So, You’re Lost? The Advice You’d Never Expect.

Here’s a secret: you will lose your way. We all do.

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And in this Psych Central article, I share with you the advice you’d never expect … because nobody wants to hear the cliche tip to just “perk up.”

© 2018 Mirissa D. Price: A Dental Student, A Writer, A Journey to Share.

A Life at Peace, and an anniversary

Today marks my two year blogiversary here on WordPress! And more importantly, two years spent with all of you ♥

Admittedly, though, I forgot about this date. Writing, blogging, sharing inspirations and bits of experience from medicine and dentistry, engaging with all of you … it’s all become such an integral part of my life that I can’t even remember a time before this blog. And for years to come, this blog and all that it offers will grow and thrive on!

Good news, though: WordPress didn’t take my forgetfulness all that hard. He just sent me a polite nudge and a morning reminder that I better get on my anniversary post! So here it is.

Thank YOU for being a part of these two years. I can’t wait to see what the future brings on Mirissa D. Price: A Dental Student, A Writer, A Journey To Share … perhaps a name change away from ‘student’ in the next two years …?!

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For now, though, this moment is just where I want to be.


© 2017 Mirissa D. Price: A Dental Student, A Writer, A Journey to Share.

Where Have I Been?

Hey there! It’s been awhile.

And I know some of you may be wondering … where has Mirissa been?

The simple answer: Dental School.


The real answer: home.

In my absence from blogging, I have been

  • Learning to drill.
  • Meeting with my very first patient (where I was the dentist!!)
  • Volunteering as a pediatric dentist for the greatest of kids ♥♥♥
  • And studying oral health, systemic health, mental health, and everything in between. You can’t separate a smile from the rest of the body and mind!

In a nutshell, life’s been busy. And I’m going to be honest: I didn’t always stop to take the time for myself. I was:

  • Tired
  • Overwhelmed
  • Perhaps a little bit driven 😉

And I let excuses carry me away from my writing!

To be fair, though, I still made time for:

  • Friends
  • Laughter
  • 5 am sunrises
  • And the walk around Cambridge


And I have had the most fulfilling, incredible time working with my patients, and learning a new set of skills. The challenge is never-ending and the reward is so amazing! 

Every time a patient sits before me, I think, “Wow. What an honor to work with this individual – child or adult – to bring a healthy smile to his/her life. Could I be any more fortunate?”

But life isn’t getting any quieter…

In the next few weeks, I’ll have a new schedule of patients, a new course on my calendar, and a new journey in drilling. Things will get busy – they never stopped! But stick around, because I’m still writing through this journey, sharing my inspirations along the way, and reminding us both that self-care should never get the back-burner … but occasionally, it will have to take a side-burner when a patient’s health and smile is in my hands and the drill is moving at high-speed.

Feel free to share what brings you joy and purpose in life … but first, set your cleaning with your dentist. It’s the greatest gift you could give the both of you!

© 2017 Mirissa D. Price: A Dental Student, A Writer, A Journey to Share.



Sunshine on a Cloudy Day

It’s a rainy day, and yet it is filled with such sunshine – The Sunshine Blogger Award to be specific. Thank you Didi’s Art Design for adding this light to my week and for sharing such warmth on your blog. Be sure to check out all poetic thoughts that Didi’s Art Design has to offer!


The rules of the Sunshine Blogger Award are simple:

1) Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.

2) Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.

3) Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.

4) List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

So for Didi’s Art Design’s 11 questions:

1) What are your hobbies?

I am a dental student by day and a writer by night; and in the in-between, you’ll find me on the comedy stage! It’s a busy life, and I love it!

2) What is most important to you?

Laughter carries me through every moment of every day.

3) How can we achieve harmony between nations and people?

Peace begins within each of us, and from there, we can share peace with others.

4) What kind of improvements you suggest for your our society?

There are oh so many opportunities for growth in our world, and they all stem from a growth in not only random, but intentional acts of kindness.

5) What is your biggest wish?

What a hard question! I am so caught up in the beauty of this moment that my mind can’t seem to land on something more I would want in my day!

6) What was your biggest mistake in your life?

There have been only endless opportunities before me, opportunities for growth and opportunities to learn.

7) If you could bring a new subject to a school, what would it be?

I have done just this! Crafting Yourself brings lessons in self-efficacy and resiliency to the hands of middle school children, all through the creativity of art!

8) How do we end poverty in our world?

We begin to create equity in our world by creating equal opportunity in each domain of our world: health care, education, employment, and more.

9) What book do you find most interesting?

There are so many options, but I do love the concept of “If on a winter’s night a traveler.”

10) What is the meaning of friendship to you?

Friendships is laughter and joy. It is sharing moments of both pain and hope with someone you trust, and exploring this world with someone who can share with you a new way of seeing things.

11) What does, “Man know thyself,” mean to you?

This question is truly wonderful, because each day that I grow, this sentence means something new. I simply can’t wait to see what this phrase will mean to me in the morning.

My Nominations for The Sunshine Blogger Award are:

  1. Safarii + Co
  2. Poeta da Garrafa
  3. In a Messy World
  4. Christine’s Collection
  5. Hope Dealer
  6. Written by an amateur human
  7. How to Climb a Mountain
  8. Safira’s Journey
  9. Naturally Nuri
  10. Forged from Reverie
  11. Write Ally! Write!
  12. And YOU! Add your blog url to the comments and share the sunshine with all of us! You most definitely deserve this blogger award!

