*Long post, lots of updates!*
The past two weeks have actually been pretty busy despite not being on clinical rotations. I’m actually very thankful that I don’t have clinical rotations going on because it’s been nice having the flexibility to maneuver around all of my to-do’s. For starters, there’s a TON of paperwork that you have to do in order to start residency. It’s essentially “new-hire” paperwork. Applying for my resident training license, the state medical board, getting a background check, etc. Most importantly, signing my contract! On top of that there’s composite pictures to take, white coats to order, and online modules to complete. It’s enough to keep you busy for a while. My program gives different deadlines for each group of assignments to help keep us on track. For the most part, I’ve been staying afloat.
On top of doing this I’ve been packing up my apartment. Before I really got started, I didn’t think I had that much stuff. Now, after 3 trips home and still more to pack up, I’m realizing otherwise. Each day I try to pack up a little bit more. I have 3 more weeks in this apartment (well, really 2 because I’ll be out of town for one of those weeks) so really trying to get it together. The other struggle is selling all of my furniture. My roommate and I both want to move light so we put up all of our furniture online. People can be so finicky though. One day they’re interested and the next day they don’t respond to you. So it’s been a bit of a frustrating process. Unfortunately we’re slowly entering into the desperate zone and really need to get things out.
The other thing occupying my time is figuring out exactly where I’m going to move. This process has been equally exciting and draining at the same time. I have chosen to buy and fell in love with this beautiful condo which I am now under contract for. I did my research to really understand this whole home-buying process which has made it enjoyable. Finding a place is just the beginning. The real work has just begun. This includes getting homeowners insurance, scheduling inspections, and getting everything squared away for my mortgage. There are so many up-front costs that go into home-buying that will make your head spin. And I’m only getting a condo; I can’t imagine getting a standard house in the future! At least I would have been through the process and know what to expect–everything would just be on a bigger scale. For now, I’m literally just hanging on by my fingernails trying to make it to my first paycheck! Ok, it’s not that bad but just driving the point home that you gotta be financially ready for the onslaught! But it’s a great property in a great area that’s continuing to develop, so I know it’s a good investment and I just try to think of the future cash-flow when I’m looking at my present bank account.
The final notable thing I’ve been working on is videography. I’ve mentioned before that I plan to start doing more video content this year. I’ve been practicing recording videos and getting good footage using my DJI Osmo mobile and some iPhone cinematography techniques I’ve picked up online. Just trying to sharpen my craft. It’s been a great new hobby. Next weekend I’ll be in Chicago for one of my best friend’s birthdays, so I look forward to getting some more practice in!
If I’m not doing any of those things you can find me in bed reading. Currently reading Atul Gawande’s Being Mortal. I gave up television for Lent, so in my down time I just hit the books.
As you can see, this period of free time has really been anything but that. I can’t complain though. This is such an exciting time in my life and I’m looking forward to seeing things fall into place over the next couple of months. I’ll be sure to keep the updates coming! Hope everyone has a wonderful week! 🙂