Monday, November 17, 2014

I want a cat.

I should be studying implants but I found this old picture from the summer. Just some cats I used to know. I had sent this picture to my parents and pretended I'd adopted both of them. They accepted that I'd gotten two cats in dental school, until I told them they weren't actually mine. ;(

I think I really want a cat. Do you see how cute these babies are? Because I could get a little kitten who'll look outside the window all day until I come home. I didn't know it was possible to love a cat this much. My heart is melting looking at this picture, imagining their soft bellies and sweet (mischievous) little faces.

...And if you haven't seen Sharon's Bad Tooth films, go do it now. That one is to Shake It Off!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

reading rounds

I'm starting a new series of fun reads I find around the web. There's such good profiles out there about women I admire & the culture of success. 

1. I get that it's a challenge for a leader to be genuine and caring, while getting things done. (Hasn't everyone hated that person in high school group projects who's sending follow-up emails by the hour?) But it's tricky because "striving for likability may carry a whiff of fakeness"...  How does Jenny Lyons do it? All the while looking impeccable in her big glasses and preppy-chic outfits. 

2. Has it hit you that Taylor Swift is our age? Actually, she is younger than me by six months... sometimes I wonder what she's doing this very moment- probably recording the next big hit or hanging out with her many famous bff's. Sigh. "Next to Lorde, the rest of us look like schlubs"... both to the older generations out there and to ourselves. How to make sense of this new trend and use this as motivation.
How the Cult of Early Success is Bad for Young People... at Time.

3.  I love this: (Question was "What advice do you have for developing your own style as a young entrepreneur?" )
"Your style can be an artistic part of your personal leadership journey. Who do you want to be and what do you want to be known for? Style belongs to the last piece of that multivariate puzzle that includes and begins with how you treat people, how you navigate challenges, and how you express yourself."
Levo League founder Caroline Ghosn's Power Outfit... at Levo League

4. Also this gem... mourn that the professional-you could never get this crazy awesome haircut like Robert Pattison's.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

two questions over coffee: why do you blog?

Last weekend I went to a Halloween party and met someone who was visiting Philly. She was a reader of this blog & it was crazy and fun to meet someone in such a random place (Hi Tina!!!). Since I get such fun questions via email/twitter, I'll start answering some of your questions publicly on my blog.

About that Halloween party, I went as Wilson from Castaway. Extra points for you if you guessed that from my clues on twitter! I had seen a picture of someone dressed as Wilson and wanted to go as one half of the greatest love story known to mankind.

Here we go:

Why do you blog? How did you start blogging?

I've kept a journal since 6. In college I wrote a blog about everyday college musings (xoxoyesle) & started this blog because I wanted to read about dental school life! After starting d-school, blogging became a great way for me to reflect on my daily happenings (in a positive way as imagined by an outside observer). It was also a great way to keep up with family and friends.

I love that I'm developing my own voice as a writer. I also love connecting with people through the blog! In addition, blogging has been an expansive learning opportunity for me. In addition to becoming a stronger (more confident) writer, I've learned some coding, SEO, and online marketing.

How much free time do you have? What do you do in your free time?

To be honest with you, this is a question I've been finding myself asking. Third year has opened up a lot more free time. I work hard during the week (I'm in dental school mode) and try to take my weekends off completely. Right now it's running and friends. Fall in Philadelphia is the perfect setting for running and I love jogging along the river.

The world is a big place and so many of my loved ones live far away. I spend a lot of time on Skype and on the phone... and I love traveling and visiting them whenever I can.

Oh, and last week I baked a pie. For the first time in my life! Trying new things (most of them food) is a great joy of mine.

That's it for this week. If you have any more questions, feel free to reach out to me via email or twitter. Good night lovelies!

Monday, November 10, 2014

twitter twitter

Let's connect 

Twitter is quickly becoming my favorite app. I love a quick stroll on the app to see what everyone (I mean fellow dental school classmates and Taylor Swift) is up to. 

My tweets are: cats, Philly running scenery, punny teeth jokes. 
Connect with me here.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

5 things I learned from having braces.

We are nearing the end of my braces saga. As of today, I have two weeks (you have to imagine me saying this part in a really high-pitch voice) left with braces. Looking back on my two years with braces, I've learned some things... both about braces and also about being a good dentist.

Dainty little Sesame to start this post:

1. Patient has to want it. Coming in every 3-4 weeks is hard work with a full-time job... and who doesn't? Sometimes I had to skip class to make it into my appointments. Also difficult was: wearing elastics. Not eating popcorn or nuts. It's a wonder anybody gets perfect teeth because even as a dental student, keeping up with all the rules was hard.

2. Flossing is hard work. These Platypus Flossers changed my life! But even then, carrying a toothbrush and flossers everywhere can be exhausting. I have a little more kindness when a patient admits to not flossing because I get it.

3. Not knowing is the scary part. When I go to get cleanings, I am completely at ease because I know what's going on. During my ortho appointments, I've jumped at the mirror touching my lips- because I have no idea what was going on. I've learned to explain what I'm doing as I'm doing a procedure- as simple as pushing their tongue or retracting their cheeks- so nothing is a surprise.

4. Our teeth and bone are part of our crazy wonderful bodies. Orthodontists are magicians. How did my teeth move? How did my bite close up? It's craziness.

5. Patience is virtue. Two years is a long time. I wonder if I knew what I was getting into that fall morning two years ago. I promise update with more pictures of my changing bite soon- the before and after when my treatment is complete.

There you have it, lovely readers. And for those of you who've had braces, how did you celebrate your day of freedom? I'm thinking corn on the cob followed by crunchy (caramel?) apples...