Follow your heart, but take your brain with you. Sit with those words for a minute. My heart is in medicine. It always has been, always will be. It is SO difficult for me to take this longer path to get to where I ultimately want to be. There have been countless times when I could have chosen a much quicker path to get to my ultimate goal, but I know logistically (here’s the part where Brain comes in), it would not work out. (Also note- that I am referring to MY circumstances and MY journey which is much different than yours). It’s tempting, believe me, to look at an opportunity through rose colored lenses. It’s easy to convince yourself that saying “yes” to every opportunity is the best way to go about life because “what if you miss out on something”, right? Saying “yes” can be a beautiful thing, but it can also be destructive and it can throw unexpected curve balls your way. When opportunity arises, listen to your heart, trust your gut… BUT don’t forget your brain! Sometimes it can be so hard to try and decipher the difference between “taking a leap of faith” and taking a step back and saying no. It might take a little soul searching. I know lot of people have watched me leap and fly and fall flat on my face multiple times throughout this past year. And a lot of people look at me like I’m crazy and ask, “why the HELL are you still doing this?” I’ll tell you why. Because I WANT IT. I’ve had enough life experiences to realize the importance of pursuing MY goal/ dream/ passion/ calling. So quitting is not an option. But being logical and smart when making new decisions is. My journey may be crazy, but it’s still MY journey and it’s building me and molding me and teaching me lessons that will one day make me an awesome physician… and a better mother… and a better human.