Home Stretch

Hi everyone.

Well today is my last official day as a surgical PA. I feel weird typing that. For those that missed it, I’ve made a huge change in my life and decided to go to a private practice. You can read more about it here šŸ™‚

These past two years were definitely a whirlwind for me. It was quite the learning experience, but it’s also time for me to move on. I’m retiring the scrubs and nasty Dansko hospital shoes (okay I’m throwing them out, who knows what I’ve stepped on throughout the years… Actually I do know, and I’m definitely throwing them out!).

I will spend my day doing one final morning of rounds, limping up the steps after leg day, cleaning up my notes, signing off charts, and saying goodbye.

Am I scared? Absolutely. I’m terrified. There’s always that little voice in the back of your head that questions your decisions. It’s rare I’m impulsive. When I’m this impulsive I know it’s right. And I know this is the right decision for me.

No matter what, I’m very fortunate to have my parents behind me. Honestly I don’t know any two people more proud of their kid. I mean I could be a complete failure at life and somehow they’d still be proud. I guess maybe I’ll understand one day when I have children of my own. For now, it’s pretty cool to have two people love you so much. The bonus is that they love my Phoebe like their own šŸ˜‰

Nothing fitness related today, but just my thoughts I needed to release.

Have a wonderful day!

XOXO With a Cherry On Top,


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  1. Mom & dad

    You have always made the right decisions, you should always trust your instincts , everyone has dreams, life can’t be lived on what ifs. GO GETEM Minnie, and don’t look back. Love mom & dad

  2. Jess

    Congratulations! The new job sounds absolutely perfect for you. As a longtime reader, I am happy to hear that you will be getting away from such a stressful environment. If the average person works about 40 years, then you would have worked about 2,080 “terrible Tuesdays” if you stayed at your current job. That’s way too many! Hospital jobs will always be there, this new job sounds like a once in a lifetime opportunity. Enjoy!

    1. Katie

      WOW that’s too many darn terrible tuesdays! Phew glad I’m moving on

  3. kaci cheeseman

    So happy for you! It may require a step (or 12!) out of your comfort zone to start over, but it is so exciting when you know it is right!

    I know you are chasing down some big dreams, and “Great things never came from comfort zones!”

    I pray you enjoy this new part of your life, and that it serves to move you toward your goals, dreams, and plans.

    P.S. It took me a few tries to find my best fit (going from surgery to private practice to public health), but from what I hear, it’s not that uncommon! Now that I am in my recertification year, I am a bit more appreciative of the wide knowledge base…I just wish I hadn’t missed out on getting to be in the new 10 year PANRE cycle!

    1. Katie

      This is so nice Kaci! Thank you for the kind words. I have to renew in about 2 years and then I’m on the 10 year cycle. Ahhhh

  4. Tamara

    Thanks for recognizing your parents. And to your parents, you very apparently raised a wonderful daughter: motivated, hard-working, smart, and respects her own health and fitness.

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