Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Thanksgiving Break.. Thanks Goodness

OFFFDS Dannielle & I at DMD Thanksgiving Dinner

You have to watch Harry Potter dressed up!!!!

Umami Burger in LA w/ my loves. Chewy back for a weekend

Playing w/ Sisterhood, <3!!! Miss these girls

Thankful for my friends, family, and Steven (so cute!)

This Thanksgiving, we had a lovely FIVE days off!!!! well technically four but I ditched class on Wednesday. And I was bad and didn't study all weekend long, but it was the BEST break ever... until Christmas break, of course! I just lounged around, worked out, ate too much, saw my family and a lot of my friends.. and of course spent time with Steven, who I hardly see despite him being my roommate!

This Thanksgiving, I was and am also a lot more thankful for everything. Maybe it's just being in trying situations- it really makes you grateful for what you have. Why am I so thankful for Steven? Well, that man is an amazingly good and lovely man. God did an exceptional job on him! He is infinitely patient with me, he helps out when I beg him to, he's always there to tell me "it's OK, I'm smart, and I'll do fine," he's funny as heck (who knew?), he loves his family (mama's boy), and he's ridiculously good looking.

And, you know, I find it funny that as I grow older, I feel less and less patient. At one point in time, when you did those acronym thingies for your name in elementary school I used wish I had a P in my name so I could write patient. Nowadays, it's more like something I am working on. And I wonder if I've always been impatient and just thought I was patient, or if I became less patient as I became more busy. Is it a matter of a change of perspective, or a change of personality? Weird.

C = Cheerful
H = Heartfelt
E = Extroverted
R = Ready
I = Impatient... hey not perfect!
S = Studious
H = Helpful

Friday, November 12, 2010

charity water.

So this year I decided to donate my Christmas to Charity: Water. If you feel so led, in place of any gifts I may have received, I'd like to request a donation instead. Do not feel obligated at all, and only give what you can. Anything is appreciated. Remember that for just $20, you can give water to a person for TWENTY years!!

the link to my page is:

This year my family was inspired to do something good... and I've been moved in remembering all that I am blessed with. This year, let's remember that it is not just our own little world, population:me.

"In my own little world it hardly ever rains
I've never gone hungry, always felt safe
I got some money in my pocket, shoes on my feet
In my own little world, population: me
What if there's a bigger picture?
What if I'm missing out?
What if there's a greater purpose, I could be living right now
outside my own little world"

-Matthew West Lyrics

Merry Christmas!


Tuesday, November 2, 2010


chewys bday, bottega louie

oh. my. geebus.

MCBM is a killer class. it is akin to taking 4 undergrad science classes, shoved into ONE big ball of madness. 4-6 hours of lectures a day, 23 lectures a week, and we are supposed to know this all HOW?! Jesus, give me strength, focus & some serious memory.

You look around
It's staring back at you
Another wave of doubt
Will it pull you under
You wonder

What if I'm overtaken
What if I never make it
What if no one's there?
Will you hear my prayer?

When you take that first step
Into the unknown
You know that He won't let you go

So what are you waiting for?
What do you have to lose?
Your insecurities try to alter you

You know you're made for more
So don't be afraid to move
Your faith is all
It takes in you
You can walk on the water too

So get out
And let your fear fall to the ground
No time to waste
Don't wait
Don't you turn around and miss out
Everything you were made for
I know you're not sure
So you play it safe
Try to run away

If you take that first step
Into the unknown
He won't let you go


(Step Out)
Even when a storm hits
(Step Out)
Even when you're broken
(Step Out)
Even when your heart is telling you, telling you to give up
(Step Out)
When your hope is stolen
(Step Out)
You can't see where you're going
You don't have to be afraid

So what are you waiting for?

- Britt Nicole

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

truly blessed...

me, taking a nap, after studying "dead body book" for hours.

Exhausted, but truly blessed.

One of my favorite songs is "What Faith Can Do" by Kutless, with my favorite line being "doesn't matter what you've heard, impossible is not a word, just a reason for someone not to try." In God, all things ARE possible. That line is my ringtone, just to remind me when times are tough that it's just God pruning.

I just shoved 3 weeks of anatomy, reduced to 2 weeks because of our school schedule, into my brain... and survived the class and final. More than survived. And I am so grateful! Now with the looming task of MCBM's 4-6 hours of lecture a day ahead of me, I only pray for the strength and focus to put it all down and do the same thing all over again.

On a brighter note, I am heading out to a CFC potluck tomorrow, how nice it will be to fellowship around food with some fellow WesternU-ers!

Monday, October 18, 2010

one down!

*phew* just passed my first dental competency exam... to be honest I have not been stressed out except for this test! I was so nervous after messing up my hand was shaking, and it's just about impossible to do a prep with a shaking hand!!! Thank goodness whoever graded mine was NICE, I truly appreciate it!!!!

every blessing you pour out, i turn back to praise!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

it's just me.

Day Laborer's Clinic 2010 w/ DMD 2013 & 2014

I miss blogging... remember when xanga used to be hot? Yeah. I mean, there is a certain limit to the things you should blog about, but overall, I miss reading about people's lives and stories... twitter and facebook just are NOT the same! Anyways, I was just thinking it would be nice to keep a little record of my life while in dental school... the life of a dental student, if you will... just for me to look back on and smile about. And if you get a little insight into my life as well, so be it!

This post right now is me procrastinating from studying from my ECD test #2. Seriously.
Not that I didn't procrastinate enough this morning.
When serving the community through Pipeline.
Teaching 8th graders about the brain.
On that note! I loved working with Shana and all the other Pipeliners this morning. Such a great experience to see all of these middle schoolers passionate about healthcare. And maybe the vast majority of them will go on to do other things, but those few who stay interested in dentistry, reconstructive surgery for burn victims, physical therapy, and lab researching... wow. Hey it's possible, I stayed true to my love for dentistry from the age of seven until present... and hopefully for the rest of my life!

I've found as I progressed through undergrad at UCLA and my Master's program that remaining balanced is the key to surviving school. That and Jesus will lend you some sanity while you are in school. I didn't do that great of a job while in undergrad with the whole balance thing, but I have always remained true to my love for the community, children, and serving others. As I entered into professional school, I have really tried to focus on remaining balanced. Not being all about studying and school, which is hard, but at the same time... Life is not Life unless you are Living. And living is not done while staring at a powerpoint on a screen. Don't get me wrong, it's necessary to learn cranial nerves, dental anatomy, and what goes into a RBC filling... but I have a deep love for my family and friends and spending time with them not only keeps me sane, but keeps me happy. And I have also tried extremely hard to keep up the volunteering efforts, and serve the community, even when it means I am in school for SIX days a week instead of FIVE. I love it. So, if you're in grad or professional school, remember to stay balanced. Pet a kitty, hug your significant other, contact your siblings, serve the underserved, praise God.