The Weekly Get Down: Microblading, Hip Hop Harry, & Beyond the Return

Memorialize in your heart the way in which these times reveal what really matters: the health and well being of our loved ones, the resilience of our communities, and the sacrifices made by those who give their whole selves to serving others.” – Tim Cook, CEO of Apple

We are just about halfway through June and I start residency orientation on Monday. Time flew by fast! I spent most of this week relaxing, lounging about, in great expectation of what’s to come. 

On to the get down!

What I’m thankful for: Good health y’all! I may have said this in a previous get down, but I’ll say it again. Maaaan, we are STILL in a pandemic. In fact the U.S has surpassed 2 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and over 113,000 people have died from coronavirus in the U.S. It’s truly wild. According this CNN article, models are predicting COVID-19 deaths will decrease the next couple of months and then rise sharply in September! May we all stay healthy, safe, and masked up. Also, I had my COVID-19 testing this week (required for my residency) – negative! Whoop whoop!

What made me laugh this week: So many things! One being this Hip Hop harry video on YouTube. Honestly it might be my go to hype song for intern year. I’ve never seen the show, but the short clips were all over Twitter this week, and I am so here for it. “Go, go, go, who’s next?

 

What inspired me: I organized my blog and realized I’ve actually written more during the past 4 years of med school than I’ve given myself credit for. If you click on the “Med school” tab, the posts are organized by: posts before med school, posts during my MEDPATH postbac year, and posts during my 4 years of med school. I felt like I hadn’t written much during med school, but listing out everything made me realize I was being harsh on myself, I’ve actually written quite a bit! And obviously still going. This inspired me to continue to document. I also organized the “residency” tab as well. 

Another thing that inspired me is this video I watched this morning on fasting and praying. The video is entitled “Understanding The Power Of Fasting by Dr. Myles Munroe.” Fasting and praying is something I want to do more of (with all the craziness going on, me starting residency, the challenging periods ahead, and things I’m asking God for – it’s so needed!). This video spoke to me and inspired me to stop making excuses and GET SERIOUS.

What I’m loving: I got my eyebrows done y’all! Microbladed to be exact. For those not familiar, microblading is semi-permanent make-up that adds fullness and shape to your eyebrows and last 12-18 months before its faded and back to its natural state. This was my second time getting microblading. The first time was in 2018 (during 3rd year of medical school) and I LOVED the results. I’m an eyebrow girl – always, ALWAYS have to do my eyebrows before I leave the house. I made the decision to get them microbladed back in 2018 to make my morning routine faster since I was on clinical rotations, and had to be in the hospital by 5AM during my surgery rotation. It definitely helped make things easier. Since intern year is about to be real, I decided to get them done again (they were now faded) to make my routine faster. Once they’re healed, I can show the results of this session. In the meantime, here is the before and after picture of my 2018 microblading experience, and me during my surgery rotation with eyebrows ON FLEEK!

What I’m reading: I started reading (or rather listening) to the book “Queenie” by Candice Carty-Williams. It’s been really interesting thus far. The narrator of the audiobook is also British which makes it entertaining listening to the characters as they were intended (British novel). The main character Queenie, makes me frustrated though, I’m not gona lie. Her decisions as a 25 year old, I’m just like why girl? Whyyyy? 

What I’m listening to: I vibe’d out to this Spotify playlist, “Beyond The Return” on my long commute to get my brows done (did I mention I drove 2 hours to Columbus to use the same lady & Groupon deal? And 2 hours back after? Y’all I play NO GAMES when it comes to my brows Lol). This playlist has some dope Afrobeat music, not just the new music either, but classic older songs as well.

What I’m watching: Grey’s Anatomy from season 1, Avatar: The Last Airbender, and YouTube makeup videos. It was a relaxation week!

What I learned I could do better: Fast and pray. See above. 

One goal for next week: Residency orientation starts next week and my main goal is to maintain a positive attitude through everything. Blocking out any thoughts of being overwhelmed, ready to gooo!

Hope you enjoy your Saturday!

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