On honesty, and following your gut instinct

11/1/2016- with minor edits.

What is the difference between thoughts in your head and thoughts on a piece of paper (or laptop screen)?  Rereading my writing helps to see how much or little I have progressed or more rarely (and fortunately), regressed.

Recently, I came across the concept that one reason why we are creative is to gain a better understanding of ourselves and our world. However, being honest, being brutally, utterly, and mercilessly honest may be the hardest element of writing.

We don’t consciously lie to ourselves but facing one’s own truth can bring incredible discomfort and pain.  It’s easier to ignore that nagging feeling in your gut or escape with Netflix, substances, or other soul numbing activities. I did it daily in and out of the hospital for over a decade. More . . .

On starting a blog, and transitioning to freedom

May 9, 2016 with minimal edits.

I’m starting a blog today.

Not sure what the theme of this blog is yet, but its purpose is to keep me writing. It’s also documentation of my career and life evolution.

I’m transitioning from doctor to entrepreneur, from the employee-employer relationship to being my own boss, and from trading time-for-money to developing passive income streams as a means of providing financial independence from my work as a physician.

Should I reveal my identity from the beginning or write anonymously? We introverts are repelled by the idea of being famous, but having a blog is hardly equal to fame.  Having a shitty blog is as ubiquitously 2012 as basic girls taking duckface selfies (which is happening in front of my me in this cafe  -_-). More . . .

Country list: Where I’ve been and where I’m going

London, England, double decker bus
London, 2016

This blog has many faces and one of those is a travel blog. I love to travel!

The following is a list of countries to which I’ve been:

England

  • Mexico
  • Italy
  • Ghana
  • Spain
  • France (see banner pic above)
  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Japan

  • Greece
  • Uruguay
  • Barbados
  • Lucia
  • Trinidad and Tobago

  • Cayman Islands
  • Dominican Republic
  • Bermuda
  • The Bucket List (in no particular order):

    1. Thailand (Jan 2017)
    2. Myanmar (Feb 2017)
    3. New Zealand
    4. Australia
    5. Indonesia
    6. Malaysia
    7. Vietnam
    8. South Africa
    9. Botswana
    10. Egypt
    11. Portugal
    12. Morocco
    13. Nigeria
    14. UAE
    15. Maldives
    16. Seychelles
    17. Columbia
    18. Peru
    19. Ireland
    20. Germany
    21. Venezuela
    22. Panama
    23. The Netherlands
    24. Turks and Caicos
    25. Cuba

      More . . .

    Welcome to my blog!

    Macaron and me. The streets of Paris, 2014

    How does change begin?  Does it begin en masse?

    Or is it the little pebble tumbling down the hill that hits the stone,

    That bumps the rock, that starts the mudslide?

    When we reminisce, all we remember is the mudslide;

    No one remembers the pebble, the rock, and the stone.

    -Me, February 2016

    Welcome!  I’m Francine and I’m excited to share my journey with you. This blog documents my evolution from full time practicing physician to a creative existence as yet to be determined.

    There will be random musings about almost anything from birds to fashion to climate change and back, rants about my job and medicine in general, and lots of travel pics and information, mixed with hopes, fears and excitement for the present and future. More . . .

    Musings of a curiosity explorer