2019: The year I’ve been waiting for!

Happy New year! I hope that your 2019 is off to a great start. I’m back safely in the US after spending 3 amazing weeks in Nigeria. I’m lucky to still be on vacation mode because my next rotation doesn’t start until after MLK weekend on the 22nd. So I have time to really get myself in order and get strategic about my goals for the year. 2019 is going to be one of the best years of my life and I refuse to be passive about it. Everything about this year is going to be intentional. Most importantly, this is the year I become a doctor, like WOW. I remember in college I would count the number of years that it would take for me to become an MD. And now, in what feels like the blink of an eye, here I am! Despite suffering from imposter syndrome, I am so proud of myself for successfully making it this far (while maintaining a generally positive attitude). It’s also the year I match into my residency program, move to a new city, and begin my career. In addition, I’ll be a witness to love as many of my close friends get married!

One of my goals for this year is to pour more of myself into this blog. It has been so therapeutic for me to have this outlet to write and share my journey with you all. This year I want to incorporate more video content and even branch out to developing a YouTube channel for The Balancing Act. I had the seed for this idea planted over the holidays when someone dear to me challenged me to take things to the next level. It will also allow me showcase more of my personality than I can get across through text blogging. I think it’s definitely worth a shot and I’m excited to see what I can make happen. So be on the look out for that!

My holiday trip was nothing short of incredible. I got to explore Lagos and get exposed to all of its beauty. From visiting Nike Art Gallery and seeing breathtaking art pieces to walking the longest canopy bridge at the Lekki Conservation Center, I had so much fun! I went out a couple of nights to different clubs/lounges, and went to a music festival/concert. Lagosians’ concept of time is so different from here in the US. It’s normal for a club to be empty at 1am but get packed around 3am. Most places don’t close until 6am. So, after a few nights like that I had had enough of the night life scene. After 2 weeks in the city, we drove ~7hr east to my village in a rural part of the country. There, I spent time with my extended family on both my mom and dad’s side. There isn’t as much to do in my small town compared to Lagos, so I basically just rested and recuperated from my excursions. I’m thankful for a smooth journey too and fro. I couldn’t think of a better way to end the year.

I’m really looking forward to all that 2019 will bring to me. I’m praying for continued growth as a professional, a strengthened relationship with God, and more intentional relationships across the board. I’m so sure about the kind of energy I want around me, so I am seeking it out and dismissing anything/anyone that is transmitting anything otherwise. My network will grow, my influence will grow, and hopefully my hair will grow too haha. Stick around with me this year, you won’t be disappointed! My immediate next goal is to work on my rank list for residency, as I’m now done interviewing (canceled the last one I had in January). I will make a separate post about the things that go into my decision making after I sort everything out.

Wishing you all the best,
Ijeoma

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