Tough Day & Some Boxes

May 10, 2022

Yesterday was the most challenging workday I’ve ever had, from an emotional standpoint.

But I survived, and one way or another, I have to believe things will be okay.

Today I will just try to focus on doing one thing at a time, continuing my regular habits, and paying attention to my breathing. It is that kind of week.

In other news, Josh finish building one of the shelves. Our makeshift office is (sort of) coming to fruition! I think we need some uniform-looking bins or something though; we will see. Or maybe I don’t really care. I have kind of stopped seeing the boxes already, which is probably not ideal but it is one functional adaptation.

We basically need to kick the kids out of the house for 2 days and stay home from work BUT that is not going to happen.

One thing at a time today. And some gratitude for good measure:

  1. I am grateful we have a safe place to live with plenty of space
  2. I am grateful that the kids are all healthy
  3. I am grateful to have this creative outlet and community


  • Reply Sonna May 10, 2022 at 7:01 am

    Sorry to hear things at work are tough right now. It sounds like you’ve got a handle on it already. You’re an inspiration, you can and will get through this. Better days ahead.

  • Reply Amy May 10, 2022 at 7:47 am

    I’m sorry about your hard day. Hoping you got good sleep last night and feel prepared to take on a new today today. If it helps, I am in the middle of listening to a recent episode of Hidden Brain called “Minimizing Pain, Maximizing Joy” that is all about getting through tough times. Wishing you well today!

  • Reply Sara May 10, 2022 at 8:05 am

    I’m sorry you had a hard day. Hope things get better soon for you.

    I appreciate your outlook snd also your realness. It really does help me get through the daily routine challenges, as well as the bigger challenges, of this phase of life.

  • Reply Connie C May 10, 2022 at 8:50 am


  • Reply Lisa of Lisa's Yarns May 10, 2022 at 9:31 am

    I’m sorry you had a rough day yesterday, especially following a tough experience last week that you alluded to. One thing I’ve done is to create a “good feedback” folder in my work email. When I get positive feedback/kind messages, I file them away in that folder and then when I have a hard day and feel down, I can read through those and remind myself that I am good at what I do and respected/appreciated by others. I have to imagine that your residents absolutely love you so you’ve likely been on the receiving end of lots of positive feedback/appreciation. Or think of your conversation with Lisa on BOBW last week and how much she looks up to you as a role model! It was evident that she has a ton of respect and really admires what you’ve done in your career! Hang in there! You are very good at what you do and are inspiring the next generation of physicians!

    You’ got through a lot of unpacking so give yourself some credit. I imagine that 100 day organization challenge will give you the motivation to get the office set up ideally. When it’s not a super important area of the house, it can wait! (My office area is not super well organized, but in a ‘good enough’ state but besides sitting at my desk, I don’t do much in this area so it’s a low priority to get it in tip-top shape!).

    • Reply Meghan Bullinger May 10, 2022 at 12:34 pm

      I do the same thing! I have a “Positive Feedback” folder in my work email 🙂 Its good to look at when I need encouragement!

      • Reply Connie C May 10, 2022 at 1:11 pm

        I call it my “YDG” folder – You Done Good. 🙂

  • Reply Elisabeth May 10, 2022 at 11:20 am

    Sorry you had a rough day and for “keeping” it real in this space.
    I love Lisa’s suggestion above to keep a “positive feedback” folder!

  • Reply Sophie May 10, 2022 at 4:24 pm

    Sorry to hear you had such a hard day at work Sarah.
    Re the unpacking, I can SO relate, we moved a month ago and still have a few boxes hanging around and things not well set up yet. It is deeply frustrating yet with kids underfoot it is just a slow process.I’m just reminding myself it will all be set up soon, and then this whole moving process will be a distant memory.
    Hang in there with everything. Glad that you are comfortable sharing with this community and that we can offer you support through these last challenging months.

  • Reply Lara L Savic May 10, 2022 at 10:59 pm

    Please listen to “good job” by alicia keys and take the words to heart…

  • Reply Bec May 10, 2022 at 11:09 pm

    Sending love and care!

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