In no particular order:

One.

Traveled on my own in a different country, which I’ve done quite a handful of times.

Two.

Got published, online and in print.

Three.

Moved out and lived on my own.

And I mean, find my own place, paid my own bills (and became the ultimate, broke adult), cooked my own meals (instant ramen on most days). Growing up in a rather sheltered home, this was one of the things I’m most proud of.

Four.

Worked one of my dream jobs.

Being a designer specialist in a high-end department store wasn’t a cakewalk. Communicating with buyers and designer brand representatives, managing a team, pushing sales – it was a long year, but I’m very grateful for the opportunity and it felt great to come home feeling accomplished after doing so much in a day.

Five, Six, Seven

Watched (and covered) major fashion shows and events, attended marketing conferences, created advertising projects.

Working in one of the biggest media companies in the Philippines drained the life out of me, but I learned (and grew) so much during my time there.

Eight.

Lived in one of my dream places.

Hawaii will always have a special space in my heart and soul.

Nine.

Did a one-month travel around Southeast Asia. I wanted to do this to see if I was meant for a nomadic, gypsy way of life. There were times wherein I felt like I was, however, my introvert self mostly got drained, especially towards the end of my trip.

Would I do it all over again though? Absolutely. But probably with more (and longer) self breaks in between.

Ten.

(Attempted to) learn a new language.

I keep switching from learning Korean to Japanese to French. Ultimately, I’m settling between learning basic Korean conversational language to actually learning French, because more than half of everyone in DC seem to speak French as a second language.

Eleven.

No poetry and prose collection book yet, but I did create a small mini photo book about my travels called “Where To Next”.

Twelve.

Went on a cruise along Ha Long Bay, one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites.

Thirteen.

Fell in love. And it was the best damn thing.

Fourteen.

Went to Georgetown, Penang, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Fifteen.

Got lei’d by the best people from Hawaii.

Sixteen.

Did ridiculously long hikes under the sun for hours. Of course these hikes were at beginner level (apparently; I do not accept) but this is a lot, for a sloth like me.

Seventeen.

Rode a submarine.

Eighteen.

Saw various Vincent Van Gogh art works in the flesh. I never thought this would happen until I’ve set foot on Europe. He’s my forever favorite.

Nineteen.

Went to a Moomin Cafe (!!!!!) I honestly never thought I would be able to visit one so this is huge for me.

Twenty.

(Sort of) Lived for a time in a home on top of a bookstore and coffee shop. Also a huge dream.

Twenty-One, Twenty-Two, Twenty-Three.

Went to New York. Went on top of the Empire State Building. Sat on the steps of The Met.

Twenty-Four.

Fought to hold on for dear life.

Twenty-Five.

Finally understood what it means to be alive and happy.

 

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2 Comments

  1. Odee

    June 21, 2017 at 5:59 PM

    I wish I did half of what you were able to do.. especially #25. I just turned 29 and I have one of those birthday blues where you look at your life in hindsight and realize that you’ve accomplished nothing. 🙁 But hey, enough about my sob story. Belated happy birthday, Cara! Thank goodness you’re back in the blogosphere. ^_^

    1. Cara

      June 21, 2017 at 7:55 PM

      Aww, dear. We all have different paths in life. The things I’ve done may be different from yours, but that doesn’t mean you’ve accomplished nothing! Believe me when I say there are a lot of things I wish I could’ve done and “achieved” too. But, as I’ve learned, life isn’t a race nor a competition, and you being here matters enough and is a different form of success all on its own.

      As for #25, it’s something I have to do and relearn everyday. I’m not quite “there” yet either, I’m only trying. Sending all my love and hugs and birthday wishes, Cara.

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