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check-in

7 Mar

When I originally started this blog a year and a half ago, it was ALL about accomplishing my goals. My obsession with it was actually verging on insane! I was NOT going to turn 30 without accomplishing all of them.

While it is still is a blog about setting goals and making them happen, it has also become a blog about everything that happens in between! All the lovely moments that make up my life.

The other day it dawned on me though…holy shit I am more than half-way through my 30th year?!!?!? WHAT!? Seriously? WHAT?! I’m going to be 31 in four months?!?! With this daunting realization I thought it would be a good time to check-in with myself on my progress with the goals for the year….

– Overseas trip (CHECK!)

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When I put overseas trip on my list I had no idea where we would end up traveling. I just knew I needed to get out of the states and go on an adventure with Brian. We settled on Hong Kong and Nepal and I am so grateful that we did because what an adventure we had!! If you haven’t read about our trip you can below!

Big news / the travel doctor / the toe  / Hong Kong 1 / Hong Kong 2 / Arriving in Nepal / Kathmandu / Patan / the monkey temple / Bhaktapur / trekking: the group / trekking: the water buffalo / trekking: the starry night.

more posts still to come…

– Volunteer as a big sister

I made a bit of progress with this right out of the gate, settling on the organization I wanted to work with and filling out the paperwork. Then the strangest thing happened…I did nothing after that. Life got in the way and I’ve had my application folded up in my date book ever since. But, the good news is I plan on sending it in this weekend once we finally set up our printer and fax! Fingers crossed that they think I am a suitable candidate to be a big sister.

– Artist dates (CHECK!) 

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I haven’t done as many of these as I would like but I have started them! You can read about them here, here and here

– New living space (CHECK! CHECK! CHECK!)

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As much as I loved our little bungalow by the beach I wanted to move on because I couldn’t stand sharing a miniature closet with Brian anymore. That and the kitchen drove me nuts- the oven didn’t work for most of the time I lived there.  Let’s just say it was the perfect bachelor pad!

I was ready for us to have a space we could grow in. So I put this one the list thinking we would just rent another slightly bigger apartment by the beach. But sometimes the universe has bigger plans for you! Because we ending up finding a loft that we loved, made an offer, beat out seven other offers and now have a new home to build a life in. High five, Universe!

– Get a French Bulldog

Frank : inspiration photo

Frank : inspiration photo

We couldn’t get Franck until we moved but now that we have  it’s time to find our little boy and bring him home! I’m thinking we still need to settle in our new home a little bit more before we add a puppy to the mix. Soooo, maybe July? Maybe as a 31st birthday gift to myself!

– Publish my writing 

I work towards this goal everyday with my book agent. But alas I have not snagged the right book deal yet. Maybe in the meantime I should focus on publishing my writing other places. Do any of you have any fabulous leads?!

– Ballet classes 

I start a 6-week course at Align Ballet March 30th!! So very excited to get back to the barre. Posts about the experience coming soon!

– Yoga retreat (CHECK!!)

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Awwwww what a magical weekend that was. In three short days I had some major breakthroughs, adopted the motto “Be Fucking Amazing!“, laughed more than I thought possible and met two lovely ladies whom I now call dear friends. Oh, and came home to a surprise engagement!!!

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Speaking of engagements, let’s be honest, I wanted to put “get engaged” on my list of goals for the year but didn’t want to set myself up for disappointment! I also thought it would be slightly awkward to put such a thing on a public goal list. But it was on my secret list! So check that one off too!

What an interesting, life changing and fun eight months it’s been!

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”
C. S. Lewis

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thanks for the fun 2012!

28 Dec

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Firstly, I want to say thank you so much, truly, for reading 365 til 30. It means a lot to me that you take the time to come here and 2012 wouldn’t have been the same without you guys! So, thanks.

I’ve been reflecting on 2012 the past few days. Tis the season to take stock, right?! 2012 was a year filled with blessings. I don’t say that lightly either because 2009-2011 were years filled with struggles, uncertainty, loneliness and fear. As I approached 2012  things started to shift. I started this blog in the summer of 2011 and regained a clear focus, light heart and grateful attitude. Things just started to flow, click and move. I have many hopes, goals and wishes for 2013 which I will get to in a later post but in the meantime I wanted to reflect on my favorite moments of 2012. Above is the vision board I created last year on January 1st. When I look at it I see so much that came to fruition – 2012 was an embarrassment of riches. Thanks 2012 for putting a huge smile on my face.

My top moments-

traveling across the country with One Part Gypsy

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turning 30 and watching my baby 365 til 30 grow…

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getting engaged to the man I love…

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traveling to Hong Kong and Nepal with my new fiance…

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And lastly we have some exciting news to share (no, I’m not pregnant)!! We bought our first place!!! Now I can cross “New Living Space” off my goal list for the year. We hopefully move into our new home next month. Not a bad way to start the New Year, huh? Be prepared for an influx of cooking posts because this kitchen inspires me….

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What are your top five’s from 2012. Please share below!

