Nostalgia

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Today is Ian’s and I anniversary (we met on a rainy 2012 halloween night) and I found myself mentally going back to the good ol’ days in the pacific northwest. Tacoma will always have a special place in my heart because nothing beats the memories we had there, good or bad. I miss driving downtown via the scenic route so I could look at cute homes and drive by the water (Ian was not a fan of this but I never backed down, and we always took the scenic route haha)
We now live in Germany and so many things about the weather here remind me of the PNW. I love waking up to a foggy morning with a good view of the forest, and the current autumn-air is rather refreshing, and I have been told that winter gets gloomy and rainy here; (and even though its not considered great weather) this delights me and I can’t wait! haha
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For our anniversary we decided to visit Saarbrücken (a German town with a french accent) – a town near the border of France & Germany. It is in the 2nd-smallest German state, known for its wines and michelin star restaurants. We hope to just unwind, enjoy some good food & see what Saarbrücken has to offer.
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I have posted some photos I took in Tacoma that I really loved capturing and that bring back lovely memories. Enjoy!

Photos taken outside a greenhouse in Downtown Tacoma, WA.

Heidelberg

View from the Schloss (castle).

These last few weeks Ian has been working non-stop and I have been immersed in school work & unpacking our endless household items. I had promised myself that I would run at least 2 miles 3x a week or maybe do a daily long walk on one of the trails near us, but I found myself stuck in PJs in the house putting furniture together, cleaning, making meals and just attempting to read a chapter here and there & also attend my weekly classes.

Anyway, this weekend we managed to get away, get on an early morning train to Heidelberg and just spend all day walking around and discovering beautiful Heidelberg. I had underestimated the potential that this city had, and I was pleasantly surprised by how charming it was.

First stop – Schloss (castle)

This castle area is huge. You can hike up the cobble stone path or go up the 300 steps, or take the cable car up. We walked up the cobblestone path, saw the garden, viewed the city from the top, and made our way around the castle and down the stairs. You could pay to go into the courtyard and there’s a restaurant in there too, but we opted out of this.

– Apothecary museum : it is next to the Schloss

Altstadt : we then made our way to the old town or Altstadt and strolled around looking for food. There are endless food options and all look so delicious.

Philosophenweg or philosophers walk:

After stuffing ourselves with Korean food near the old bridge, we crossed the bridge and walked over to the Philosophenweg. It consisted of a million and one steps (jokes..but it did seem like it), so be ready to work those quads. The path is beautiful and the views are breathtaking.

After the hike/walk we decided to check into our hotel because we were both really tired.

Next on the list before we leave:

Get cocktails at a rooftop bar/restaurant with a view of the city & river

River cruise on the Neckar river

Stroll around the oldest university in Germany : Heidelberg University

Maybe shop/window shop in the city

We have fallen in love and can’t wait to come back and visit again!

Life in Europe

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It has been exactly 2 years since my last blog post so let’s catch up.

What has happened since Oct 2018 – I was waitlisted for CRNA school and eventually didn’t get in. This actually makes me happy looking back because I think I am in a better path now; something that I will enjoy doing for the rest of my life and be able to balance family life & career.

– Ian and I moved to Germany
– I started graduate school – nurse practitioner

Life in Germany has been a very good change for us, initially stressful to get settled and try to learn some passable German to get by, but I think we are both doing good. Since coming to Germany (it’s only been 2 months) we have become more active since it is very walkable i.e – the grocery stores, restaurants and train stations are all less than a mile from our house, and yet it is a very quiet neighborhood.

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Things we both love about Germany:

1. Access to the rest of Europe and the ease of traveling​
2. How walkable it is
3. How beautiful Germany​ is and the amount of trails & forests all around
4. How environmental conscious German people are
5. Amount of bakeries & delicious bread everywhere

Things we are adjusting to so far in Germany:

1. The amount of smokers everywhere. I seriously feel like I will get addicted to nicotine just by inhaling all the cigarette smoke
2. Autobahn speed limits – They literally change so quickly, so you have to slam on your brakes because you know there is a hidden camera somewhere behind a bush ready to capture!!! Ian already has been flashed 😦

Ok. That is it for now. I am planning on being a more consistent blogger so please come back every week 🙂

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Enjoy some photos from our trip to Brugge!

CRNA SCHOOL INTERVIEW TIPS

What better way to break the ice on my blog than this?
So, a lot has happened since I last blogged and life has been busy, exciting, tiring, all the above. I took a blogging hiatus after graduating from nursing school and just focused on my career and living life in a different state.

I am at the point of my life where I am planning to go back to school, and have been researching a lot about how to get into CRNA school, which is my ultimate goal in my career.

So, since graduating, I have been preparing for this moment. I got into an ICU right after college and focused on learning and being the best nurse I could be, and man! it was hard initially and I almost lost focus. The challenges weren’t in the job itself but the people I worked with. I met some amazing nurses and learnt a lot from them, and even created friendships, but I also had to put up with some really difficult personalities in the work place, and eventually that led me to leaving that job.

I have however stuck in the ICU and my current job has been very fulfilling and a good fit. The confidence I have gained from this job as a nurse is unbelievable, and that is what led me to consider advancing my career from a bedside ICU nurse to a CRNA.

