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Physical Therapy Chose Me

“So, do it. Decide. Is this the life you want to live? Is this the person you want to love? Is this the best you can be? Can you be stronger? Kinder? More compassionate? Decide. Breathe in. Breathe out and decide.” –Meredith Grey

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Growing up in a household where I was expected to follow my mother’s footsteps and become a nurse or follow my father’s dreams to become a professional athlete, I had other plans in mind. At 7 years old, I dreamt of becoming a world-renowned wedding planner—building an empire based on the stereotypical fantasies of a little girl. My hopes were completely stifled as my parents told me there’s no future for me in that industry. I figured that my parents were looking out for my best interest, so, I decided to explore other options. I was only 7 years old anyway, what did I know?

2ND grade began and I was “volun-told” by the soccer coach, who happened to also be my father, I was on a soccer team that I never tried out for. He pushed me hard to train and become a well-rounded athlete and as the years went by, I ended up falling in love with sports. However, in December of 2012, I sprained my lateral collateral ligament and had to step back and focus on rehabilitating my knee. I saw an athletic trainer religiously and was able to learn about different movements and exercises to best strengthen areas of my body to prevent future injuries. Without much thought or research, I was convinced that I was meant to be an athletic trainer. After all, if I couldn’t become a professional athlete at least I would be able to help others obtain that goal by teaching them how to properly train their bodies.

Once I reached my junior year of high school, everyone had their career goals and plans of action sorted out. I, on the other hand, was only just starting to talk to the school counselor about the career outlook of an athletic trainer and was quite disappointed by these conversations. “Do you think you’ll be working for the NBA, MLS, or any other major league?”, was the question I received that made me question if I was competent enough to achieve that dream. I felt drawn to the healthcare field because it is an industry whose main focus is putting others first, however, I did not know where I belonged. Many of my friends volunteered at hospitals and felt called to become surgeons. But me? A surgeon? I knew nothing of the field, except for the fact that it was highly regarded. After conversing with different teachers and thoroughly watching every single episode of Grey’s Anatomy to properly research this field, I decided to become an Orthopedic Surgeon.

I began college in the Fall of 2014 as a pre-med major and was a semester away from obtaining my Bachelor’s in Biomedical Sciences in order to prepare my applications for medical school. I was less than 6 months away from my desire to become a well-respected individual. That same year I met one of the most supportive and influential people in my life right now, my husband. “Where do you want to be in 10 years?”, “What mark do you want to make on the world?”, and “Who do you want to become?” These questions made me think introspectively and decide on the life I wanted to live. For the first time in my life, I stopped trying to become someone who others saw as significant and decided to look for a career where I could problem solve, work with my hands to help people improve functionality, be an advocate for others, and, honestly, share great experiences with patients. I met and spoke with a physical therapist whom specialized in autism studies, a field previously unknown to me. I learned that the field of physical therapy has a wide range of specialties, each as interesting as the next. In December of 2019, I graduated from Florida International University with my B.S. in Recreational Therapy and decided to continue my education and interest in rehabilitation by pursuing a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. My journey to pursuing a life-long career in physical therapy began because of an injury that piqued my curiosity and fueled my love for the human body. This is the life I want to live. I want to be physically and mentally stronger, confident in my capabilities to cause positive change, and I want to live my life to the fullest. I want this for the people I will connect with and positively challenge their mind and body when they’re at their most vulnerable point. I’ve decided. Breathed in. Breathed out. Physical therapy is the healthcare profession for me.

January Wrap-up

Woo! A month of PT school has passed in a blink of an eye. One second I’m freaking out by the workload of grad school, the next I’m passing my first Gross Anatomy practical, oral, and lecture exam with 2 A’s and a B—respectively! I tend to be very hard on myself when I don’t get an A on something that I worked hard for, but I’m learning to celebrate the victories and not define the knowledge I’m gaining, with a percentage.

1st Term Class Schedule:

Patient Care Management 1

Gross Anatomy 1 Lec and Wet/Dry Lab

Applied Anatomy Lec and Lab

Pathophysiology

Physical Therapy Practice Lec

Evidence Informed Practice: Research Fundamentals

Soft Tissue 1 Lec and Lab

Out of all my classes, my favorite has to be Pathophysiology—shocker, I hated it the first time I took it in undergrad— and Gross Anatomy. My least favorite has to be Research Fundamentals… I think I learn more about using the library’s resources than actual research. Although this month has been hard and I’ve had like…zero me-time or social interactions (outside of school and my hubs), I love how my confidence is slowly growing in the material that I’m learning. This short month of February, I’m aiming to:

a. become more confident when going over informed consent and soft tissue intervention procedures

b. reduce the amount of breaks I take during a study session (I take a break to look at Tik-toks every time I understand a concept and can explain it back, it’s bad… I know)

c. be ahead of the game with making study guides.


The W’s of the Month:

Not crying when it got tough!
Getting through a week of back-to-back quizzes and exams, victoriously
Not procrastinating and get sh*t done!
Being elected as one of my class representatives
Not PT related but… Kai (my dog) is now on 3 fluent-pet buttons!

The L’s of the Month:

Pulling an all-nighter on my second week of classes and feeling utterly useless all day
Allowing myself to get distracted in class and having to teach myself an entire lecture the night before an exam
Playing catch-up with pre-class notes
Putting off my gym-time
Not having more social interactions with anyone other than the authors of my textbooks

ANYWHOM, can’t wait to type up February’s wrap-up and compare my W’s and L’s! Also, I have a special announcement coming up for those applying to PT school in PTCAS’ upcoming cycle, keep an eye out on my IG @laviedpt for a snippet of the news!

