1. I’m throwing a little dinner party tomorrow, and I am utterly unprepared. I have 2.5 hours after work tomorrow to finish cleaning the apartment, bake a cake, and look presentable. What is my life and why do I make it so much more complicated than it has to be.


  2. I downloaded an emoji app to my phone and suddenly find myself unable to express my true emotions without an eggplant, a Santa Claus, and a smiley face with real heart eyes.

  3. Dinner and dessert with this girly rounds out a wonderful weekend :)


  4. First day caring for acute inpatient psychiatric patients.

    My brain is officially mush.


  5. 2.4 miles of sweaty hills on the treadmill with the cycler dude checking out my ass and the lat pull down guy spending half his time on the phone, half his time messing around on the machine.


  6. Back in the hospital. Feels like home. This is how I know I’m on the right path of life.

  7. Sunday night happy hour get together may not be the smartest thing in the world before starting a brand new rotation, but it sure is fun!


  8. // August

    August 2008: Got off a plane at LAX to start college in Pasadena, CA.

    August 2009: 3 weeks of shadowing at Children’s Hospital of LA. Figured out I wanted to be a doctor.

    August 2010: Desire to study preventative medicine cemented on my daily walk to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, IL.

    August 2011: Solo trip to do research and travel in Taipei, Taiwan.

    August 2012: Cloud Nine Yoga training in Hilo, HI.

    August 2013: Betty Ford Center shadowing in Palm Springs, CA.

    August 2014: …?


  9. Run done. I win life today.

    2 miles, no watch, smiles the whole way through.

  10. Good morning beautiful :)

  11. Clean apartment, stocked fridge, happy heart.


  12. Stop waiting.


  13. I am medically diagnosing myself with butterflies in my stomach.

  14. First, a wheel at the base of Mt. Rainier. And then we climbed to the top.


  15. Anonymous said: Hi Vivian! Have you ever taken the pill as contraception? I feel like I don't want to take it, I just don't feel good thinking about the risks (however small they might be). But I'm also quite afraid of the risk of a pregnancy when using only condoms...

    Hello anon, I’ve done quite a bit of research about this topic… I think birth control options are severely under emphasized in health classes. Condoms actually work very very VERY well with *correct* use, which means every single time, prior to insertion, appropriate size and orientation… Which no one actually teaches sexually active individuals, and we basically have to fumble around in the dark and hope the other person knows which way is up.

    For oral contraceptives… I personally don’t take and have never taken them. There are side effects to every medication, it’s a matter of balancing the positive benefits and negative side effects depending on the person.

    Hope this helped to answer your question, even a little bit. Let me know if you have more questions :)