Hong Kong in 48 hours- Day 2

5 Dec

After sleeping twelve hours (twelve hours!), we woke up rested (although, honestly, I could have slept longer) and ready for another day of exploring Hong Kong. My broken toe was not feeling the excitement though. Instead it was dark blue and throbbed like hell.  I’m not quite sure what I expected from the little guy though- I was making him walk around a new city for hours on end when he should have been lounging. In hopes of rectifying the situation and getting him on my good side again, I decided to spend the first part of the morning relaxing. I soaked my foot in an ice bucket and watched TV for a few hours. The highlight was watching Cesar Millan teach a French Bulldog how to be polite to other dogs in Cantonese. The joys of traveling in a foreign country!

Once we made it out of the hotel, we headed to Victoria Peak, one of the highest peaks in Hong Kong central. The view from the top of the peak was incredible. You could see all of Hong Kong, the harbor and surrounding islands. It was nice to get out of the bustling, crowded streets and instead feel above it all- above all the noise. It gave me a whole new perspective of the city and it was breathtaking…

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This was a joke...

This was a joke…

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After our morning at Victoria Peak, we met David at the docks to take a ferry to Lamma Island for lunch. Lamma Island is, in contrast to Hong Kong and Kowloon, incredibly peaceful. They don’t allow buildings higher than three stories and they don’t allow automobiles. It was a welcome change from the hustle-bustle of Hong Kong central. Lamma Island is also known for its fresh seafood so that’s what we decided to get for lunch. We found a little spot on the beach and ordered three beers and three dishes again. I ordered the garlic prawns and David and Brian both ordered the chili crab. The food was delicious- probably my favorite meal during our stay in Hong Kong.

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my ridiculous new pose for Hong Kong

my ridiculous new pose for Hong Kong

I even got David to do it!

I even got David to do it!

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(all photos by BHG)

After lunch we strolled Lamma Island until dusk. At that moment it hit me- I was halfway across the world experiencing a new country with the man I love- my future husband. All my worries felt a million miles away. I felt alive. I felt inspired. I felt present. I felt happy. I felt excited to see what was up next. I was overcome with gratitude…

That was until I had to pee…and had to use a squat toilet for the first time!! OY.

Nepal up next!

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Hong Kong in 48 hours- Day one

3 Dec

Photo by BHG

When we were booking our flight to Nepal we had to connect in Hong Kong, so we decided to make a weekend out of it and explore the city for a few days! Neither Brian, or I had been to Asia before this trip, so we were chomping at the bit to get our first taste of it. It definitely didn’t disappoint; it was a whirlwind of new foods, sights and experiences.

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After a very long flight, we arrived in Hong Kong at six am and hit the ground running. There were so many things we wanted to see in our short stay. We also had yet to feel the effects of the jet lag so we were still flying high at that point! We headed straight to our hotel to unload our bags and set off in search of breakfast. I had read in my guidebooks that most locals eat Dim Sum for breakfast  and I insisted that we give it a shot. Because who doesn’t want to eat chicken feet for breakfast, right!? Yes, Brian really did order chicken feet at Dim Sum. CHICKEN FEET! The sight of them alone made me shudder. I still tried one though because I believe whole heartedly in the saying “when in rome”. I didn’t eat a whole chicken foot but I did put a chicken foot to my lips and take a small nibble. It was enough for me to know that they weren’t for me. Luckily we ordered 500 other things (flying half way across the world really makes you hungry) and I loved the shrimp dumplings. I could have eaten twenty of those little guys.

After breakfast we strolled the bustling streets, well, I hobbled with my broken toe and explored. I was mesmerized by everything especially the outdoor markets; so many vibrant colors!

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photo by BHG

My smile faded quickly when I turned a corner and found myself in the area that housed the butchers. Considering I usually see my fish and poultry looking pretty on ice in a Whole Foods Market, it was a bit of a shock. It wasn’t a sight for the faint at heart.

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After walking around the city for a few hours we started to feel tired and decided to head back to our hotel to do this…

What, you don’t hang in bed with sunglasses on?

Finally around six pm we pulled ourselves together to meet Brian’s friend, David, who recently moved to Hong Kong for a night out on the town. We were both so exhausted with jet lag and so thankful to have a tour guide. Luckily David led us exactly where we wanted to go…street food! Before leaving for our trip Brian and I watched Anthony Bourdain in Hong Kong and decided that we wanted to be as adventurous as Anthony and be open to all food…even street food.

The dinner spot was in a back alley and packed with locals. We sat down at a little rickety table and ordered three beers and three dishes- fried noodles, squid and pork ribs. The whole experience was delicious and only cost us fifteen U.S. dollars. You can see Brian getting down with the squid below…

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After filling our bellies with delicious street food we took ourselves back to the hotel to SLEEP….we were so tired and my poor toe had had enough.

Day 2 up next!

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…and we’re off!!!

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We leave for our big adventure today! Hong Kong and Nepal here we come!! I can’t wait to share it with you when we get back! See you soon.

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“If you put yourself in a position where you have to stretch outside your comfort zone, then you are forced to expand your consciousness.”- Les Brown