Just another day in our hometown. The headliner for today's Park Jam was an experimental rap group named clipping—which happens to be fronted by Oakland native Daveed Diggs. His name might ring a bell because he won a Tony Award for playing Lafayette/Jefferson in a lil' musical called #Hamilton . A full day of live music and museum exhibitions for a $23 ticket? Not a bad deal . . .
590 Olympia qualifier at meet today. I'm officially 1/9 for my past 3 meets in bench. I didn't sleep at all last night, somehow only had one of my shoes and forgot my singlet. This is how life often goes; things are messy and incomplete but we must work with what we have. We may think ourselves ill prepared to meet an objective but we have to truck on anyway. As such I'm pretty certain this is the heaviest bench ever in bicycle cletes 😂🤣 (I thought I could go barefoot as I did for a deadlift attempt at fitcon). V happy with what I accomplished and looking forward to the Olympia. Between graduate school, certain people, and to some degree powerlifting I often feel that I put a lot of energy into things with little return. It's important to remember that just because something wasn't carved into the exact image I imagined it would be that I didn't achieve success. Graduate school has taught me many little lessons and shored up my weaknesses despite the fact that I'm not leaving w my PhD as I originally intended. People that have come and gone have taught me that no amount of personal sacrifice can induce change and no aspect of any relationship is 1 sided. Powerlifting has taught me that ego can only get in one's way and that sometimes gains aren't very tangible. Overall this whole experience reminds me that we all return to the same pile of dust and nothing will change this. It's important to find satisfaction and contentment in the little moments for which we are afforded (the illusion of) sentience. #allwehaveislove
Big thanks to the team for their support in particular powerdaddy ( @xtremeperfect) power god who achieved the first 5x bodyweight squat in history today (@strengthsage) jaybae who #blessed us all with his sexy voice (@jayanderson871 ) and everyone else who helped at the meet and throughout training. #adaptordie#powerlifting#motivation#benchpress#fitbliss#freedom#wealldie#graduateschool#bicyclingcletes#fitness#soulsearching
As I prepare to go back to school this fall money has been at the root of A LOT of my stress. Like how am I supposed to pay for school, save for the future, pay bills, graduate debt free, and live my best life?! After laughing hysterically & mourning the loss of my extra income I pulled up excel and tried to figure it all out. Best. Idea. Ever. I simply used one of their templates to create a personal budget for the rest of the year. It really helped me to visualize my expenses and saving goals clearly. More importantly, I was able to see that I am financially capable of making it work with a few sacrifices. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I am still processing this transition in my life Much of my free time will be spent studying instead of taking spontaneous adventures. But I am confident it will all be worth it at the end! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Who else starts school this fall? What are you nervous or excited about? 💫 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
3 years ago today, I delivered her at 3:34am July 20th and Dekalb Medical was kicking my ass out at 3pm of July 21st 🤣. I had an exam due at 10 am, no sleep, Ryan returned to work that morning, my mom left to meet us at the apartment and cook, and I was alone with this little dependent thing! My breast were engorged and Samiya had the worst razor blade gnawing latch from hell that didn’t relieve any milk, she just chewed. I was overwhelmed and petrified until I had a cry and just stared. She was phenomenal. I made THAT! Those tiny hands. She had these fine off colored speckles all over her face, and she carried a unique smell that was faintly sweet. She was mine. All mine. And I loved her without even knowing what to do. Without even knowing her outside the womb for very long. I loved her. Now she’s three! What a time! To be alive. To mother. An exceptional being ❤️ #blackgirlmagic#cancerseason#toddler#birthday#reflection#parenting#parenthood#firstday#outthewomb#newborn#graduateschool#newmom#3yearsold#blacklove
And just like that, 7 years into a book titled “the premed years” and I’ve hit the last sentence ☺️, closed its worn cover, and placed it on the shelf only to see several books waiting to be opened: preclinicals, rotations, board exams, residency, and practice: all narratives built around a goal of lifelong wholehearted service; Filled with stories I am both apprehensive and joyful to read out.
Today, i took a peek at the prologue of the next volume: “student doctor corral” and I couldn’t be happier with the setting. I’m incredibly humbled and blessed to begin my medical education surrounded by such an amazingly kind cohort of classmates with the support of our wonderful faculty.
Today our medical education officially begins from the inside out with a heart to serve.
Exciting news, people. I have been channeling Jane and her sketching skills. The key difference is I have not been drawing almost naked men. I have been learning how to use Photoshop and Illustrator! It’s been so fun to have a new creative outlet. And I am working on some Disney-inspired t-shirt designs to offer in the Enchanted Archives shop. I can’t wait to share what I’ve been working on!
I’ll give y’all a sneak peek tomorrow. I hope everyone is having a lovely Saturday!
If you haven't watched Sir Ken Robinson's Ted Talk titled "Do Schools Kill Creativity?", you definitely should! I have seen it before, but re-watching today for grad school really got me excited for the school year ahead to teach the importance of creativity and help to foster it in my little ones! In his presentation, Sir Ken Robinson says, "We don't grow into creativity, we grow out of it. We get educated out of it." What do you think of that? Have you watched this Ted Talk before? Share in the comments 🖍️✍🏼🧠🎨🎭🥁🎻🎺💡
There’s about three stores in Paris, that have the Kodak sign and actually sell all the films I need. Every other gift shop in Paris used to be a Kodak Store, you could see the old signs on top cover up by the gift shops sign. 😭❤️ I honestly didn’t even look at the prices haha but if it’s too high...back to @bhphoto I go. But it was great to go inside.
CUHK, Shenzhen is delighted to announce the establishment of a new academic unit, Institute for Data and Decision Analytics (iDDA). iDDA will be led by two world renowned scholars, Dr. Jim Dai and Dr. Yin Zhang. iDDA will focus on the interdisciplinary research areas of Operations Research, Statistics, Operations Management, and Decision Sciences, which are embracing the advances and applications of big data, AI, and machine learning, serving as the foundation of data science, and driving future digital technology growth.
Learn more about iDDA through the website: idda.cuhk.edu.cn
“How many times had I resolved to exercise more, eat better, and keep up with my e-mail inbox?” Gretchen Rubin in “The Happiness Project”, probably quoting us all. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
While keeping my inbox clean has never been an issue, I have not been able to conquer sleeping hygiene, my urges for sweets or the lack of motivation to exercise. During the last year I have made significant progress on my overall physical health, but I have yet to tackle my lack of consistency. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
For the next fourteen days I will take on the personal challenge to consistently work towards:
• Reducing my consumption of processed sugars (and avoiding cravings after meals)
• Achieving my daily running goals
• Completing the basic @headspace meditation and mindful eating packs
• Regularizing my sleep schedule
I will be posting my progress each day on my stories and under the "wellness" highlights as well. Feel free to ask me ✉️about the details or to join me for the next fourteen days.
Love seeing our Mills alums sharing their talents with the Oakland community! Check out this heads up from grad English alum @mad.lines:
"Here’s another good reason NOT to miss PARK JAM [this] Saturday at @oaklandmuseumca 🌞This fly songstress @melissa_nikole3 will be joining me on stage and we bringing that island flavor! 🌴 We go on at 1:30pm! Get your tickets in OMCA’s bio."
@melissa_nikole3 is also an graduate from our English program! Can't wait to see both of you onstage tomorrow.
Looking to refresh your scientific paper review skills before Fall comes around? This article from Science Magazine offers some great advice from professionals! You can read it on our Facebook page, the link is in our bio! #scientificpaper#graduateschool