Every now and then (usually triggered by a phone call from mom or dad), I take a few hours off to sit down and figure out where I’ve gone and where I’m going.
7 years ago, 2005: I started this blog. Just finished freshman year at NYU and was starting sophomore year as a transfer at Claremont McKenna. This blog was meant to be an extension of my Xanga (remember Xanga? ;) I didn’t even know what blogger.com was until my friend Justin explained it to me. During summer I worked as a pastry cook at Alan Wong’s in Honolulu, and thought I was going to be a pastry chef one day.
6 years ago, 2006: Living in the inland empire, the 909. With braces, without a car (things to think about when transferring!!), and few friends. Could not understand what possessed me to transfer schools and did not fit in at CMC. Still set on being a chef (or at least doing something that involved dessert), I worked briefly at Chef Mavro and then Honolulu Coffee Company doing pastry production over the summer.
5 years ago, 2007: After that second year, decided that I had to graduate early. Took as many classes as possible (including summer school at UH!) and graduated in spring. Immediately moved back to NYC and started work as a hedge fund auditor with PwC.
4 years ago, 2008: Just broke up with my first boyfriend (we’re still friends today). Living in the East Village with not one, but three fabulous roommates. In what must be the world’s tiniest 4-bedroom on 13th Street. Shann, Steph, and Darien. All from Hawai’i and friends since middle school. How cool is that? We had the best time ever.
3 years ago, 2009: Left PwC and started real estate sales with Prudential. Built really thick skin, saw some amazing apartments. Learned how to work on my own, it’s all commission, no salary, and would do it again in a heartbeat. Met Pierre in a cab (no kidding). Took on more freelance writing work and projects…
2 years ago, 2010: …and once I had enough freelance work, I left Prudential. Real estate was a valuable stepping stone in learning how to manage your clients/workflow/schedule. Decided I had to take advantage of this schedule somehow and incorporate more travel into my life.
1 year ago, 2011: Pierre and I moved in together. Got to travel all over China, Hong Kong, and Mongolia with family. Wanderlust! Summer in Paris. Christmas back home in Honolulu. Travel doesn’t satisfy any itch, it just makes me want more of it.
This year, 2012: Cayman Islands, Aruba, St. Martin, Mexico City, Kentucky (so random), all over the South of France, Monaco, and back to Paris again. For the first time wondering, would I want to live anywhere else? If so, now is the time to do so…
I’ll be in London and France this September. Then planning to visit Hawai’i and explore the neighbor islands. I was born on Oahu and haven’t spent much time on the “other” islands. Lānaʻi! Kauaʻi! Maui! So much to see. And I hear the Four Seasons at Koele Lodge is pretty spectacular ;)