24 - A State of the Union Address


Today is my least favorite day of the year. I get to tally up everything I've done while I was still young and 23, and compare it what I could've accomplished. What fun!

Here's the good news (there is good news!)...
...I think the difference between what I did do and what I wanted to do this year is smaller than the past few years. That's really encouraging, isn't it?

Specifically, what I did really well this year is grow in my career. (I'm slightly embarrassed to admit this, but...) For the longest time I was intimidated about moving to the Silicon Valley. I thought that being surrounded by driven and crazy-smart people would discourage me. Couldn't be further from the truth. As evidenced by the highlight of the year, I really thrive on this!

I maintain my status as a basic idiot when it comes to my personal life, however. My duties as a friend and daughter and sister and a human being are just more than I've been able to handle with grace. At times I feel like I'm letting everyone down. (That includes me :) Seriously. Suggestions on being a better person are welcome.

Of course, it goes without saying (but I'll say it anyway), I have a great life. That hasn't always been the case. So, I'm truly grateful for it.

I'm grateful for consistency, a quiet and breezy bedroom where I can snuggle with mama, the incredible food I can afford to buy and share, two furry monkeys I love to take care of, and a handful of humans who make my heart swell with love.

the part that starts at 1:20

P.S. Fun fact: my mom was pregnant with me when she was my age. How's that for a change of perspective?
P.P.S. As per my birthday "tradition" (started last year), I donated to watsi and kitten rescue today. :)


  1. olga happy belated birthday~~~~ -H.C.

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  3. Happy Birthweek! Glad to hear you are becoming less of a disappointment each year. ;) Great picture.


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