Inspiration of the day: Take a Seat – Make a Friend? (SoulPancake)

Via Take a Seat – Make a Friend? – YouTube

When is the last time you befriended a complete stranger? And connected?

I love what the crew does over at Soul Pancake, I highly recommend a look-see. 

Your last 10 years?

What will the last 10 years of your life look like? Because guess what, those last 10 years are determined by the choices you make today. Those last 10 years are determined by the choices you have made, and the choices you will make now, not during those last 10 years.

Everyone forgets how eternal our choices become when deciding on your health.



Via Make Health Last. What will your last 10 years look like? – YouTube

How do you want to spend your last years on this earth? While I cannot agree more with attacking life to its fullest, we must also be cognizant of the repercussions. Are you strengthening your long-term health?

I don’t know about you, but this lil’ video sends one heck of a message. The last time I checked your body’s health doesn’t care in the least bit about your geographical location (I’m not from Canada, FYI). My hats off to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

That short video has summed up everything I’ve been saying about taking care of ourselves.

So? What are you doing to make your health last?


P.S. Hat tip to my friend Ian for sharing this one. 

What I’m Reading This Morning..

I’m unwinding from a busy week of clinicals and trying to NOT lose my mind obsessing about my performance on my comprehensive exams that were a week ago. I’m told by the faculty that we should expect to hear results within two weeks, so I have another week to brew over whether or not I passed.


Here’s some news that crossed my screen this morning:

Do you drink milk? Do you like the ‘Rock’ (the actor and former professional wrestler DeWayne Johnson)? Well he’s in a new commercial that pokes fun at him, his recent career and … well… milk.

It was cute, thought I’d share.




GoDaddy makes a nerd’s dream come true. Apparently GoDaddy’s new Super Bowl commercial ad is gonna make many of the pock-protector fiend’s out there swoon. You’ll love who the actor is playing the nerd. Jesse has 
GOT to be the most popular type-casted nerd EVAH.

Supermodel Nerd Kiss!!




I’m a bit obsessed with all things The URL shortening service had/has gotten a facelift that includes something they call bit marks. A way of tracking the links you share. I’m liking the shortening option as well as going back and viewing what I’ve shared, and how much it has been re-shared. It definitely gives you some insight as to what your friends/followers are reading and what they may find interesting. Just cool in my book.

I also like the bookmark feature as well as the FireFox add-on you can use for sharing links.

For a SoMe geek like me, I’m liking this new toy. And while I’m sure this is NOT new by any means, it’s new for me.



  2012 NP & PA Salary Survey Results

Unlike the falling salary numbers of 2011, nurse practitioners and physician assistants have regained momentum, reporting increased salaries and hourly wages across the board. In 2012, one profession made significant gains over last year’s wages.

The 2012 National Salary Survey of NPs & PAs found that the average full-time salary for PAs increased more than $7,000. NP salaries rose by less than half that amount, with an increase of about $2,500.

 This is great news for someone like me entering this profession. I must say, while money is not and was not the motivating factor to advance my degree, it sure makes the ride worthwhile.



 I’ve decided to stick my nose back into ALLNURSES.COM. I can remember frequently visiting this site when I first entered the profession. I thought I’d dip my foot back into the pool. Some of my motivation stems from the great conversation that has been brewing over at our new Google+ community Nurse+. Come take a look!





Finally, great news for all the married men and women out there:

Marriage May Cut Heart Attack Risk for Both Spouses

Marriage appears to reduce the risk of heart attacks for both men and women, according to researchers in Finland.

Other studies have shown that being single or living alone increases the risk for developing and dying from heart disease. Many of these studies, however, were only among men, the researchers said, while this new study includes both sexes.

I didn’t actual read the study for its merit or validity, but the headline caught my attention nonetheless. Heh heh.


Have a great day folks. I plan on doing a whole lotta’ nuttin’. 

Achieving your goals… Maybe?

I’ve been a tad busy with my clinical rotation and just simply waiting out the results of my comprehensive exam. In the midst of that I had this interesting thought concerning goals.

THE hardest part about any reflextion is the self-awareness, self-discipline and self-evaluation we ALL must do in order to play the game on a level field.

The minute you don’t judge yourself is the minute the field becomes unbalanced and in favor of failure. Sometimes the only thing separating you from achieving what ever goal you are aiming for is you. 

Maybe… you’re just making excuses. 

