A strangeness in the woods

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Earlier this year, Laura, Niamh and I decided to make something beautiful together.

Long time readers may know Laura already. She’s who I go to when I need to make art. Here are some of the images we have created together.

Laura & the ocean

Laura & the roses

I had been dreaming of doing a shoot with two models, instead of one. I was curious to add another dimension and dynamic to my images.

And along came Niamh; a beautiful friend of ours who we knew would be perfect for the part. And she was!

Our plan for the photoshoot was for it to be whimsical and feminine – but somehow it transformed into something quite eerie and creepy. I’m okay with that. I have always had a bit of a dark side when it comes to art.

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A life well lived: How to nourish your mind, body & soul every day

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I have really been indulging in my blog for the last few weeks, but today I have a short and sweet post for you.

Every day I try to nourish myself so that I may grow into a happier person and live a beautiful and blessed life. It is a daily practice because a life well lived, a charmed life, is created one day at a time.

Writing this post has reminded me how simple it is to nourish and nurture yourself every day.

I ask myself these questions:

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Unplugged: How to live life offline

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Has the internet and social media changed the human experience? Of course it has, but how exactly?

The good, the bad, and the ugly

I don’t even really need to tell you about the benefits of social media, do I? We all know it, we all experience them on a day by day basis, which is part of the reason why it is so addictive.

I love that I can stay in touch with far away friends. I love that the internet makes my world so small.

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So, I’m a doctor now: On Medicine & Life

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I have been wanting to write this post sooner, but the last couple of weeks have flown by in a chaotic but wonderful blur. I graduated medicine. I said goodbye to Ireland and moved back to Canada.

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So, I guess I’m a doctor now

When I first started out 6 years ago, this day felt like imaginary day in the distant future that would never come. Time moved so slowly. Until the last year, that is, where time moved faster than I ever thought possible.

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Conversations with Arlene

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3/4 years ago

When I think of my friend Arlene, I see her sitting on her couch, surrounding by piles of books.

She makes us a hot pot of tea with a delicious stick of cinnamon because she knows how much I love the hot spicy sweetness of it. There is a plate of delicious treats on the table, that she has made for us. Her cat curls up beside her. It is summer. The light pours through the windows and spills onto us.

And we talk. She listens to my stories, my adventures and my heartaches. She shares passages from her favourite books. And she guides me. She shares her stories, her wisdom, her lessons learned, and the poetry of life.

My friend Arlene is more than my friend, she is my teacher. She has shown me so much of myself. She has given me strength to rise when I had fallen. She has taken my hand and lovingly told me when I was wrong, and what I need to do to make things right. She saw the colours in me, even on my dullest days. She has loved me unconditionally, even when I felt I was unloveable.

Over the years, we have had so many conversations, and each one was a seed planted in my heart, and slowly as the years have passed, these seeds grow into a garden of inner worthiness, the kind that only comes when someone in your life truly cares for your spiritual journey on this planet. For that, I am so grateful for Arlene.

Here are just a few gems.

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The life of a final year medical student in photographs – Part 1

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If you want to see time go fast, just start the final year of medicine. The weeks just roll by. One semester has passed already, and only one remains.

I have moved back to Galway for my last 5 months in Ireland. I think Galway is the best place for me to spend the remainder of my time here. For me, it is Ireland in all the best ways.

I spent the last year in a small little town outside of Galway. It’s part of our curriculum to spend part of our course in an affiliated hospital. I decided to document our final year of medicine in the hospital, and this is part 1. Part 2 is here in UCHG, and is something I’m working on now. Part 1 involved just our small group of 16, so part 2 is going to be more…fun…to coordinate as our class is over 200 in size!

All photos are taken on my phone. Here are some of my favourites.

The life of a final year medical student.

#Medlife

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Deeper Connection

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While studying for my exams, it took every ounce of strength to NOT write a blog post. I was so inspired with different ideas to share with you. Now that I’m free, I have “writers block.” Really, brain? Seriously? Is this how you are going to be?

Nevertheless, I am powering through, inspired by conversations I had yesterday.

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My 2016 goals

Happy December 1st! Ah, the first of every month does bring a fresh energy to me. Especially now as we edge closer to the new year.

It’s difficult to imagine life after May. Life after I graduate. Life after I move back to Canada. It is a significant life change, a new chapter of my life, and I wonder what new desires it may stir up in my heart, or old plans it may put to rest. But I am open, I am open to life. I am open to changing my mind and changing my heart about things.

So I write this list more like a list of possibilities that might evolve into something different. Let’s see. Let’s see what life has in store.

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