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People

The older I get, the more lessons I learn about this world we live in. I sometimes talk to someone and develop brand new eyes based on what this person sees when they view the world. People don’t know how you see the world until you develop a relationship with them, and vice versa. I have dropped my guard down when it comes to being friends with people, because I have come to learn that being friends with people just because you have things in common, closes out so many doors for you. I didn’t realize how sheltered I grew up, until I moved oceans away and developed relationships with people from very different backgrounds. The more I expand my little circle of friends, the more knowledgable about things I get. I don’t mean being close to every tom, dick & harry, but just having a conversation with someone who you would “never talk to” can surprise you sometimes.
Having moved to the midwest, I have met so many different people, I would never really have imagined meeting. Most of these people are small town people and some are from bigger cities, and it is interesting to see how people view the world. At times I am shocked at what people view as “important”, but I quickly remind myself not to judge others based on how they see the world. I have had conversations with people about where I come from and what we do…and have been judged (sometimes harshly) for placing importance on various things.
It is a hard balance and sometimes very infuriating, but all of these brings me peace, when at the end of the day, I think of how insanely blessed we all are to have met and shared our experiences. I may not like their view of the world and they may not like mine, but we all take away something from it. It softens our hearts when we get introduced to someone else’s view of the world, without us even knowing. That little exposure gets us thinking.

p/s: I know my featured photo doesn’t go with the post, but I liked the message 🙂

Living the dream

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So the past few weeks have been rather nerve wracking for me… For those who know, I started my Neuro/trauma ICU job, and was kind of freaked out about it inside. I knew from the bottom of my heart that ICU would be the perfect fit for me, because I enjoy continuous learning, knowing my patients in and out..and it also gives me a sense of purpose when I think about what kind of patients I am taking care of, and how my care affects their lives.

Disclaimer: this post is all about nursing and may not appeal to some of you, I just think it will be a cool thing for me to look back on someday.

In school, my favorite courses were cardio stuff, I know the heart in and out, and even took an ACLS course 2 years ago (I didn’t need it for my job at that time LOL!) just to prepare for my cardio ICU job in the future (I know I sound crazy), but Lo! and behold, I ended up getting into neuro-trauma ICU. Neurology has always been interesting to me, but it was one of those things at the back banner, just because I never thought I would go into that direction. So the major internal freaking out thing is because I got this neuro-trauma ICU job….and I felt like I didn’t know enough about neurology!!…like what the heck, I think they made a mistake? lol (of course this is not true, I had an extensive interview)

So here is what I learned this week after my first shift on the unit:

  1. People on the unit don’t expect me to know SH!T (sorry)..and that is such a relief.. they basically treated me like….it’s your first day, ask all the stupid questions you can come up with…..and I did ask away about everything!!! haha..thank God my preceptor is super awesome.
  2. I need to be a sponge on my first few shifts on the unit. Fortunately, I have some nursing experience and I know that absorbing everything and writing things down to go look up later at home is crucial to learning fast on the job. Being so new to neuro-trauma ICU, there are so many abbreviations that people on the unit throw around (it is second nature to them at this point, and they forget how outsiders have no clue what they are talking about.) Even though people don’t expect you to be a neuro pro, it is nice when you understand certain abbreviations and can be helpful (on your first day) by maybe getting supplies, helping doc’s with procedures done at the bedside…etc . In preparation, I read up on common diagnosis, equipments, procedures and abbreviations used on a neuro-trauma ICU, and that helped me tremendously! I was complemented a few times by some nurses for being a big help on that shift. (I love complements at work haha, big confidence booster)
  3. Volunteer for everything if you have time. I was trying to stick to my preceptor because I was worried about knowing the “system’s routine” , but I found out there is really no “routine” really in this ICU (insert scream…how I my supposed to know what to do haha)..everyone works as a team and we all sort of take care of each others patients by helping them in one way or the other. So I ended up doing a ton of things around the unit with other nurses. This is good exposure to different things and its a fast way to learn about things.

Today I also got the chance to meet all the other newly hired RNs (all of them newer nurses), and that gave me hope….sigh! Now am positive they didn’t make a mistake by hiring me and won’t kick me out haha (this was a legit fear…like…seriously why me?, how did you decide I was even qualified for this position? ..am I even old enough yet? Lol)

All in all, I feel much calmer today. I am hopeful for the future, I just can’t wait until 6 months later where I feel less anxiety about being a neuro/trauma ICU nurse. Part of it is also dealing with emotionally vulnerable families that ask questions about every single thing. I was used to dealing with family members in my old job, but not to the point where I have to explain a whole human anatomy and physiology topic, while being questioned about every single word..because these families hang onto every little thing you say. Even on my first day when I was not even responsible for care of the patient, they would pay so much attention to what I said and just had that look of “please give me hope nurse, please” , and its frightening to know that.