A Dose of Inspiration = Our Time to Change



Via Our Time to Change • My wife was cleaning out a desk the other day and…

I’ve been blessed. I have been lucky enough to cross paths with some pretty amazing and inspiring people through my social media avenues. While Twitter, Facebook and now Google+ afford me some pretty awesome internet acquaintances, Tumblr is always left out of the equation.

Through Tumblr I’ve met some pretty amazing people. People with the type of inspiring stories that make my plight to a more healthier me seem trivial compared to the mountains they have had to climb. Take for instance Jason in the picture up above. Just over 2 years ago he and his wife made a promise as a couple to better their health (which is awesome that he can do this with his wife).

2 years later after a lot of blood sweat and tears, you can see he’s made QUITE a change. In fact the name of his Tumblr blog says it all “Our Time To Change”. He went from having some overweight challenges to deadlifting over 350 lbs???!!!

How awesome is that? (Not to mention he’s also a crazy CrossFit loving fool)

I can bear witness to his journey because he shares many of the steps he has taken to get to his goal on his Tumblr blog. He is a prime example of making a lifestyle change as opposed to just ‘dieting’ will literally transform you and your life. His dedication is awe-inspiring.

A huge congratulations to a great inspiration. Be sure to ‘stalk’ him if you get the chance (his words, not mine), you won’t regret it. 

Tumblr: Our Time To Change

Twitter: Jason Morrison

What I’m reading this morning

As I sit here sipping my morning cup o’ joe I have a few thoughts from articles that have come across my screen:

Do Nurses Eat Their Young? What’s Wrong With Communication in Health Care? | Musings on Health Communications and Health Advocacy.

I’ve been lucky enough to only be minimal witness to this behavior, and it was fleeting. This article makes me wonder if my lack of exposure has anything to do with my gender? Would it be different if I was a female nurse? Hmm.

I also have an aggressive personality stemming from my years as a high school athlete, retail manager and time serving my country as a Marine. Am I the one doing the bullying maybe?

Nurses and PTSD: Featuring an Interview with Dr. Bill Tollefson

Ironic how the two articles discuss two subjects that can be inter-related?

The article mentions most cases come from ER nurses, but I’d argue that we ICU nurses get our fair share of abuse. Once again I will argue that I have dodged this bullet because of my gender and quite honestly my stature. Being a man with a strong physique has probably stopped many ‘A-lister’ patients (if you know whatta mean) from verbally or physically attempting to abuse simply because I was a man or that I ‘looked’ like I could hold my own. Sad, but true.

I wonder how things would be if I was a female, or if I was 5’11” and only weighed 140lbs?

I have to admit, after reading the two articles briefly, I’m beginning to re-think my theory on being a male nurse. Hmm.

Reflexive Reflective Refle(x)tion : Think About It


Warning: I might get a bit metaphysical.

I decided at least once a week I would try some deep thought type blog posts. I’ve been thinking about this roller coaster adventure called my life, both personally and professionally. Let’s just say you would not have recognized the ‘me’ from a decade ago. I was a completely different being all together. I was disorganized, lost, and frankly just floating along the river bumping into whatever crossed my path. I can’t say I had much direction other than moving forward and not backward. I really didn’t have a ‘plan’ so-to-say.

I’m not a very religious person, but do you remember that lil’ story about the guy driving by in his fancy car and a kid throws a brick at his car… it was titled: “Don’t go through life so fast that someone has to throw a brick at you to get your attention!” (Go read it if you’re not familiar with the story) 

Well, I literally had that brick thrown at me. I had to be hospitalized with a severe injury to really have my eyes opened for me

One thing lead to another (more details later) and now here I am on the cusp of attaining my graduate degree in nursing with the hopes of sitting and passing my national Nurse Practitioner certification exam?!

It’s all very surreal. And I was trying to figure out a way to put my thoughts into words. I decided one a week I would pick a point to ponder. It might  be something random, or it could be non-random and on purpose. All I know is that I was a late-bloomer in life, and for some strange reason I was given one heck of second chance. I’d like to think I was meant to be ‘here’ in my ‘here and now’. Had I not made the choices I made, followed the path it lead for me, lost what I lost and gained what I gained I’m almost 100% positive I would not be sitting so pretty.

My life, both personally and professionally, is blooming and ‘booming’ these days. I have an absolutely breathingly-beautiful wife who is the foundation of all things good in my life. I couldn’t have asked for a better partner in life. My place within my career is skyrocketing with my pending degree and new advanced practice role. I have wonderful friends and am loved by a great family. And my health couldn’t be better considering all the stresses I impose upon it.

