As a nurse, I have been blessed with a career that gives me the ability to have a flexible schedule. I cannot count how many times my friends who work 9-5 jobs, 5x a week say they envy my schedule. I mean, it DOES come with a price to pay!
Think about it, the hospital NEVER closes. it is literally open 24/7...which means, there are nurses 24/7--holidays, weekends, times people are asleep, times people are awake, times people partying on the weekends/holidays. I mean, you get it that there is ALWAYS a nurse watching over someone's life, or just making them comfortable. And as you can imagine, it is FAR from being easy.
So this means, yes, we should only work 3-4x a week as full time. Yes, we do get BURNT OUT. And yes, it does give us the luxury of the ability to have long days off in between shifts to de-stress, gather ourselves, and even EXPLORE :)
So how do we do it?
I have always been in such awe of the resilience of Athens. Battling many adversities since the ancient times, it has stood strong, and to this day has proven it’s glory to the rest of the world.
As THE birthplace of Western civilization philosophy, drama, and art, Athens has blossomed into becoming a popular destination for historical enthusiasts, and contemporary folk alike.
Many cities’ ages can be counted by the hundreds in years old. Athens can be counted by the millennia! And yet it is still visited by millions of people. Maybe it’s the history, maybe it’s the food, or the people? Or maybe it’s just so darn fascinating that structures so old, from 5th century BC, that have been attempted to be obliterated by their enemies are STILL THERE to tell us the story of how strong and beautiful this tiny country used to, and continues to be.
The island of Milos is situated in the southwest of the Cyclades, a chain of islands in the Aegean sea, and north of Crete. A result of an ancient volcanic eruption, it’s exotic terrain, full of wonder and delight, is unmatched by other islands. Full of history, breathtaking views, white-washed iconic Cycladic architecture, spectacularly wide array of landscapes (80 very different beaches, in fact!), and amazing gastronomic experiences by its locals, Milos boasts an island that travelers are looking for, but have yet to be found by plenty!
Not only that, but it is a perfect way to see a Greek island in all of it's glory for way less crowds, AND at a fraction of a penny!
What better way to welcome the crazy 100F summer heat, other than a post about a place where the sun just does NOT play… The DESERT.
Joshua Tree National Park is one of the most photogenic desert oases I’ve been to!
Known for its whimsical trees and fascinating boulders, Visiting Joshua Tree is like jumping into a page of a Dr. Seuss book!... Literally! These trees inspired the Truffula Trees in Dr. Seuss' The Lorax.
Spanning about 800,000 acres, Joshua Tree National Park is where two desert ecosystems meet—the Mojave and the Colorado.
The Mojave is considered the high desert, sitting at above 3,000ft in elevation, this is where you can it’s iconic giant Joshua trees and massive rock piles that are just absolutely photogenic to say the least.
The Colorado, on the other hand, is the “low desert” which thrives at 1,000ft. Much less vegetated than the Mojave, it is flatlands than are in sparsely forested. With temperatures being at higher ranges, it is much less forgiving to vegetation, other than the occasional cactus garden.
And driving through this national park, you will be surprised of the abrupt transition between the two dessert ecosystems. It was pretty cool to see this, if you ask me :)