friendships as an adult | a mid-20s reflection

Thank you to everyone who takes the time to read! As always, feel free to message me your thoughts after, I always love to hear them. Life update: I moved to Vancouver in June! Moving a few hours away from most of my closest friends seemed like a fitting time to write about what goesContinue reading “friendships as an adult | a mid-20s reflection”

When did everyone become so alike?: A social media reflection

Welcome back to my passion project – it always feels good to write. I hope that you feel my honesty in this one. Let me know what you think! It might take a bit to get back to you which you will understand if you get to the end. The irony is not lost onContinue reading “When did everyone become so alike?: A social media reflection”

Chapters of Self-Love: Part 2 – How to Build Confidence  

Greetings from Iku – I say this every time (and will continue to) but thank you to everyone who reads these! Always love to hear what resonated with you so do not hesitate to reach out with feedback. 2022 has been more of a whirlwind than anticipated. The residency application process (and with it, medicalContinue reading Chapters of Self-Love: Part 2 – How to Build Confidence  

“Chapters of Self-Love” Part 1: Childhood to Middle School

I recently purchased the Self-Love pack from We’re Not Really Strangers (WNRS) after playing the original game a few times last year. If you have not heard of WNRS yet, it is known as a game that is meant to foster deeper conversations between people who play. I highly recommend it.  Many may not knowContinue reading ““Chapters of Self-Love” Part 1: Childhood to Middle School”

3 Lessons from 2021 | Routines, Rest, and More

I’m in an interesting season of life where most of my free time is spent writing my residency applications. (Wish my friends and I luck!) This blog is a much-needed break from that headspace. Thank you for everyone who reads these and thank you for any feedback! It’s impossible to talk about 2021 without acknowledgingContinue reading “3 Lessons from 2021 | Routines, Rest, and More”

Recognizing If You Have “Imposter Syndrome”

Hi reader! I cannot say this enough but thank you to anyone who reads these blogs and reaches out to me after. It is very touching to hear your feedback. I recently learned that Matt Damon wrote the first draft of his film Good Will Hunting when he was a student at Harvard as anContinue reading “Recognizing If You Have “Imposter Syndrome””

Self-Care Is Not a Rom-Com: A Practical Discussion on Wellness and “Adulting”

Hi reader! I’m trying to keep it interesting here with the titles. This one was heavily inspired by two videos: Stop Romanticizing Self-Care by Valeria Lipovetsky: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wX10H1Xe_5g&ab_channel=ValeriaLipovetsky When Manipulative People Weaponize Psychology Lingo by Ana Psychology: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4D4FCLxgLQ&t=1266s&ab_channel=AnaPsychology I thought this topic was quite applicable and wrote the first draft just after our week of much-neededContinue reading “Self-Care Is Not a Rom-Com: A Practical Discussion on Wellness and “Adulting””

Why We’re Wrong About Feminism: Career Aspirations, Modesty, and More

Hi reader! Long time, no write and I will blame med school for that one. I also was doing the thing where I sit on my writing for so long trying to make it “perfect” which will never happen so I am just going to feel my fear and post regardless. Thank you SO muchContinue reading “Why We’re Wrong About Feminism: Career Aspirations, Modesty, and More”

“Body Goals”: Building a Healthy Relationship With Fitness Culture

content warning: fitness, connotations around body image Hello reader! I want to preface this post by saying thank you to anyone who reads these blogs! I have loved hearing from anyone who has related to what I share so do not hesitate to reach out! Disclaimer: I am not a fitness professional and this isContinue reading ““Body Goals”: Building a Healthy Relationship With Fitness Culture”

What McMaster Health Sci Taught Me: Part 2 (ft. My 2015 Application)

In Part 2, we talk navigating burnout and medical school applications – enjoy! Starting from where we left off: Wouldn’t it be great if more people went to class to learn how to play again? We can look at an experience like undergrad and think that play should never intersect with it. Health Sci challengesContinue reading “What McMaster Health Sci Taught Me: Part 2 (ft. My 2015 Application)”

What McMaster Health Sci Taught Me: Part 1

I started writing a piece on this topic 2 years ago after I had recently graduated from McMaster Health Sciences (BHSc) – which I will colloquially refer to as Health Sci. I am glad that I waited until now to share this reflection. The last 2+ years have been a time for me to seeContinue reading “What McMaster Health Sci Taught Me: Part 1”

3 Tips To Become A Better Leader | Leadership

Hello reader! I bounced the idea for this blog post back and forth because I was not sure if I felt qualified to write this. Some people who know me might look at me and think, are you kidding? And some people might really think that I am indeed unqualified (which is too bad becauseContinue reading “3 Tips To Become A Better Leader | Leadership”

Why Pixar’s film Soul Is So Important: 3 Lessons to Take Away

Spoilers?: There are technically spoilers in this. I discuss crucial themes and I mention scenes vaguely, however I do not explicitly break down the plot. This is best read after watching Soul but if you need a push to watch this movie, this may be the post for you.  // Christmas Day is always aContinue reading “Why Pixar’s film Soul Is So Important: 3 Lessons to Take Away”