So, as far as I know, it’s supposed to be summer. However, I don’t feel like it has set in for me yet.

This is going to be the last summer that I have for the next few years where I still have the freedom to do my thing, travel, DJ or whatever I want.

As a medical student going into my second year, I’m about to go elbows deep into unraveling the mysteries of the brain and nervous system, which has me nervous. I suffer from a common condition of many medical students, where I feel like I’m afflicted by nearly every disorder that I study. It’s partially that I’m connecting to the details, and partially that I’m turning my obsessive curiosity and compulsions against myself. I’ve already dedicated myself to not letting that happen to my mind next year.

It’s been cool to learn about the causes of diarrhea and figure out how and why I poop, but in some ways, I’m pooped out. This is one of the first times that I have felt like I really could use a break, and I want to make the most of it.

For now, I’m still waiting on my exam results — and to get the OK that I passed my classes. Once I get the green light, I’ll be in a temporarily chill zone. I will still be slaving away at mastering topics for the medical licensing exams that I’ll have to take in about a year, but I will have a little extra free time to work on creative projects that used to occupy the bulk of my time before I embarked on the adventure of figuring out how to attempt to keep people alive and well.

One project I’m excited to get going is decorating a dollhouse that I found yesterday. I’m super excited because I’ve never had a six-bedroom living situation, and it’s a little more than I know what to do with. I think I’m going to start with rugs, but I’m looking forward to making a pretty place become creepy and too real. I’m debating installing a sound system; music is important, but I’ve been in a lot of places where I think that the sounds have actually detracted from the ambiance. The dollhouse doesn’t have any figurines, so I might try to collaborate with a videographer to green screen people into my new mansion.

I’m also looking forward to diving into dance and music projects. This Friday, June 26, Keia Dance Movement is going to debut Past Boiling Over, a three-movement dance performance that focuses on the formation of the Hawaiian Islands, Hawaii during World War II and the camaraderie that likeminded creatives feel when they get into a room together. I wrote the music for it months ago, so I can’t wait to see what’s to come.