The Challenge: Project RISE

Hello, lovelies! So I’ve been thinking about goals and growth and with the end of the semester approaching in 3 short days, I was thinking about doing a challenge to jump start my self improvement category. Usually when I start changing behaviors, I start with baby steps and work my way up to the behavior that I want, but I have found that if the steps are too small, I get bored easily. I need something big. Something epic. Something challenging.
Thus the challenge was born. 
I’m calling it Project RISE AKA Releasing the Inner Super Emsy. I’m working on improving something in all life categories and I’m going to be documenting my journey here on this blog. The habits I’ll be adopting/goals I’m striving for are as follows:
  • Have a solid resume
  • Have a CV started
  • Have a place to write down accomplishments, organization projects and dates of membership
  • Have a bank of interview question and answers to draw from
  • Get an internship in New York for the summer 2018


  • Review MedChem this summer
  • Start looking at some of the P2 spring class material


  • Family: call mom every Mon, dad every Wed, sister every Friday to establish a stronger relationship with them
  • Family: go home or try your best to go home every holiday or birthday
  • Friends: maintain list of close caring friends
  • Friends: reach out to someone who isn’t on that list and develop a relationship with them
  • Professional relationships: identify professors that you want to develop a professional relationship with
  • Professional relationships: plan way to develop those connections


  • Develop a budget and stick to it
  • Pay off credit card debt
  • Pay part of student loans at least once a month
  • Know net worth
  • Have a finance tracker
  • Develop a budget friendly, streamlined grocery list
  • No frivolous spending

The Self

  • Mental health: incorporate yoga – start with once a month
  • Mental health: start a gratitude journal
  • Physical health: Go to gym at least 3x a week
  • Physical health: develop split and stick with it
  • Physical health: go to gym in the morning
  • Physical health: set up doctors appointments in advanced and put on Google calendar
  • Physical health: find doctors and understand what is covered on your health insurance
  • Self Improvement: stick with this challenge for the duration of the summer
  • Self Improvement: read one book a month
  • Self Improvement: Do all the things in your planner’s to do list every day the best you can
  • Self Improvement: Blog consistently during the challenge
  • Self Improvement: start Youtube channel vlogs
  • Self Improvement: Tweet a motivational mindset quote or something to put you in a positive, inspired, motivated mindset every morning
  • Self Improvement: Monthly reflections on how self improvement is going and the progress

I know, I know. You’re thinking, damn girl, this is A LOT OF THINGS to change at once!!! But I need it. I feel like I need to go for it and make a splash. I feel like it’s a lot and if some habits don’t stick throughout the four months, that’s fine, at least some will and some is better than nothing. Also I’ve tried the “baby steps” method before and it just doesn’t work me. I never actually change.

But this time it’s different. I don’t have school in my way. I’m good! Wish me luck and if this inspires you to do your own challenge, I’m all for it! I wanna hear about it! Of course, your goals and habits aren’t going to be exactly like mine, but personalize it and stick with it. We’re in this together, friends!! Good luck!




Questions That Bring You Closer Together

Hello, Sunshines! Since this blog is about me, I thought that it would be appropriate for you to get to know me, but I didn’t want to do just a simple “10 Facts About Me” post. I wanted something more meaningful and more insightful into the kind of person I am. I found 36 questions that are supposed to bring people closer together. I’m probably not going to answer all of them because that would a ridiculously long post so I just did the first 10.

1. Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest?

Many people inspire me, but someone that I find myself being inspired by over and over again is Anna Wintour. We’re in completely different fields. She’s in the fashion industry and I’m in healthcare, but her decisive, consistent, hard-working, true-to-herself personality just gets me. It’s what I want to be like. She believes in herself 100% and she actually got fired from Harper’s Bazaar before she got to where she is today with Vogue. It was because she felt that there needed to be dreadlocks on the models and her higher-up’s didn’t agree with that. She was told that she did not understand her audience, but look at her now! She stuck with her gut, trusted her intuition, and continued to pursue her dream. She also has an incredible work ethic and people see her as this cold, bitchy, perfectionist, but when I watch her interviews, she actually seems like a great person. She just knows what she wants and knowing things 100% always freaks people out. Like people say they’re 99.9% sure, never 100%. Doesn’t hold the same weight for some odd reason, in my opinion.

2. Would you like to be famous? In what way?

Yes because it would be a bigger platform in which to inspire others. I don’t think there’s a particular way that I want to be famous besides that I want to be famous for something I’ve done that’s impactful and that leaves the world a better place. I don’t want to be famous just for like marrying someone famous or something like that. I want to be famous for doing something like making a great organization, teaching people, or for creating something inspiring.

3. Before making a phone call, do you ever rehearse what you’re going to say? Why?

Yes if it’s an important phone call like a phone interview or something because you should always be prepared for an interview. If it’s just my friend or business partner or something like that, I don’t.

4. What would constitute a perfect day for you?

There’s no one way that makes a day perfect for me, unfortunately.

5. When did you last sing to yourself? To someone else?

Last sung to myself in the car today. I don’t really sing to other people.

6. If you were able to live to the age of 90 and retain either the mind or body of a 30-year old for the last 60 years of your life, which would you choose?

Body, definitely. The mind of a 90 year old has so much wisdom and experiences to draw from! A 30 year old is just excited about the world and I think at 30 I’ll still be trying to figure life out.

7. Do you have a secret hunch about how you will die?

Cancer or Alzheimer’s. Some sort of medical illness.

8. Name three things you and your partner appear to have in common.

I’m currently single and I don’t have a partner. I can name three things my ex and I had in common though. We both hated conflict, showed love and affection very intensely, and we both had very unrealistic, dream-like ideas of how a relationship should be. Naive, young and in love. Everyone has those relationships. (:

9. For what in your life do you feel most grateful?

The adaptability of my mindset. I literally feel like because of it, I can be put in any situation and turn out okay.

10. If you could change anything about the way you were raised, what would it be?

Nothing. My parents did a fantastic job and I wouldn’t be the person I am today if they did not raise me the way they did. I wish I responded better to the way they raised me in that I wish I didn’t fight them every step and that I was more open-minded, but you live and you learn.

That’s the main thing with life, isn’t it? Always learning from your mistakes and molding yourself into the person you want to be? I hope these questions helped you to understand me a little more and I can’t wait to talk to you guys in the next post!