Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The perfect breakfast

For the past few weeks I've been welcoming spring with a strong desire for fresh foods: squash, arugula, strawberries, tomatoes. As a result I most definitely bought a bit too much at the grocery store last week... oops.

But the food that I've been craving most is my new favorite breakfast food.

  • Plain yogurt 
  • Frozen blueberries 
  • Muesli 

All mixed together in a bowl. The plain yogurt becomes icy because of the sweet, frozen berries, and the granola provides the perfect crunch. You can find your own perfect ratios.

It is the perfect breakfast or snack for warm, sunny days, and it so good, I have woken up so excited to get out of bed for the day so I can make my breakfast.


Photo from here.

I'm still just a kid.

1. Copenhagen's very own trampolines. Right on the harbor ;)


The dark, chill of winter has officially become full-blown spring. The flowers, the fresh breezes, sitting out in the grass for hours... 

I am completely in love with this season.

1. Little blossoms in Salzburg, Austria (and me learning how to take pictures close up) | 2. Magnolia blossoms in Salzburg, Austria. My new favorite | 3. Some unidentified little guys outside a restaurant in Copenhagen.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

On picking yourself up by your bootstraps...

Late Friday night, I returned home from a lovely dessert with friends (champagne and a cheesecake brownie, shared between the four of us--delicious!) to an email that I had been waiting for for weeks. Except the news it bore was not what I had been hoping for.

The next morning I woke up feeling pretty down. In addition to the headache that crying before bed always gives me, I just felt like I had let everyone down: myself, my family, and Leah. I just wanted to lay in bed all day. Ignore the sun. Just wallow in my misery.

However, a few days before I had made plans with a friend that I knew I couldn't miss out on. So, after finally getting dressed and trying to pull myself together, my friend Clare and I got our bikes and our provisions and biked up the Danish coast to a beautiful park called Dyrehaven.

Though we never saw any deer (which really just means I'll have to go back and try again), we spent hours laying in the grass drinking wine and eating grapes and brownies, just talking about everything under the sun. Books, movies, racism, summertime, relationships, biking, travels... The combination of a lack of electronics--no internet here, sir!--the good conversation, and the beautiful springtime sun made my troubles simply melt away. I went to bed happy and exhausted, a total turnaround from my state when I woke up that morning.

Again, this semester, I have proven to myself that I have control over myself and my emotions. I know everything will be ok.Yesterday taught me again that I am resilient. I am strong enough to overcome difficulties. Creative enough to come up with new solutions. I am not a wallower, even when I really want to be. I have the power to change my situation and my attitude. I am so much stronger than I think I am.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Alone time.

Today I realized, after talking to many of my housemates (there are 22 of us... it's a little crazy) about their weekend plans, that I will be almost entirely alone this weekend.

Roommates gone.
Whole rooms empty.

It will be weird.

But, for the first time in MONTHS! I am going to be getting some much needed alone time. So, here's the game plan:

  • Make plans to hang out with some almost-there friends (let's face it. 72 hours of straight alone time is not my jam.) 
  • Sleep late! 
  • Work on finals... papers, presentations, exams. [It looks like I have something to do this weekend after all... ]
  • Make a luxurious dinner for one
  • Go out for coffee. 
  • Bring a book for company.
  • Plan my dad's visit to Copenhagen!
  • Go to the gym. 
  • Stretch. 
  • Plan my upcoming trip to Paris
  • Remind myself that I am pretty good company

On a different note. These have been on my mind...
How do bloggers, like Joanna, say exactly what I need to hear, when I need to hear it? This post on encouragement and success hit home!
Some tips I'll be using to make new friends in Boston this summer.
Magnolia blossoms like these. I cannot stop dreaming of them!


Monday, April 22, 2013

Back in the groove.

After returning last night from the loveliest week in Vienna, I am back in the groove of life in Copenhagen for the next 3 1/2 weeks.

It's strange to think that something I have thought about and anticipated for years is about to come to a close. But for now, I think I need to just enjoy my routines in the new springtime Copenhagen. Spend time with the friends I've made, enjoy the beautiful house I've been living in, and most of all, explore both this wonderful city and the new and improved Isabel that I have been working on since I've gotten here.

She is happier. More independent. Less anxious. Stronger. More in love. Confident. More inspired.

And she is going to love the HECK out of these last few weeks before she starts on another amazing adventure this summer in Boston!


In the mean time, this lovely post from Natalie at NatTheFatRat today was also about getting back in the groove. Inspiration comes from everywhere.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Ramblings about the future and blogs...

So lately I have been reading a lot.... of blogs. I have also been heavily contemplating the future.
I am currently studying public/global health (public health in Copenhagen, and global health back at school) and I for the life of me cannot figure out what I want to do next.

Backstory: for the past few years my plan has been nursing school, which I'd start a few months after graduating with my Bachelor's Degree (in just about 13 months, what?!) I think healthcare is a hugely important field, especially as both this is what both of my parents are involved in. While in Copenhagen, I've come to believe that labor and delivery is probably the only area of medicine that I can really see myself working in.  But do I definitely want to go into medicine? And if I do go into medicine--do I become a doctor? a nurse? a physician's assistant? Will I still be able to live as a funky, fun, creative being if I go into such a regulated field as medicine?

But back to the blog reading. The past few days I have been pouring over the posts of Emily at The Doctors Fleming. She is a medical resident (or has she finished? I'm still in 2012...) in emergency medicine. Reading her blog I am realizing a few things...
- Everyone has to make decisions about their priorities. You may not be able to have it ALL, but if you want something enough--love, a career, a family, independence, a puppy!, a creative outlet--you can find a balance and make it work.
- If I want to really have a blog, I've got to put a little more of myself into it! The blogs that I like reading are the ones that are honest and spunky, not the ones that only show the perfect, picturesque highlights of life. And because I'm an honest and spunky girl, I've gotta put that into my blog.
- If I want to go to medical school, I've got to really want it. You sacrifice a lot to become a doctor, and I need to think some more about my priorities to figure out what I want to do. (You see priorities is quickly becoming a theme here!)
- Travel is so important to me too! I know I'm in Europe right now having a blast, but I've also been stressing a lot about money (Copenhagen is expensive, man!). But with the one month I have left (where did the time go?!) I want to relax a bit my finances. Of course I don't want to blow my entire savings, but I don't want to forego important experiences because I'm stressed about money.

So, in conclusion... a little more blog writing and a little more self-reflection is in order.

Thanks for reading!

[A later addition... this post sheds a little very bright light on being a doctor. Wow.]

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

In 4 days...

... I'm headed back to the beautiful city of Vienna, Austria. I'm hoping it will look a little different, though... maybe fresh spring flowers instead of snowmen?

Friday, April 5, 2013