Currently I’m…February

It’s been a busy month! I can’t believe it’s already almost March. It’s most definitely time for a “Currently I’m…” post. Here’s what my life has been like this February.

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That’s a quick update about what I’ve been up to this month. I’m looking forward to warmer weather in Spring and my move to North Carolina at the end of March. I’ll also get to see my parents next month! It’s going to be a good month, I can tell.

xo.

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OT Fieldwork: Halfway There

Well, this week marks the 7th week of my first occupational therapy Fieldwork II experience. The weeks have been flying by, I can’t believe I’m halfway done with this rotation! A while back, I shared some of my first thoughts about the experience (you can read that post here). I figured that I should probably give an update on how everything has been going for me at this point, so here goes!

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Overall, I’d have to say things are going ok. I’m still pretty much uneasy most of the time, though I’m taking on more challenges each week and seem to be handling it all right. I’m treating a full caseload now (with support from my supervisor) and leading most of the evaluations. I’ve even treated two patients concurrently (at the same time), which is difficult! Once the day gets started, it tends to go pretty quickly–it’s very busy.

To be honest, most of the fieldwork blog posts or articles I’ve read out there have made me feel kind of lousy–either those students are magical unicorns who are just very confident, or they’re lying through their teeth (aka, faking it until you make it). The posts are all very upbeat and give advice like “take a notebook everywhere with you” and “impress your supervisor with a good attitude,” and while I wholeheartedly agree with the advice, I haven’t found Fieldwork to be all sunshine and giggles.

The honest truth is this: Fieldwork is hard. Every day I wake up with a sense of anxiety; what am I going to do with this patient today for 90 minutes? What if I have a really challenging evaluation? When I get there each morning, I try to pretend that I’m really calm and ready for the day when I’m mostly worried on the inside. Every day brings new challenges and new opportunities to learn. When I get home each night, I get a small feeling of relief that I have, indeed, survived another day. That relief lasts about an hour, when I realize I need to start planning for the next day as much as I can (most of my planning goes by the wayside the next day, as every patient is different each day and you just never know what they’re going to be capable of from one day to the next). It’s a totally different type of stress than school was, and while I’m so thankful for the opportunity and know that I’m learning so much, it’s not easy. I’m very fortunate, I have an amazingly patient and calm supervisor that is there to support me and guide me, and she offers helpful advice and critique that improves my practice.

Anyway, I’m rambling a lot. I just feel like it’s ok to share how I’m really feeling at the halfway point in my experience, and I hope that other students are sharing some of the same feelings (as much as I hope you’re all succeeding in your Fieldwork experiences, I find great comfort in having others that are also struggling). So that’s the honest truth about how it’s going. I’m just trying to keep my chin up and keep a positive attitude, and learn all that I can from the experience. I know that someday I’ll feel more confident in my knowledge and my abilities, and that I won’t feel like I’m under so much pressure at some point. Just keep swimming, am I right?

xo.

Florida Fun: Three Sisters Spring

I’ve been loving Florida so far, and while I’m very busy keeping up with Fieldwork during the week I try to get out and enjoy my time on the weekends. Most weekends, even if the weather’s cool, you’ll find me at the beach! But a few weeks back, I headed up to Three Sisters Spring in the Crystal River area to check out the boardwalk and hopefully (fingers crossed!) see some manatees.

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You guys, Three Sisters Spring did not disappoint! The water, which is 72 degrees year round, is crystal clear–seriously, it’s beautiful. In the winter months, manatees flock to the springs for warmth and rest. You can kayak or take a dive tour in the river, but I chose to walk the boardwalk and view the manatees from land; it was $15 a person, but it was completely worth it! The day I visited the Spring, they counted over 200 manatee in the water, and it was amazing.

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Look at all those manatees! They were beautiful. I watched them for at least 2 hours, I was so happy to see all of them. There were a bunch of littler ones, too, which was fun to see!

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There’s a sweet mama and her babes. So cute!

I would definitely recommend a visit to Three Sisters Spring if you’re in the area in the winter. It’s amazing. I hope to kayak in the Crystal River before I leave Florida–something tells me I’d see loads of cool animals on the river.

xo.

Spring Fashion Inspiration

Even though I’m escaping all of the wintery snow and cold this year, I’m looking forward to spring. The days will get longer, the flowers will start to bloom, and of course, a new season of fashion will be upon us. I’ve started making wishlists (it’s how I prioritize what I really want to buy each season) for this spring/summer already, and today I’m going to share them with all of you!

Here’s what I’m looking for this spring:
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1. Suede skirts. I know, I’m a little late to the party, but I think these button-down suede skirts would work for all 4 seasons. You can dress them up or down, and they’d go with almost anything. Personally, I’m looking for a navy color; it’s a little different than the popular camel color, and I think it’d be more flattering for my skin tone. (Blue and Beige)

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2. Bold prints. Nothing new here, you guys already know I love bold prints and colors (especially when a matching set is involved!). This Ann Taylor culotte/top combo is just perfect, something you could wear together or separately for lots of cheerful looks. (Top and Bottom)

Spring Fashion Inspiration via Imperfect Chevron3. Dainty jewelry. Some people can really pull off those chunky statement necklaces, and I’m just not one of them. Dainty, delicate jewelry is my favorite way to add the finishing touches on your outfit. (Ring and Necklace)

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4. Flared jeans. These have been “in” all year, but I think they’re here to stay. Wide leg and flare jeans are a fun way to mix it up, and while I’m loyal to my boyfriend jeans, I’m on the hunt for a good pair of flares. (Flares)

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5. Flat booties. I have a great pair of low-heel ankle boots that I love, but I’ve been searching for a flat pair of booties for the longest time. I love the pairing of these tan booties with a shirtdress: so cute! (Booties)

So those are the big items on my spring wishlist. What about you? What spring trends are you searching for?

xo.

Beauty Buys: Winter Treat

One of my favorite ways to “treat yo’ self” a la Parks and Recreation is to head to the nearest Ulta and pick up some new beauty products. For whatever reason, buying new makeup feels like the ultimate treat after a hard week!

A couple weeks ago, here’s what I picked out:

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  1. Formula 10.0.6 Deep Down Detox Ultra-Cleansing Mud Mask: I’ve never really been in the habit of using a mud mask, but I love this one. The smell is fresh and subtle, and my skin definitely feels softer after I use it. I have sensitive skin, and I love that this mask doesn’t irritate it. I’ve been using it 3 times a week, before I go to bed, and it makes me feel just a little more relaxed, even if just for 10 minutes. And it’s only $5.99–even a broke grad student like me can afford that!
  2. Nyx Cosmetics Round Case Lipstick in Tea Rose: I’ve tried a few of Nyx Cosmetics’ products, and I have to say that overall I’ve been really pleased with them. This lipstick is a pretty pink color that adds a natural looking punch to my makeup. It doesn’t last all day long, but it goes on smooth and it lasts 2-3 hours for me, which is a big deal because I’m sipping coffee and water all morning long.
  3. L’Oreal Visible Lift Blur Blush in Soft Peach: Over the past couple of years, I’ve found that I feel much brighter-eyed and dewier when I wear a touch of blush, and cream blushes are hands down my favorite. This blush is amazing. The color is perfect–it looks really natural on my skin. Plus, it lasts for the majority of my busy day (which includes helping people shower, lifting people in and out of their wheelchairs, exercising with people, etc. In other words, I sweat hard). And you just need the teensiest little drop.

Those are my most recent beauty buys! What do you like to treat yourself with after a loooong week?

xo.