Hope everyone had a great and relaxing break with your loved
ones. I spent the break back in my hometown (just outside Boston)
with family and high school friends, and overall had a fantastic
break. I got to spend a lot of time with my siblings (3), which
means a lot to me because I'm always away and I'm the oldest one. I
enjoy seeing what they are up to and how they've grown and if I can
help them in any way I can. This included a bunch of high-speed
After going full track for the last 4 trimesters and 15 seminars
I was burning out a bit and decided to drop 2 classes below full
load to give myself a break this trimester and stretch 7th and 8th
trimester into 3 trimesters so I can focus on more seminar
information and implementing that into my treatment skills heading
into clinic. I dropped PT Modalities and Advanced Diagnosis, which
were 6.5 credits total. I'm currently taking all 7th Tri classes at
21.5 credits. The Good News: After 6th Trimester, you've made it
through all the hard classes!! From my understanding, 7th Trimester
is just a ton of paper work but the actual difficulty of material
is behind you, so it is a different animal.
Over break I was re-reading the Four Hour Work
Week by Timothy Ferriss and how to calculate the monthly
income needed to live your dream lifestyle. Ferriss insists you can
live an incredible life with an unremarkable income as long as you
plan accordingly. Tim describes some of his most incredible
adventures like yabusame (horseback archery in Japan), world class
tango dancing, skydiving, and driving a Aston Martin can all be
done on an average income. Of course, the book talks about making a
'muse' business or a business that can be set up (preferably on the
web) to run automatically and ideally generate enough revenue to
offset the costs of your incredible adventures. I've been working
on some side projects to one day to be able to do this simply
because I enjoy entrepreneurship and expanding my brainpower.
How does this relate to you as a chiro? Well, we can calculate
how much we need to make to live however we want!
Lifestyle Exercise: 10 mins
First print out this template: http://fourhourworkweek.com/dreamline.pdf
After Med School Graduation I Dream of:
A: Having… (Cost/Month or One Time Cost*)
B: Being… (Steps)
C: Doing... (Cost/Steps to Complete)
Now, you can take this as a ridiculous exercise or a serious
one. Basically it's designed to give you an idea that you can
really live the life you want. All the things that would make me
incredibly excited and fulfilled can be achieved for this example
(all things added up) = $71,400 or $5,950 a month!
That number is highly exaggerated, too, because that includes
buying a sports car, start costs of a private practice, and
vacationing 2 weeks in Europe, along with skydiving, golf
membership, and a top tier mountain bike all in one year.
Obviously, you don't have to start a practice and buy a car
every year! If this was an ongoing year it might be closer to
$1,100 a month! Plus rent/mortgage, food, bills.
The exercise is just to get you to say, "What if I could…"
That means a much more interesting life :)
Hello Ladies and Germs,
This is my last blog of 5th Tri. I am soooooooo pumped to be
done. I get bored easily, and after 10 weeks into a tri I'm
looking for a fresh class. Final exams are horrible in 5th Tri (and
most other tris) because we have 8 in 4 days next week. Caffeine
One of the things I've been doing since college is reflecting
back on the trimester--things I've accomplished, things I can
improve on. Always tinkering to get more production per unit of my
time. After all, time is the greatest currency we have. It's
nonrenewable and precious. YOLO (you only live once).
Reflective Thoughts and My Self Imposed
CLASSES: Overall Self Grade: B
For the clinical science phase of the DC program, I opted to
stay full track. I have not been full track since 1st
Trimester, so this was a big adjustment to go from 20 credits a tri
to 28.5. It's especially hard for my brain because I enjoy doing a
lot of extracurricular studying so my class load is never the
extent of my education; it is always supplementary.
I have gotten 80s on average across the board, which is solid
but not crushing anything. You'll find there are only so many
hours in the day and I am comfortable with the application of the
information, which is more important than the grades (for me). I
didn't like that I fell off the wagon after midterms as far as
regularly printing out class notes and even taking class notes.
Needs improvement for 6th Tri. Although, I can always
improve--overall, not bad.
