Inspiration From Dr. Cat Begovic

Cat Begovic, or @beautybydrcat on Instagram, is definitely one of my favorite people to follow online.

She’s a board certified plastic surgeon who likes to post informative and empowering videos for her 1.1 million followers. Yup, we all get our welcome dose of Brazilian butt lifts and labiaplasty procedures on the daily – and I don’t mind!

I never really saw myself as a surgeon, but seeing her kick ass on IG stories makes me think to myself – why the hell not?

The other day, she posted this. I almost felt as though she was talking to me specifically!

Cat Begovic

My favorite part – “Success, spotlight, glit and glam includes also being able to disappear for a while and work on your goals.”

It was just what I needed to hear. I’ve always known I made the right decision to finish my internship despite other possibilities, but I admit I still need a little reminder sometimes.

Yes, it sucks that I was left behind by my batchmates. And it sucks even more to stay in a hospital where everyone yet no one really knows you at the same time.

Nonetheless, I’ll let myself “disappear for a while to work on my goals”. There’s actually only just one. I am so, so excited.

Excuse me while I doctor.

My Youtube Experience So Far #YTFFPH

It’s Saturday today, but unfortunately I wasn’t able to edit the vlog that I filmed for this weekend because I didn’t have a laptop. 🙁 I really thought I could be consistent with my weekly videos, but instead of giving myself a hard time about it, I’ll just take it as a reason to pause and write again.

Besides, I don’t like how my last few entries have all been about promoting my videos on Youtube. (But yeah, subscribe to my channel if you haven’t already LOL).

I decided early on that this blog will still be my main portal, and that means I have to keep on writing.

It’s a little challenging because I’m back to work in the hospital again. That means I don’t have a lot of free time to make videos AND write, but oh well! Now I understand – this is a lot of hard work, and (not but!) I like it!

I actually look forward to shooting, editing, and sharing my med school related content in this new format, and to just be my wordy introspective self in this blog. I wonder to what direction this will take me, but I promised myself I will put my newfound influence to good use, so this is what I’m doing.

Speaking of influence..

Youtube Fan Fest PH #YTFFPH

Last night, I attended the Youtube Fanfest in Manila, not really knowing what to expect. When I got there – wooooow – I didn’t know Youtube fans were that solid!

It was my first time to meet avid viewers in person, and the biggest surprise for me was realizing most of them were actually kids and teens!

When I was their age, I remember being so impressionable and excited about everything, and I didn’t even have Youtube back then! Growing up, I was a super fan of Hilary Duff, but she was way too far-fetched that I never felt like I could do the things she did. (Sing to me Paolo!!)

I wonder what it’s like to be in these kids’ shoes. At least Youtubers today are relatable, reachable, and real people that they can aspire to be. I wasn’t surprised that at least ten kids came up to me and said “Ate Aura, say hi to my vlog!!”

Of course they have a vlog!!!

Why not, right? Once upon a time, even Alex Wassabi and LaurDIY had their own hesitations, but they uploaded their first videos anyway. Now they have this modern platform to inspire others to just be themselves.

One day, as much as everyone has a favorite color, a favorite movie, and a favorite actress – we will all have a favorite Youtuber!

Who’s yours? Comment down below and share the good vibes!

P.S. Here’s just some of mine:
Itsjudyslife – I’ve been watching for years and I want to cry I think it’s time for a baby boy!
Anna Akana – my kind of comedy!!
TheStriveToFit – for med students like me
ChannelNotes – for those who want to start a Youtube channel
Christina Grimmie – I love you, RIP.




You know what they say. The dream is free. The hustle is sold separately.

Frogs Giving Me Anxiety

“If the first thing you do when you wake up each morning is eat a live frog, nothing worse can happen for the rest of the day.” – Brian Tracy

Have you ever come across this saying? Of all the anti-procrastinating tips I’ve ever procrastinated with, this is the one that really stuck. We all have things we don’t want to do, but need to do. Imagine yourself in a reality TV show where the next task is to literally eat a frog before you can get to the next round. You don’t want to do it, but you know you have to do it eventually! So get it over with and do it now!

We all have our everyday frogs. And since I can’t seem to “eat” mine first thing in the morning, I usually suffer the rest of the day, anxious and knowing that there’s still something warty and croaking on my plate. Gross.

That’s how I’ve been the past few weeks. December is JAM-PACKED and I’m responsible for a lot of things – studying for our shiftings exams, completing all our athletes’ requirements for Palarong Med, planning the backstage flow for MedGroove MedRhythmia 2014, our Zobel Batch 2009 reunion (it’s happening!!) — and in the middle of all these, I even forced a weekend trip abroad with my friends!

And by the way, the task I always seem to forego is anything that involves calling people or talking to them. Bad bad bad.

So don’t copy me. Eat your frogs people.

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