In honor of turning 30 back on September 1st, I decided to spend 30 days doing one new thing a day. While the challenge ended almost two months ago, I am only now getting around to blogging about the last two days. Turns out being 30 is keeping me quite busy! But since it came to a close with a fairly “blogworthy” Day 30 challenge, I had to share it here. Read on to find out what the last day of my challenge had in store. Continue reading
Today marked the 28th day of my 30/30 Bday Challenge and despite having a lot of work I needed to get done, I drug myself out of the house to go watch the sunset from a place that I was told was the *best* place to see the sun set in Madrid (not the Egyptian Templo de Debod, which is a great place, but since I’d already seen the sunset from that location before I was in search of a nearby park where it’s supposed to be even more spectacular). Unfortunately, after nearing the place I thought it was and bumping up against a few dead ends, I started to realize that the sun was going to be gone in the next ten minutes and I was lost and unable to find the park I was looking for. I was annoyed, a little mad at myself and worried because…now what was my new thing going to be? I started wandering back towards home, looking out at the sunset I was missing out on and then it hit me.. Continue reading
It’s been a tough week to carry out the 30/30 Bday Challenge because I had to include international travel (14 hours), jet lag, apartment searching, and organizing my work schedule to my list of things to take care of as well. I’m also trying to save money so my options here in Madrid have been limited, but it’s also reminded me that Madrid is a great city to find free things to do. Continue reading
I’m turning 30 next week and in honor of this milestone birthday, I’m choosing to embrace the ageing process by doing one new thing everyday for 30 days (The 30/30 Bday Challenge, an idea which to the best of my knowledge I came up with myself). You can read more about how I got inspired to do the challenge on my week 1 post. And here’s a recap of how week 2 went. Continue reading
I went back and forth about whether or not I was going to participate in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge if someone challenged me. At first I thought “Of course I’d do it! It’s for a great cause!” and I was further encouraged when I heard just how much money the ALS association had earned thanks to the Ice Bucket Challenge and the subsequent increase in awareness about the disease. But in the past week, with the challenge being featured on all major talk shows, celebrities posting videos and my Facebook news feed flooding with #icebucketchallenge, it started to seem that the challenge was getting out of hand and possibly turning into a game, Continue reading
I’m spending the month of August at home with family in the states (Seattle), and since I usually only get to visit once a year I’m spending the weeks maximizing quality time with family and friends. Which is why, despite never in my life having had any sort of desire to do so, I found myself dragging my feet to join my golf-enthusiast family on a trip to the driving range last week. Mind you, it took quite a deal of coaxing on their part to convince me to join along, but their personalized cajoling which included things like “be spontaneous,” “get out of your comfort zone” and “you can blog about it later,” finally got me out the door with them.
And to my surprise, I discovered that I actually enjoyed hitting the golf ball with all my might and improving my technique with every swing. If nothing more, I could at least recommend golf as a great stress reliever to future patients. But I also discovered that great ideas can be born while swinging a golf club, which is how I came up with my plan of how to celebrate my 30th birthday. Continue reading