Yesterday was the first full day we’ve been able to just be home in a long time. 🐧💙🐭
I baked my first quiche and pecan pie. The weather was perfectly crisp and we ate on the back porch together. 🍁🎃
Pablo can always sense (or maybe he keeps track🤔) of when I’m nearing my cycle and offered head scratches, foot rubs, and all the sweetness. 💙
Feeling so grateful for our simple lives, and my new disco-ready one-piece from @warriorwithindesigns 😍
As a medical student, I heard all the time - “You can’t do that.”
Can’t was a common word.
You can’t do that as a woman.
You can’t do that and have kids.
You can’t do that and be attractive.
You can’t do that and be taken seriously.
You can’t do that and still have friends.
You can’t do that and be happy.
You can’t do that and be successful.
You can’t do that.
There was also a lot of - “You should do this.”
You should do this to have a family.
You should do this to have more time.
You should do this because it will make your life easier.
You should do this because it is more acceptable.
You should do this because it is what is expected.
You should do this.
To the young women in medicine: Enough.
Why do others get to dictate what is right for you? How do they know these things can’t coexist. You can be many things, and you most certainly should be you. I understand that along the course of medical training we evolve. I certainly did. The physician I am now is not the girl who started medical school. Nor should I be.
Medicine teaches you many things, in addition to learning the science, you learn the art. You learn of heartbreak and oppressive injustices. You witness what it really means to be strong. You make people ugly cry because you tell them the terrible, awful truth. You ugly cry for a multitude of reasons. You begin to believe that healthcare is a right and not a privilege. You learn that sometimes you are the only advocate a patient has. You begin to really trust your gut. You believe in yourself. You stand up for what is right.
It is supposed to change you; you are meant to evolve. So don’t let others pressure you into evolving into someone else. Be you. Find you. Find your way.
One comment I get a lot is, “Zach, why do you waste your money and get a Starbucks every morning?” But is this really a waste?
If you all know me by now, my life is guided by the ROI (Return On Investment) mindset. Does this decision lead to the most ROI positive result. This is where my degree in Economics comes in. I believe that being aware of this principle and making the ROI positive decision in every moment will lead to you achieving your wildest dreams. Keeps the momentum going.
So how do you figure whether something is ROI Positive? Well we first need to understand the inputs. This is simply the costs associated with the decision you are going to make. This is the time value associated with doing it and the actual monetary cost of the decision.
So what is the cost of my Starbucks every single day? Well the monetary one is easy. I get a tall coffee that costs me $2.08 every time I order it. So lets say I go to Starbucks every day of the year (super hypothetical). So that would be $2.08 multiplied by 365 which equals $759.20 per year spent on Starbucks. As for time actually getting to Starbucks compared to making my own coffee, I think it’s about the same so I won’t need to add any extra cost because of that.
Once I understand this cost, my goal is to weigh whether this decision will provide more than value that if I didn’t do it or I did something different. This is where we figure out the output also known as the benefit it will provide me.
Well lets go over the benefits of going to Starbucks every morning. It starts my day. It’s get me out of the house. I have to dress in clothes associated to start my day. I have to fix my hair, throw water on my face and go. I smell the fresh air. The 5 minute walk gets my blood flowing. The new environment makes me alert. I can feel my creativity starting to come alive. This is all before I even get to Starbucks. The momentum of my day is already starting to build. -
And for someone like myself who is always in my kitchen creating content, it is hard for me to focus on anything other than cooking while I’m there.
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