I could go on forever, but I will end this post here.

I hope you’re all having a fun weekend, and thanks for checking my blog out ;

-purejackie-

Road trippin’

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It has always been a small dream of mine to do a road trip across the U.S, I love driving, so road trips have always been fun for me. I wasn’t prepared in any way for the aching knee that I got for 10+ hours because my car seat is somewhat high and I am only 5’1″, so when I drive, my foot just reaches the accelerator, and not the floor haha. But I stayed positive the whole way and it was a lot of fun despite that right knee. Below are some tips based on some lessons I learned along the way.
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Tips for long car rides:

1. Have water, and put it a shaded area.
2. If using your phone as a gps, put in in a shaded area or near the fan, to avoid direct sunlight and thus overheating.
3. Drive the speed limit!! and drive safe
4. Rest if you need to and pack snacks for the car
5. If you like music in the car, make a playlist for when the radio disappears and all thats left is static
5. You can also download podcasts (I love fiction, interesting biographies or comedy)
6. Get an app like the road tripper, that shows you attractions, interesting things along the way, and food stops (also has reviews, so you get an idea of what to expect)
7. Have a good attitude haha, things can go wrong at times, so maintaining a positive attitude is important.
8. Plan well, and take into account any time differences.
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The purpose of my road trip was not purely for fun, I moved to a different state, 30 hours away.
We started out in Washington state, and our first stop was in Northern Idaho, at a resort with a water park! Things were so much cheaper, and we encountered no crowds, because we were traveling on a weekday, which was an added bonus. That trip was only 6 hours worth of driving. Day 2, we ventured out early and drove through the long stretch of Montana(13 hours). It was a gorgeous view of mountains and rivers, so I didn’t mind as much. We stopped in a small cafe in Missoula and had the most delicious breakfast. We also stopped at a state park in Montana where we got a 2 hour tour of the largest caves and caverns in Montana. This was a lot of fun!.
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Caves in Montana

The rest of the drive to Rapid city, South Dakota was uneventful and very, very long. South Dakota plains are not a sight you want to see for hours and hours, so when we got to Rapid city I was more than happy to be out of the car. All we did in Rapid city was eat and eat some more (my life revolves around food), then we headed out to Sioux falls city in South Dakota. Nothing much to see, apart from the gorgeous falls in the downtown area of the city, and also some Japanese gardens. It was a very peaceful place to be, very slow paced and relaxing. The next day we headed out to Omaha, Nebraska and stayed in a gorgeous old, boutique hotel. It was during the 4th of July weekend, so the streets downtown, where the hotel is, were very empty, we even managed to get free parking for 2 cars! (#winning)
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That night we got to see the most magical fireworks in the most “not-magical” place haha. We set out initially to go to a big park downtown where you can see all of Omaha, but instead ended up in a big parking lot next to some stores and apartments, because the traffic was a @#$%^&@#*!!. I was slightly disappointed at first, when the cops directing traffic, directed us to this parking lot, but I was still hopeful because there were people everywhere, sitting in lawn chairs waiting for something. Then darkness came, and the fireworks show begun right in front of us, and they were the best I have seen…..(since I moved to Seattle)
After Nebraska, we only had six hours left until home sweet home! We split the journey into 2 to visit family along the way.

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Finally my dream of having a long road trip across America became true, and I didn’t even force anything 😉 , it just fell into my lap.
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Thanks for stopping by, and have a lovely summer 🙂

Time is going to fast

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Hey gorgeous people, I have been MIA on here for a while. I honestly didn’t have anything that needed to be said, so I decided not to post for the sake of posting. School and preceptorship (like an internship for student nurses) consumed all my time and thoughts. I got the chance to precept in a critical care unit and it was beyond amazing for me. I worked with some of the best nurses and got to gain so much experience in critical care in the past month. I feel like i had a new set of eyes open up inside of me haha….FYI, this post is heavily on nurse/career stuff so if not interested in this stuff, feel free to exit soon before the snooze fest begins.
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During this past month, I have also been pseudo-planning for the up-coming wedding and applying for jobs in a different state, which i am moving to soon. I have also been studying like crazy for my up-coming boards and I feel like i don’t know anything still (sigh!)
I also have been offered my dream job to work in the ICU (a neuro/trauma ICU) in a level 1 trauma and stroke center. I am beyond excited and thankful for having this opportunity, even though I am super intimidated and anxious about working in the ICU.
I will however be one among several other new nurse graduates, in a residency program that lasts a year, so that alleviates some of my anxiety.
All in all, am looking forward to graduating, passing my boards, moving and starting my new job!!! 🙂

