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That’s it.  You have no excuse.*

Join today – Be the Match Marrow Registry

*Unless you’re younger than 18 or older than 60 and have any of the following conditions: HIV, hepatitis, most forms of heart disease or cancer, chronic lung disease, insulin-dependent diabetes, blood disorders, recent back surgery or ongoing back problems, autoimmune/neurological disorders, significant obesity, current sleep apnea, or have been a organ or marrow transplant recipient.

Though I would argue that the lines would cross much earlier – say right after the red line’s sharpest decline.


This is my entry in the Just Ask Bucket List Getaway Giveaway. Just Ask offers a breast and ovarian cancer screening and is encouraging people to share 15 things that I want to enjoy in my lifetime as a reminder to be aware of my health. Want to enter? Head over to to get the details.

  1. Start an annual event.
  2. Run a 5K.
  3. Sunset skydive.
  4. Live in a foreign country for 3 months.
  5. Meet my sponsored child.
  6. Never work on my birthday again.
  7. Take a train across Europe.
  8. Be a mother.
  9. Throw a block party.
  10. Get a good driver’s license photo.
  11. Live debt free.
  12. Write a love letter
  13. Spend the night in a haunted house.
  14. Work only for myself.
  15. Write the story of my life.

It’s a zombie infested 5K obstacle course race.  You can run from them or be one.

Check it out.

Dreamover: A Sleep-over for Grown-ups at NYC’s Rubin Museum of Art.


You fill out a Dreamlife questionnaire beforehand. That night you will be assigned a specific piece of art to sleep under and dream.


As you begin to wake, dream interpreters will approach you and ask you to verbalize your dream while you’re still in that hazy state between sleeping and waking.


Love this.

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You can never go wrong with the following: a nice stethoscope, pretty earrings (studs!),  or a beautiful (water-resistant!) watch.  Classic.  I would include a fancy pen (black ink!) except that they disappear faster than you can ask “Who took my pen?” *

I’m really into giving people useful items.  Here are a few more ideas:

The Spoon Sisters ID Blocker

Love this.  Nursing students have to be careful that the papers they use and bring home do not have any patient identifiers on them.  I used to carry a black marker with me just for the purpose of marking out that data.  It was that or cutting it off the page.  It would have been great to have this stamp handy.

Koko Michelle Lunch Bag

A cute lunch bag.  A friend gave me this one for my birthday, and I use it all the time.  It’s small yet large enough to hold my breakfast and lunch.  Once empty, it takes up very little space in my tiny locker.   No more searching in the fridge for my food that has gotten pushed around.

Sonic Bomb Alarm Clock

Clinicals start early.  Those heavy sleepers might find this alarm clock useful.  There are also alarm clocks that roll away, fly, and test your math skills.  I personally love my light alarm clock.  There are many pricey models out there ($100+), but I use the Homedics SoundSpa Sunrise Gradual Light Alarm Clock Radio.  It uses your own bedside lamp instead of a built-in light.

Anna shoulder bag by Christy Studio

We have a lot to carry.  This bag is large and has plenty of pockets.

Of course, these are things that I would have wanted as a student nurse (and still do).  Any more ideas?

*My favorite pen is the Pilot EasyTouch Retractable Ballpoint pen. (Gel pens are not your friend.) It is refillable, but I almost always break the clip by the time I use up the ink so I keep a pack in my locker.  I wish I could get them personalized.  That would make it a bit harder for the thieves to feign innocence.  I avoid letting people (nurses/doctors/patients) use them by keeping cheap free pens to give away in my clipboard.  (This clipboard holds everything!)

PostSecret – no one is alone.

How sweet is this star projector?!?

I know two couples who are having their first anniversary after the birth of their first child.   I sent them each this cute personalized family name house print :

Of, course – their house only has three names in it, but you get the idea.  You can get 3-10 names in a print.  You can also choose the message on the door.  I used “Home Sweet Home” for both orders.

If it were my family, “Lord Help Us” would have been far more appropriate.

My Happiness Project

1. Set a bedtime.
2. Make my bed every morning.
3. Always be reading something.
4. Move more.
5. Toss and organize.
6. Give proofs of love.
7. Leave the past.
8. Fight right.
9. Don't expect praise or appreciation.
10. Kiss more, hug more, touch more.
11. Aim higher.
12. Find some fun.
13. Ask for help.
14. Smile.
15. Realize it's possible.
16. Don't compare;be inspired.
17. Focus on what I have.
18. Beware of drift.
19. Take a chance.
20. Listen.
21. Be mindful.
22. Cultivate gratitude.
23. Spend out.
24. Do good, feel good.
25. Show up.
26. Have the courage to be imperfect.
27. Find joy in the ordinary.
28. Work smart.
29. Enjoy now.
30. Talk to strangers.
31. Go outside.
32. Start where I am.
33. Show up on time.
34. See art everyday.
35. Love with abandon.
36. Be colorful.
37. Dress the part.
38. Revel in accomplishments.
39. Learn something new.
40. Fear less.
41. Take pictures.
42. Speak with integrity.
43. Don't be critical about small things.
44. Manage my pain.
45. Surround myself with creative people.
46. Practice, practice, practice.
47. Don't force it.
48. Deal with something once.
49. Trust my instincts.
50. Avoid gossip.
51. Choose to see the best in people.
52. Take time to be silly.
53. Throw my own party.
54. Be a mentor.
55. Lean into my fears.
56. Find the others.
57. Do the unexpected.
58. Don't break the chain.
59. Do things others aren't.
60. Slow down.
61. Be cool with not being cool.
62. Be kinder than necessary and more generous than reasonable.
63. Pretend I'm good at it.
64. Keep in touch.
65. Row my own canoe.
66. Do what only you can do.
67. If it doesn't work out, find something that does.
68. Dream bigger.
69. Notice what's right.
70. Stop talking. Start doing.
71. When in doubt, choose laughter.
72. Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good.
73. Respect everyone.
74. Be early.
75. Delete the unnecessary.

Three Simple Rules

1. If you do not GO after what you want, you will never have it.
2. If you do not ASK, the answer will always be no.
3. If you do not MOVE forward, you will always be in the same place.

All I Need

1. Someone to love.
2. Something to do.
3. Something to hope for.

What I’m Reading

Blood Meridian
by Cormac McCarthy
Their Eyes Were Watching God
by Zora Neale Hurston

U.S. States I’ve Visited

New Mexico
North Carolina

Countries I’ve Visited

Bermuda (British territory)

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