always be reading something | always be learning something | always be creating something
- reading: Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave
- learning: brushing up on my work skills
- creating: our wedding album (two years later)
Saturday was the most perfect 80 degree, sunny day so we took advantage by exploring the city. We’ve lived in the Bay area for over a year now, but there’s still plenty of SF bucket list items to cross off my list. Here’s what we did in one beautiful day:
1. Grabbed a delicious Filipino fusion lunch from Senor Sisig… (because everything is better in a burrito)
3. Picked up a couple of cherry doughnuts from Mr. Holmes Bakehouse (obligatory)
5. Got a cold brew from Craftsman and Wolves (because…coffee)
6. And a green smoothie from Project Juice (am I a real Californian yet?)
7. People watched at Dolores Park (the best.)
9. Took in the gorgeous view from Twin Peaks (a new must-see anytime we have visitors)
10. Acted like tourists at the 16th Avenue Tiled Steps (impossible to get a picture without people in it, but they sure are pretty)
11. And ended the day in Pacifica at the best Taco Bell (the perfect way to end the perfect day)
It’s okay if you don’t love what you do or where you are in life right now. It’s all temporary.
Back in the days when I had a painful commute down 90 in Chicago and sat in agony in bumper to bumper traffic on a daily basis, podcasts may have saved my life. Here are some worth listening to from beginning to end:
1. Serial – Season 1
Like many others, this is how I entered the world of podcasts. I heard good things so I gave it a try and it was worth it. For those who still don’t know, it’s a murder investigation based on a case of young girl murdered more than 15 years ago.
2. Missing Richard Simmons
I just finished this one and Richard Simmons is so so so fascinating to me now. He’s on my list of people/places/things to Google incessantly until I have an unhealthy amount of knowledge on the subject. I’m a fan.
So I gave in to this new podcast simply because they were very obviously marketing towards fans of Serial. I’ll admit I fell asleep through a portion of it — partly because I was trying to listen on a red eye flight and a little because I couldn’t seem to get totally into it. Overall though, it’s a beautifully told yet devastating story about a very interesting person.
4. Millenial – Season 1
This podcast was just so darn relatable when I first heard it that I couldn’t stop listening. It’s basically reading the mind of every 20-something out there trying to figure their life out.
I thought about deleting all of my old posts (or at least making them private) and starting fresh again, but I couldn’t get myself to do it. Every single post was at some point in my life something I was feeling or needed to share, and deleting any part of that just didn’t feel right to me. So this will have to be my “fresh start”, years into this blog.
Here’s why I’m blogging — the “why” behind “with a why”, if you will:
This should be fun.
I’m back because I need this.
I have some family in town so it is definitely an extra happy Friday. Here are my 🙂 for this week.
1. Little stick hut on the beach in Santa Cruz
2. Cutest succulent pick up from my weekly Trader Joe’s run
3. It’s been raining non-stop but still beautiful
When you’re in a rut, it’s
hard impossible not to compare your life to everyone else’s, and unfortunately at those times, the internet make it so very easy to. Social media is tricky like that, isn’t it? When I’m happy, I love to read about all of my long lost friends’ promotions/ engagements/ baby announcements/ [insert other exciting life milestone here]. When I’m feeling not-so-great about my life though, well, that’s a different story. I’m still happy for them, but the joy quickly becomes overshadowed by questions in the tune of “what have I done with my life lately?”
And so, here’s a list of things I am grateful for. Because this is what matters and will always matter.
This is a short list because those are really the only reminders I need of how wonderful my life is. Just those and my faith.
I may be in a rut right now, but I am thankful.
Since I am on a constant journey to find myself and become the best version of me (aren’t we all?), I’m all about goals. Naturally, I made some for this year. Here are some of mine:
I’ll admit, 2017 is off to a rocky start, but my resolutions still give me hope. There is always so much to look forward to.