SEMINARS: Overall Self Grade: A+
I just finished my AK certification test this past weekend. I
got a 101.5%!!! -- and was the seminar valedictorian (which
includes doctors). No other student got above a 90, so I was very
excited. I've been working extremely hard at learning Applied
Kinesiology and mentoring under Dr. Francis because of his
incredible clinical results (he fixes stuff that just is unheard
of). As a result I've been able to "help" a lot of friends and
family well before I am "supposed to be able to" (whatever that
In conclusion, I had 5 (possibly 6) seminars this
trimester, the most I've ever done in a tri. Weekends of 9:00am -
7:30pm both days are no joke and sap your recharge button. In fact,
this last month I haven't had a day off heading into finals. Was it
worth it? Ask my family/friends when I get home. ;)
WORK/LIFE BALANCE: Overall Self Grade: C-
If you don't do what you love, you'll never love what you do on
a regular daily basis. That's a recipe for depression. Make sure
you love chiropractic before you come here. This grade is based on
a few things. I only had 2 true weekends off this whole
summer. That's an F for balance haha. BUT, my best friends from JMU
and my sister came out to visit for EPIC weekends of fun. That is
an A for balance :). So I decided to mash those together for my C-.
I realized that I burned the candle at too many ends this
Next trimester, I'm going to take only 1 or 2 seminars MAX.
Focus on enjoying a little more R&R time with friends, and take
up a few more bucket list items. I believe that will get my grade
up to A/B range!
Goals For Break:
Cheers and Blessings,
If you do these. your biography will outsell Steve
Another different type of post this week. NUHS news: Kendall
Banning won Mr. NUHS. He's awesome, so it's OK I didn't win (haha).
My 'dance' was well received but his glowstick dance and juggling
with the lights out was EPIC.
Whenever I feel overwhelmed by the workload at school (not
uncommon :) I resort to looking beyond school and take a look at
life and what I want out of it. It keeps me excited, which in turn
helps my grades. Or at least, that's my findings.
I once read a great life analogy for happiness. The visual was
if you fill your bucket (life) with sand (less important things),
then when you go to put in the big rocks (things that really make
you happy), they won't fit. BUT, if you put the big rocks into the
bucket (your life) first, then the sand just seems to pour right in
without too much hassle allowing your life to be filled with all
the "BIG ROCKS", but without totally ignoring the other parts of
My Bucket List is a combination of the Big Rocks that excite my
life and make me happy.
My Big Rocks:
If each or all of those are present in my life, by all
definitions, I had an awesome day and my life is full of happiness
and purpose. Notice: None of them is "have a big house" or "fancy
car" or anything really materialistic. While money does help you
accomplish things, it rarely "fills" your inner happiness. Money
will come and go but happiness is something, regardless of the
amount of money or materialistic things you have, that is a basic
and ATTAINABLE human RIGHT. What was this country founded on again?
O yeah, "the right to the pursuit of happiness." It seems our
current government doesn't always remember what our founding
fathers instilled (but that's a different conversation for a
I encourage you to make a list of things that truly give you
inner happiness. It may be quiet time in the woods, taking your
wife on a dinner date, traveling to a foreign country, or just
finding new places to eat. Whatever it is, I implore you to write
them down and start saying "NO" to the things that don't fulfill
one of your big rocks, and start saying "YES" to the things that
do. It will have a profound effect on the rest of your life. I
My Lion Status 100 Bucket List:
(and I'm sure it will change as I age and different
things become more/less important to me.
And… other things I've done:
I'll end with this quote:
"One day your life will flash before your eyes. Just make sure
that it's worth watching when it does!"
The summer trimester is upon us! This will be the first summer
I've ever had classes throughout and since it's only the first
week, not a lot school-wise, has happened so I figured I'd tell you
a little about my break. The absolute best advice I can give you
between trimesters is to have a BLAST, live it up, do something
new, enjoy the mush of a brain you have post-finals, and for all
other intents and purposes, recharge your battery.
What I find really strange is how many people shallowly ask when
they get back to school, "How was your break?" almost half
expecting a "good" or "relaxing" or "not bad" answer. I've been
trying to answer with slightly more detail just to see the reaction
on their faces. My new answer goes like this:
You could say I enjoyed my break!
As with all trimesters I wanted to put some goals down for me to
subconsciously strive for.
With that wrapping up my break and my goals for the trimester,
how was your break? Did you do everything you wanted to? Would you
change anything? If so, think about the changes you can make for
this trimester to be your best yet.
• MPI Gait Seminar
• Trimester Wind Down
• Chiro Games
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