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Hello, 2014!

Happy New Year!

E and I on New Year’s Eve, saying “hello” to 2014!

So, I’m not the New Year’s Resolution type. I like the idea of goals, and I like them even better when you have a checklist of fun things you want to get done. So here is my 2014 checklist of things I HAVE to do this year. In no apparent order.

  • Take Huey (my pup) for his first beach trip and some off-leash fun in the sand and waves!
  • More hiking. Yes, definitely more hiking. And camping.
  • More running…half marathon, perhaps?
  • Make regular wellness appointments. I take care of everything around me, but not myself. That needs to change…
  • Learn to sew. Craft more. Maybe open up an Etsy store with some fun creations? Maybe? Note: I am the WORST sewer in the world, at least when I was in junior high. Maybe things can change? Maybe?
  • Home projects. Actually set aside time to get things done! Or at least unpack. Sheesh. I still have boxes.
  • Gardening. Can I keep some veggies alive for more than a few days? 🙂
  • Roast my own coffee.
  • Canine Good Citizenship certification. For my dog (not me).
  • More, more, more , more photos! And prints!
  • Get out of the state. Better yet, get out of the country!
  • Read more. Especially after I finish up my closet/reading nook. I can’t wait.
  • Thrift more. Find more treasures!
  • More dates with E.
  • More dates with friends.

…so it looks like my 2014 is the year of “more everything.” I better get started! What’s on your list for 20

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Goodbye, 2013…

Looking back on 2013, I am realizing that it is probably the year where I had the most growth and life changes. It didn’t really feel like it when going through life one day at a time. It’s kind of fun to reflect on the past year, its ups and downs, and have some curiosity to where the next year will lead. Here are some of the big moments in my 2013:

Disney Princess half marathon finishers!I ran and finished my first half marathon – the Disney Princess Half Marathon! Yes, you heard me right. Disney princess. It’s pretty fun to say that I finished my first half marathon in a tutu at Disney World. At the time, I was thinking it would be my only half marathon. But as of late, I am considering signing up for another one in a few months. I injured my knee a few months back, most likely from overtraining in a short period of time. I’m still recuperating, nearly 10 months later…so it seems like the perfect antidote to set a goal and get back to where I was…but more slowly this time. 🙂 Plus, I have a new training partner now! A cute, adorable, and very fast puppy!

Grandpa and catI had to say goodbye to one of my favorite people in my life. My grandpa. I still think about him all of the time, and it’s especially hard during the holidays. But I know how he would be mocking us if he knew how much we miss him right now. Oh, Grandpa. I still miss you. But I know better than to wallow. 🙂

Disney World with our auntsI got to spend time in Florida, visiting and meeting some of my family for the first time!

Hello 30

I just entered a new decade of my life, and I have to say that I was SO excited to reach my 30’s. I’m not your conventional dreading-turning-older type of person. I am looking forward to my 30’s, and I am feeling more secure in who I am. This means that I can truly be happy and enjoy my life as I get older and make decisions that truly get me where I want to be. I mean, if you aren’t excited about every moment and year in your life, then how could you be happy? You would be living in regret and procrastination – “oh, I will enjoy life later when _____.” Just enjoy it now. And tomorrow. And the next day. So you can keep enjoying it through a ripe old age of 105.

Hiking for all ages (Mt. Rainier camping pt. 3)My summer was full of outdoor adventures, and camping with my BFF and her amazing little family was one of my favorite moments. We don’t get to see one another often, but this trip was magical. You try watching a toddler pitch a tent and tell me that’s not one of your favorite moments.

Mi casa, su casaOh, and I bought a house. No big deal. Just accomplishing one of my lifelong goals. You know. It was one where I didn’t think could happen, or if it did, it wouldn’t happen for a very, very, long time. Things just fell into place, and here I am! Please excuse me while I try and shake myself of this disbelief…

My child has four legs and furOne of the major reasons I wanted to buy a house so bad is because of this face. I got to adopt a dog. Now this, this has been a lifelong dream. I’ve waited my entire life, 30 years, for the right moment. And now I have a new furry member in my family. While we still have a lot of training to do, he is an amazing companion and family member. Yes, he is a rescue dog, but you know what they say, right? That rescued dogs know they have been rescued, so they are so happy and grateful to be in your life. I don’t know if that’s always true, but trust me, he is one happy dog and my life is happier because of him. *sigh*

I LOVED 2013, and I am looking forward to what 2014 has to bring! What were your favorite moments from this year?

