OT Fieldwork: Rotation #2

If you’ve been following this little blog for a while, you know that I’ve been finishing up grad school (for occupational therapy) with my clinical rotations, which are 3 months each. My first rotation was in Florida, and I’m 4 weeks in to my second rotation here in North Carolina. I wanted to give you all an update on how my second rotation is going!

fieldwork update april

I was extremely excited for this particular rotation, because the setting is Outpatient Hand Therapy, a specialized subset of occupational therapy. I’ve always had it in the back of my mind that hand therapy is my dream career, though I wanted to wait until I spend 12 hardcore weeks in it to be sure. And I love it so far, you guys! It’s challenging and overwhelming and frustrating and wonderful, all at the same time.

Basically, my experience is like riding a joyful/anxiety-filled roller coaster. Some days I feel like, “yes, I’m really getting this!” Other days I feel completely incompetent. It’s stressful most of the time, because I go in without knowing exactly what to do or where to put my hands or how to make small talk with people. And sometimes we have to work patients in and I have to do something that I wasn’t expecting to have to do that day. I won’t lie to you, it has been a great challenge so far, mentally and emotionally (and a little bit physically–I am not used to sitting all day anymore!). But it’s so fascinating and motivating; I feel like I’m learning so much and really enjoying the setting. It just feels right, even though my confidence is fairly low and I have SO MUCH more to learn.

All in all, it seems to be going okay-ish. (: Thanks for letting me geek out about my second rotation today!

xo

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My Blogging Story

I started this blog about two years ago as a way to carve out my own little corner of the internet, and I’ve really enjoyed watching it bloom as I’ve tried to curate a collection of topics that matter to me. Things have definitely changed since I started Imperfect Chevron, and I definitely feel like I’ve found the “direction” I want my blog to go.

Today I thought I’d share a little about how I got into blogging, where I come from, all that rambly goodness. (: So here goes!

My Blogging Story via Imperfect Chevron

In high school, being my angsty/dorky/English-loving self, I decided to start a poetry & writing blog. I called it “Dog, Lost.” *total face palm moment* It lasted about 2 months and I think I only had like 2 readers during that time. I lost interest and deleted all the evidence.

During my time at Colorado State University, I was given the ultra-cool opportunity to be a student blogger for the PR department (specifically the Social Media division). It really sparked my passion for blogging, and I learned SO much along the way; about creating meaningful content, finding a consistent voice, and engaging in several social media/networking sites. Shout-out to my amazing boss at CSU, Kimberly!

I knew I wanted to start a blog of my own, but I didn’t have much time in college, so my blogging dreams kind of stumbled around for a while. And then, I figured out the perfect name for my blog: Imperfect Chevron! Chevron patterns were really big that year, and I was reading a home decor magazine that featured these beautiful hand towels with a pattern called “imperfect chevron.” Those towels really struck me–life isn’t perfect, and imperfect can be beautiful! So I launched Imperfect Chevron slowly into the world, adding new blog posts whenever I had the time to build up the site.

Eventually, I decided to connect my social media accounts with Imperfect Chevron to start to grow a little community around the blog and engage with my readers. I’ve also defined the topics that I’m most passionate about which I want to feature in my blog: fashion, beauty, home decor, sewing & crafting, and cooking & eating. That’s my vision going forward with the blog, and I’m so excited about the direction Imperfect Chevron is heading in. It feels so good.

Thanks for listening to me ramble on there, you guys are the best.

xo.

Life Update: Starting Over

I’m officially 2 weeks in to my second OT fieldwork placement in NC, and things have been so busy the last couple of weeks. This weekend I feel like I finally have the chance to breathe, and I’m looking forward to relaxing and getting caught up on some studying. One of my best friends from undergrad is in town, and I’m excited to meet up with her in a city that’s new for both of us! I hope your weekend is wonderful (:

Here are some snapshots from the last two weeks:

Life Update via Imperfect Chevron

the prettiest pillows

Life Update via Imperfect Chevron

what a cool bridge heading out of Savannah, GA. no filter, by the way!

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sweet little vegetable soap

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my roommate’s dog is THE BEST

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the elephant in the room 😉

xo.

 

Book Talk: Wild

no spoilers, read on!

I know I’m probably late to the party, but I recently finished Wild by Cheryl Strayed and LOVED IT. You guys, it is so good.

Book Talk via Imperfect Chevron: Wild

(photo courtesy of Amazon)

Wild illustrates the true-story of author Cheryl Strayed’s journey along the Pacific Crest Trail. It’s an easy-to-read narrative with great voice, and the book is well organized. I was amazed to read about the trials and tribulations Strayed went through on the trail; it was such an honest portrayal. And it was very inspirational, reading about somebody who took on such a monumental challenge and succeeded, even though she struggled and experienced some failures along the way. I mean, I’m not going to be taking on the Pacific Crest Trail anytime soon, but it made me feel like I should really push myself in different challenging aspects of my life. Strayed was constantly facing her fears and experiencing set-backs on the trail, and somehow she came out the other end stronger.

In short, it’s a quick but a great read. I would definitely recommend it to my friends. I love non-fiction narratives like this one–there’s just something great to be learned from other peoples experiences. If you’re looking for a new read, Wild may just be the one for you!