16 for 2016

With the year coming to a close, I reflected on the things I’ve done in the past year. I have to say that 2016 was definitely a challenging year but it has brought some of the best moments of my life. Now considering the Lunar calendar and that it’s the year of the monkey and I’m a monkey… this was MY year! Which is strange because tradition says it should be a bad year for me. When I was coming up with this list, I honestly had to shorten it down because there were just so many to choose from. It makes me happy to know that I have an abundance of memories to choose from and I can really only say that you only live once, so why not live it fully?

Here are 16 memories that have made 2016 for me (in no particular order):

      1. Beer festival with my dad in San Diego
      2. French class at the OC Lingual Institute
      3. Hotboxing in my driveway with fireworks in the sky
      4. Hiking Mt. San Bernadino & seeing Big Bear Lake the next mountain over
      5. Seeing the Northern Lights on a plane
      6. Temple hopping on the Lunar New Year
      7. Painting my grandparents’ grave markers in San Francisco
      8. Driving the e30 home down PCH
      9. Lunch picnics across at Back Bay
      10. Sipping hot wine at the Christmas market down Champs-Élysées
      11. Working remotely in Ohio to visit my sister
      12. Registering for a sports league with Vivi
      13. 10k race with donut stops and brunch + mimosas after finishing
      14. Running along sail boats during my half marathon in Chicago
      15. Beach hopping in Santa Barbara
      16. Watching mom and dad dancing

Life’s a gift, have a wonderful 2017!