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Travel: Releasing your inner control freak

Are you the type of person who needs to have all parts of a holiday planned for fear of missing out?  Do you become anxiety ridden when thinking about heading off overseas without your itinerary plotted out to the day and your accommodation booked?

Perhaps, like me, you are a bit of a control freak.  You tend to be super organised and like to have plans set in stone.  While this tends to be efficient and make life run smoothly at home, it often makes me wonder:

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Phone addiction

Do you ever find yourself staring at your phone more than the person you are hanging out with?  Laying in bed gazing at a screen instead of into the eyes of your beloved?  Eating a meal in silence as everyone is engrossed in their own little world of social media?  

There is something so sad about looking around a table and seeing everyone looking down at their phones rather than interacting with each other.  I am guilty of it sometimes, particularly in an uncomfortable situation or when I’m not engrossed in conversation, my phone can seem like a safety blanket connecting me to people that I love.

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Finishing Finals

Waking up on the day of my final exam of medical school, the familiar feeling of pre-exam jitters washed over me. That combination of anxiety and relief, the anticipation of it being almost over, the flutters that make it feel like your gut is doing backflips.

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Over my eight year of university these feelings have not dampened, though I like to think that I tend to be on the good side of the anxiety curve, where it is more of a help than a hinderance. It is that same happy balance point I aim for when it comes to caffeination, just enough coffee to improve performance, without so much that you become shaky and completely unproductive. 

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Soul-searching and self-discovery

At the start of a new rotation our supervising doctor asked us to go around the room and give a short introduction of ourselves. While it was a straightforward task, there was something about listening to everyone’s story that made me reflect on what it is that defines who we are.


Always my introduction will begin with:

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