With Flowers in Your Hair

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A day in the life captured on Porta 160.


Reading List

I got a few new books (four!) a couple of weeks ago. It has been a while since I have felt the inclination to read for pleasure, as my day from 7:50AM to 11PM is filled with reading pages upon pages of information for medical school. However, I have started 2 of the books and am absolutely loving them. I finish up with school work sometime around 10:30-11PM and then read a few pages in bed to wind down. Hayden has usually fallen asleep (long before) and crawls into bed and (again) falls asleep, sometimes while I read aloud. The peace and quiet and ability to slow down is a nice respite from my day.

I first book I am currently reading is Paul Kalanithi’s memoir ‘When Breath Becomes Air’. He was a young Stanford neurosurgeon who was diagnosed with a terminal lung cancer, and this was the book that came from that experience. He had written a few essay¬†[here and here, and an op-ed by his wife, here] that I had read, so I was eagerly awaiting the release of this book. It does not disappoint. More on that when I finish it.

The other I am reading is much more light hearted. ‘This Won’t Hurt a Bit (And Other White Lies): My Education in Medicine and Motherhood’. Highly recommended for any female physicians (or physicians-in-training like me). I find myself laughing at the stories she tells because I feel like I have been in those exact same shoes.

The other two books I have in my arsenal are Complications by Atul Gawande (again, medicine-related) and For the Love by Jen Hatmaker.

What have you been reading lately that you just can’t put down?

Our Wedding, The Details

Hayden and I got married a year(!) ago on July 26, 2015, so I thought it would be a good time to blog about our wedding day! We were married at a lakeside venue in our hometown right before we moved to Houston to start a new job and medical school. Our wedding was featured on Cottage Hill Magazine’s online journal, so hop over there to view more about our big day! Special thanks to our incredible photographer Jen Dillender for our engagement + wedding pictures.


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I found this quote originally on Pinterest (do you follow me?) and it hit home immediately.

As all my Type-A brothers and sisters out there can affirm, I can be way too hard on myself, but easily give grace to those around me. Maybe a little heart change and reminding myself of this quote (which is now taped to my door to see as I leave each morning) is just the ticket.


Here’s my first full hand-written quote since I began my calligraphy journey. It’s a little wonky looking, but hey, grace– right?

Beginning of Becoming

Welcome to the first post of Becoming!

After a few years (including time in high school and throughout college) of blogging at my previous blog Let Go of What You Know, I have decided it’s time to transition into a blog that is more fitting for where I am now, hence, the beginning of Becoming!

I hope that this space serves as place to document my “becomings”– a wife, a doctor, a home decorator, a gardener, a calligrapher, a basset hound owner, plus the many new beginnings I will adventure into over the next few years.

Expect to encounter a little bit of wedding inspiration, design inspiration, everyday ramblings, + a glimpse into my life throughout these posts.

Until next time!