Monday Masters

How Med Student Danielle Ward Masters Her Mondays

Image Credit: Courtesy of Danielle Ward

Why are Mondays so hard? And do they really have to be? We asked five successful women — an actress, an author, a chemist, a philanthropist, and a budding surgeon — to share their secrets on how they make the first day of the week just a little bit easier.

When you become a parent, there's a lot of worrying and long hours, but your life doesn't come to a screeching halt; you continue to have dreams. Single mom Danielle Ward is working hard to make those dreams a reality.

Danielle is a single parent, but also a third-year medical student with her sights set on surgery. She genuinely wants to help people — and not just her 9-year-old daughter, Tiana. She's also inspiring people, spending some of her "free" time blogging about her journey on Aspiring Minority Doctor.

"I wasn't able to find any accounts of people who shared the same experiences as myself," she says about the blog. "I wanted to not only inspire and encourage people to go for their dreams, but also have a personal account of my journey to look back on. Most importantly, I wanted to highlight the minority women in medicine who have paved the way for individuals such as myself."

Image Credit: Courtesy of Danielle Ward

This Is How Danielle Ward Masters Her Monday

When she's not blogging or logging long hours at the hospital, Danielle spends time with Tiana and friends, and even trying to get a little sleep. However, that hectic lifestyle doesn't seem to bother Danielle one bit. She actually looks forward to the start of each and every week.

I make Monday better by waking up thankful that I get to see another day. I leave the prior week behind me and focus on how great the new week will be, and I always start my morning off with a smile. I also make sure to take a few moments in the morning to sip some hot tea and enjoy the quiet moments either before my daughter wakes up or right after she leaves for school.

I don't think of Monday as a dreadful day, but rather as another day that I get to pursue my dreams, inspire others, and get another chance at making the most out of life. For me, Mondays are great, and I make them even better by taking the time to realize how much of a blessing it is to be able to see a Monday.