Long before I moved to Tulsa I was given a book by my best friend. The Purpose Driven Life. I picked this book up off of my shelf a few days after Christmas this year to realize that I had started to read it. I don’t know when I actually started this adventure, but I know it was at least greater than 4 years ago. To make this book even more important it was given to her family by her husbands grandma. There is a nice note written in the front of it. There was also a nice picture of Julie & Tyler being used as a book mark. I am pretty sure this picture was taken in the early 2000s. Besides this book being special to Julie, it was special enough that she gave it to me, or let me borrow it because of the impact she wanted it to have on my life.
This book is a 40 day commitment. A 40 day commitment to starting a road that should be lived the rest of my life. Just because it is called the Purpose Driven LIfe doesn’t mean that it is telling you exactly how to live and exactly what I should do with my life, but it is a good foundation for reflecting on what I was raised to believe as a Christian and how to follow this path for the rest of my adult life. So far I have made it to day 16/40. I am trying to learn the Bible verses at the end of each day. Great reflections to end my day with.
Verses to Remember:
“Everything got started in him and finds its purpose in him” Colossians 1:16
“I am your Creator, You were in my care even before you were born” Isaiah 44:2
“You, LORD, give perfect peace for those who keep their purpose firm and put their trust in you” Isaiah 26:3
“This world is fading away, along with everything it craves. But if you do the will of God, you will live forever” I John 2:17
“Unless you are faithful in small matters, you won’t be faithful in large ones” Luke 16:10
“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” 2 Corinthians 4:18
“For everything comes from God alone. Everything lives by his power and everything is for his glory” Romans 11:36
“The LORD takes pleasure in his people” Psalm 149:4
“The LORD is pleased with those who worship him and trust his love” Psalm 147:11
“Surrender your whole being to him to be used for righteous purposes” Romans 6:13
“Friendship with God is reserved for those who reverence him” Psalm 25:14
“Draw close to God, and God will draw close to you” James 4:8
“Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength” Mark 12:30
“For God has said, “I will never leave you; I will never abandon you'” Hebrews 13:5
“His unchanging plan has always been to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ” Ephesians 1:5
Spending 4 weeks in OB/GYN was amazing. Besides learning, delivering babies, assisting with C-sections, and surgeries, actually getting to be part of bringing another life into the world was one of the most exhilarating things ever. The first time parents lives are being changed forever when that new little life comes into the world!
photo credit: @medstudentlife and @debbieeibbed
I also discovered how near and dear to my heart women’s health actually is.
So after an amazing month I think I really do have a top 3 now.
I am not sure how much the things I love are influenced by the doctors that I am with. These doctors work long hours, love what they do, and seem to enjoy their home lives and be honestly happy. I know I have other rotations where I will be with other physicians that do the same thing and hopefully I will figure out if these 3 different medical professions and lifestyles biased my decision because how amazing the doctors I first encountered these specialties with or if they are really as amazing as I think they are right now!
Whatever happens I need to make up my mind, the time had come I need to be thinking about audition rotations being set up and finishing up my fourth year schedule.
These past 6 months/7 rotations have flown by; fourth year will be here before I know it.
Last Tuesday officially marked the end of two years of book work, sleepless nights of studying for exams, and the classroom education to becoming a physician. On July 1st a new chapter begins: clinical rotations.
Looking back at the past two years I think I can officially say that it was the longest and the shortest two years of my life. From the first day of endless printing and crying about how there is absolutely NO way I could possibly learn or maybe even read all of this information, to meeting some of the best friends I have ever had, learning that it is possible to learn a ton of information, have some kind of social life, stay in a committed and loving marriage, and the minimal amount of sleep that I actually need to feel like a human being the next day and pass an exam.
COMLEX boards were the beast that had to be overcome before I could have a very tiny summer break. Trying to keep up with Doctors in Training during the semester, COMBANK, and the other Q-banks, plus perform well in my actual classes proved to be a difficult task. I managed to, well sorta. And to top things off a solid month of 8-14 hour days of studying. I would just like to thank my husband for putting up with me through all of this, thank the girl that made sure I had a stress outlet to discuss boards with, the guy that sent me so many questions to test my knowledge and for all the love, prayers, support, and encouragement that so many people provided me.
Vacation with the husband and parents has proven to be a much needed stress relief and fun.
I will be learning and working hard for the rest of my life, but I am so glad that the past two years are behind me. The next two years are going to be hard and challenging, but I am so excited to actually get to see medicine in action.
This has been a super busy and fun spring break so far. Road trip one was to Angel Fire, NM. Driving to NM on Friday afternoon was a very long drive. Tulsa to Oklahoma city and then to Amarillo and onto Angel Fire. A 9 hour drive, of course we drove straight through. As my dad would say “we don’t let any grass grow under our feet.”
