“As a doctor, l…

“As a doctor, let me tell you what self-love does:

It improves your hearing, your eyesight, lowers your blood pressure, increases pulmonary function, cardiac output, and helps wiring the musculature. So, if we had a rampant epidemic of self-love then our healthcare costs would go down dramatically. So, this isn’t just some little frou-frou new age notion, oh love yourself honey. This is hardcore science.”

Dr Christiane Northrop

Girl’s Night, duh.

So we had a girl’s night and dressed up in our fanciest digs to go to Arrivederci in Hillcrest.

This is my newly acquired princess tutu-esque dress:

ImageAccompanied by flowers from Taylor, (purchased today at the farmer’s market) and wine in a princess sippy cup, classy.

Now we’re all snuggled in and these two are playing Mario Kart:

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Tuesday. 

 

“What I Know Now: Letters to my Younger Self”

My roommate Amanda and I swap books because we have similar interests and believe in the comfort of a literal book, not just our wunderbar Kindles. Last night she handed me, “What I Know Now: Letters to my Younger Self” by Ellyn Spragins. Spragins is an accomplished female writer, columnist and editor for publications such as The New York Times and Oprah’s O Magazine.

Spragins begins the collection of letters with a heartbreaking introduction. Finding out her mother died in a plane crash at the ripe age of 32, Spragins is forced to reflect on all the “what-ifs” of the now gaping maternal absence in her life. She rears children and wonders what advice her mother would have to offer, and why she didn’t take the time to ask while she was alive.

So she bravely reaches out to 41 incredibly intelligent and talented women. An admirable undertaking. The interviewees range from Olympic athletes, musicians, authors, lead news anchors, CEOs, Queens, heiresses and everything in between.

What I found so enamoring about “What I Know Now”, was the universality between the messages. Despite the women’s position or age, she encouraged her past self to approach the world with curiosity, courage and kindness. It is humbling and empowering to read a book of this nature, reminding us that as humans we all have similar needs. To feel important, to feel we are providing a positive impact on the world, to love and be loved, to feel safe. 

Thank you Ellyn Spragins for collecting and editing these letters, and reassuring me that it’s OK to not always know the specifics as long as we continue to work towards personal and professional goals. 

Life update

Hey WordPress, it’s been a while. How’s it going?

My temp job at the Playhouse came to an end at the end of July, so I’m back burgering full time again. Money has been decent and my Counter family is as happily dysfunctional as ever. Although I don’t think I want to waitress too much longer; I love serving and will be sad to see that part of my life eventually come to a close. Food makes people so happy and I get to meet hundreds of new people everyday, as well as catch up with my regulars.

I turned 23 in a drunken blaze of glory on the 2nd. Tay and I went snorkeling with the leopard sharks in La Jolla Cove, took a food tour of Little Italy, then everyone I love came out to celebrate Shore Club style. Every year I have a mini panic attack, noting the passage of time with the addition of a new candle on my cake. I’m not afraid of aging, I’m afraid of this beautiful life coming to an end one day.

That being said- I’m deciding to make this year my bitch. I’ve been running and have officially signed up for my first ever 5k run on October 5th. I’ve been reading more than ever this summer and finally got my dad’s old guitar re-strung to try and teach myself. I miss playing piano and having music be a constant in my life. Progress is good, summer is great and I am a happy Irish girl.

Taylor is undoubtedly the nicest person I have ever met and next month marks 2 1/2 years of us being together. Time goes by so fast and I am honestly happier each day than the next. It’s funny how you can think  you know what love feels like and believe it’s there, but then when you’re actually in it, smiling so hard it hurts and taking mental pictures every possible second, it’s a whole different thing. I have never been so happy being around another person and I know this will continue for a long time to come.

Ricky moved out, he will be missed. Our spunky Egyptian roommate is headed to Med school in the caribbean, we made sure to send him out in style. 2 new roommates are moving into the house come September, more shenanigans to follow.

I have been accepted to volunteer/help coordinate the Tedx conference being held in San Diego in December. Excited for the opportunity and hopefully some new ones on the rise as well, first volunteer meeting in September. The theme is “re-think”, hoping to catch some powerful speakers throughout the day.

So there you have it internet, life is glorious. Hopefully I’ll be back to write sooner rather than later.

xx

J