grateful

I expect this is mostly because I’m tired and mood swing-y, but I marvel that the people in my life seem to know when to reach out as I sit here marinating in my grumpiness.

This past weekend was massively eventful, a small intro to the craziness and social dynamic that will soon come to dominate the rest of b-school. It also left me drained, grumpy, and just down. I know, I know, not your typical response to getting a peek of the exciting leadership growth and networking opportunities. But that’s me – your overextended introvert.

The work day today wasn’t the greatest. I was only halfway productive and I just wanted to go home the entire time. On top of it all, it was bloody awful freezing in the office, as usual.

But then after I get home I’m reminded that I have a lot to be grateful for. Namely, the people in my life who care and matter, even if they don’t realize that they’re doing the biggest thing by shooting me a message. My oldest friend of 20 years (literally, twenty years) asking to hang out soon. My dad, because I left a very weird grumpy voicemail on the home phone and he always knows how to keep it real. My mum, forever my sounding board even if I’m frustratedly half-yelling at the phone while driving home. And even someone I met this weekend, my future classmate, inviting me to another happy hour for next week to just hang out.

So just remember. There’s always people.

🙂

 

in other news

Seeing as I more or less failed at the writing thing, I’ll just go ahead and lead with it: I’m in! I’ve submitted my deposit and SIR, and I’ll be joining the FEMBA class of 2021! Woohoo. Three more years in LA. Do I sound excited or what?

These last few months have been on-and-off eventful. I alternate between being crazy on the go, and being a hermit in my apartment. It’s like I’ll binge socialize and then go into hiding hungover until the next round.

I’m also now on a budget, so I can pay for school and not deplete my savings. We’ll see how well that goes. I’ll do a little post on that at some point later, after my finances stabilize.

Nicole out x

hello, hello

sdr

After a few months of hiatus, I’m back! Ever since our Half Dome hike, life’s been quite the whirlwind. I’m not even sure it could be called a whirlwind – it was more like a Class 5 hurricane, keeping in line with how this past year has generally gone on both the personal front and the national/global affairs front.

To recap the last several months of 2017:

  • I spent the entire month of September in Singapore for work. It was wonderful, spending time with my entire family.
  • I quit my job at Autodesk in October and left San Francisco, trading the fog for the LA beaches with the intention of applying to b-school this year.
  • I also bought a car.
  • In November, my heart broke again and we said goodbye to another family member.
  • Thanksgiving was spent in Texas with my parents and brother, for some quality bonding time with the Texas Longhorns.
  • Come December, I was a) frantically trying not to lose my passport (I did) and get my China visa (it worked out), b) flying to Singapore on Christmas Eve (yes, again), and c) adventuring around Yunnan province and getting stranded in Shangrila because of the snow.

I’ll do some thoughts on our time in China in a different post but needless to say, there was plenty of nice scenery, we ate a lot of yak, and endured quite the adventure trying to get back to Singapore intact. 2018 showed up while we were holed up in a rando little Naxi village somewhere on the side of the Haba mountain bordering the Yangtze river. It was great.

One of my goals this year is to blog more often about the things in my life that are meaningful, whether it’s things that bring happiness or things that are lessons well learned. Something tells me this is a time in my life that I’ll want to document. I used to be really good about writing posts for the better part of my college and grad school years, so I want to do the same as I start yet another journey into my late twenties (!!). Working life in a big city can make it harder to want to write here and there, but some day when I look back, I’ll be glad the internet is practically forever. A peek into Younger Me’s mind surely makes for an interesting read.

Cheers to an interesting year ahead! Let’s see what you’ve got for us, 2018.
x

hello (again)

You know what they say – third fourth what-number-again time’s the charm. I don’t know how many blogs I’ve started and abandoned over the years (two WordPress’s, a Tumblr, my own websites) but I’m going to make an effort this time for the foreseeable future. Why? Well, because Dad has a bucket list. On that list: Half Dome.

14-16 miles, 4800 ft gain, and those cables. Yep, the cables.

Guess who gets to climb it with dear old Dad?

I’ve set my little countdown widget to the right on this page >>

This is my concerted effort, my dedicated mission, to get in shape enough so as not to suffer a horrible painful demise or be unable to haul my body weight up to the top of that rather iconic granite rock formation.

I’ve been better these last couple years about exercising, going out for weekend hikes, trying to eat healthy (why yes, I voluntarily eat low-sugar oatmeal for breakfast now – my 13 year old self would never have imagined). But I’m still out of shape. I’ve never hiked more than 10 miles at once, I can’t run more than 1.5 miles without stopping, and I absolutely struggle when it comes to severe elevation gain. I also don’t have much upper body strength. On the flip side, I did manage to hike up to Takstang (Tiger’s Nest) in January, and I managed to keep myself from being swept downriver in the middle of the  Hawaiian jungle by clinging to slippery wet boulders last July. So really, I’m probably approximately average in terms of fitness. Maybe below average.

yep, below average.

The Formula:

Half Dome survival = Outdoor hikes + HIIT + runs + body weight/upper body

The Plan:

Outdoor hikes – nothing beats real life practice. The idea is to break in my boots, and work up my mileage to around 10+ miles. I only have so many weekends left to do this, so I’ve looked up hikes around the Bay Area that I want to tackle over the next 7+ weeks. I have a bum right ankle sometimes, so I’ll need to be careful. In order:

Castle Rock State Park – 5.5 mi, 1000 ft gain
Mission Peak – 5.6 mi, 2200 ft gain
Mitchell Canyon-Eagle Peak Loop, Mount Diablo – 7.8 mi, 2200 ft gain
Black Mountain – 9.4 mi, 2300 ft gain
Waterfall Loop @ Big Basin – 11 mi, 2000xx ft gain

+1-2 easier trail-run types if my body can handle it (maybe)

HIIT – for the first time in my life, I spent money on a workout training plan thing. After watching a friend complete it via Instagram posts, I decided to try the PIIT28 workouts to get my HIITs in. This should serve to up my heart rate, overall body strength, and help keep me on a schedule. I probably won’t stick to it for 28 straight days, but I’ll try.

Runs – instead of doing the PIIT28 stretch warm-ups, I’ll probably substitute a mile run at least half the time to keep some sort of low-intensity movement on the day-to-day.

Body weight / upper body – for days when PIIT doesn’t focus on upper body strength, I’ll add in some weights, push-ups, tricep exercises, and whatever will help make sure I make it up that rock.

I’ll document thoughts, progress, feelings, and failures over the next 50 or so days in this spot. Day 1 starts tomorrow.

Wish me luck! I definitely need it.

N