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8 things I am thankful for

thanks from a puppy

First off, Happy Thanksgiving! What a beautiful holiday, setting aside time to reflect on what you are thankful for and spending it with those you love. However, we should all make it a habit to do this more outside of the holiday. How much more happy would the world be if we all set aside time for gratitude and filled our daily lives with people we love?

To kick off my Thanksgiving, I want to share 8 things I am thankful for. This is not an exhaustive list, just some things that are on my mind today.

1. I am a transplant here in Portland, which means I often do not get to spend the holidays with my family. My friends and their families know this, and I ALWAYS get invited over to multiple friends’ homes to share the holidays with them. My adopted families and friends mean the world to me, especially this year.Thank you.

Amigas/family

2. My sister has some never ending love to give, and I need lots right about now. I hope everyone has an Amy in their life.

Sister, sister

Sister, sister

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. I have a job where I legitimately feel like I am making a difference. I feel really good about that.

4. I am ever so grateful for my new family member and rescue dog, Huey. Adopting a dog has been a lifelong dream, and I am finally (as) ready (as I can be). Yeah, we have our ups and downs, but we are learning our way. I smile every time I look at him. So in love.

Sister, puppy, and me5. It’s Mr. E and I’s 5-year anniversary this month. Wow, time flies. I am loving every minute. Well, mostly. Ha! I kid. He’s a good one.

Everett and I in 360 degrees!

6. Even though my house is still unpacked and a messy disaster, I have a home. Sometimes I just catch myself sitting here staring into the yonder in disbelief that it’s mine. Yeah, I have a lot of work to do. But I appreciate every chore. Weird, no?

Backyard patio lights

7. I met a woman who said I inspired her to wear mismatched earrings because I was rocking a random outfit. I just loved what I was wearing and felt good in it even though others may not have felt the same (I got some weird looks and stares that day). Mint tights and burgundy saddle shoes for the win! Inspiring others to “be real” feels really good, especially when the person I inspired turned out to be someone who also inspired me on a personal level.

8. This year has taught me to be who I am, no excuses, no apologies. Even if it means losing people along the way. If people don’t love you for who you are, then don’t go out of your way to be someone you’re not. You will never be happy, and you will never live up to their expectations. Be unequivocally you. Always.

Moi.

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September Roundup

The obligatory Pike Place Market visit (Seattle pt. 4)

Home adventures (Day 16)

Home adventures (Day 16)

Color Run fun!

Color Run fun!

Batter up!

Batter up!

Welcome home! Boxes and all

Welcome home! Boxes and all

It's a...boy!

It’s a…boy!

So, September just happened. And we’re already a quarter of the way through October. Life is a little bit busier (obviously, I haven’t been posting as much). But regardless of my life’s hectic schedule, I am hoping to get back on track! Looking back on September, I had a lot of life-changing events happen. I got a new puppy (EEEEEEEEE!), who was a rescue. He’s amazing, and my life is so much happier with him.

What else happened in September? Well, I recapped some more of my Seattle trip, shared some home adventures, cheered at the finish line of the Color Run, and shared my double date at the batting cages! It was a GREAT month, and I am looking forward to October! Well, I am already loving October, rather. hehe. Hello fall, pumpkin patches, puppy adventures, and continuing to turn my house into a home.

To learn more about my September adventures, click on a photograph and it will bring you to my blog post about it!

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August Roundup

Building a fire (Mt. Rainier camping pt. 1)

Building a fire (Mt. Rainier camping pt. 1)

Pitching a tent (Mt. Rainier camping pt. 2)

Pitching a tent (Mt. Rainier camping pt. 2)

Adventures in (pet)sitting

Adventures in (pet)sitting

Hiking for all ages (Mt. Rainier camping pt. 3)

Hiking for all ages (Mt. Rainier camping pt. 3)

Amy's birthday rerun

Amy’s birthday rerun

Tenting in heels (Seattle pt. 1)

Tenting in heels (Seattle pt. 1)

Everett's Birthday rerun

Everett’s Birthday rerun

Mi casa, su casa

Mi casa, su casa

Seatime adventures (Seattle pt. 2)

Seatime adventures (Seattle pt. 2)

Seafood feasting (Seattle pt. 3)

Seafood feasting (Seattle pt. 3)

Whoa, did August just happen? This month has been amazing, and amazing(ly stressful). But I couldn’t be happier. Click on a photo to learn more about my August adventures! As a quick recap, I shared some of my camping adventures with my BFF on Mt. Rainier, I had some (mis)adventures in pet sitting and my puppy fever grew (I didn’t think that was possible), I relived the birthday celebrations of 2 VIP’s in my life, visited Seattle to celebrate the marriage of one of my best childhood friends, and…I BOUGHT A HOUSE.

