Tuesday, May 1, 2018

29 flew right by - here is how I did

A little late – but here is how I did my 29th year; 30thyear list coming your way soon-ish
1.     Pursue a new and different career, be passionate about the work you put into the world; got a new and exciting job, learning a new industry. :) I shoulda done this years ago. 
2.     Continue writing, regardless how hard it is to write about myself, my mom, and others in my life, telling and writing stories make me feel whole; I need to do this
3.     Santa Barbara trip, with Karla + Tania; trip is planned - days are blocked. Can’t wait :) 
4.     Save more money, continue saving more money --> Need to pay off those student loans! wooo (grown up Karen); doing this, also got rid of hella stuff, material things and trying to become a little more strict and sticking to a budget.
5.     Graduate School is waiting for you - Where is Professor CHICXICANA? This is on the back burner for now... but I’m not giving up on this 
6.     More giving back to the community yo!; I definitely started doing this and I am still working on it. 
7.     Coordinate an art show with Adrian; oh man we did so much together in my 29th year, día de Los muertos at SOMArts and he helped install the first art show I curated- extra special thanks to El Comalito Collective for the opportunity 
8.     Start writing some poetry, it doesn't have to be complex or hella deep - it can be about pizza; fail 
9.     Spend more time talking to dad, record his voice - he doesn't leave voicemails; use your recorder; definitely do this but feel weird recording him 
10.  Throw yourself a unicorn themed birthday extravaganza; done 
11.  Can you go dancing more often? I am pretty sure you use to like that; nope :( 
12.  Spend time with Alexia and Annayeli, they are getting old - do some arts and crafts; yes
13.  Take more photos; nope 
14.  Buy yourself a nice camera; nope remember how I’m strict with spending 
15.  Can you stop buying shoes already....like where do you put them all?; nope :( I love shoes 
16.  Hangout with your sister more - take her on a trip to like Vegas or something; nope I need to do this 
17.  Visit Hector; fail 
18.  Make Jaime talk more, maybe try to help him learn how to cook?; haha more like cook for Jaime 
19.  Go for walks more often; yes - we walk to bart now
20.  Be less in a hurry; working on it
21.  Can you please start sleeping before 1AM on weeknights, your body is starting to hate the 4 hours of sleep; hella trying it’s a work in process 
22.  Write your letters to mom, it will help Karen - remember she is always with you; you need to process your feelings; started -  need to do more 
23.  Learn to have patience - life is hard, and no it is not going to get any easier, you just need to be better at life and managing how you process it; I’m getting there… I think
24.  Be nicer to Adrian - you are hella crazy sometimes - he is messy - just accept it; I try – I need to try harder
25.  Stop eating so much pizza (hahaha, jk) - but really... – hahaha – kinda getting better
26.  Paint your nails different colors – I’ve been doing this and practicing more self-care
27.  Wash clothes more often, not like every three weeks, that pile is getting crazy; I got good for a bit but it’s hard when you have to go to a laundry mat and go get cash… though there are hella ATMs around me
28.  Keep working towards your health goals; trying and failing and trying again
29.  Stop saying you are old, all the actual OLD people around you are starting to feel self-conscious; OMG I’m getting old – but I feel forever 25…  

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