Holy mole. It’s been a while since my last post in June (which wasn’t really a post because it was just a post of a video that someone else made without any actual writing on my part), many wonderful things have happened in my life! But, these many wonderful things are also time consuming. I’m feeling so inundated with work that it’s hard to (figuratively) breathe at times.
I moved to Philadelphia two and a half years ago in search of a work-life balance. And, well, I’m currently failing at that promise I made to myself. I need to do better. I will do better. It’s a hard thing for type A people like me to do – to take time for ourselves. To let things be imperfect. But it’s so so so necessary to everyday functioning and to be happy! And, most importantly, to make sure that I live my life and remember all the good things. Because the last 6 months, I feel like I haven’t had time to really look around and to enjoy the little moments, because I’ve been so caught up with work and so many good things are happening in my life right now.
June – I officially became a graduate student at The University of Pennsylvania and I realized how much I love learning. I also remembered how anxiety-producing it can be for me. I’m working on it. Dan and I travelled to South Florida and fell in love with the tropics. We dreamed of living there someday and taking our babies to the beach. Dan met my extended family and we had the best time.
July – My mom and Dan’s mom both came to Philadelphia for my birthday. We did girl things and went to the beach and it was a perfect weekend.
August – Dan and I travelled to his hometown, Mystic, CT. It was my first time there and oh my, how I love New England. We went to the beach every day in Watch Hill, RI and sat in T.Swift’s backyard and seagulls ate my lobster roll right off my lap. It was perfect.
September – School began. In my 28 years of life, the first day of school always gives me the butterflies.
October – Dan and I got engaged! At home, in our tiny little kitchen and it was just the way I had always imagined it would be. After, we went out for burgers and drank champagne and I still can’t stop smiling when I think about how lucky I am to have found such an amazing person to spend my life with. I also cannot stop looking at the most beautiful ring that I get to wear everyday for the rest of my life.
November – Dan and I hosted Thanksgiving at our house. Dan’s family and my mom came and it was cramped in our tiny little apartment, to serve six people, but I enjoyed every minute. I love cooking. I love cooking for other people.
December – December was a whirlwind. We travelled to Massachussets, Rhode Islad and New York in 4 days. It was crazy, but time well spent with loved ones.
January – I’m still working on it…
This will be a process for me; to slow down and live in the moment. But, I will do it. I must.