December Wish List // Gift Guide

One of my holiday favorites is gift guides that pop up all over websites, blogs, and magazines right around this time. I love it because it's a great way to discover unique brands and products. I thought it might be fun to do my own December favorites/gift guide post for all the loved ones in your life (including yourself!)

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1. Glossier is my new beauty find & obsession. I have several favorites but this balm dotcom lip balm can be enjoyed by almost anyone. If you want lip balms with something a little extra, try one of their flavored balm dotcom series! 
2. When you or someone you know is in need of some serious girl power inspiration, turn the pages of this book filled with adorable illustrations by Rachel Ignotofsky. Contained within are achievements of 50 remarkable women in the fields of sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
3. Caffeine molecule necklace in rose gold. Enough said.
4. Once in awhile I come across a book that I just can't put down until I've read it cover to cover. This book is special because I felt like Dr. Kalanithi was able to beautifully verbalize all the deep-in-my-soul reasons why I wanted to go into medicine. Highly recommended for everyone, not just those in the medical field! 
5. Another one of my new obsessions is phone cases with exchangeable back plates from Casetify. New phone cases instantly make you feel like you have a new phone, which is great if you can't upgrade your phone for awhile!  
6. Echo (aka Alexa) comes in handy for many reasons but here are my favorite ways to use it:

  • "Alexa, play some holiday music"
  • "Alexa, set a timer for 8 minutes" (for cooking pasta or when you really need that cat nap)
  • "Alexa, what's the weather like outside?"
  • "Alexa, set an alarm for 7am tomorrow"
  • "Alexa, ask me board review questions" (new skill! Alexa asks Family Medicine Board Review questions; more info on this on my vlogmas day 8 video description)

7. Nothing makes stapling as fun and glamorous as this acrylic stapler with gold accents. Brighten your/someone else's desk with this fun item!  
8. An inspirational mug + some nice, hot tea = an instant mood lifter. Show your intellectual girl crush/lab partner/homework buddy how boss you think they are! 

 

P.S. This was my first time attempting to use PhotoShop, so bear with me on the poor graphics. I promise I will work on my skills to make better visuals! 

Leg Day Workout

Hi everyone!

 Here is the workout I did on Vlogmas Day 6! You guys can watch and follow along here. I tried not to use as many equipments so you can follow along even if you don't go to the gym or if you are new to the gym [workouts 7, 8, & 9 requires machines]. 

 

 

Hope you guys find the workout helpful & let me know what you think! 

xo,
Jamie

Favorite Podcasts

When I was studying for my Step 1 back in May 2016, I quickly realized how valuable driving/commuting time can be if used properly. Under the pressure of the strict Step 1 study schedule, audio lecture was one of the ways I utilized what used to feel like wasted time in the car/train. I used Dr. Goljan's Pathology lectures*. I loaded it onto my iPod and set it to play automatically whenever I turned on the car. Thanks to Dr. Goljan's colorful personality and lecture style, I almost always continued to listen through my entire trip no matter how short or far the distance. I'm pretty sure I was able to repeat some of his jokes word for word at some point.
[*I do not own Dr. Goljan's audio lectures & cannot distribute the files. I suggest using Google to find out where they can be found]

 Now that I'm living my post-Step 1 life, I rarely need to listen to audio lectures during my commute to feel productive. During long trips, I still try to make the most of my time by listening to podcasts. Podcasts are great because there is a great variety of contents you can choose from depending on your mood, kind of like Netflix for ears! Much like TV, the "listen-ability" of a podcast varies not by topic but the delivery of the content via its speakers. So I think podcast is a great way to learn about topics you normally would not have looked up yourself and escape the dreaded "med school bubble." 

I still consider myself a "novice listener" so my list isn't going to unearth any hidden Podcast gems if you are already a seasoned listener. But if you are new to Podcasts and would like a few programs to get started, you may find this list helpful! 

Freakonomics

Duration: 35-45 min/episode
About: in depth discussions/conversations about all facets of life [restaurant tipping, online dating, parenting, educational system, politics, and more] from the perspectives of economists and social scientists. 
Personal note: I can't get enough of the host's [Stephen Dubner] slightly nerdy and friendly voice in this podcast. The topics sometimes sound dry, but the program rarely is. Great source of conversation starters (as I am constantly in need of those). 

RadioLab

Duration: 30-60min/episode
About:  answers questions such as "are there benefits to hunting endangered species?", "exactly how much do you want to know about your Korean celebrities?", & " how far should lawyers go to provide the best defense to the worse people?"
Personal note: I always feel smarter after listening to RadioLab. They once did a story on Henrietta Lacks (unwitting donor of famous HeLa cells still used as immortal human cell line) & I found it so interesting that after I reached my destination I sat in my car until the end of the podcast.  

Serial [season 1]

Duration: 30-50min/episode
About: a 17-year old high school student gets convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend. Did he really do it? 
Personal note: this podcast has been very popular so I'm sure many of you know about it but in case you don't--  once you start, it'll be hard to stop listening to this season. I once read that a woman ran her marathon while listening to the podcast. Prepare yourself! Undisclosed is sort of a spin-off podcast started by a family friend of Adnan Syed [the person discussed in Serial season 1]. Undisclosed season 1 discusses Adnan's case in much in depth. I'll be honest- I did get a little bored by all the nitty gritty details by about episode 10 but I thought the first half of the season was excellent. I couldn't stop thinking about it for about a month. Undisclosed now has moved on to season 2 where they investigate wrongful conviction cases. 

The Moth

Duration: usually ~20 min for the regular podcast & ~60min for Moth Radio Hour (collection of favorite stories)
About: true stories told live by storytellers. Some hilarious, some tragic-- it's basically a live version of Humans of NY but from all over the country. 
Personal note: this podcast has me literally laughing out loud or tearing up in my car depending on the story. The Moth also hosts live events throughout the country and I highly suggest it! 

Other favorites: TED Radio hour, This American Life, Reply All

 

What are some of your favorite podcasts?