—xoxo, B

Run Your Day

This is the year where we are going to gain our control back! No more aimlessly living in quarantine. Let’s get shit done.

If you made your way here via my Instagram post, then you’re one step ahead in knowing that one of the most effective habits for productivity is to take a break. It’s deceptively simple and yet quite complicated. If you haven’t read my take on taking a break. then take a break from this blog post and head over to my Instagram @laviedpt to read more about it.

I’m dedicating this post solely to sharing the productivity tips that have helped me throughout the years as a student, as a teacher, and as a wife of my uber-productive husband. Let’s get started!

1. Get enough sleep!

Bing watching that Netflix show until 3am is a form of self-sabotaging my productivity and my prada eye-bags. A minimum of 7 hours of sleep is a necessity to make effective use of my time. With technology, I began a sleep schedule which forces me to wind down 45-minutes prior to my bedtime. The wind down function is a Godsend because it forces me off of social media by turning on sleep mode―lock screen is simplified and Do Not Disturb is activated.

2. Create YOUR best morning routine

While some people can just hope out of bed and begin tackling their tasks, I cannot. My morning routine was created on trial and error and tends to evolve through the year. My ideal routine is typically the following:
  • Wake up and take my vitamins
  • Get ready to go to the gym
  • Read my Sabbath school lesson or listen to a Christian podcast on my way to the gym
  • After working out, do my hygiene and skincare routines
  • Get dressed for a day of slaying

3. Understand your peak productivity time

I’m 100% a morning person, my brain is the most prepared to efficiently function in the morning. I used to try studying at night and would get so frustrated when I felt like nothing was sticking and that would happen because my brain associates the evening time to winding down and going to sleep. Everyone’s peak productivity time is different, finding yours is the key to taking advantage of it.

4. Block out your time

I like to give myself a specific amount of time to work on each task. This not only helps me focus on one task at a time, but it also forces me to take breaks between tasks and eliminate distractions.

5. Treat yo’self

I’m human, there will be days where I’ll simply lounge around and get nothing done and there will be other days where I am a productive badass. On my best days, I love rewarding myself to positively reinforce my actions and reduce my days of lounging. I’m also going to forgive myself on the days that I slack off, it’s ok.

I hope you found some golden nuggets in this post to help you tackle your day more efficiently. If you have any tips that have helped you feel free to leave a comment and help others run their day more efficiently!

XOXO, B

Will Traveling Be a Thing in 2021?

Austin, TX: February 15-18, 2020. My last trip right before we were bound to our homes in March because of the pandemic. I surprised my husband with tickets to Austin for his 30th birthday. Why Austin? To remind him that even with his new, shiny age, he’s got to keep it weird!

With the first trip of the year being a success, I was ready to go abroad for the rest of 2020. Little Miss Rona had other plans. I missed out on a girls trip to Tulum, MX and my 1-year Anniversary trip back to Europe, which looking back, was honestly for the better…of my finances.

Every New Year, we all look forward to different things. Wealth, health, or even romantic love… I’m looking forward to getting OUT OF HEREE! lol I’ve mapped out available vacation time from PT school using the academic calendar and these are the 5 places that I’d like to travel to in 2021:

p.s. I take no credit for the pictures you see down below, they are straight outta pinterest.

1.Tulum, MX (no surprise there!)

2.Sonoma, CA

3.Denver, CO

4. Seattle, WA

5. Manhattan, NY

God-willing, I’m able to travel to each destination and create some awesome content for you all. I’ll make sure to keep y’all posted AND keep an eye out for tips on how to save money on flights! (To receive these posts directly in your email, you might as well subscribe!😜)

XOXO, B

Maple Cream Biscuits

Hey all you cool cats and kittens! Carole Baskin’s understudy here with the recipe to Chrissy Teigen’s delicious biscuits down below…

Here’s what you’ll need:

MAPLE CREAM:

  • 6 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

BISCUITS:

  • 1 stick (4 ounces) very cold unsalted butter, cut into ½-inch cubes. (Keep it in the fridge until you’re ready to use it.)
  • 3 cups and 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, plus more for kneading.
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1½ cups buttermilk, shaken

Now that you’ve mise en place, it’s time to put everything together!

  1. Put the butter in a small bowl, toss it with 2 tablespoons of flour to coat, and put it in the freezer for 5 minutes.
  2. In a food processor or bowl, combine the 3 cups of flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. PULSE! PULSE! PULSE!
  3. Toss in the frozen butter and pulse again until pea sized pieces remaining.
  4. Stir in your buttermilk, but be careful to not overmix! (You’ll get bricks instead of biscuits)
  5. Transfer the dough to a floured surface and knead 3 to 4 times by folding down the top half of the dough and rotating it 90 degrees each time.
  6. Pat the dough into a square about 1 inch high and cut into 9 squares.
  7. Place your biscuits on a baking sheet close to each other, almost kissing, but not touching.
  8. Brush them with your maple cream and pop them into the oven for 20 minutes @ 350 degrees.
  9. 1 minute before they’re done cooking, take them out and brush them again with more maple cream.

TADA! The final step is to enjoy your wonderful biscuits for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

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