Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

So, for the new year, I told myself I would write more.  I’m gonna try for on the daily, but we shall see how that goes…

The other day, in conversation with a friend, the 5 year question came up.  This one question always seems to come up in conversation no matter what. & that night was no exception. 

So, where do I see myself in 5 years??

This is really a difficult question for anyone to answer really. I mean, unless you’re absolutely sure about your path in life, then yeah it’s an easy answer.  But, really…no one can predict the future. That being said, I would be lying if I said I haven’t thought about it.  I think about it every day, and every year. 

With every new year, my answer to this question changes.  But, it’s 2014 now and this being the year I turn 25, I think this is bound to be the most essential year yet.  This year will probably be a factor in determining what my life will really be like in 5 years.

Of course by now, I have learned never to include specific people in my long term plans because well…they always end up leaving.  But with that said, as far as people in my life go, one thing is for sure…I especially hope my Curbie family is still with me in 5 years. And yes, I said FAMILY…because they really are. When I’m not at work or with my actual family, with these crazy coffee people is where I feel most comfortable and let’s be honest…I don’t know what I would do if I lost any of them! <3  I also hope that my BRUG people are still in my life.  Maybe not the company itself specifically, but the people that currently work there. I’ve come to really care about them.  

Also, in 5 years, I hope to be financially stable.  Hopefully by then, I will be really close to my new set goal of owning a business (if not already being there).  

Hopefully, I am also really close to paying off all of my school loans by then.  Because, in 5 years I also hope to be married or at least engaged.  Heck, I already have parts of my wedding planned out (my part at least)…the dress I want, list of bridesmaids, flower girl(s), and details for decor.  Is that crazy?  Oh well, I don’t care.  I just hope to find the one I’m supposed to be with forever soon…& yes, I say forever because in my book, there will be NO DIVORCE. I know what it’s like to have divorced parents & I absolutely refuse to put my children through that (when/if I do have children). Like I said in a previous post, I don’t care about any of that superficial stuff…money! who you’re friends with! etc! …as long as you give me the same trust and love, oh and of course, get along with my family!!! 

 

Today is a new day.

Today is a new day.

It apparently is the 1st day of Spring Semester. As everyone is getting ready for their first day of class, I woke up this morning with the intention to start a new. The point of this whole blog was for me to document my post-college journey, well….here we go.  This whole time my cousin has instilling little bits of advice in my head about how I should just forgo grad school & think about investing that money elsewhere.

Well, today…I had an epiphany. For as long as I can remember, I loved cooking. Baking especially. Basically, I loved being able to create crazy things with a stove/oven. I also love coffee and tea. I also love wine, but specifically sake. But, this morning…It just hit me.

Instead of dedicating another couple years getting a Masters degree that would most likely go to waste in the long run and investing another couple grand on school again, I will dedicate that time, maybe even less…writing up a business plan, figuring out a way to combine all of the ideas I just mentioned above, and working towards opening my own cafe/sake bar.

2014 is gonna be an amazing year. I can already tell. This will be the year of new and exciting things.

Kitchen Talks.

So, my roommate and I have this nightly ritual of sitting at the kitchen table talking…about anything whether it be how our day went, our families, our life growing up, current crushes, etc. Just to learn more about each other.

Our most recent topic….what type of guy (or in her case, girl) we see ourselves with and what we would expect in a relationship.

For me, I just want someone who will love me for me. Not ask me to change who I am, or force me to do anything I don’t want to do. Who will support me in all of my endeavors. Who will give me the space I need, when I need it. I don’t care about how much money you have or make, or how physically strong you are, I just want 100% trust and love. That’s it.

You give me that, and I promise to do the same in return. :)

Goodbye 2013, Hello 2014.

Today, my cousin brought up a very good question. 

“What are your goals for 2014?” And to be honest, I’ve been so busy that I hadn’t even thought about it…as many of the goals I have in mind are long term. Like, “where I see myself in 5 years (or 10)” kinda thing. Things like when I ultimately wanna get married, settle down & start a family kinds of things. 

Ultimately though, this year I hope to be better with money.  Although I think I do a decent job of budgeting my money, I have to admit that I could do a lot better. And with that, my main goal for 2014 is to get a better handle on my finances. Seeing as I now have rent, bills, and loans to pay off. 

Another goal of mine is to travel more.  There are a lot of places I wanna see and things I wanna do. I’ve said many times before, but I really would like to travel the world.  I ultimately hope to make it to Japan, but I also would love to go to China, Cambodia, Thailand, England, France, Italy, and Australia.  Not to mention, other states in the U.S. that are not California, Nevada, and Hawaii. <– That’s right…I have yet to go anywhere else.

