August is a weird time to reflect, no? I mean, my birthday is in August so I must be thinking about it in regards to my age, right? Well, yes and no. Yesterday, I turned 30. At thirty, society expects me to be married and possibly with a child. Or children. Society is weird like that.
Despite my “dirty thirties,” I am reflecting on the year since my return from Okinawa Japan, where I completed two years with the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program. To be honest, my return wasn’t what I expected. Looking back, I feel overwhelmingly exhausted because although I was one of the lucky few who acquired a job before their return home, my work commute and environment were not ideal (keepin’ it professional). Despite this, I set goals and pushed forward. I failed to reach certain goals and pulled back. I’ve grown and regressed.
I started this blog and a book club, learned how to play the ukulele, bought a new car, and traveled to Panama. I had a minor, yet expensive cosmetic procedure, learned how to drive a manual car, began a serious nutrition and workout regiment, and traveled to Peru. I was played a fool — not once, not twice, but trice — and I let go of toxic friends. I saw family I hadn’t seen in years (See the featured photo? That’s my cousin!). I sought advice and hid awful truths. I learned that my strengths can also deter me from success. I said goodbye to my best feline friend. I gave my number to a gorgeous, green-eyed boy*. I put forth all my efforts into finding a new job.
Whew! Sounds pretty crazy, huh?
I’m still learning and yearning to be the best version of myself. And let me tell you, it takes everything in me to be that better person. Do you know how many times I could have been petty or retaliative but decided against it? Tons! I learned that taking the high road yields better results because according to DJ Khaled, “they don’t want you to win” anyway. Thankfully, I have a great “we” support system that helped me through rough times. Love you guys!
I’m proud of my accomplishments and accept my failures as learning experiences. I wish I could divulge more, but I plan to continue the rest of 2016 on good vibes. Pa’rriba y pa‘lante!
Until next time 🐰💭