So I decided to make sure I keep myself grounded and appreciate out loud all of the blessings I have by recognizing and remembering.

By thinking about it.

By Reflecting

Reflection (Thank you to The Free Dictionary):

 re·flec·tion  (r-flkshn)


1. The act of reflecting or the state of being reflected.
2. Something, such as light, radiant heat, sound, or an image, that is reflected.
a. Mental concentration; careful consideration.
b. A thought or an opinion resulting from such consideration.
4. An indirect expression of censure or discredit: a reflection on his integrity.
5. A manifestation or result: Her achievements are a reflection of her courage.

3. careful or long consideration or thought
4. implicit or explicit attribution of discredit or blame
Noun 1.
– a calm, lengthy, intent consideration

cogitation, study – attentive consideration and meditation; “after much cogitation he rejected the offer”
consideration – the process of giving careful thought to something
meditation, speculation – continuous and profound contemplation or musing on a subject or series of subjects of a deep or abstruse nature; “the habit of meditation is the basis for all real knowledge”
meditation – (religion) contemplation of spiritual matters (usually on religious or philosophical subjects)
introspection, self-contemplation, self-examination – the contemplation of your own thoughts and desires and conduct
retrospect – contemplation of things past; “in retrospect”
  2. reflection– the phenomenon of a propagating wave (light or sound) being thrown back from a surface

physical phenomenon – a natural phenomenon involving the physical properties of matter and energy
flare – am unwanted reflection in an optical system (or the fogging of an image that is caused by such a reflection)
interreflection – reciprocal reflection between two reflecting surfaces; “there was interreflection between the two surfaces of the lens”
virtual image – a reflected optical image (as seen in a plane mirror)
zodiacal light – a luminous tract in the sky; a reflection of sunlight from cosmic dust in the plane of the ecliptic; visible just before sunrise and just after sunset
– expression without words; “tears are an expression of grief”; “the pulse is a reflection of the heart’s condition”

lamentation, mourning – the passionate and demonstrative activity of expressing grief
demo, demonstration – a visual presentation showing how something works; “the lecture was accompanied by dramatic demonstrations”; “the lecturer shot off a pistol as a demonstration of the startle response”
act – a manifestation of insincerity; “he put on quite an act for her benefit”
ebullition, effusion, outburst, blowup, gush – an unrestrained expression of emotion
– a likeness in which left and right are reversed

alikeness, likeness, similitude – similarity in appearance or character or nature between persons or things; “man created God in his own likeness”
  5. reflection– the image of something as reflected by a mirror (or other reflective material); “he studied his reflection in the mirror”

ikon, picture, icon, image – a visual representation (of an object or scene or person or abstraction) produced on a surface; “they showed us the pictures of their wedding”; “a movie is a series of images projected so rapidly that the eye integrates them”
  6. reflection– (mathematics) a transformation in which the direction of one axis is reversed

math, mathematics, maths – a science (or group of related sciences) dealing with the logic of quantity and shape and arrangement
transformation – (mathematics) a function that changes the position or direction of the axes of a coordinate system
  7. reflection– a remark expressing careful consideration

comment, remark, input – a statement that expresses a personal opinion or belief or adds information; “from time to time she contributed a personal comment on his account”
  8. reflection– the ability to reflect beams or rays

physical property – any property used to characterize matter and energy and their interactions
echo, reverberation, sound reflection, replication – the repetition of a sound resulting from reflection of the sound waves; “she could hear echoes of her own footsteps”
echo – a reflected television or radio or radar beam



1. image, echo, counterpart, likeness, mirror image Meg stared at her reflection in the mirror.
2. sending back, mirroring, throwing back, casting back the reflection of a beam of light off a mirror
3. indication, evidence, display, demonstration, proof, manifestation, attestation a reflection of a person’s experiences as a child
4. criticism, censure, slur, reproach, imputation, derogation, aspersion Infection with head lice is no reflection on personal hygiene.

plural noun

thoughts, feeling, idea, view, opinion, belief, impression, viewpoint a series of reflections on death


I think you got the point. I plan on posing an interesting ‘thought’ or ‘topic’ and then I’ll “think about it”, and maybe even ask you to ‘think about it’.

Heck I may even take a que from the Flight of the Concords:

Ohhhh c’mon. You know I had to end this on a funny. As always I hope you stick around for the conversation. Thanks for being a part of my journey.