Monday, January 13, 2014

embrace the “slashes”


I haven’t written in a week. That’s forever in my blogging world.

We had a two-day practical Wednesday and Thursday and I spent rest of the week vegging out. In preparation for the practical exam, I spent many hours in lab listening to podcasts and audible books. I got to finish The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin, something I’ve been meaning to read since forever. I bookmarked this quote:

Challenge brings happiness because it allows you to expand your self-definition. the more elements make up your identity, the less threatening it is when any one element is threatened.

It reminded me of another point from The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown (you know she’s such a huge inspiration for me). She encourages slashes in your career titles because it allows you to OWN your passions and interests instead of dismissing them as side projects or “I just do it for fun…”

Aftermaths of a practical. They need to make a reality show about dental school practicals. The last ten minute countdown gets my heart racing SO DARN FAST.

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Getting a Twitter encouraged me to think about my “title”. My three are so very practical. My friend had “hopeless romantic” on his! I love it!!

I love that Hilary Clinton owns her many titles- especially the TBD part, because sometimes I freak out realizing I can’t grow up to be painter or a writer anymore (Am I grown up? Am I a “grown-up”?).  I’ve chosen my career as a dentist! But when you add in that slash, possibilities open up.

What is the “/” in your title? What part of you do you want to embrace more?