It’s BERday!!!

What a wonderful weekend it has been thus far! Thank you all for the happy wishes and calls I received. I just wanted to share several links to businesses that offer FREEBIES just for being born!!! I discovered a few of these deals years ago and people are always asking me to give them a list. So here it goes:

No purchase necessary but you will need to sign up for a rewards account at least 30 days before your birthday. Your reward is any free item so make it count. Can I get a VENTI please?

You get a free beverage just for enrolling. The other terms of their rewards program are quite convoluted as not all DD locations participate (a good amount). The week of your birthday you will receive an email with a beverage coupon for redemption. It worked last year so I’ll try it again this year. No purchase necessary.

A free sub and drink each year. I signed up for this one the day before and got it the next day. No purchase necessary.

Free quest dip upon sign up and a free burrito on birthday. No purchase necessary for their new rewards program. Must download app on mobile phone.

I scream, you scream, we all scream… ICE CREAM! But only one free small scoop. I usually get an email every year weeks before my birthday but nothing this year. Hmmm???

Free cup cake after sign up and on BD. No purchase required.

Any regular (7″) Wich free and a free beverage with sign up. It’s okay to redeem on the same day. No purchase necessary.

Sign up for rewards card and earn a makeup related birthday gift. Usually some kind of small travel item. This year I received a mini lip gloss/ blush duo…love it!

Now this site is already magical on any regular day. Have you heard of Ebates? It is an awesome place to score some cash back on your purchases. Online shopping is one of my preferred ways to shop. For three main reasons, I usually find better deals than in store, larger inventory options, and free shipping to my door. Plus you earn an additional 15% back on every purchase during the ENTIRE WEEK of your BD.

Go ahead and try it out here! You’ll earn $10 after your first purchase of $25 or more. I mean you were gonna spend it anyways. So just go for it.

Although some of these deals expire a day or two after your birthday, most of them last the whole month. I recommend spacing your freebies out so you can maximize your celebratory time.

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Drained

As I sit here contemplating ways to get out of these two exams I have tomorrow, I can’t help but to feel a little pissed off. Many people do not fully understand the whole concept of being a pre-health professional student. There are so many flippin hoops to jump through it just makes you sick! I know I will be a doctor one day but how much longer? I can’t see myself doing anything else. Not that I won’t be good at another career but I simply won’t be satisfied knowing that I am wasting my potential. Having to work at least 35 hours/week, volunteer, and attend advance classes part-time is starting to take a toll on me. My colleagues share my sentiments of general irritation with the whole process. I have given a great part of the last 4 years towards my dream and I want it to pay off. I miss having a social life and this has been a very lonely process.

On the other hand, there are moments where I understand I’m exactly where I need to be. I was teaching a patient how to remove and insert hard contact lenses last week. She became very frustrated with the process and started to cry. Although, I had a study group session planned within the next 20 minutes, I decide to be there for her. I took her aside into a private room and just held her while she cried. Afterwards, we got back to the process and she was able to get the hang of it right away. And it’s moments like those that I realize I will be a phenomenal doctor.

Okay my rant is over for now. Back to the chamber of insomnia.

My Thoughts: Fearless

Today marks the ending of a chapter with my employer of five years. I knew I would be leaving sometime this month but didn’t expect it to be this moment. Despite the fact that I usually avoid change, I felt a sense of freedom overcome my spirit. I wanted this change. Hell, I even prompted it. I am confident that the next employment opportunity is exactly where I am supposed to be in order to propel me in my journey.

At some point towards the end of last year, I discovered the beauty of not being afraid of anything. Seriously. Not even death. I let go of my fears of not fulfilling other’s expectations for me, failing, succeeding, wrong decisions, being unqualified, etc… Most importantly, the most crippling fear in my opinion, fear of the future. I was so consumed with the thought of certain things not working out because of what they could become. Notice how I emphasize thought and could. I missed the joy of being in the present by giving my power to these abstract concepts.

Being fearless supersedes the cliché BS of just choosing to be positive in all things. It’s not dismissive of the natural emotions felt when dealing with hardships. It’s anticipating that sorrows will come and I will move past them. I possess the power and knowledge to figure stuff out. So I confidently embrace each experience and more importantly understand their necessary roles in my life. This is not a journey about who I will become rather what I will do and where I will go. I’m not on this journey to become someone great. I am already her. And I absolutely adore and love her.