I hope you have all been well, feel free to share any new things in your life with me (that you are comfortable sharing, of course)
I have missed being on here 🙂
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Outfit details: Pants-H&M//Shirt-thrifted//Heels-Target//purse-gifted (vintage coach)//Necklace-Rue21

Dress to impress

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Hi lovely people, I am officially done with spring break, which was a lot fun!, time for real life to begin now.. going back to lots of studying/work. Since its almost June, I have been on the lookout for a nice dress for graduation, or just a dress I could wear to a nice grown up dinner, so when eShakti (a custom-made clothing company)contacted me for a collaboration, I immediately went on their website and chose this dress!. I had seen other girls talk about eShakti, so it wasn’t all new to me. My favorite thing about them is the fact that you can customize your clothing to your liking, how great is that?. They have sizes 0-36W and also very diverse styling (modern chic, edgy, vintage..everything). Their prices are also very affordable for custom-made, quality clothing.
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Here’s how it works:
1. Go on eShakti and choose an item
2. customize to your liking
3. Order and receive your item in 5-7 days! if you live in the U.S

What I chose:
I chose this black floral dress because I loved the sunflowers on it and also the cut of the dress. When I received it, it looked exactly like it did online, and the fabric is high quality from the feel. It fit me perfectly, I am very impressed. I wore the dress with minimal accessories to avoid having a “busy” look, since my dress is floral, then paired the look with my favorite Marshalls heels.
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My favorite picks on the site: this , this , and this black and white one
My customization:
I chose to omit the pockets because honestly I didn’t think I would use them, and they would just make my hips look wider haha. That’s all I did, then ordered my size and the style as it was. If they don’t have your size, you could put in your measurements, and you can also customize the style, e.g: long or short sleeves, round or v-neck etc

I hope you loved this post, am glad you stopped by.Enjoy this promo code:”purejackie” for 10% discount on any purchases from 04/05/2016 – 05/05/2016, for more inspiration from eShakti – Facebook // instagram// pinterest

Thank you eShakti for the lovely dress, all opinions are my own.

-purejackie-

26 before 27

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OMG! you guys, I am turning 26…whaaaat?, where did time go? I feel like I was just 21 the other day. I am excited and scared because I am becoming more of an adult, haha, like….need to look more responsible and well put together?. I feel as though turning 25 felt more like, “this is your last party year” feel..and 26 is more..you need to graduate, get a stable job and start a family..sheeesh!…maybe am being too hard on myself. My plan for 26 is to have even more adventure than I did as a 25 y/o. I have seen bloggers do the 20 something list before next year thing, and I always love seeing people’s “want to-do” list so here goes:

  1. More adventure! – Hike the Enchantments, Mt Baker and the Northern cascades before I leave Washington.
  2. Pass the boards and get the job of my dreams.
  3. Go to vegas!
  4. Sky dive (outside, I have done indoor chambers twice so I think am ready 🙂 )
  5. Talk to friends (long-distance) and family more (which includes in-laws)

OK, I will keep it short, just so I don’t have too much pressure to complete the list. I am excited for what’s to come!, and I appreciate all my lovely friends and family who are always by my side…life would not be livable without you people.

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These are my last adventure photos as a 25 year old!!!, it was the best solo-adventure I have had in a while, I literally had the whole place to myself during the hike…..a little worried at first (am used to seeing people on hikes I go on alone) but after a few hours in, I was glad to be there. Isn’t this place gorgeous?, Ian thinks I am too easy to impress, he said if I went to Europe I would die..haha, so I replied: please take me there!, I may have just scored a trip to Europe 🙂

The trail is called the ancient lakes trail in Quincy, WA and the best time to visit is spring or winter, too hot and dusty in the summer or fall, unless you get there pretty early for the sunrise or late for the sunset (but then you have to drive in total darkness)

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Cheers to more adventures as the years go by!

