I have so much going on right now that I really need to take a moment to sort it all out in a physical form (outside my head), before I lose track of something along the way.
Well, I guess I'll begin with my fitness and health-related stuff. I'm now entering the third week of my 5k training (out of 7). I'm amping up the running this week. While my weight loss thus far has been rather slow after the initial drop, I'm not really worried about it. I know that I'm becoming healthier because I can get through a workout and feel great. I look forward to my 5k training days, and I feel off when I miss a workout. This is great progress for me, and I'm not at all disappointed by the lack of scale evidence. I'm feeling healthier, and I'm eating smarter. My mom keeps asking me how much weight I have lost, but she's focusing on the wrong objective. I don't think she gets it.
Aside from my fitness activities, I've been really involved in non-profit work lately. I've felt compelled to do something with my time while I'm not weighed down by school. This last Sunday was the National Cancer Survivor's Awareness Day, and there was a celebration at the Portland Rose Quarter Convention Center, which I volunteered at with the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. It was great- there was a ton of energy and positivity, and a huge number of survivors showed up. I even met a woman who has survived 3 1/2 years so far after her pancreatic cancer- she's beating the odds! It also gave me a chance to network with other non-profit cancer action networks and find new volunteering opportunities. I even found another 5k to run in for Ovarian cancer in August! (:
Speaking of cancer and my work with nonprofits, I'm actually attending a networking breakfast for the American Cancer Society and the Oregon Health and Science University tomorrow morning. There are going to be some great talks put on by professors and medical researchers, as well as plenty of other cancer research enthusiasts like myself to meet and network with. I'm looking forward to it!
Additionally, my Be the One Run team still needs help! If you're interested in helping out, please consider donating to our cause! All funds go to the National Bone Marrow Registry (Be the Match) in aid of patients and families awaiting their vital bone marrow match. Help change a life! Even $10 can make an astounding difference!
Team Page: www.bethematchfoundation
Team Blog: portlandruns5k.tumblr.co
So, I played part of the Poulenc Sonata for Flute and Piano today for my music professor. He's challenged me this summer to play something different for him each week. Today was interesting in that he didn't have much to say about the mistakes I made (which were minor yet embarrassing), but instead focused on how I think about music. I tend to get caught up in the details and forget to look at the piece as a whole in terms of phrasing. I need to work on that. I'm LOVING getting to work with him on a weekly basis- for fun! He has already given me feedback that I haven't gotten from my private instructor, and I've never really felt so confident in my playing! I'm hoping to wow him later this week with the full Poulenc Sonata. The third movement is crazy! Have a listen: www.youtube.com/w
Another thing that came up today was planning for my senior recital, even though it's about two years away (or a little less). I'm planning something pretty monstrous- 45 minutes of music from across the spectrum of flute repertoire. I want to include a tough piece from every major genre- including Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, French Conservatory, and Contemporary. It's going to be quite the undertaking!
I have a meeting this Sunday for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, where I'm finally meeting the coordinator for our upcoming PanCAN Purple Stride walk for Pancreatic Cancer. I'm supposed to be a team supervisor- which is the perfect job for me! I'm also waiting to hear back about my delegation as an intern with Planned Parenthood, but they aren't the best at emailing back...
I guess aside from all of this, I'm starting my new (second) job soon at the Southwest Medical Center. I'll be teaching doctors how to use the new computer system that's being implemented in late June throughout the entire hospital. I'm looking forward to it! I'm also starting summer classes at about the same time- so those night shifts should be fun while studying for physics! Oh boy.
TL;DR: I'm busy!
♫ ~ Kristin