The Siberian American: A Weekend with Doctors’ Wives

Monday, September 26, 2016

A Weekend with Doctors’ Wives

For many reasons, intern year was hard. We were adjusting to a new city and residency at the same time. I was also getting used to working from home for the first time and missing hanging out with my coworkers. A few months into the year, I started looking for support and found Lives of Doctors’ Wives. It’s hard to describe what that group meant to me last year. It was a safe place to commiserate with others who know what you’re going through and to get advice on everything from maintaining a healthy relationship during residency to the perfect recipe to bring to Thanksgiving. In some ways, it reminds me a lot of the blogging community.


One of the reasons I wanted to go to the conference this weekend was to meet the wonderful girls behind the group. As many of us know as bloggers, you feel like you know people you have interacted with online, so it was a blast meeting them in real life!


On Friday, I wrote about about how going to the conference was out of my comfort zone, and I won’t lie—that first day was tough for me. A lot of people came with people they knew from their city or have already met people at the conference from previous years. But everyone was super welcoming, and we had a lot to talk about since we had medicine in common.


I know some of y’all might be curious what exactly you do at a conference for doctors’ wives. The biggest part of the conference was fellowship, so we had several activities centered around that: craft night, 80’s karaoke night, and late-night board games. There were also lots of speakers focused on major parts of our lives: how to stress less, how to better our marriages, financial planning, estate planning, and student loans. We also had a great vendor fair and several fun classes, such as a photography class. The best part of the conference was a two-hour panel put on by four wives full of amazing insight. I seriously could have had listened to those ladies talk forever.


Today, I am exhausted in the best way. I met so many amazing women and learned more than I could have ever expected. I am so glad I was able to get past my initial awkwardness and have a great time!

Linking up with Biana for Weekending!     

27 comments:

  1. How fun! I cannot imagine the stress that comes with being the spouse of a doctor--you've got to provide such an incredible support system that it's awesome you have a support system in this group, too! :) I haven't ever been to a conference, but I'm hoping to change that next year. I'm a really extroverted introvert, so, while I love talking with people, I get worn out by the process and need lots of time to recover before diving back in again. I'll have to pace myself!

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  2. This is so cool! What a great community! And the conference sounds awesome!

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  3. Ahhh - I'm so glad you ended up having a great time. Just gotta shake out those first moment jitters

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  4. This is SERIOUSLY the coolest thing! I'm so glad you went out of your comfort zone to attend! It looks like it was a blast! Plus I'm sure you learned so much!! What a great opportunity for you!

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  5. I love that you went! It looks like you had a blast!!!

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  6. That's so awesome that you got to meet up with all of those amazing women who you've gotten to know through the online group! I know that it can be stressful being a doctor's wife, but it's great that you have that support system to help you out!

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  7. This is such an awesome idea! I'm glad you went and had a great time!

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  8. SO awesome! So proud of you for going to this! I went to a yoga class last night that I was super intimidated to try before but I'm so happy I went. It's not easy to step out of your comfort zone but I'm sure you've made even closer friendships with those ladies now after this weekend. Go girl!

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    1. Thanks, Nicole! It's definitely not easy, but it was so worth it. :)

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  9. So awesome that you guys were able to do this together!! great bonding too!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  10. Awe, so glad you had a good time. Sounds like it was a lot of fun! Can I find one of those groups here too, even though I'm not a doctors wife, lol??

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  11. I am so glad you had such a good time!! I heard it was amazing!

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  12. That sounds so fun, and I'm glad you got to go. I like that there are these networks to help support people with similar situations. As someone who is part of something very specific (military), they can really help a lot to make you feel less alone.

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  13. How much fun! So glad you had this support system during such a rough year <3
    Green Fashionista

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  14. I'm so glad that you had a good time. That is so wonderful that you have such a great support system.

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  15. I'm so glad that you had such a great time & got to meet so many amazing women.

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  16. You obviously had a good time. Look at those smiles. Thanks for sharing.

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  17. That's amazing that you ladies have a support group like that!! What a fun weekend!!

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  18. I'm proud of you for stepping out of your comfort zone and having such a great time :)

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  19. I am SO glad that you went out & did this & it sounds like you have some great memories from it. Awhoo hoo! Good for you, girlie! :)

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  20. awww this really sounds like such a good time! i am not good with going out of my comfort zone, but for something like this, i have never regretted it, if that makes sense? so it always helps me make the decision and actually go (whereas, going out of my fashion comfort zone has never ended well and i don't do that now lol).

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  21. So glad you got to go to this conference - it sounds wonderful! And good for you for stepping out of your comfort zone . . . sounds like it paid off!

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