Today I…


Today I punched a time clock so others didn’t have to.
Today I cared for those who spent their holiday feeling unwell and battling illness.
Today I was thankful for being able to do my job.
Today I was reminded of how lucky I am.
Today I celebrated my holiday the best way I could.
Today I was a Nurse Practitioner, a friend, a colleague, and a husband.
Today I listened a lot.
Today I learned even more.
Today I lived life thankfully.

Happy Easter everyone. May your cup runneth over….

Just as mine does.

Five for Friday : FEAR

If you’ve been around my blog at all, you know I’m a big fan of motivational paraphernalia. The above video is my new favorite #livewithfire. What is it that stops you from accomplishing your goals? From your dreams?

Maybe it’s FEAR.

5 Things about Fear:

1. It’s possible

2. Success is a lonely road – but you have to believe it’s a winnable fight

3. Its a war between you vs. you – the smallest details matter. Be dedicated

4. Find a way out of ‘no way’

5. I failed is better than ‘what if’. ‘What If’ never made it to the arena

Go out there and get it. Period.

Putting fingers to the keyboard…

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That’s my weak analogous attempt at the age old idiom “taking pen to paper”. Now a-days most of us ‘type’ instead of ‘write’.

But I digress…

I’m a horrible blogger. I have all these topics I want to blog about, but I have no motivation to actually take my fingers to the keyboard and type. We could call it laziness I guess? I mean I’m by no means staring endlessly at the computer screen. It’s just the opposite. Life has gotten a bit busy for me.  My (sort of) new job is thriving,I have no complaints at all in that department. I’m settling in nicely to my new career as an ACNP. I couldn’t be happier with that decision as well as the specific position I chose. I consider that series of events and choices to be one of the best and luckiest thing that has happened to me and my career thus far. I can foolishly say I wish I would have done this from the start, but then I wouldn’t be in this exact position and point would I?

My time has been occupied most recently by my passion for exercise. CrossFit has been a major part of my life (for the past handful of years), but ever since we made the move to the new town and my leap into the ‘real’ world of CrossFit when I joined a CrossFit gym (box) my life has been catapulted into a new an exciting world.

I’ve gone from the ‘new guy’ in the gym to becoming a member of  the coaching staff. I’ve gone from doing CrossFit and having a closet passion for (Olympic) weightlifting to being a competitive weightlifter who occasionally does CrossFit!

I’m now the go-to coach for all things mobility at my gym. I’m pursuing weightlifting full-time with two USAW sanctioned weightlifting competitions under my belt. And I occasionally do CrossFit when time permits.

It’s weird. It’s exciting. It’s challenging and amazingly gratifying. It’s also spending a lot of time away from the computer screen and keyboard. My blogging has stalled a bit, but I’m trying to fix that.

The side-effect to all of this is that my blog has been A LOT less of nursing and a lot more of exercise. My challenge and preference is that I prefer not to blog too much about me and my adventures as a new Acute Care NP. My new career requires a great deal of professionalism, privacy and respect for my colleagues as well as my patients. So my normal off-the-cuff humor and scuttlebutt conversations I used to blog about have been all but eliminated. As an NP there are many, many, many topics of debate out there and I choose not to address them here on my personal blog. Everything from NP’s lobbying for independent practice to the ever-so polarized conversation about ‘Obama-care’ interests and intrigues me, but most of the internet conversations have not been productive, so I choose to not have that part of my blog.

All that being said, my blog will stay as random as ever, with the majority of my thoughts being about weightlifting and CrossFit. I’m still interested in blogging about nursing topics, but after 7+ years of blogging about nursing…. that well just might have dried up. Who knows….