It’s no secret that my time here in NC has been a bit stressful. New city, a challenging FW rotation, spending every free moment studying…it all builds up over the course of 12 weeks. Luckily, I have some amazing cousins close by that I’ve spent a lot of time with and have grown really close to this year (you guys, I’m going to cry so hard when I leave soon!). My amazing cousins took me up to the NC mountains for Memorial Day weekend to get some much needed R&R in the fresh mountain air. I want to share some of the photos from our little weekend getaway near the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Now, I’m a Colorado girl raised loving the Rocky Mountains, so let me start by saying that these mountains were very different than what I’m used to. But the lush trees and gorgeous views won me over. North Carolina, you are something special, and I’m so glad I got to live here for a little while.
The back porch; I’m a sucker for an A-frame
My favorite seat in the house
From the top of Mt. Craig. The highest peak east of the Mississippi is Mt. Mitchell (right next to Mt. Craig) and is 6683′
I mean, how can you not fall in love with that view? Major heart-eyes. The weekend was so relaxing and fun. We walked to the summit at Mt. Mitchell, and then took a short hike to Mt. Craig and Mt. Tom. We spent lots of time in the Eno hammocks (have you seen these? I had never heard of them but I am in love with them now! I’m going to have to get me one of these for sure) and just watching the clouds roll by on the back deck. It was such a wonderful weekend with my cousins, they mean so much to me and I’m so thankful to have them. This little weekend getaway is one I certainly won’t forget.
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!
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!
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:
the prettiest pillows
what a cool bridge heading out of Savannah, GA. no filter, by the way!
sweet little vegetable soap
my roommate’s dog is THE BEST
the elephant in the room 😉