February Update

This post was supposed to be up in February, but never published, whoops! So here’s a look at where I was in February:

One month into the New Year! It was a crazy month for me. I moved from San Francisco to Portland, into my first real apartment and started a new job. Needless to say, it’s been hectic, but its an exciting time for me. Portland is still so new and it’s a change, I’m constantly lost and have no idea where anything is! But it’s been a lot of fun. I’m excited to continue to explore this new city and see everything it has to offer.

I’ve made a little progress on my list so far. I’ve tried quite a few new restaurants in Portland. I went with my new coworkers to a place called Boke Bowl for lunch. It’s a ramen place and WOW have I been missing out. I’d never had real ramen before and I can say I’m now officially hooked. I had the one with slow roasted pork and a poached egg—so delicious. I’ve been to a few other new places, so I’m making progress on this goal (not that it’s necessarily hard, I love trying new places and most places are new to me).

I think it’s also safe to say I’m on my way to becoming a regular at the coffee shop near my office. The company has a tab there, which is great, but it’s also just delicious coffee. I’m not exactly an expert on coffee, but I can practically drink their house coffee black its so good.

I have also managed to go a month without taking a taxi/Uber, but to be fair Portland doesn’t have Uber so it’s pretty easy to avoid taking it. I may try another month of this once Uber launches in Portland (supposed to happen in March/April!!).

That’s basically what’s been going on for me! I’m starting to feel more settled here and it’ll be nice when I get to a point where I’m not constantly lost.

Happy New Year!

This year, instead of coming up with resolutions (which I would inevitably break…) I was inspired to create a list of 101 things to accomplish in 1001 days. I originally got the idea from a blog called Design Darling and it inspired me to create my own and chronicle the progress here! So below is my list of 101 in 1001.

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Start Date: January 1, 2015

End Date: September 28, 2017

PERSONAL

  1. Reconnect with my favorite high school teacher.
  2. Go one month without sweets.
  3. Go one month without any junk food.
  4. Go one month without ordering takeout.
  5. Go one month without shopping.
  6. Go one month without taking a taxi/Uber etc.
  7. Volunteer for a cause I’m passionate about.
  8. Read five biographies.
  9. Read five classic books.
  10. Read at least thirty new books total.
  11. Watch 5 documentaries.
  12. Go to bed at 10 p.m. every night for two weeks.
  13. Unplug completely for 24 hours (no internet, iPhone, television, etc.).
  14. Unplug from social media for a week.
  15. Learn how to tie a tie.
  16. Find a new workout make it part of my routine to go often.
  17. Pay my Alpha Phi Alumni dues.
  18. Attend at least one Alpha Phi Alumni event.
  19. Donate to Linfield each year.
  20. Attend at least one Linfield alumni event.
  21. Vote in a non-presidential election.
  22. Start collecting something.
  23. Take a cooking class.
  24. Perfect a recipe for French macaroons.
  25. Come up with a signature/go-to dish.
  26. Try at least 20 new recipes.
  27. Buy at least 5 cookbooks.
  28. Brush up on my Spanish.
  29. Brush up on my Hebrew.
  30. Brush up on my French.

PROFESSIONAL

  1. Unsubscribe from all unwanted email lists.
  2. Work hard and get promoted at least once.
  3. Attend at least two industry related conferences.
  4. Find at least two industry websites and check them regularly.
  5. Open a new savings account and set up automatic deposits.

FAMILY & FRIENDS

  1. Mail a care package to at least two friends.
  2. Mail a care package to my brother at college.
  3. Mail flowers to my mom “just because”.
  4. Mail a gift to my dad “just because”.
  5. Make someone I love breakfast in bed.
  6. Make each member of my family at least one awesome personalized present.
  7. Take my family out to dinner.
  8. Take my Alpha Phi family out to dinner.
  9. Write and send a letter to each member of Alpha Phi family (Emily, Jenna, & Sierra).
  10. Write and send 5 letters to friends and/or family for fun.
  11. Plan and go on a girl’s weekend (at least one night!).
  12. Get together with other the other Alpha Phi alums from 2014.
  13. Stay in touch with friends in California.
  14. Do something nice for my parents for their wedding anniversary.
  15. Surprise my parents with a visit.

PORTLAND

  1. Try fifteen new restaurants in Portland.
  2. Visit three museums.
  3. Buy a plant and keep it alive.
  4. Plant a mini herb garden and keep it alive.
  5. Find a temple I like in Portland.
  6. Take a staycation in/around the city.
  7. Go to a Timber’s game.
  8. Go to a Blazer’s game.
  9. Go to a Winterhawk’s game.
  10. Go to at least on theater show.
  11. See a new Cirque du Soleil when they are in town.
  12. Try SoulCycle.
  13. Find a coffee shop in Portland and become “a regular”.
  14. Find a favorite affordable restaurant in Portland.
  15. Try something quintessentially Portland.
  16. Go to the annual Rose parade.
  17. Go to Voodoo donuts.
  18. Have a gallery wall in my apartment.
  19. Decorate my apartment.
  20. Go on at least 3 new hikes in Oregon.

TRAVEL

  1. Travel and spend a weekend in a new city.
  2. Travel to a new state.
  3. Travel to a new country.
  4. Travel to a new continent.
  5. Go on a trip with Cameron.
  6. Go on a trip with Megan.
  7. Visit my brother wherever he studies abroad.
  8. Visit my cousins in Hawaii.
  9. Visit a friend.
  10. Do a girl’s weekend with my mom.

JUST FOR FUN (9/19)

  1. Leave a 100% tip for great service.
  2. Stay up all night and watch the sunrise.
  3. Spend an afternoon at a botanical garden.
  4. Visit the zoo.
  5. Get my hair professionally done for an event.
  6. Go to a new amusement park.
  7. Do a polar bear plunge.
  8. Re-watch my favorite Disney movies from when I was a kid.
  9. See an outdoor movie.
  10. See three concerts.
  11. Get involved in some organization/charity etc. outside of work.
  12. Volunteer at a fundraiser of some kind.
  13. Go to an Alpha Phi Red Dress Gala.
  14. Frame my graduation cap.
  15. Buy one piece of art.
  16. Find a new hair dresser I like and trust.
  17. Try a new haircut.
  18. Go on a run in the rain and get completely soaked.
  19. Find a favorite coffee I can make at home.
  20. Do the Electric Run with friends.
  21. Find a signature perfume.