For the last week of the snow season in New Mexico, there was good snow on the mountain and more snow falling the entire time we were there.
I love snow skiing. I am going to have to try snow boarding the next time we go.
I think there about 8 restaurants in Angel Fire. I think we found the good ones. My favorite was the Roasted Clove. This was the best meal we had the entire time we were there. Monday night is their burger night. Filet migion, ground sirloin steak, guacamole, carmelized onions, well apparently I could just go on and on about this meal. They make their own spicy vinegarêtre, which might have been the best dressing that I have ever eaten.
It was sad yesterday when we left to come back to Oklahoma. It was snowing. This snow was the most beautiful snow I have ever seen. We got to use the four wheel drive in the new pickup.
I like it that 8 inches of snow doesn’t shut down communities in New Mexico and Colorado.
So I am not one to do chain letters or chain e-mails, let alone a chain blog, but I thought this sounded like it could be a challenge for me to get through.
What better way to get through a study break, or more than one study break trying to figure out words that describe something about me, places I would like to visit, or something that interest me. The http://barefootmeds.wordpress.com/ has nominated “everyone who enjoys this world of blogs” for the ABC (Awesome Blog) Content Award.
1. Share something about yourself using each letter of the alphabet
2. Pay the award forward to however many
Alaska: I want to visit here, my husband wants to be able to fly in the Alaskan terrain. This might be a fun place to live during the summer, practice medicine, and both of us work lots. Our “children” would get to see what it really means to live off the land.
Believer in Jesus Christ. My life has been a journey of searching for what I believe in. Just because I don’t spend my life preaching about the Bible doesn’t mean I am not a christian, it just means that I am still learning and looking for the place in this world that I belong.
Country girl: born and raised in rural Oklahoma. You can take the girl out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the girl. I can’t wait until we can move back to the country, have land, be able to drive a couple minutes to get somewhere. I can’t wait until it takes us an hour or so to get to a big city.
Duroy: my last name, I think it is a strong last name. I think a pretty great man gave it to me.
Energetic: I try to keep my energy up. Medical school has made it lack some. Sometimes this thing called medical school takes all the energy and life I have to get through it, but it will be worth it someday.
Friend: I will stand by you through thick and thin. Investing myself in my friendships are the kinds of friends that I want. I don’t need lots of friends, I just need real ones.
Guinevere: what my name actually means
Happy: I see no point in being mad, sad, or angry. Live, learn, and get over it. Tears make my face look puffy and ugly. Everyone will be happier and healthier that way. Plus, doesn’t a smile always make you or anyone you smile at happy.
Interrupt: sometimes I don’t know when to shut my mouth, so you might need to interrupt me to get a word in.
Joyful: I am joyful and thankful for everything that has happened in my life and for everyone that is in my life.
Kind: I agree with Ellen’s philosophy “Be Kind to Everyone”
Laugh: I like to laugh and I really like to laugh out loud but don’t do it much
Married to the love of my life, my high school sweetheart, my best friend
Not so average: I wouldn’t call myself above average or below average, I just don’t think I fit into the category of average.
Outspoken: enough said?
Pearls: I like pearls a lot, the jewelry, pearls of wisdom, really anything the color pearl
Quilts: My grandmother makes these. She made Mike and I a very special one as a wedding gift. Something I want to learn how to do! I have a sewing machine. That is the first step. Oh, I have also put quilt blocks together before and I can make awesome baby blankets.
Runner: I miss running 4-7 miles everyday, maybe I just miss getting new shoes every 3 months?
Sugar bear: what my grandmother has called me since I can remember
Tenacious: I use this word to describe myself because one of the most amazing woman that I knew, Shelly Weems, used this word to describe me. I think she was right on.
Unknown: the unknown is scary and exciting at the same time.
Vegetables: I am not a vegetarian or anything close to it, but I love vegetables. I don’t know if there is a vegetable that I have met that I don’t like.
Weight: something that I struggle with.
Xerox machines: probably shouldn’t let me use these because they normally break while I am the operator.
Yoga: makes me feel great, energized, and flexible. I love this yoga website: YogaGlo.com
Enough said about me. Time to get back to the world of books and study guides. I hope any of my blog followers and friends will do this too!
Today has been a long day. We said goodbye to Mike’s uncle this afternoon. A beautiful heartfelt community came together to celebrate a life ended short. Today it was amazing to see this small community come together and take care of their own.
This is what family and small towns are about.
“Death is inventible, maybe the living should remember this.” Live like you don’t think you know what tomorrow holds.
One thing I have never thought much about in my life: why are people buried facing the east? “it is said when Jesus comes back, he will come from the east. There all will be to see him as he comes over the horizon.”
God, watch over our family as they mourn the loss of a dear loved one and as the travel home.