I’m turning 27 in a week. I’ll officially be in my late 20’s. I cannot believe it’s been almost five years since I graduated college. If I had been on track with my life plans, I should have been in business school by this fall. (One thing that’s holding me back is the cost. Education is really expensive when you don’t have your company or parents footing the bill).
But alas, life never goes according to plan. When I was a senior in high school, I had my heart set on going to Stanford, but ended up at Berkeley. That was a huge blessing in disguise. I didn’t expect that the stock market would crash right after I graduated, but I was determined to build a career in my chosen field and made tough, yet strategic, choices to get there. At this point in my career, recruiters are contacting me weekly (& some from really amazing companies), and I feel really lucky to be in a position where I have many opportunities vs. where I was just five years ago. Another thing I didn’t expect—I didn’t plan for a boyfriend, and thus, fitting one in my life means less time for other things, like extracurricular activities (e.g. music lessons) and volunteer work. But somehow, having him around makes me happier, so I guess I can trade accomplishing fewer things to be happier. That is okay, I think.
I’m not sure where this new year will take me. I didn’t make any plans. I do have a few goals, however. The same ones I always have. Read more, write more, spend more time with my family & friends, stay active, cook more, and challenge myself as much as possible mentally and physically. Be an even better version of my current self. Live a more simple and meaningful life.
Thanksgiving is tomorrow, and I have lots of things to be thankful for this year. I have a lot of things to be thankful for most years, but this year, I especially have lots of things to be thankful for.
Most of my friends and family are in good health, and we all have the basic necessities in life.
I moved back to San Francisco four months ago, for which I am extremely thankful. I often randomly stop in the middle of my day–on my run to the pilates studio, while I’m shopping at the Farmer’s Market, buying a book at Kinokuniyia in Japan Town, driving across the Golden Gate Bridge with my friends, eating pumpkin muffins on my roof–and think to myself, “I can’t believe this is my life.” I know I’ve worked really hard, but I also know that I’m really lucky.
I checked off a few more things on my 30 under 30 list this year: I ran a 10k, I moved back to San Francisco, and this past weekend, I took a trip down the California Coast (Highway One). Even though I got carsick, it was an unforgettable experience. The views are absolutely breathtaking. Every Californian needs to do this trip at least once in their life.
Right now, I’m battling a cold, and I’m thankful for that. It’s a reminder of my mortality, and even though I have a need to feel productive or spend my time doing things that will move my life forward, I still need to take a break and rest once in a while. So now I’m filling up on liquids, resting, and catching up on reading (& a couple episodes of Gossip Girl!)
I wanted to move back to San Francisco before I turned 30. And this summer, I’ve moving back. Now, I just need to find an apartment. For those of you who don’t know: apartment hunting in San Francisco is a competitive contact sport. I wish I was exaggerating, but I’m not.
To make matters worst, I will lose two weeks of apartment hunting time because I’ll be traveling to Europe & NYC (You probably don’t feel sorry for me. I don’t feel sorry for me, either.)
If worse comes to worst, I’ll just bum it in my sister’s apartment in SF until I can find a place to live. Worst things have happened.
I’ve been cooking a lot more since I discovered Everyday Paleo. Lots of yummy, healthy recipes!