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.

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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

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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.

 

 

Sunday Gratitude

What are you grateful for this beautiful Sunday?

Today, I love busy airports. I love running into people I know in those busy airports, because it happens so rarely. I love getting to know those people more, embracing their stories. I love Ms.A’s stories, how she takes time to notice all the details and sensations in every moment.

Today, I love sitting in Ms. A’s moments, and sharing mine. I love that so many of our moments now intersect, and that our home is now the same. Today, I love going back to that home I call Vandy. I love that my home is filled with family, some I’ve only known a few months. I love how we all grow so close so quickly. I love knowing that Ms. A is 99% of the reason why.

Today, I love leaving my family’s home to go home.

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

This Just In: 10 More Reasons To Smile

Have you seen the latest and greatest from Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Dental Medicine? That’s right! I’m talking about a music video parody of Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop The Feeling” that is bar none, the best parody of the year!

There are so many reasons to love this gem of a video, and this Huffington Post article shares just 10 of the reasons you are sure to smile with this video.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE HUFF POST ARTICLE

The Harvard goal: 1,000,000 youtube views! Help your future doctors get there and share this video with your friends and family!

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

Set Your Oral Health Goal of the Day!

What is your oral health goal of the day?

It could be…

– Brushing your teeth twice tomorrow!

– Pulling out that floss.

– Leaving the toothpaste in your mouth without rinsing after you brush.

– Drinking fluoridated tap water.

– Switching the sticky candies for some cheese and nuts.

– And so much more!

Whatever goal you set, FANTASTIC! It is sure to keep you smiling … in that orally healthy sort of way!

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

Once Upon Today

“Have you seen the river today?”

I shook my head side-to-side, smiling at the pre-packaged salad on the conveyor belt.

“Oh, man.  You should,” the cashier finished, his bright red arm reaching for the receipt.  “There’s water in it!”

After living in Boston for a full year, I couldn’t quite muster excitement for seeing water in a river.  Isn’t that where water should be?, I wondered, picturing my bus rides from Cambridge to Boston Commons.  Whenever I looked out the window on the East Coast, I found water – falling from the sky, filling the harbor, diluting the pollution between suburbs.  I had grown tired of water, tired of carrying an umbrella like an extra limb.  I had become unphased by this wet, blue substance.

It’s just water, after all!

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But once upon a time (five or so years ago when I still called the Sonoran Desert ‘home’), water was glorious.  It was this magical interruption to a one hundred degree day.  It was the pleasure of dancing on the rocks with outstretched arms.  It was the reason to stop behind news crews at the river’s edge.

Once upon a time, the simplest thing seemed rare.  And in its rarity, this simplest thing brought joy.

So, once upon TODAY, let’s rekindle this joy. 

Look out to the sky and giggle at the sun.  Look into the traffic signal and cheer at its tricolor flashes.  Look at the expected and choose to see it anew, as though life has gifted this splendor for just one day.

And if you live in Boston, be sure to tell your neighbor with glee, “Have you seen the Charles River today?  There’s water in it!”

Yeah, life is pretty, spectacularly neat!

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

Issue 5 is Live!

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Corvus Review Issue 5 is now live!  And on page 75, you can find my medical school-inspired short story!!!

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CLICK HERE

to read more of my first short story ever written, ever published, and check out all the other amazing work found in the pages of this summer issue of Corvus Review.  Thank you to the amazing editorial staff at Corvus Review for including this piece; I am truly honored, and THANK YOU to my amazing readers for supporting my work with the gift of your time.

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