As for your 11 questions:

  1. What are you most passionate about?
  2. How would anyone know?
  3. Who most influenced the person you are today?
  4. What is one thing you wish you could add to your day?
  5. What is stopping you from adding that in?
  6. What is one thing you could empty from your day?
  7. What would you do with that freed time?
  8. When did you decide to pursue your profession?
  9. What is one thing you love about your profession?
  10. Why are you so good at what you do?
  11. If you closed your eyes and imagined the perfect day, what would you do first?

Happy blogging, and enjoy the sunshine! I can’t wait to see how far this sunshine spreads!

© 2017 Mirissa D. Price: A Dental Student, A Writer, A Journey to Share.

The Sun Is Shining, And So Is This Blog!

The sun is shining, and so is this blog!  Thank you to Ally L Mare for nominating my little corner of the internet for the Sunshine Blogger Award!  I am truly honored, my heart beaming with, well, sunshine!


The Rules.

  • Thank the person(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog
  • Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and/or on your blog

So, in answer to Ally L. Mare’s 11 questions: 

  1. Will you be volunteering for any Mars expedition program? Only if there are kids in space who need dental care!
  2. Are you an adventurous person? Oh my, I am certainly cautiously adventurous.  And I love to make an adventure out of even a little trip to the corner store.
  3. Are you interested in travelling around the world? YES!  Thailand, The Netherlands, Switzerland, France, . . . YES!  
  4. On the scale 1 – 10, how high is your curiosity level? These questions seem to be ready-made for me: 10!  My evidence?  The first line of my dental school personal statement: “Curiosity got the best of me at a young age – in fact, it claimed my front tooth!”
  5. How do you deal with disappointment? I take a deep breath in, close my eyes, and accept that everything happens for a reason.  Then, I imagine what new possibilities this disappointment has unleashed!  
  6. Do you think you are the patient type? Most certainly!  Patience is essential in dentistry.
  7. Are you the one who usually wait for others or others wait for you? I am on-time, on Harvard School of Dental Medicine time.  In other words, I am earlier than early.
  8. Do you have your own favorite stars (in the sky)? I call them Frank and Frannie.  No, really 😉 
  9. Have you ever feel that you are doing something but you think that it is a waste of time? I have these thoughts now and then.  When I am writing and ‘should be’ studying.  When I am studying and want to be volunteering.  I wonder, ‘Could my time be better used elsewhere?’  And then I realize, these thoughts aren’t helping me.  In fact, imagine the freedom I would feel if I just let these thoughts go!  What if THIS were not a waste of time but a valuable use of time?  Because that’s all we really can do – use time.  In one way or another, the time will be put to use, and that is not good or bad.  Though time can be measured, its value just is. 
  10. What do you think will happen in the year 2100? In the year 2100, archaeologists will go on digs through Twitter!
  11. Do you have something that you know is old and worn but you do not want to replace? I love this question, because the answer is so simple: my Curious George.  Savannah, a fellow pediatric patient with CRPS/RSD, gave me this stuffed doll as a gift when I was ill.  She said, ‘Take him with you to hospitals and he will bring pain-free smiles.’  So, Curious George and I went to every hospitalization hand-in-hand, both of us dawning our hospital gowns.  When I went into remission, he still came with me everywhere, keeping me safe.  And now in grad school, Curious George is here, reminding me of my purpose: to always spread pain-free smiles.   (Of course, now that he’s due for his photo op, I have no idea where he is! #dormroomdilemmas)

Now, drum roll please for my nominations:

  1. A cornered girl
  2. Yvonne Novella
  3. Playing by my own rules
  4. Dave Kingsbury
  5. Discovering and Sharing Grace
  6. Cristen Rodgers
  7. Tony Burgess 
  8. Wanderlust Sara
  9. Learning to Live Like Water
  10. Endless Edits
  11. PJ Temple
  12. AND YOU – nominate yourself in the comments and join along in the chain-nominations, because YOU ARE A SOURCE OF SUCH BEAUTIFUL SUNSHINE, TOO ♥

11 Questions for my Nominees:

  1. What is your first memory?
  2. What did you first want to blog about when you started your blog?
  3. What do you actually blog about these days?
  4. What do you hope to blog about in the future?
  5. Why do you keep on blogging?
  6. What is a blog post title you have been holding onto but have yet to release into the world?  Let’s let ‘him’ free!
  7. Are you annoyed yet with the word ‘blog’? 😉
  8. If you could write a word to replace the word ‘blog,’ what word would you create?
  9. What is your favorite place to spend a Saturday morning?
  10. Improv or stand-up?
  11. And, as follow-up to #8, why?

Yeah, so these are somewhat odd questions, but it’s all in the spirit of having fun!

Congrats to my nominees and thank you again to Ally L Mare.  Now, go forth and spread some sunshine through your blogs!

© 2017 Mirissa D. Price: A Dental Student, A Writer, A Journey to Share.

My One Year Blogiversary!

It’s my one year blogiversary!  Won’t you join me in a walk down memory lane back to where this lovely blog started?

CLICK HERE to read my first blog post from February 20, 2016.

Thank you all for visiting my little corner of the internet for all these months.  My inbox and comment section are always open to hear from you.

Now what do you say?  Are you ready for another 12 months of joy, authenticity, and inspiration  Let’s get started!!!

© 2017 Mirissa D. Price: A Dental Student, A Writer, A Journey to Share.