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Goodbye 2016

December 30, 2016
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2016 was a roller coaster of a year. So many good things but also a lot of bad. On the personal front, it was a good year for me and my husband. Our family went through some tough times with health issues and some family passing but we pulled through and were able to spend a lot of time with them.

For the US and frankly the World, 2016 felt like a disaster…I’m not really going to get into it here on this blog because I’m trying to manifest positive energy in my life but if you’ve been hiding under a rock, Google it. I’ve been obsessed with all the news, especially listening to Urban View and Progress Radio on Sirius XM. It boils my blood and gives me anxiety.

Enough said, to focus on myself…I’ve identified the top lessons I learned from 2016.

  1. Travel is an essential part of my life. We’ve still haven’t traveled internationally together (my husband and I – we were broke students for a long time and then worked happened and we just never made it a priority, which in hindsight was a mistake but we can’t go back now…) but in 2016 we made some fun trips and adventures together and with my family. We started the year by going to Monterey with my parents, sister and nephew and checking out the aquarium, he’d never been. We traveled to our second home, SoCal, several times and did a lot more exploration of the Bay and NorCal. Overall we had fun but we’ve been eyeing all the places we want to go and it’s a long list. In 2017, we are making it more of a priority.
  2. Making friends as an adult is tough. I’ve lived in the Bay Area now for over two years and prior to that we were in LA two years and besides people I talk to at work, I haven’t made any new friends that I hang out with outside of work. It’s not for lack of wanting to or trying. It’s just tough and I’ve read about it a lot. I’m sure some of it has to do with my introversion but I just find that responsibilities, families and distance are tough to get past. I hope in 2017 we can make some genuine new friends.
  3. Keeping friends is hard. Life happens, I get it, but distance makes keeping friends hard. I’ve moved around a lot in my adult life. After high school I lost touch with a lot of people, then I moved to San Diego and it was even harder to keep in touch. I made most of my good friends while living in San Diego for college but even with that group, when we moved to Pasadena it was hard to stay close. Since then, I still have a group of girlfriends but we hardly get to talk. Even my best friends are distant now. I don’t have kids but I notice, after my girlfriends had kids I lost touch with them. I understand but it still makes me sad to think of all the time lost, which goes to my next point…
  4. Life is short and you never know when you’ll lose someone.Β This isn’t a new realization but it was a huge reminder this year, that life is short and you really have to cherish the time you have with people. My Uncle, my mom’s brother, died and a cousins wife who was near my age suddenly died of a brain aneurism. We had some close calls with my mother-in-law, my grandmother and my husbands cousin this year. It’s been a whirlwind on the health front.
  5. Self care and overall health needs to be a priority.Β On the health front I have heart attacks, heart disease, strokes, HBP, diabetes, high cholesterol, anxiety and other health issues in my family so I really need to get my weight and stress levels under control. With my family history and my hope that I get pregnant this year, I want to make sure I take care of my health. I want to be in the best shape possible pre-pregnancy and I want to be able to effectively handle my stress this year. I’ve been going to a chiropractor regularly and plan to go to an acupuncturist too. It’s all about getting in tip top shape physically this year.

Overall, those were the big things in 2016 but in general 2016 was a good reminder that I need to stop wasting time and do it now. The underlying theme of 2016 was “the time is now.”

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Hello Spring

March 20, 2016
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Happy First Day of Spring!

I’m looking forward to warmer weather although I’m not ready for summer. Living in SoCal made me a wimp so I dislike summer and winter in the NorCal/Valley – the heat and the allergies are almost unbearable.

Unfortunately it rained today but it’s a welcome sight given the many years of drought we’ve faced. I hope it keeps raining and snowing so I can see snow for my birthday. I’m planning a weekend getaway to Tahoe (crossing fingers it works out).

It was also International Day of Happy, which was popularized in 2014Β by Pharrell’s song Happy. I remember because we had a little dance party at work during our morning meeting. haha.

It was a lazy Sunday but I got to spend the morning at my parents with my favorite people so I was content. Overall the weekend went by way too fast (sitting here on Sunday evening wishing there was a day between Saturday and Sunday haha) but we spent it with our loved ones and good times were had so I would say it was another successful weekend.

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Exploration

March 16, 2016
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I’m trying to figure out what’s next for me…

  • On this blog: I still want to figure out what to write about. For me I think “lifestyle blog” is more my style but I’m thinking about my niche. I love food, interior design, DIY, social media and marketing.
  • With my career: I’m really happy with where my career is going. I’ve been learning so much at my current job with marketing automation, partnerships and webinars. I love learning so I’m really happy with this experience but I’m also looking towards gaining strengths and building my skills for the career I want. I think I miss school…
  • With my side hustle: I’ve been trying to figure out what I want to do for my side hustle. I’ve been freelancing with SMB marketing and social media so if I can make this go somewhere I would love to do that BUT I’ve also been thinking about event planning. I love what I see on Instagram with the event planning space. After doing a lot of the details for my wedding, my sisters gender reveal, her wedding, her baby shower and my nephews first birthday people have told me I should do event planning but I don’t know where to begin and there are so many amazing event planners I feel like I have a lot more growth in this space. We’ll see. I need to just take a leap of faith.
  • With my family: when I say my family, I mean my nuclear family – my husband and I. Now that we are married and in our early 30s my biological clock is ticking and my family is starting to get on me about starting a family. My husband and I have been together for so long we just find it normal for it to be just to two of us. I can see us starting a family but we’re not in any rush but my age is starting to make me think otherwise.
  • For 2016: we’reΒ nearing the end of the first quarter of the year and there is still so much potential for this year. For the short time this year we’ve been making the most of it but there is still so much to do, see and celebrate. The main focus for us this year I hope will be travel. We both have so many place we want to go, I hope we can make more time for travel in 2016. So far we’ve been exploring locally but I hope we can go further than California and if all goes well internationally. I need to make 2016 my best year yet…I’m focused!

I’m not a fan of not knowing but I’m trying to embrace the possibilities. Lot’s of potential and I can’t wait to see where the year takes us.