As I reflect on 2018, I realize what an amazing year it has been! I am now more than halfway done with college (time is flying by so quickly!), and have loved living in the Bay Area. I am officially done with all of my pre-med classes and the labs that go along with them, and can’t wait to take more psych courses now. I also picked up a new role as head facilitator of The Happiness Advantage (the class I teach at Cal), and have loved guiding students through mindfulness, gratitude, kindness, and happiness.
Earlier in the year, I jumped into a 250-hour yoga teacher training program. My school schedule and extracurriculars were super hectic at the time, but there was a voice in the back of my head saying to do it. I realized that life will always be busy and that there truly is no “right time” for anything; rather, we just have to jump into whatever it is we want to do and fully embrace the journey. Although I was adding 16 hours of yoga a week to my schedule, I earned some of my best grades. I quickly learned that a mindfulness practice is absolutely necessary if we want to work efficiently, successfully, and happily in all assets of our lives.
Sometimes I feel like I’m 35 (it must be the whole yoga, green juice, Soul Cycle sort of lifestyle), but I actually turned 21 in November! My best friend Sharon drove up from Santa Barbara, my family flew up from Orange County, and my other best friend Allison planned an entire day to celebrate (we did yoga, went to a farm-to-table restaurant, hiked, and explored San Francisco). I feel extremely fortunate that I was able to celebrate with my loved ones and am so grateful that they traveled long distances just to spend the weekend with me. Through experiences like these, I have begun to prioritize people over work; work will always be there, but we don’t always have the opportunity to spend time with others.
Throughout 2018, I also got some traveling in! I kicked off the year by exploring Zion with my dad. We did an 8 mile hike to the highest peak of the park and also hiked in The Narrows, where we waded through the river in a slot canyon. Later in the year, I ventured to Muir Woods, Joshua Tree, and Mt. Tamalpais. I love hiking and being outdoors more than anything, so I can’t wait to cross off more national parks next year. I also just got back from India two days ago! I learned so much and can’t wait to share it all with you soon in a more detailed post to come.
Lastly, I started this blog earlier in the year! I waited for awhile to purchase a domain because I wasn’t sure how frequently I would be blogging, but I’m so happy that I went for it. Sharing aspects of my life and connecting with this community has been amazing, and I can’t wait to continue down this path. I hope you had a lovely 2018, and here’s to more adventures in 2019!