Life is short. Are you living?

Look outside to see what you can live for today

Recently, I wrote about making a dedicated effort to try new things to have a little fun, expand upon a skill, or to step out of your comfort zone. Whether you’re trying new things or indulging in old favorites, stopping to smell the roses and enjoy life is something we all advise, but many of us rarely put into practice.

I was chatting with a friend last week who is nearing 40, is single, and doesn’t have any children. And here I am, 26, and a year ago or so, I thought I would be getting married around now (a lot has changed since then!). As we recalled how we had both attempted to either set a path for ourselves in our careers and relationships or avoided one assuming things would work themselves out, I was reminded that life is short, and more often than not, we have to just go for what we want.

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Four years in DC and still so much to do!

Tidal Basin
Out enjoying DC, year 1

This week marks my fourth year in DC. I’m a big milestone person, noting anniversaries, birthdays, recognitions, etc, as if I work for a card company or something. (Thankfully, I have friends who do the same, so I know I’m not alone in this.) As I think back on the four years I’ve spent here since I left school and Ohio a semester early, I realize I’ve been through a lot, but that I have so much more coming my way. Journey with me?

Since February 2007:

  • I’ve lived in three apartments and had four roommates
  • I’ve had two jobs, three titles, and six (and a handful of dotted line) bosses
  • I continued a long-distance relationship, and broke it off
  • I’ve rekindled old friendships, made many new ones, and lost friends I thought were for life
  • I’ve consulted for 2 amazing entrepreneurs whose companies I believe in
  • I’ve held five parties, all but one Cajun-themed
  • I’ve watched the Saints win the Superbowl and LSU win the BCS Championship
  • I’ve gone through two couches, two mattresses, two comforters, two shower curtains, and two lamps.
  • I’ve gone kayaking, hiking, museuming, and attended tweetups
  • I’ve run my first three races here and scheduled my next two
  • I’ve watched the July 4 fireworks every single year, either on a rooftop or on the Mall
  • I heard Ted Kennedy speak, voted in person for the first time, attended President Obama’s presidential inauguration, done a West Wing tour, and a Capitol tour.

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