Tuesday, January 6, 2015

On Getting Older

I long ago stopped asking myself if I have arrived where I thought I would be by my age. When I was 5 years old and wondering (with awe and disbelief) what I would be like at 17, or 25, or--gasp, 30, I suppose I thought I would be like my parents. By the time they were in their 30s they had already achieved the trifecta of adulthood: married, owned a home, and had a kid (me) on the way. I'm nowhere near any of the above, nor am I certain that I aspire to any of the traditional trappings of adulthood.

I'm 32 today, and still figuring out what it means to be a woman of a certain age. A woman who is unmarried, doesn't own a house, doesn't have children. Is still trying to decide what she wants to be when she 'grows up.' Doesn't even think she wants children. Is in fact wary of the entire institution of marriage. Whatever my life has in store for me, I know it won't look anything like my parents. I live in a prohibitively expensive city where home ownership is a pipe dream, and I am part of a generation of women with ubiquitous, cheap, convenient forms of birth control. All of which is definitely not making me want to flee to the suburbs. I love living in a city. I love having the freedom to travel.  I'm not going to lie, I think I could live this way forever.

Monday, January 5, 2015

2014, a Year Well-Lived

Sunset from Pruitt Ridge Campground, Big Sur, CA
Protective prayer painted in taxicab roof, Bangkok, Thailand // tiled floors of the Doi Suthep temple in Chiang Mai, Thailand
Lotus flowers for making offerings at Doi Suthep temple, Chiang Mai, Thailand 
Camping at Alabama Hills in Lone Pine, CA 
Beyonce concert at AT&T Park, San Francisco 
Longtail boats docked at Railay Beach, Thailand 
Bang Bang Bar, Railay Beach, Thailand 
Longtail boat ride Andaman Sea, Thailand // Perfect afternoon reading spot Railay Beach, Thailand 
Whale watching, Rancho Pescadero, Pescadero Beach, Mexico 
Home away from home in New Orleans, our Air BnB apartment, built circa 1870 
Truck camping with dog 
Waterfall, Feather River in Plumas National Forest, CA 
Rooftop pool at Terminal 21 Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand 
Sunset at Pruitt Ridge, Big Sur, CA

This photo set is clearly not representative of say, any given Tuesday in 2014, but then again you probably wouldn't care to see pictures of me sitting at a desk hunched over chewing on my cuticles. We'll call this my world through rose-colored glasses aka all the cool shit I did that was worth putting on Instagram.