I haven’t blogged in a while. There are many reasons for this, but the main one is that I just haven’t felt I had a lot to say in a while. I’ve been settling into a new job and a new routine. Things sort of stagnated. I’m currently on a mission to pay off my student loans before age 35 (if all goes well and we keep making the same salary consistently I think I may be able to accomplish it, but who knows in this world).Being on such a mission makes you very work-focused, and I’ve been doing a lot of the same:
I wake up at 6am. I get on the train. I go to the city. I walk to work. I work. I walk back to the train station. I go home.
At first it was distressing to me. I find I get very antsy when routines set in. I’m not sure if that’s a personal problem or something that a lot of people deal with, but I seem to need adventure in my life. I thrive on it. Still, I figure a few years of working really hard and being frugal now will afford me more freedom earlier in life than if I don’t. We had an almost-opportunity to move to Poland. I struggled with the decision at first but ultimately decided to go for it. After all, how many people get an opportunity like that? Since we do have these pesky student loans, the situation was a bit complicated. My husband has a friend who works at a video game studio in Poland who wanted to recruit him. Awesome! …except my stupid student loans are expensive so in order to make it financially over there at this time I would have needed a job, too…and not just a teaching job, no…a job that makes some real money. I’m a graphic designer here in the States and it pays pretty well (thankfully), but I would need something similar there. I did apply to a job I found at a place that was amiable to hiring foreigners, but I didn’t get picked. Cest la vie. So, I’ve decided to just focus for a little while and try to get out from under the student loans so I can have adventures later in life. It will be worth it, but it’s still hard sometimes…especially when I have so many friends who are living abroad, taking trips around the world, or just traveling extensively right now.
But things have gotten better. With a schedule such as mine, I find it’s important to find smaller joys in life. Smaller adventures…things that I can get excited about NOW. So, I’ve made a few changes and started living life a little more to the fullest.
Here is what I have been up to:
I got back into hula again. My old halau is on hiatus right now because the kumu (teacher) is going to med school in the bay area, but a lot of the ladies from the old halau have formed a new Polynesian dance group and I’m meeting with them to dance every Tuesday night. We also have shows. Here are some shots from a show we had at Ohana Cafe in La Jolla last weekend:
Speaking of La Jolla, my dad was visiting last weekend as well so we spent some time exploring. We had a great day in La Jolla with him as well.
Two weeks ago my husband’s cousin got married and we were fortunate enough to be able to fly up to the Lake Tahoe area to attend the wedding. While we were there we got to go hiking and during the wedding we got to ride the chair lift (the first time I’ve ever ridden a chair lift NOT in the snow…fun!).
In November, I’ll be going to Honolulu for a week to celebrate my birthday, which I’m REALLY excited about. We found a way to go inexpensively by flying there and back on Wednesdays. We’re also staying at a studio apartment in town that we rented for a great price, and it has a kitchen so we can save money there too. I’m so excited I was able to make a trip happen this year!
…..and the big thing I’m excited about is that next May my mom has invited us to go with her to BELIZE!!! I’m so excited about that. It will be two magical weeks and I can’t WAIT.
I’m getting my passport renewed
So, things are looking up for me. I even found a chill place to hang out on my lunch breaks at work.