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where I see myself in ten years, revisited.

I stumbled upon a post I wrote in July, where I wrote about where I see myself in 10 years. As I was studying for the GRE last night, I decided to check it out again. When I wrote it in July, I was looking for some inspiration to stay focused on studying for the GRE, which I was planning to take in September but then my job assignment came up. 

I’m glad to say everything on that list didn’t change.

Especially this:

When I’m 34, I hope that my closet is full of hiking and camping gear because I hope to have hiked up Mount Marcy and gone rock climbing several times.

and I’m pretty sure living in Northern Virginia reinforced this, haha:

When I’m 34, I hope to live in a city…after growing up in the country, even though it is beautiful, living in a city aligns more with my lifestyle. I don’t want to rely on my car, in fact, I hope that I will live somewhere where I would be able to sell it since I won’t need it or have a one car household. Honestly, if I really needed a car, I could just rent one. I really enjoy public transportation and I want to live somewhere where I would be able to commute via foot, bike, or train. When I was living in DC, I was the happiest I’ve ever been because I got the chance to do that every single day. I lived for my train ride in the morning and my half hour walk back home.

…and I still ache to do this:

When I’m 34, I hope that I will have performed in a play. I really miss doing theater. The last play I was in was during my freshman year of college. That needs to change.

I know why I’m taking this test. 

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‎”Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.

If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on.”

-Steve Jobs

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“we just got so excited every time someone brought something in. we always looked forward to it.”

That is what one of the baristas from Caffe Vero told me when I came to pick up the supplies from the Food and Hygiene Drive I put together with the help of the United Way. Since I have been so busy with work, I didn’t have time to check on how the drive was going so it was almost like Christmas when I saw how generous my neighbors were. The hygiene box was full of several CVS bags, each filled with brand new toiletries. As for the food, to my surprise, the food didn’t look like it came out of someone’s pantry- again, all brand new. I almost cried when I saw that someone bought two boxes of baby food to donate. 

This was more than just a food drive to benefit our neighbors. This showed how much heart the community of Center Square has. Caffe Vero, a business that hasn’t even been open for a year, stepped up to the plate and offered to be the drop off site. Price Chopper was kind enough to donate the boxes. My friends stepped up to the plate and offered to print out fliers to advertise for the drive. Another friend of mine let me borrow her craft supplies to make the boxes look more attractive so that people would be encouraged to donate…and the best thing out of it all, most of the Lark Street businesses offered to hang up the fliers to advertise for the drive, even though for some- Caffe Vero is their competitor. They didn’t care. They did the right thing. This was purely a community effort.

So remember last night when I wrote that Albany has heart?

Today solidified that point. 

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I want to thank all the female nominees tonight for helping demonstrate to my young daughter that elite is not a bad word, it’s an aspirational one. Honey, look around, smart girls have more fun, and you’re one of them.

Aaron Sorkin

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In 2000—in 2000—I told graduates to not be afraid to fail, and I still believe that. But today I tell you that whether you fear it or not, disappointment will come. The beauty is that through disappointment you can gain clarity, and with clarity comes conviction and true originality.

-Conan O’Brien

I needed to see this

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Follow your own path.

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Birmingham, Alabama (by Joshua)

There should always be inspirational messages on overpasses. I think that if there were, a lot of people would smile more.