Thanks for stopping by as always

A wintry spring

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So I decided to go hike the olympic national park area last week post finals, and I ended up on beautiful lake crescent. The area is so breathtakingly beautiful and serene, I just wanted to stay there and never leave..
The lake has a lodge with cabins for rental, which is open in the warmer months, and is a perfect getaway from the busy urban life, so if you’re near Washington state, do it! you’ll love it! Lots of hiking spots too and kayaking on the lake.
I also learnt that this lake is the deepest in Washington, thus its deep sapphire blue color (also due to lack of nitrogen and algae).
On one side of the lake were residential homes, right on the water, can you imagine waking up to this beautiful view everyday..
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It wasn’t a difficult hike, so yes I was wearing a dress haha
It was mostly relaxing and refreshing to be able to go on an outdoor adventure.
outfit details:
Dress – Buffalo exchange ballard
Shoes – Nike
Tights – H&M
Jacket – REI
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What are your favorite places to visit?, I would love to know! comment below!
Thanks for stopping by guys

Bright colors

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When I put together this outfit I was amazed at how well everything went together, because I have had this items in my closet for a long time and never thought to pair them together. I love when I can shop my own closet instead of spending money buying new “trendy” items every season, like seriously?, that is not real life…at least in my opinion, but no offense to more trendy people who go in that direction, I love watching the trends anyway, am just too poor haha, I digress, I just want you to know that looking good doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg.
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Outfit details:
Coat – Rue 21
Peplum top – Marshalls
Distressed denim pants – American Eagle
Booties – Marshalls
Bag – Forever 21
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Are you all excited for warmer, brighter weather?, I am so ready! I feel more motivated to do things now since its sunny on most days. I especially love the sunsets, and of course the blossoming flowers everywhere, its so beautiful and everything feels so alive. I love it.
Here are some spring quotes for you:

Spring will come, and so will happiness. Hold on. Life will get…warmer. – Anita Krizzan

“Some old-fashioned things like fresh air and sunshine are hard to beat.”

I’m sorry for the things I said when it was winter

If we had no winter the spring wouldn’t be so pleasant.

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Step into spring : mixed prints

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Today I decided to go bold with stripes and patterns, because I was feeling a little spring-y. I had my leather jacket on, but I quickly shed it off when I realized it was 62 degrees outside.
When it comes to mixing patterns, stripes and prints, or polka dots and prints go very well together. The key is always having a theme color and then building on to it, but you can also mix and match colors, just as long as they don’t clash. Also choose stripes that complement your body, could be thin or thick stripes.
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Outfit details:
Skirt: Zara
Heels: Marshalls
Top: Old Navy
Jacket: Forever 21

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Have a lovely week everyone. Comment below your favorite spring colors to wear, I wanna know 🙂

How to master a good at-home manicure

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Going to the nail salons is a luxury I never get to experience as much as I would like because of how fast my nails grow out, and how fast the nail polish chips (mostly on my hands). I use alcohol based sanitizers a lot at work, so going to the nail salon every week is too expensive for me, making me a huge fan of at-home manicures. I have attempted to master the process, so here we go:

What you need:

  • Nail clipper and file
  • Nail polish remover
  • Warm water, a scrub and hand lotion
  • Towel
  • Top and base coat
  • Nail polish
  • Eye-shadow brush

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Process:

Clip your nails and file to desired length. A pro-tip I learned from someone, the way you file affects how long the nail polish lasts, so make sure the nails are evenly filed and smoothed (involves going on top and underneath lightly with the nail fail to get rid of roughness)

Put your hands in warm water for a minute or two, then scrub, concentrating on the nails, to further clean, exfoliate and smooth them, removing any dead skin.

Rinse, dry with a clean towel, then apply lotion on your hands to moisturize and hydrate. Feels like heaven!

After the hands are dry, start with the base coat. The less thick the better, since it will dry faster and will have less possibility of chipping or sliding right off.

Pick your color!, and apply with smooth strokes from base to top, avoid going too slow or going over it too many times, I do three clean strokes mostly. Wait for first color coat to dry, before second coat (I usually finish all the nails, then go to other hand or foot to give it time to dry).

Top coat goes on last, after all the nails are dry!

If you have smudges or nail polish outside the “lines”, here are some quick tips:

for smudges: use a q-tip, dip it in nail polish remover and lightly smooth out the smudge, then re-apply nail polish color in quick strokes to match the rest, and add a quick top coat stroke too.

for nail polish outside the lines: Use the eye shadow brush, dip it in acetone and lightly brush off the polish outside the lines.
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Have fun guys!, I would love to hear what your pro tips are, do you do home manicures?, what can we learn from you?

-purejackie-