This blog post took me a while to write, simply due to the fact that summer is truly over! It’s an odd feeling for the first summer post-graduate studies to have flown by. I decided to round up some of my favorite things this summer: whether memories, songs, places or even food. Feel free to share your own summer seventeen memories below!
Going to Mumbai at the beginning of the summer was such an incredible experience. Being surrounded by people who share the same culture, language and food felt so welcoming after a hard year. I felt very homesick for a place that I had never really lived in, but coming home also made me realize how much family and my culture means to me.
Working post-grad has been a great experience so far. Every day, I feel blessed to go to a job where I learn so much and get to see the most interesting patients. The road to my career goals is difficult, but getting this early experience has been a great way to solidify what I want.
What’s there not to love about New York City?! Every time I get a free weekend, I try to go up and explore more (on a budget, of course). This past weekend, I got to visit The Park in Chelsea. This restaurant / event venue has an incredible atrium with many plants and lights inside. The Park is very close to the New York High Line, so it’s perfect for after getting those sunset picks for your Instagram.
Diet & Fitness
This summer, I made it a priority to start eating healthy ALL the time. In college, it was so easy to “treat yourself” when days were long or hard or whatever excuse I made to get burgers from Burger Tap & Shake. I decided to restart The Fast Metabolism Diet by Haylie Pomroy. My mom swears by this diet and I decided to try it again just to jumpstart my metabolism. It is a difficult diet at first, but once you really understand why Pomroy supports a three-phase diet and what bad foods can do to our body, it makes a huge difference in your mentality about food.
In terms of fitness and exercise, I try to go to the gym every day, but I know that is not always possible. Therefore, I try to do at least two days of cardio and two days of strength training (adopted from the FM diet) to try to lose weight. So far, pounds have been shedding regularly, but let’s see how long it lasts!! At the end of the day, I want to focus on more staying healthy and strong when classes begin.
It’s been a solid summer for music. From Drake to J Balvin to Sabrina Carpenter, new and old artists made their mark. I got the opportunity to see both Blackbear and Khalid in concert this summer and both artists had shows I will never forget. I used to go to concerts all the time when I was younger and it’s funny how much things have changed from then. No longer do I rock those geeky Hot Topic tees and skinny jeans and Converse!
Summer may be over, but the fun does not have to stop! I look forward to what the new academic year and season will bring. Yet, I’m sure we all still will feel pangs of emotion as the warm weather disappears and the coats come out, so here’s a playlist for all you guys wishing summer was not over yet.