Traveling Back Home

I went to my hometown about three weekends ago. Going back home, always brings up so many memories. That weekend, I went looking around my old drawers and found my old shoe box.  The box is filled with notes from my high-school friends and other high-school things. One thing I found was napkin from a local coffee shop that I use to go to. The coffee shop was called Open and is no longer in business. This wasn’t just an ordinary Open napkin. It was a napkin that friends of mine and I wrote our dreams and made a promise. To me that is an irreplaceable napkin. This all happen when I was a sophomore in high-school around February 2004.

Back in February of 2004, 3 friends of mine and I went to a local coffee shop, Open. We sat down talked about lives and drank Frappuccinos. We talked mostly about our future. The typical question we asked each other was, where do you see yourself in 10 years? We each decided to answer this question on the coffee shop napkin and promised to meet in the same spot 10 years later. I remember that we wrote on 4 napkins, so we each had one. On the napkin, I wrote that I wanted to open a coffee shop in New York city. I don’t know what to say about that, I had many dreams back then. Other friends of mine wrote that they wanted to travel, become an actress, or a real estate agent. I know my friend that wanted to travel, did travel. I lost contact with my other two friends. I hope they accomplished what they wanted to accomplished and that they’re happy.

The whole meeting back in 10 years did not happen. We never even discussed that meeting after that point.  I actually wouldn’t of remember about this memory if I didn’t find the napkin. Even the spot we were suppose to meet up is not a coffee shop anymore. It’s actually a sushi place now but I do like the restaurant.  We still could of met at that restaurant. However, that did not happen on February of 2014  but I am grateful for that meeting. I am still in contact with one of them but we never discussed the napkin thing. I am glad I kept the napkin, it helps me remember past me. I think we tend to forget how we felt in the past, what are dreams were, and what are life was like. That is one of reasons I kept all those notes and memories in that shoe box. When ever I go back home, I try to look at my old shoe box, pictures, and journal and reminisce.

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On Turning 30

As I get closer to 30, I can’t help but look back on my life. Growing up, I felt like 30 was the age that you had to have everything figured out. You have to have the job, the dream job or live in a big city and in a house. Maybe even be married with a kid on the way. Basically, I had a different life set out for myself. 30 makes me think of things I did not accomplish. I thought having the job, the city, the house, and the marriage defined success and 30 was that magic age. Now, I’m 2 months away from 30 and well… my life is different than expected.

My main question about turning 30 is would past me be proud? To be honest, I think so. I  like living in Texas because I am not far from family or close friends. San Francisco was my dream city but the cost of living is a different story. I would not be able to enjoy the culture there because the majority of my money would go to rent. Marriage is a beautiful commitment but I am glad I have waited. I feel like I am still getting to know myself and I wouldn’t be a good wife if I don’t get to know myself. I am more prepared now than the past and I am excited for my future marriage.  It would be great to own a house but I am not financially ready and I do not know what city I want to live in. A house is a really big commitment and it needs a lot planning. You need the money and you can not forget about the maintenance. My career is still starting and I feel good things are happening my way. I am hopeful for it, my current job and past jobs have taught me a lot.

30 might seem like the magic age to have everything figured out but there isn’t a magic age. I think whats important is that we live our lives everyday. Also, having a good support system is definitely necessary.  I like getting older because it makes you realistic and when your realistic you’re better prepared for life.  I know I don’t have the house, the big city life, the marriage, and the job but I am excited for 30.  However,  right now I am going to enjoy being 29.

Future Trips

I’m always looking for my next trip. Whether it’s a Texas trip, an out of state trip, or a an international trip. Planning these trips gets me get motivated through my work weeks and makes me happy. Here is my list of trips that I have planned. Some have already been set up and others I’m still working on.

  • Denver Colorado: I will be going to Denver in the beginning of June. This trip is set, I bought my plane ticket and asked the days off from work. I will be visiting a good friend of mine and she wants to show me beautiful nature places. I can’t wait to see the green and the beauty and spend time with a close friend.
  • Seattle Washington: I’m planning to visit Seattle in October. It’s for my birthday. I have only driven by Seattle and this time I want to experience the city. I want to see more of the green and mountains, have brunch on the space needle with a view, and walk around Pikes Place. I also want to see the first Starbucks Coffee. I am aware the weather might not be that great but this helps me get the true experience.  The plane ticket and stay haven’t been set up yet. I planing on buying the plane ticket the beginning of next month. For the say, I might stay at Airbnb with some close friends.
  • The Greek Islands: is for Summer 2018. This trip has also not been set up yet, I’m planning on going with a tour group and two close friends. Greece has been a dream place for me, since The Sisterhood and the Traveling Pants movie. I want to experience a sunset on Santorini and go wine tasting on the high cliffs. Wine with a view, what more could I ask for? I really want this trip to become a reality, I want to experience the culture and see those beautiful views. I am hoping to sign up with the tour group this month.