One thing I ultimately want to do this year is sit down and have a rather long thought process & just settle on a career path.  I have all these ideas floating around in my head about what I wanna do. And, it’s about time I get on it! 

 

 

“When you become rich and famous, remember me ok?”

Well, excuse me as I quote my coworker (and probably my best friend in the bakery), Travis…

Last night as he drove me home from work (again, for like the millionth time) (thank you x123000000 btw!) in the midst of our conversation, he said, “when you’re rich and famous, remember me ok?” Of course, I replied with the same saying. But that is besides the point.

This brings me to the real point of this post. I’ve encountered a good amount of people in my life, many of whom I’ve realized over time were not good people for me to be around and associating with. That being said, meeting those people and comparing them to those who are in my life now, I’ve come to realize that I have some of best people surrounding me right now. They support and encourage me. In times when I’ve felt stuck, being around them has made me feel like my life is actually going somewhere. And, I’ll admit sometimes they pressure me into doing things I don’t want to do and sometimes drive me insane. But ultimately they make me happy!

So, that brings me back to what Travis uttered last night. I don’t think I will be rich and famous, but yes, rest assured that in my time of success (whenever that will be), I WILL remember all those who helped me in my times of need and who helped get me to that place of ultimate happiness.

Yelp seriously changed my life & I think everyone should do it!!!  :)

My grandma once told me to make sure I truly cherish the friendships I made in college and throughout my career because they were more than likely to be the ones in my life for the rest of my life.  They would become the friends I would call up regularly to get together, or even have play dates with if we ever had kids.

More and more everyday, I am starting to see this as a true statement. Although there are certain people from high school and my earlier school years who I am still close with and keep in touch with occasionally, hanging out with them at times becomes a little daunting for me bringing back memories that I do not wish to remember…and as my bonds with those friends seemingly fade, my bonds with people I just met & hardly even know (yet) are growing stronger.

It’s weird because my life would not have been what it is today had it not been for my bond with my cousin, Michael Sorenson and his girlfriend, Emi Hart.  Many of the people I know and socialize with today would not have been in my life had it not been for the two of them.  And that is the truth.  Especially, if it weren’t for Emi suggesting I become Yelp Elite.  This has seriously changed my life.  Not only has this opportunity forced me to be more outgoing and outspoken.  But, it has also introduced me to some really amazing people whose friendships I would not trade for the world.  And I mean that with every piece of my heart.

My grandparents also mentioned while talking to me on the phone recently that I sound like I have really grown up.  I take that as a compliment.  Although they think that it is thanks to my new job & the people around me, and although I think they kind of have a point, I know it is definitely because of the way I grew up and especially having much younger cousins who look to me as a role model.  They are definitely in the back of my mind with every single decision I make in my life.  That being said though, I definitely do think it is because of my new job, the people I have met, and most of all Yelp….

The Curb. Oh heck, COFFEE is the best thing to have happened to me.  If it weren’t for my love of coffee (& tea, but mostly coffee), I would’ve never met the awesome people inside that bright blue truck! What started as just an acquaintance with some awesome barista people, has so quickly blossomed into a friendship? And I could not be any more grateful.

Brug Bakery is the first job I’ve had (since working for my cousin) that has gave me so much responsibility & freedom of opinion.  Like seriously.  Besides the fact that we go through so much plastic everyday, I honestly love this company & every single person working there. 

But, most of all Yelp Hawaii (& Emi) is the one thing that ultimately changed my life.  If Yelp was not in my life, I don’t think anything I’ve done up to this point would’ve been possible and the people I know today would’ve definitely not been in my life…and that would make me very sad.

What a girl wants.

From a young age she would always turn to her parents for the answer,

For they were the epitome of what love was,

A rollercoaster of feelings with happiness always triumphant,

Until one day that all changed,

And life as she knew it would never be the same.

 

Her parents’ decision to part ways would affect her forever,

Creating what seems to be a brick wall in front of her heart,

And causing her to throw away every good chance she ever had at love,

All because of that everlasting fear of betrayal.

 

Always being attracted to many more boys than men,

Those who strongly disagree with abstinence,

Never those who want to stay til the end,

And for those who do, it’s like they have no existence,

But if they only knew that it was because she was afraid,

Afraid that they’ll leave her side forever, like her father did her mom.

 

She would now spend the rest of her life searching,

Searching for that one guy who fits into her life perfectly,

Who does not compare to her father,

Who will be the apple to her pie, the straw to her berry,

The peanut butter to her jelly, and the butterflies she feels in her belly,

Making them the perfect two and the epitome of that infamous Auburn song.