So far, I have been to 2 interviews, have 1 more scheduled for next week, and have also received a rejection letter from the first school I had applied to, which is a bummer, but I am still hopeful.

Interview tips from my experience:

1. Research the program, the faculty and the curriculum before hand.
2. Write down a list of why you love this school (they will ask you this)
3. Study up on your CCRN information and ICU drugs, pathophysiology of diseases you see on a daily basis in the ICU and hemodynamics.
4. Prepare before the interview by reviewing potential questions you might be asked. (Nurse Nelle has an amazing list on her blog)
5. Look good on the interview day (nice conservative business suit, minimal makeup and hair)
6. Last but not least, be on time. This means be there at least 15 minutes early to the interview room, and give yourself an extra 30-45 mins to find the building or if driving in an unfamiliar​ location.

I hope this tips make your interview preparation easier, and feel free to ask any other burning questions down below.

Distressed denim outfit

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Hello friends, did you guys have a great weekend?, whether just unwinding at home or doing some fun activities?
The outfit am posting was my favorite this weekend, I wore the comfiest American Eagle distressed jeans and my black and white peplum top from forever 21. I am not big into jeans so I had never honestly bought anything from AE, and the first pair I happened to get are like a dream. I usually wear leggings mostly and this pants feel like leggings honestly, so comfy.
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Black and white peplum top: f21//Distressed denim pants: American Eagle//Shoes: Brogues from Amazon//Gold watch: Target//Earrings and necklace: F21
This weekend my fiancé and I got to go see Pippin the play and Oh brother! it was amazing. The broadway actors and actresses on the play are so talented and the plot was amazing, I was hooked from start to finish (just so you know the last play I saw…I fell asleep….am not naming names haha). So if you guys like plays or are looking for something fun to do, Pippin is highly recommended.
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Have a lovely Monday ladies and gents, and thanks for stopping by.

OIL PULLING

OIL PULLING

What is oil pulling? : It is an ancient holistic dental care practice that involves putting a small amount of oil in your mouth and swishing for 5-20 mins.

What are the benefits? :  From my own experience of oil pulling for more than a year, my gums stopped bleeding when I brush my teeth – (I grew up with bleeding gums and this was normal to me but when I saw that oil pulling would help with this, I quickly jumped into it and I couldn’t be happier), whiter and stronger teeth, fresh breath and clear sinuses. Other benefits: Less plaque, reduces headache for those with constant headaches, clears skin, boosts immune system reduces PMS and detoxifies the body

What oils can I use? : Coconut oil – use pure/safe for consumption not hair coconut oil haha, sesame oil and olive oil. (some people use essential oils too)

How is it done? : I use coconut oil, which is solid at room temp, so I put it in my mouth and let it melt, then I swish the oil around for 5-20 mins, usually do it while am taking a shower. Spit it out in a trash can since the oil will solidify and clog sinks or toilets
Lastly, rinse your mouth and brush teeth as usual. Oil pulling is best when done before eating or at least 30 mins after eating.

How often should I do it? : It is not necessary to do it daily. I do it at least 2x a week and at most 4x

I did a video talking about oil pulling, so click if interested in more info 🙂


I hope this was good info, I don’t know why it took me so long to share.

All about Hair

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Today I washed my hair and decided not to straighten it. I was craving that tiny afro look, so I did a “wash and go”
Ok, so lets start here….once upon a time (4 years ago), I was obsessed with natural black girls at my school and got sucked into youtube and a few months later I was chopping my permed locks (my roommate actually did it for me) and i had a tiny afro which I was so proud of! haha
However, 8 months into doing my natural hair, I got tired of it….and just wanted to have straight hair again….and so I did, which i really regretted afterwards because it shed so much.
Last year in august I got a weave installed and on take down day, the dang thing was so sewed into my hair that I accidentally cut my hair….so I decided to go to the hair salon and get a hair cut (end of September), I though I would grow out a pixie but it was so cold so I started braiding my hair and I just fell in love with braids.
This helped my hair grow out and now I can hold a ponytail after straightening…yay!, I am happy with my natural hair and hopefully I won’t be tempted to perm it again.
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Below is my wash and go (I am very minimal with products, coz whats the point of being natural if you put in a million products haha)….if interested click on the video…it was a challenging one to film

Have a nice week guys 🙂

50 Random facts about me

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Hey guys, recently I am getting quite the mojo of getting back into youtube videos (even though I know it may not last haha…I just need a little motivation), so I went ahead and did a get to know me or get to know me more type of video……if you’re interested click below 🙂

Disclaimer: there is a place where the video repeats itself…at 13-14 minute, just skip it haha

Minimalist outfit of the day

Hello friends,

Today am sharing my favorite kind of post…outfits!, I have been wearing very minimal outfits because its summer and super hot, and today I got excited when I wore this dress that I haven’t worn since winter because it was too tight, but voila…haha
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This summer I have fallen in love with the minimalist look..less is more type of deal, or rather am forced to wear less unless I want to literally fry my body parts
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Am also enjoying wearing out my hair since it has grown from the teenie weenie afro that it was last year. Are you guys enjoying your summer so far or winter/cold months, for those on the other side of the world? As you can tell I am soaking up all the sun and packing on the vitamin D before the sun disappears.
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Have a lovely week friends 🙂