Yes, August has been busy. But I have a feeling that September is going to be busier. And in a good way.

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My August Goals

Dog sitting is the best, but not for my puppy feverOkay, so I am supposed to have goals for this month. You know, things I want to have accomplished for the betterment of my self, or whatever. Well, I do have to report that I didn’t really do last month’s goals. But I did think about them! They just didn’t work out in the craziness that was July.

So, for this month, I want to do something more doable. So here it is, simply: Be happy. I have a lot of surprises coming in August, and my world is going to change quite a bit. I am not going to spoil it all for you here quite yet. But soon. So my goal is to stay happy, no matter what happens and whatever anxiety, craziness, stress, excitement, and long hours may be coming my way.

I think I can do that.

So here I am, on my start to August…and I begin it by pet and house sitting for a good friend. I think August is off to a GREAT start…

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July Roundup

July has been busy! How busy? Well, check out my highlights over the last month (click on the photos you want to learn more about). While it has been difficult to find some down time, I really can’t complain – especially after looking back on this past month. It has been jam-packed with amazingness, sprinkled with awesomesauce. Yeah, that was a little overkill with the description. But whatever. I am sticking to it (because it’s true), and looking forward to what August has to bring!

DIY - Bring your friends on vacation!

DIY – Bring your friends on vacation!

In search of a chandelier...

In search of a chandelier…

Out with the ladies

Out with the ladies

I'm a happy camper. Why?

I’m a happy camper. Why?

Portland Flea market adventures!

Portland Flea market adventures!

Ice cream sister date

Ice cream sister date

Fire pits, pigs and cows.

Fire pits, pigs and cows.

Frolicking on Mt. Hood

Frolicking on Mt. Hood

Happy Birthday month to two VIP's in my life!

Happy Birthday month to two VIP’s in my life! Here’s to some silly photobooth moments to look back on.

…hello, August!

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July Goals

Get outdoors.1. Get outdoors.

Heal up!

2. Heal my knee and get back to active!

Celebrate!3. Celebrate! Birthdays, summer, sun, weekends, camping…

Hair experimentation

4. Experiment with a new hairstyle every week (you can tell how low maintenance I am?).

Cook more5. Cook more.

Dress up6. Dress up, even when working from home. Yes, lounge clothes may be amazing, but there has to be a limit…right?

…anything else I should add?

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10 things about me

1. I try to take a risk every day. When I say “risk,” what I really mean is try something new or different – keep things spicy in life! It’s my personal happy project.

2. Speaking of spicy, I put Tabasco (or hot sauce) on nearly everything. I even have purse Tabascos for such an occasion.

3. I currently live with a cat appropriately named “Kimchee.” No, she’s not my cat. But she is a part of my family.

Kimchee the Cat

4. I dislike hate the sound of creasing or rubbing paper. I can’t even explain it. I.just.can’t.stand.it.

5. I LOVE costume parties and dressing up. I often accidentally win costume contests not because mine are the best, but because I am so enthusiastic and happy about them.

6. I have giant hair, especially for a half-Asian woman. I have been told that there is enough hair on my head for 4 people. Yipes. I used to be made fun of for my giant hair, and now I embrace it. People often say that they can find me in a crowd by looking for my hair. Now that’s hair.

An exaggeration of my big hair. Yes, my hair is giant. Not as giant as this (all the time). But you get the picture.

An exaggeration of my big hair. Yes, my hair is giant. Not as giant as this (all the time). But you get the picture.

7. I love to take photographs, and I shoot mostly film – it is my love. There is something very real, authentic, and raw about film.

8. I have worked on social causes nearly my entire life. I am a very passionate person that cares about everything. Yes, this gets tiring. But I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t care about everything all at once.

9. My entire life I have always wanted a dog. It truly is my biggest dream. For my adult life, I have always wanted a house. I am crossing my fingers that I will have both in the near future.

10. I love anything that is pickled. And I mean (nearly) everything. As long as it’s not a meat product (other than fish), then I love it. I am a pescatarian (yes, that’s a real thing), which means that I pretty much have a vegetarian diet, except that I eat fish and seafood.