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A Wrap on 2019!

And just like that we are closing out the year. I posted a “Decade in Review” story on IG, and it has been fun to look back at everything that has happened in the last ten years. It’s amazing to think that in January 2010 I was in my second year of my undergraduate degree, living in Hamilton, still not sure that I would get into medical school and in no way aware that I would move across the country and fall in love with a blonde Belgian.

Here’s a fun look back at 2019:

I worked a lot in the clinic– our EMR tells me that I saw 2010 patients and submitted 7114 invoices! By far my highest patient-volume year yet. Whew! I learned a lot and saw some very interesting cases, including many sports medicine referrals. I really feel smarter than I was at the beginning of the year!

I taught in the MD program, which was one of my goals for 2019. I loved teaching the 2nd year PBL classes a wide range of introductory topics in medicine and definitely plan to continue.

I started the blog! Of course you know that if you’re seeing this, but I started posting consistently in November and have really enjoyed building a little following here. Thank you for reading!

We travelled a bunch, including our honeymoon (!) in Fiji, a trip to Joshua Tree National Park, to weddings in both of our hometowns, and a getaway in the Okanagan.

We got married! On one of the best days of my life so far, J and I tied the knot here in Vancouver, with all of our family and friends. You can see my mini-series sharing our wedding here.

I got rid of many of my clothes which has really simplified getting dressed. More on my plans to really pare down further in the New Year.

I read 25 books, 4 of which were on airplanes for the above mentioned trips! I also read a lot on the bus to and from work. It was also a 2019 goal to rely on transit and my own two feet more, and expensive car-sharing less.

I ran quite a bit– not as much as in previous years, but I enjoyed the break and am looking forward to leaning back into regular running in 2020. This was my first year since 2014 without a structured running goal and I really enjoyed “running for sanity” instead of to hit a goal or number. I had a lot of workouts not logged to Strava, but it still tells me I’m approaching 1600 km for the year. We also had a blast with road biking and hiking in the summer, which I really want to continue.

I (we) set up auto-payments to our various saving and investing accounts. Previously we were making lump sum transfers whenever we thought of it (ie not as often as ideal) and it has been great to see what this forced savings has translated to!

I did not manage to:
– buy a car- we opted to wait on this 2019 goal since we don’t have an immediate need for one.
– work 10 Saturdays- I had planned to do this but as my numbers (above) piled up, I opted for more downtime to keep some balance. I think I did work 8, which is pretty close.
– finish my paperwork at work- this remains a 2020 goal!

It has been such a wonderful year and I can’t wait to see what the next one holds. Happy New Year! Thank you, as always, for reading. xo

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