Doctoring Your Self

Doctoring Your Self

Click here to read more on The Huffington Post.

Come on back with me, into the exam room. Come on; it’s okay. You can take a seat on the tall table lined in fresh, white paper, or just use the chair. You’re in control.

Now, while you get comfortable, I’m just going to have a seat on this green, vinyl stool, pull out my pen and notepad, and then we can get started.

Oh, and this time, I’m going to show you my notes.

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Do you want your own Doctoring Your Self document?  Click on the pdf link below!!!

Doctoring Your Self

Did you find this useful?  Comment to let me know!  Do you have your own self-awareness tools?  Comment to share those, too!

© 2016 Mirissa D. Price: A Dental Student, A Writer, A Journey to Share.

Live Your Life Like a Comedy Routine

This just in on The Huffington Post: 7 Life Lessons from Improv Comedy!!!

I pulled up to the corner of 21st and Larimer, hoping to find an easy parking spot. The digital clock reflected the time — 6:01 p.m. — and the rain obscured the view through my rear view mirror.

Had I known the Rockies were playing a home game, I would have come sooner. Had I known there would be mostly parallel parking, being a suburban, Arizona girl, I probably would have walked.

6:02 p.m. The class was already starting. The time for a decision was now: do I pull one of my dozen excuses and go home… or do I commit, figure out how to parallel park in the moonlit rain, and arrive, however many minutes late, to improvise!

I could walk you from the anxious shivering of my legs to the cold prickle on my spine as I strolled past a dark Greyhound Bus Terminal, but I’ll jump straight to the cliff notes highlights: I chose improv. I made it about 15 minutes late, meekly shuffled onto the stage, and found my home.

And spoiler alert: the lessons you learn in improv are actually about life offstage.

Click here to read about 7 of those life lessons from improv comedy!!!

So you want to be a Huff Post blogger?

So you want to be a Huff Post blogger?

Maybe you want to reach more readers, impact more lives.  Maybe you want to spread your voice farther than you can do alone.  Perhaps, you just want the acknowledgment that comes with the title of ‘Huff Post blogger.’

Whatever your motivation, whatever Google search landed you to this page, I’m here to help.

Why?  Because in under one hour, I wrote a blog post, decided it was best fit for The Huffington Post, and sent it off.  In under 24 hours, my post was accepted and my backstage access granted.

AND YOU CAN DO IT, TOO!

So, here are my five easy steps to publishing on The Huffington Post:

1. Have something important to say.

 This first step is the easiest, hardest step on this list.  When I say I wrote my post in under one hour, what I mean is, literally, I typed the words on a blank page in that time.  Coming up with the idea took a medical school course in cardiology, a lifetime of experience, and a fortuitous thought in the shower.  But, when you do come up with that idea that is pushing through your fingers to be heard, give it a voice.

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If you are struggling with this step, start with the concept: in one or two sentences, write out a summary pitch of the message you want to share in your article.  Keep it simple and focused because, remember, once you are accepted, you can always write more posts!

And, for those of you bloggers out there with an extensive blogging profile, don’t think you have to start from scratch!  The Huffington Post DOES publish previously posted articles.  So tidy up an old favorite and skip to the next step!

2. Read. Write. Write. Write.

Step 2 is more of the technical aspect of blogging on The Huffington Post.  Before delving into your first post, read some of what The Huff Post has published.  They like their articles to be reader friendly, something a reader could scroll through and grasp in a two minute work break.  Keep it within 1000 words when possible.  Write a list.  Tell a story.  Just make it something you would want to read.

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3. Use your voice.

Why?  Because it’s yours, and it’s unique.  Almost every idea you will have has probably already been done.  We all have different life experiences, but there’s something about humanity that makes us not so different after all.  BUT . . . nobody else in the entire world has YOUR VOICE.  So use it, play with it, indulge it, and share it.  Your voice is your commodity, the one thing the Huff Post doesn’t yet have.

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4. Proofread.

We all make mistakes.  In an age of multitasking and overlapping thoughts, at a desk surrounded by household clamor and traffic noise, we all lose focus.  Our finger slips and where becomes were, past tense merging with present.  But, do take pride in your writing.  Read it.  Share it.  Edit it.  And then, if there is still a mistake, accept it.  Nobody’s perfect.

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(And, if it makes you feel any better, I wrote my post at 10 p.m., edited it just before 11, and was too tired to catch a typo or two.  That’s what happens as a dental student, and that’s perfectly okay.)

5. Up, up and awaaaaayyyy!

Okay, your heart is pounding, your forehead starting to sweat.  You have the article.  You can already see it in black pixels on Huff Post’s magical home in the virtual world.  The only step remaining: to press submit.

