Archive | July, 2012

Week-In-Review

27 Jul

Hey there Amber Omega friends…

just a little reminder that I’ve moved out of this space over to

The Unconventional Doctor’s Wife.

But just in case you haven’t had time to hop over there, here is a little recap of what I wrote this week:

10 Reasons I should quit blogging

What {not} to write in your kid’s baby book

#iwantmypantiesback {my day in hashtags}

Christianese Sucks*

Beyond {and my dog issues}

hope to see you over there!

Authenically yours,

Amber

 

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Packing Up & Moving Out

23 Jul

Hey Party People (and by that I mean my 14 loyal Amber Omega readers)-

I’m changing “homes” on the interwebz. You can now find me blogging over at

The Unconventional Doctor’s Wife

You can read more about the blog here.

Oh, and I got all fancy and made a Facebook page (though I really don’t know why except that someone told me I should). So, um…go “Like” me? Holy cow. That sounds so lame.

And because I’m so web-challenged, I think if you want to keep up with my stellar writing skills, you’ll have to subscribe over on that page now. Sorry.

I need a crash course in WordPress…stat!

Y’all rock. See ya over on the other site 🙂

Living Free {An Authentic Life}

4 Jul

We desire human connection. In order to have a genuine connection with someone else, we have to be authentic. We have to be real. Which in turn means, we have to be vulnerable.

{If you haven’t watched this TED talk: The Power of Vulnerability by Brene Brown, you must. It’s amazing. It’s everything I’ve learned this last year all in one little 20 minute video.}

Now I’m not saying you have to go start a blog and spill your heart out to the world (what kind of crazy person does that?…um, don’t answer that).

It takes baby steps. It takes choices. And it starts with one person.

You.

You have to decide to be honest with yourself. Do not to shove those feelings of hurt, loneliness, hardship under the rug anymore.

You must decide to acknowledge them. Do not dismiss them as weakness or a lack of faith.

Don’t ignore them anymore.

I believe when we can admit to ourselves the truth,  a burden is lifted off our shoulders. It frees us up. And when you can share it with a trusting friend (or counselor), your burden will only get lighter, and you will have the comfort of knowing you are not walking through this messy life alone.

I believe it is then, and only then that you will be on your way to living a more real, authentic life…

the life you were created to live.

The other day I was telling Hayden that even though it is still unnerving when friends and family tell me they have read this blog, there is a freedom in it too.

I don’t have to hide anymore. I don’t have to pretend I’m something I’m not.

I think the wise words of Kramer sum it up best.

“I’m out there, Jerry, an’ I’m lllovin’ every minute of it!!!

…I’m free, an’ unfettered….”

Yes! and amen.

Hope you have an awesome day celebrating our freedom!

Happy 4th my friends!

Dear Intern Wife…

2 Jul

July 1st (or 2nd in this case) is the beginning of the medical year. It is when all med students, interns, residents, and fellows start their brand new year. And for some, this is the very beginning of the journey.

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Dear Intern Wife,

Today is a big day, an exciting day! Not just for your husband, but for you too!

You are embarking on a new chapter that is part of your unique story. This chapter will bring you challenges, it will bring you joy, it will teach you lessons, it will test you, and it will strengthen you.

You may be in the same city that you lived in during medical school. You might have moved away from family or closer to family. Maybe you moved across the country to a brand new city where you don’t know a soul.

But where ever you are, know that you are not alone.

There will be times that you feel alone because

  • friends and family don’t understand your situation
  • your husband isn’t around as much as you’d like
  • you don’t have any friends in this new town
  • you don’t want to ask for help or
  • you don’t know who to ask for help
  • well…you don’t know why, but you just feel lonely

but know that there are many other women who have traveled down this road.

And they know.

I know.

****

And sometimes that’s all you need…a connection with someone else who knows what you are going through.

You will make it through.

And you will be better because of it.

Your husband is a lucky guy to have such a wonderful lady who supports him and is walking alongside him through this next chapter.

I am excited for you.

And please don’t ever forget…you are so much stronger than you think you are.

love & blessings & virtual {{{hugs}}},

Amber

P.S. It’s one thing to know the fact that other women have gone through this too, but if you can’t connect with them, then it still feels pretty lonely. I know this may sound weird (if you don’t know me), but if ever you need someone to talk to,  need some encouragement,  someone to vent to or cry to, please please send me an email, for reals….I’m not kidding…  amberomega@gmail.com and there is also a great group on Facebook you should join.

10 down, 1 to go

1 Jul

Ten years ago today, we started on this journey.  He received his short white coat on Sunday, June 30, 2002 and medical school began the next day, July 1st. (Our first daughter was born a few weeks later.)

A decade behind us. Wow.

And now we are starting the homestretch.

One more year.

{I think I can…I think I can…}

We bought some bed sheets and cleaning supplies for his little bedroom apartment yesterday.

Today, he packed the essentials,

gave hugs and kisses to the kids and me, and then he left.

Headed 185 miles south on I-65.

It kinda felt like I was sending him off to college.

This all sounds much more dramatic than it actually is. We will see him next weekend. To the kids, it will probably seem like normal. But for me, I’ll watch some chick flicks and stay up late miss him terribly. No really, I will.

I love you Hayden. We can do this.

Call me when you get there.