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2018 Here and Gone…

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This year has been a roller coaster of delights; ups and downs, and curves galore. I have spent much of this year working on my career goals and getting my writing mojo back. Of course I also spent the year with close friends and family and a slew of traveling. It’s been a great period of growth for me and also a period of reflection.

From a career standpoint I was able to network my way back to the city of my heart – New York City, specifically Brooklyn (and in Brooklyn specifically Bedford Stuyvesant). I am actually proud of myself that I was able to pull it off. I thought I would have to leave my current company to do it and that was almost the case, but things were able to be worked out and I am not back where I truly feel I belong and where I thrive.

I found myself in the streets of New York City, with the help of people who have become my family. We may not be blood related, but they are the family that I have patch-worked together across boroughs, cities, and even countries. Leaving the city wasn’t what I wanted, but I did what was necessary at the time; and now, I’m back to stay.

Writing, ah writing…

Back in February, my muse decided to come out and play and I was very excited. I’m happy to stay that the passion and drive that began this year didn’t fade at all; it’s actually grown in fact. I participated in both Camp NaNoWriMo’s (one in April and one in July), as well as NaNoWriMo in November.

April was a dud in the writing department, namely due to work and the big career move I was trying to make; the muse was not happy. July was better and I was able to win that and get what I needed written, which spawned a lot of planning for November. NaNo was a success in November with me being able to write more than 50k words that month. So exciting! This past month I’ve actually been working on a completely different idea as well as editing some fan-fiction that I have ready to go for some fans in particular.

All in all, it’s been a great year in the writing department – I hope it continues into 2019.

Friends and family rallied around me for a couple things this year; one, I raised money from Leukemia and Lymph Society’s Team in Training and ran the NYC Marathon this year. Huge feat – I was pissed off about my time (didn’t finish anywhere near I wanted), but in the end…I DID IT!!! It was a great accomplishment and something I’ve been wanting to do for years – so go me!

The other item on the agenda was traveling! Every year I travel and I tend to go to multiple places. This year was great because it was an awesome mix of old favorites and new exciting places. And not only were the places I visited a mix of old and new, the people I traveled with were too!

I started my year by traveling to an old favorite; San Francisco, California. I went here with some new friends from work, but one of my oldest friends in the world. It was a great way to start off 2018. Next trip was back to wine country with my sister for the BottleRock music festival. Let me tell you – the festival is expensive, but for the two of us – totally worth it. I love how much I’ve bonded with my younger sister during this time; we’ve learned a lot about each other I feel during this time.

The sisterly time wasn’t done yet; in July, she and I went to Iceland and had an awesome time. August came and went with a new city and new travel buddy! I went to Ireland for the very first time, ran an international half marathon for the first time, and travelled with a new buddy for her first trip to Ireland as well! I’d heard the food was horrible here, but I have to disagree – I ate so well while I was there. The views are fantastic along the coasts, and the city of Dublin is so cute!

As the year has wound to a close, I find myself writing from the beautiful and old city of Lisbon, Portugal. My big brother and I are enjoying our first solo international trip together. This city is breathtaking, the food is delicious, and the weather in December has been phenomenal. We’ve already decided to come back!

So what have I learned this year? There haven’t been any great flashes of insights or big revelations. The knowledge that I have learned this year has always been with me, but I guess this was the year that I finally voiced what I knew to be true for a long time.

Here’s what I figured out:

I can be disappointed in how long it took to do something; but that never negates the accomplishment of actually putting in the work and doing it.

I have an abundance of experiences that I’ve already lived through, and they are preparing me for what is to come.

I have the capacity to be so much more than what I am right now – it will just take time to get there.

I am truly and well loved and cared for.

Simple things right? Like I said, no rocket science in there at all, but still lessons learned and hard won.

With that, I will bid 2018 a hearty goodbye and farewell.

See you in 2019!

Happy New Year!

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Compilation of Reflections

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Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future. ~ John F. Kennedy

As my time in China is coming to a close, I find myself thinking over the last three months and I realize how much I’ve learned. I’ve learned many things; financial accounting, strategy, supply chain and analytics – but the those were just book learnings. Living abroad in a country that is so different from the one you’ve become accustom teaches you so much more about yourself, about life, and how time doesn’t stand still for anyone – it keeps marching forward.

About Me:

I have learned that as much as I have travelled and experience the world, there are still many things that I have yet to learn. My patience has been tested, my book understanding of China and its people has been turned on its head, and my own hypocrisy thrown back in my face.

Classic example; I am patient as long as people are receptive to learning about different things, but once I see some people only hear what they want to hear I baulk and leave them behind. But, when I reflect on this, I find that I do the same thing – especially when I’m not hearing what I want to – or what I think is right.

Hypocritical? Yes. Have I changed yet? Still working on it.

About Life:

My life is my own and everything that I do impacts it. I’m always concerned with doing the right thing or making sure that I am ‘saving face’ that sometimes I think I miss out on things. Perhaps I missed out on being a goofball, or I might have missed that amazing party, but I figure as long as I’m happy and healthy and I have my self respect who cares right? Sometimes I do feel a little down, when I think of the things that I’ve missed out on, but the amazing and crazy thing about life is that you can totally change it.

I need to remember that life serves up the whole world on a platter with an infinite amount of choices as side dishes – it’s up to me to pick what I want, when I want, and how I want it. If something passed me by – well there is always the next dish!

About Time:

Time waits for none; not one person. As soon as we humans were born, we’re literally dying and sooner or later it will be lights out for us all. I don’t want to have regrets when that time comes for me. I don’t want to feel as if I left something out there unfinished that was important to me. There are many things that are important to me and that I feel I need to have done before my time comes. I hope that I have decades, but who knows what’s around that unseen corner.

I’ve realized that in actuality as long as I’m experiencing new things, enjoying my friends, and have the love of my family – I have everything I could ever need. The time to travel, time to get an MBA, time to do more – well, all that time is extra. As long as I have it, might has well use it.

Right?

Until next time!

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