Metaphorically, that is.  There is no actual ‘submit’ button in the process of submitting to The Huff Post, but there is a concise, easy-to-read e-mail waiting to be sent. Once you have your article, identify the section where you think it belongs on The Huff Post, and google the contact info for that editor.  Or, if you are like me and want to go directly to the source of the magic, e-mail Arianna Huffington herself (yes, you can actually do that!) at arianna@huffingtonpost.com.  In a very brief e-mail, tell her who you are and why your voice and article need to be heard on The Huff Post.  For instance, do you have professional background on the subject?  Do you have a personal story that offers an unheard point of view?  Are you asking questions people want answered?  TELL HER!  Give her your one to two sentence summary pitch that you crafted up in Step 1, and sign your name with all your contact information.

And remember, you are submitting a blog post, so she needs to actually receive the post!  You can attach it to the e-mail or copy/paste it into the body of the e-mail (I did both).  The advantage of the copy/paste method is that she can read it easily from any device without having to open an attachment, but it’s your call.

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At this point, the process is out of your hands.  Arianna will usually respond in a timely fashion during business hours – give it a few days.  (For reference, I e-mailed on Saturday and heard back Monday at 9 a.m. Eastern Time.)  If she says yes, she’ll forward the article to the appropriate editor who will then provide you log-in credentials for their blog platform.  That process takes about two or three days.  With your credentials in place, you upload a photo, insert your blog post, and press submit – well, actually, you press ‘save.’  It seems The Huff Post has an aversion to the word ‘submit.’  The Huffington Post will link your Twitter page, but you need to link your own website, Facebook, or other social media pages if you want readers to be able to click in your direction.  Once you press submit, you wait a few more days for behind-the-scenes magic to take effect, and soon you will have an e-mail saying your post is live.

And for the best part: once you are accepted for one article, you have access for life!  You can keep sharing your voice with the world . . . or at least with the world that reads The Huffington Post.

Now, in my story, one article did the job.  For others, eight articles is the magic number.  The most important part of this process is YOU.  Believe in your voice.  Write with your words and your emotions, and keep trying, because YOU HAVE SOMETHING IMPORTANT TO SAY!

For all those readers who contacted me for advice, I hope this helps.  If you have questions that I haven’t answered, comment or contact me, and I’ll be happy to answer. 

Curious about what I wrote?  Check it out here: 5 Life Lessons From the Heart.

Fresh Off the Press!

Do you look into the clouds and hear the words of a poem?  Do you dwell in the simple splendor of a Sunday morning?  

Head on over to Tuck Magazine to find my poems, “Imagine If” and “May 21,” and then be sure to explore the amazing variety found on this online magazine!  Thank you to Val Michael Tuck, Michael Organ, and Tuck Magazine for this most recent publication.

CLICK HERE FOR THE LINK TO THE TWO NEWEST POEMS.

© 2016 Mirissa D. Price: A Dental Student, A Writer, A Journey to Share.

The secret to work-life balance is . . .

“Outsourcing,”  according to my pediatrics mentor.  “I don’t take time to cook or clean or run every errand.  I outsource.”

Now, to my readers on a limited budget, I share in your eye roll.  ‘If only’ summarizes exactly how I felt when hearing that advice.  I’m in debt.  Massive debt.  I’m not about to pay someone to wash my clothes and cook my meals!  (Let’s face it: I’m not even eating the “freshest” meals when I have a cheap, calorie-dense option within arm’s reach.)

But, my preceptor is not wrong.  Especially with daylight savings stealing an hour of my weekend, I am very aware of the limited time I have in a day.  24 hours, 18 when you subtract the maybe 6 hours of sleep I will attain, 13 when you subtract the hours I am in class on an average day.  I’m not even going to put studying into the equation, because the numbers will turn to negatives all of a sudden!  And yes, I would like to outsource the thirty minutes I will spend doing laundry and the hour of cooking and cleaning in the course of a day.  But, I don’t really want to outsource everything extra in my life, like meeting with patients, spending time with friends, and writing this blog post.

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So, like I said, my preceptor is not wrong.  And if I could outsource little things – say, cleaning toilets or doing laundry – I would likely jump at the opportunity.  But, realistically, all I can do is prioritize.  I can ask myself what I would do in the time saved by outsourcing, and I can prioritize those ‘ideal’ activities so that they do have a place in my life.

The compromise: I won’t get everything done.  If I cook and clean, accomplish my work and attend my classes, and make time for writing, there will be an occasional reading that I simply skim.  There will be an occasional lunch that I microwave.  And that’s okay, because, right now, the only currency at my disposal is choice, and

I CHOOSE TO LIVE A FULL LIFE

. . . even at the cost of perfection.

Because this is a blog, you can probably tell what falls near the top of my priority list: alongside school, patient encounters, faith, and family, I value writing.  But I’m curious, to my readers out there, what would fill your “outsourced time”?

Let’s celebrate those priorities together so that we can make them realities in our lives!

© 2016 Mirissa D. Price: A Dental Student, A Writer, A Journey to Share.