear diary post! Something that I need to be telling a therapist or a good friend about my over achiever tendencies.
Ok so when I blogged “new beginnings” I looked at all my goals that I had put out into the universe and I realized all that I am trying to accomplish this year. “Am I completely nuts? Why do I think I can do everything? I act as if I’m superhuman and I don’t need to eat or sleep!” I feel so overwhelmed and it’s only the 8th of January! Grrrr…. “Ok Britney gather your wits, one day at a time!.. But I don’t have time I’ve gotta get these goals accomplished!” This is a big year for me, I’ve been working so hard in school and I think that the closer that I get to the reality of my goal it’s pretty scary. I don’t know why, but maybe because it’s like the make or break of it all. And it’s not that I think I won’t be able to do it, it’s just…I don’t know how to explain it.
And then how could I be busier than I was last year? I don’t even know where I’m going to pull this kind of energy from! Guess I’d better start taking vitamins or something, Red Bull. Ok no Red Bull, but I’d better get a plan in effect!
scared and running out of time :/
Ok back up! It’s all about perspective! If I was a friend I’d tell myself, “Britney but you’ve already passed the Physics exam you can do this! You have been through so much worse than this! Remember when you were at the bottom of everything? This is so much more manageable than that, and you got through that, right?”, then I say,“Ok your right but this is different.”, (and my good friend tells me), “No the only difference is that you haven’t been through this particular situation. But you can do this! You have everything in your possession to succeed!” I have to say I love my friends because this is exactly what they would say!

Ok I’m moving past my mini meltdown! One step at a time, I won’t think about the big picture until its time, just keep my head to the grindstone and one day I’ll look up and I’ll be there. So first things first…Cardiovascular Credentialing International.

One day at a time


6 Jan

So today is my 3 month anniversary that i’ve been at my externship. Time really has flown by! I still feel like a babe in the learning process but I think that i’m making progress. Some of the things i’ve learned is to “think”. Sounds simple but sometimes as a student you can make a habit of memorizing information, but my techs really encourage me to think and to get to the root of the problem. “This person has pulmonary hypertension because….” I love that part of the process because it never gets old or repetitious to challenge your brian, and since every situation is different you are always learning new things.

Something else that I hear in the back of my head is what Dr. E said a long time ago, “you need to be able to feel with your eyes and see with your hand”. If you’ve ever had to scan you know what this means.

I have read that most people who are successful have goals that are clearly written down. I feel that this has been instrumental in me being where I am today. I don’t think that I have reached as many of my of goals until I wrote them down and focused on them in the last few years. “If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time!” – Zig Ziglar

So make a commitment to yourself! Stick to something! You just may surprise yourself, and be the inspiration to someone else!

Have a wonderful day!

New Beginnings 1.1.11

3 Jan

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So a new year is like a new haircut, you feel fresh, revived, like you are able to erase all the bad things of the past year and start anew. I love that feeling! I usually make a long list of goals from financial, to emotional, to physical, and back again. This year my goals are of course to get a job doing echo full-time, to take the CCI exam, the RDCS exam, and then to start and complete the pediatric echo course. I know it sounds like a lot. And it is, but I’m feeling good about the 2011 year. Big things are going to happen, next I plan to run for President.
I was fortunate enough to spend the 1st day of the new year with great friends by the beach. A friend had a brunch where we feasted on egg frittata with homemade salsa, beer bread, pumpkin croissant bread pudding, and mimosa’s. Then we took our entourage to the park that’s also right on the beach to let all the chitlen’s run around. And topped the afternoon off with a salted caramel hot cocoa. What could be better?