Day 9: Favorite childhood memory
Sadly, I think I have terrible memory, but there are several unforgettable childhood memories that I carry very close to my heart. My favorite memory however, would have to be traveling throughout Mexico City and visiting many of the the surrounding areas with my grandparents and sister when I was around 8-9 years old. My sister and I were able to make this trip twice over two different summer vacations and both visits were extremely special and inspiring. I am certain that those once in a lifetime experiences helped shape who I am today. Mexico City is a large bustling city, chock full of ancient and modern history. I remember the excitement of my first plane ride and newness of being away from my parents for a long period of time. Since the first trip into the interior of Mexico, my grandparents sense of adventure wes passed on. It grew my awareness and appreciation for people and cultures living all over the world. I also learned just how diverse of place Mexico is and is also home to many different native Indian peoples.
Some of my favorite parts and funny memories of these summer trips were:
- Haggling for goods with the merchants and vendors in el zocalo
- The talented jugglers, clowns, “bubble-butt” dancers and entertainers at the stoplights
- Chapultepec park – its huge!
- The best mangos.. on a stick!
- Walking up the pyramid of the sun
- Watching Disney on Ice in Spanish
- Going to Acapulco: gorgeous pebble beach and amazing cliff diving entertainment
- Outside the city: Hiking up Nevada de Toluca, a volcano and admiring the gorgeous crater lake inside
- Sour cream “crema” is put on most dishes at restaurants — grandma always had to remember to say “sin crema por favor”
- Weekend trips: fresh grilled fish caught in the ocean and cooked within minutes
- Holding our big puzzles to keep them from falling off the table during intermittent afternoon earthquakes
- Enjoying the many places to walk around in the city square
- Being sick and being treated so well by grandma – I also watched the entire original Star Wars series
- The amazing apartments my grandparents had – indoor pool and elevator entry — and so many good times!
Mexico City is unique and vibrant and has been increasingly rated as a top destination! I would love to return again and am so grateful for my grandparents getting us to such wonderful experiences!
Day 8: A letter to yourself five years from now
I’m a couple months shy of my 28th birthday and have been reflecting on the past when I thought 28 would be my “married by” age. Then 30 would be my “kids by” age.. I think many of us have set similar marks for ourselves, oft with society at the wheel. Now those ultimatums don’t exist for me and I’m 100% happy that things will happen more naturally. I realize as women that we have our “biological clock” ticking but I also think that we can get caught up in the stages of comparing ourselves to others and the milestones we’ve achieved (or not). For example, I know for a fact that I’ve witnessed a cute, young mom from time to time with a lovely wedding ring, adorable babes, maybe a house, and wondered if I’m behind in the “adult” life in some way or wonder what has she done in her life to achieve so much? And other days I simply smile and think “that’s really sweet, good for her.” *shine theory* Comparing happens naturally at times but when it seemed to be happening more and more I gave myself time to think and privately process it.
For one, I don’t need to be married to be happy in my relation. Two, I don’t have the money saved up for the wedding I’d hope for. Three, I am a student and school comes before those next steps. Four, I’m young and waiting for children will help me to better prepare for their future. Five, homes are very expensive in California, I’m not alone! So as a note to myself in five years…
I hope you have made yourself proud. You know that there have been good times and bad but through every moment you have tried to persevere. You have not forgotten who you are or where you come from, you have a family who loves and believe in you unconditionally. There is nothing that can stop you from seeking the best things in life. Stay vigilant, seek out good and helping others, keep shining light on injustice. Keep walking tall and carrying yourself with dignity. Realize that your darkest moments have been lessons as well and you are still good enough. Be strong and courageous as you continue on your journey. Do not let anyone take away your happiness, they cannot anyhow as you know. You are still bright and curious and are always learning to be more grateful. Continue to take opportunities and lead a life full of grace. Love yourself and give love to your loved ones. There is still so much more to come. Stay present.
Day 7: Whatever comes to your mind — don’t stop for 10 minutes
I woke up this morning and the first thing I did was check my phone. While that may not be a great habit, I really enjoy checking New York Times for the latest news and mentally preparing for any work that may be waiting for me in the office. I work in real estate, specifically office property management and I find it helpful to walk in knowing what may lie ahead. i.e. there was a power outage or a tree fell overnight. Haha, I imagine that sounds pretty boring but my job keeps me on my toes – no two days are the same. Especially when you work with hundreds of people in a complex, you see and hear some things.. always a learning opportunity!
Today I read the newest blog post from Barefoot Blonde about her move from Hawaii to Arizona and felt inspired, as I often do after reading her blogs. Amber has a way of being effortlessly honest and keeps a very real profile with her readers which I really admire. I would like my writing and to come across as natural and give be able to share a real sense of my personality. I think that skill will come with time and that it’s better to keep writing than not. I have been looking forward to this daily blog and hope the experience will help me to keep active and grow my readership and ability to connect.
It’s a Tuesday and work has been busy. So to keep organized I have been heavily relying on a list and making sure to take time for myself too. In fact, over the weekend J treated me to an amazing dinner at Seacliff which overlooks the Pacific Ocean on the western side of San Francisco. It reminded me of La Jolla in San Diego and was very romantic. I’m lucky to have him in my life and especially someone who knows how to treat a lady! We’re also looking for apartments near the beach now, while it will be cold, it seems we could pick up an extra bedroom AND be near the water (win-win!)! Very excited to see where we end up in San Francisco and the many places we will make memories at in Northern California. If you’ve ever looked for an apartment, you know this process can be a little daunting but we’re staying positive!
On June 4th my older sister had her first baby, I am now an aunt to Audrey Grace and couldn’t be more proud! She’s a gorgeous babe and has Mexican, Japanese, and mixture of our American/”white” heritage! It’s such a thrill to be an aunt and I can’t wait to meet her (she’s down in San Diego). I am already thinking of the ways to spoil her, and of course make sure she’s well rounded and loved always!
Hope you have a great day. Thanks for reading.
Day 6: Most proud accomplishments
Writing this at o’dark thirty in the morning, this topic gives me anxiety and my brain hardly seems to understand the question. I know I am hard on myself but I feel frustration that a list isn’t formulating in my mind. I pause and reflect and find a place to start.
I know where to start. Inwards. Accomplishments are not always tangible things we can measure or see. In fact, I would say that I hardly have any very obvious accomplishments. I’ve made it to 27, that’s pretty big.. *ha! Okay, jokes aside, I do think one of my biggest accomplishment is profoundly immeasurable. Letting go of the past. Allowing room for the future. In particular, analyzing and letting go of relationships that have not realized happiness or growth. The ones that no longer or do not bring joy and those which felt one- sided in some way or another. Having hope and optimism in relationships can be good as is seeing the light in everything but there is a sense of balance to be struck. When your heart feels strain from a relationship there is an opportunity to seek healing. We often have a choice to keep people in our lives and keeping close those who matter most in your life can make a big difference.
I’ve had many friends come and go and many moments I couldn’t understand why I felt “alone.” Sometimes that is a gentle push from the world saying it’s okay to seek something else, you are not alone, you are in need. I have worked to listen to those inner messages and when I feel ignored or alone, I often realize it’s stemming from within. Others bring joy, but only you can decide if a relationship is serving you. Letting go makes room for something new. New energy and stepping outside of our comfort zone. Let go. Then, let something new in.