Hi! My name is Vida Redulla Manapsal.

When I became a doctor, many people whom I have known for years started calling me Doc. Childhood friends, mentors, even my kindergarten teachers! I know it’s not a big deal (and there are worse things to be called), but it created a desire to sort of break out of that one box that I felt I had been placed in. My job does not define who I am.

I’m probably not the only one who feels this way. Sometimes, we get so caught up in the things we HAVE TO do that we neglect those that we LOVE to do. We shouldn’t have to give up one for the other. I think it’s a matter of finding balance between the two. It’s easier said than done but I’ve found that since I’ve indulged the other side of me, I’ve been happier at work and when facing my other responsibilities.

So when I hang up my white coat and stethoscope at the end of the day, I am not Doc, Dokie, etc. I am just me.

I am a mom, a wife, a sinner saved by God’s grace, an island girl stuck in the city, a wannabe artist and chef, a rockstar in my shower and car, a movie freak, a proud tree-hugger, and a former athlete-turned couch potato trying to get back into shape.

I guess my message is–

Allow yourself to be silly, to have fun, to do that things that you’ve always wanted to do but might have been too scared or busy to do. Sing out loud, dance in public, take a class, write, compose, take pictures… Do what stimulates your imagination, and excites you the way things used to when you were a kid.

With this blog, I hope to spread positivity, support, humor, and passion. We all need a daily dose of that, I think.

Thanks for reading!