Category Archives: Essays

On Tonsai Beach and Post-Thailand Life and Career Plans

1/24/2017- The makeshift jungle bar that I’m currently nestled in is composed almost entirely of local sustainable wood and bamboo. I’ve stumbled upon this gem in the middle of the daily afternoon blackout; the beer is vaguely reminiscent of being cold. The wifi is down so I’m forced to scrawl chicken scratches in my trusty notebook.

Hippy dudes with blonde dreads play ping pong with carefree girls in bikini tops.  One ambitious woman dares tread a slack line in the back of the bar, with variable levels of success. The air is thick with tropical haze and the buzz of mosquitoes. The vibe is laissez-faire. More . . .

Find Your Tribe

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Ay! Ay!

1/23/2017

Solo Travel Update

It has been exactly one month since my last day of work. Although I have dreamed about my colleagues and job, I have yet to regret my decision.

Today, poolside in Ao Nang, Krabi, Thailand, I opened a thoughtful email from an old friend. The email got me thinking about one of my aspirations for this trip: to figure out my tribe.

My working definition of a tribe is a group of people who are like-minded in terms of personal aspirations. These people ACTIVELY support your growth and you support theirs. More . . .

Career pivot and change – the backstory

12/7/2016 with edits

My official last day of work as a full time physician is in 15 days! (Ahhh, so excited!)

How did I get to this point?

I definitely did NOT just decide on a whim to quit my job and travel to SE Asia for a couple of months.  I have many awesome and kickass traits, but risk-taking is definitely not one of them.

There are oodles of reasons why I’m leaving medicine but the nitty gritty analysis will be in a separate blog post(s).

Shifting out of my career first became a serious thought back in February 2015.  But to what? I started where most of us start when we don’t have an answer–I googled ‘how to find your passion’.  Of course, I had zero expectations that my search would yield anything significant.   More . . .

On Bangkok, Part 1

1/9/2016 – with minimal edits

My jet lag fog is finally dissolving today, my 5th day in Thailand.

Weekend #1 was spent in Bangkok, a city that’s grimy in a manner vaguely reminiscent of NYC in the 90s, with less crime and less opportunity .  A dull film of dirt  grays slightly worn facades, furthered washed out by smog.  Garbage occasionally floats down the street in the wind. From what I’ve heard, the smog isn’t as bad as Chinese cities but it’s a smelly step down in air quality from New York. More . . .