Life Post-Grad

Things have been so busy around here!  But, what’s new?  I apologize for my lack of time to post weekly, but you can definitely count on a monthly blog from now on!  🙂  As a disclaimer, this blog is meant to serve as a means to stay updated with my life for convenience purposes and is not intended to be self-indulgent.

The real world is a great, vibrant place to be in and I prefer it over the virtual world we create for ourselves.  I have eliminated so many distractions from my life including (but not limited to) excessive texting, Instagram, Facebook, etc.  I don’t even use Snapchat or have Messenger on my phone!  I haven’t replied to texts in days.  Social media and its ability to enable over-sharing has worn on me.  So, I hope this blog can serve as a place for us all to conveniently connect without the distracting nature of other types of social media.

I was in Spokane on business (those law school visits have commenced!), and to spend time with one of my dearest friends and her fabulous mother last week.  Trips across the state are time consuming and exhausting, but also so much fun!  I’m still taking in everything, although I’m so happy to be back on the west side.  There is nothing quite like sitting in my favorite coffee shop on a rainy Seattle day, and the wonderful community I work and live with.

For all my non-Washingtonian friends, Spokane (pronounced “Spo-can”) is a roughly 4.5 hour drive east of Seattle.  When I first came to Washington 5 years ago, I thought it was pronounced as “Spo-cane” (how embarrassing!  haha!).  I like to think I’ve come a long way since I was such a tourist.  😉

I had a blast driving both ways as I shamelessly sung in the car and let my mind freely wander.  For the first time, I realized the drive’s country-like scenery resembled so much of my all-time favorite drive to Kona from my hometown of Hilo in Hawai’i.  I also thought about how much Washington has become such a big part of me, and how it feels like my second home after all these years.

It was wonderful to spend some time catching up with one of my best friends from college.  We met at Western Washington University 4 years ago in the dance department where we were both dance majors in the same choreography group project.  She supported me throughout my transfer process from the beginning and has come to see me in Seattle many times since.  We’ve been through so much together, from crying in each others’ dorm rooms, to stressing about graduate school admissions, to watching each other complete our degrees and move on to new adventures in different cities.  Whenever I travel to visit her, it’s noticeable how much our lives have changed since the last time we’ve been together in person.  I can’t wait to see how different our lives are when we are reunited next!

Without knowing I had been searching for this online, she had already bought it for me.  Here’s a photo of the UW Hello Kitty she gave me for graduation:

UW Hello Kitty

I know this is a shorter update, but I hope to write more soon.  Once the holidays are over, I’ll be able to keep you all posted more frequently.  In the meantime, I will leave you with this quote that resonated with me recently:

“Don’t fall asleep at the wheel.  We’ve got a million miles ahead of us.”

-J.B. & D.J.S.

Happy Thanksgiving!

I’m so grateful to live such a full life with you all in it.  Thanks for being a part of it.

Much love,


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