♥ My PhD. I am finally doing this full time so I no longer have to fit it in around my previous public health job. Yay! I have a lot to learn and the learning curve is steep but I am enjoying the thrill of stretching my brain to the limit. Some days I am so engrossed in what I am doing that 5 pm arrives and I have to scramble to catch my bus to get to the train on time! I AM LOVING IT! It is something I always wanted to do! It really is my passion.
♥ Teaching. I had my first ever tutorial group for epidemiology last year where I was responsible for 13 first year medical students. I was very pleased to know that my epi 'babies' were the highest performing group in that subject in their end of year exams. They gave me great feedback too. :-)
♥ Reading the Happiness Project. I joined a lovely little facebook group based on Gretchen Rubins' The Happiness Project. The book cost me nothing as I still have the Waterstone's gift card I won for best poster and abstract at a conference last year. I am in no rush to read it in its entirety. However I have decided to start with the chapters for March- Aim Higher and July- Buy some happiness. I even have a lovely new A5 filofax that I am using for the project (using the last of my 'treat' money for June before I start the big no shopping challenge!) I hope to share pictures of this soon!
♥ Skype. I can't believe that I only started using Skype late last year. It really is the best thing since sliced bread! I use video skype with my parents in Trinidad and it makes me feel as though they are with me. It brings me so much joy to see their faces when I am talking to them :-) Last week I chatted with my oldest niece and it was great to hear her little voice. There is also a great Philofaxy Skype group which I would recommend joining if you are a fan of filofaxes like me!
♥ The response to the proposed no shopping challenge! I am so overwhelmed by the enthusiasm you guys have shown for this challenge based on my money themed 30 days of truth posts. I am working on creating something fabulous ;-) so look out for the official launch post on the last Sunday in June.
♥ You guys. In the last few weeks I have received lovely, supportive emails from several of you which have really touched me. I really enjoy blogging and connecting with people and building a community are just a couple of the reasons why I blog (you can read all in these two posts). I don't want to sound cheesy (heck I am cheesy! hehe) but blogging and connecting with you all has really changed my life for the better. I hope that my writing has positively impacted on yours too.
So wonderful people, is there anything in your life that has been making you smile lately? Or anyone that deserves a special 'shout out' for some act of kindness or generosity? Please share in the comments and as usual.......
Have a marvellous day!
P.S. I just wanted to mention one of my lovely readers who I know will definitely be smiling today! I would like to congratulate Alannarama on her well deserved success in her final year medical exams :-) Well done Dr Alannarama!