Looking Back: Decade in Review

The 2010s. What a decade.

The first five years were painful and the lowest period of my life; the last five were exciting, yet stressful, with many important milestones checked off: I bought my first place, got promoted, and most importantly, reconnected with CT. We’ve since renovated our first home together, went on some amazing adventures, and got engaged (underwater!).

One of the most important things I’ve learned this decade is that asking for help is OK and this applies to all aspects in life: home, work, friends. I’ve had to work through this internal struggle of being burnt out but still wanting to do everything myself and then beating myself for being burnt out. In the beginning of the decade, I would have never, ever, ever, even have thought about hiring cleaners or a wedding planner, but here I am now with both because I need the help. I’ve had to learn to delegate at work to save my own sanity – this is still a work in progress but I’m getting better at it. So as flattering as it would be to be considered Superwoman, I am not and I’m OK with that now. And btw, this is in no way a humblebrag – in fact, if you are someone that can do everything, I applaud you; YOU are amazing.

2010

I started this blog! I initially wanted a place for me to document the food I was eating, making and the places I was visiting. I started trying out more restaurants this year and one of my favorites was Alinea (and it still happens to be on my top 10 list).

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2011

There was a lot of snowboarding. I even hiked up 13,000ft to ride the bowls at Breckenridge.

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2012

I took a hockey clinic hosted by the LA Kings!

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Also experienced via ferrata for the first time

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2013

I ran my first marathon.

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I also moved down to San Diego, intending to only stay for a year or two, but ended up living there for 6.

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2014

A rough year for me, but I got through it by getting back to the basics and focusing on myself. I read and cooked a lot this year.

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2015

I finally got a chance to run the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in SF.

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And became a first time homeowner!

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2016

I reconnected with CT ♥

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2017

CT and I ice skated on Lake Louise and snowshoed to Peyto Lake.

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We also explored Machu Picchu.

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2018

We renovated our first house together. This really tested how well we’re able to work together and communicate. There were definitely miscommunication at times and differences in opinion, but we got through it all and we’re super happy with the end result.

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kitchen before
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living room before
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master bath before
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downstairs guest bath before
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kitchen in process
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living room in process – CT’s sketch haha
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master bath in process
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downstairs guest bath in process
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kitchen after
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living room after
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downstairs guest bath after – still in love with these floor tiles

We went on the vacation of my dreams and spent 2 weeks eating our way through Italy (and also a few days Barcelona). We listened to Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons in Vivaldi’s church in Venice, made fresh pasta in Bologna, reenacted “hi cutie” from Master of None Season 2 in Modena, witnessed a beautiful sunset in Florence, biked through Tuscany, hiked Cinque Terre, made pizza in Naples, and visited the historic sites of Rome.

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2019

We completed our PADI certification in Maui.

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And then got engaged while diving in Seattle.

I’m excited for what lies ahead in the 2020s. And what better way to start the decade than by marrying my best friend ♥

2016

2016 was a roller coaster. There were many highs (my promotion) and just as many lows (my toxic relationship with T). But overall, it was a good year. A year of growth, personally and professionally. Before I welcome 2017, let me reflect on all that happened in 2016…

I furnished my place…

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I received two awards at work: employee of the quarter and team of the quarter. Also got promoted! 💵 😁

I traveled to…

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I completed some amazing hikes…

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I cooked up some new recipes and made some oldies but goodies…

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Looking back, I really can’t complain. It’s been a good year and I look forward to even bigger and better things in 2017. Bring it on beeeeetches!

xoxo, kc

Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe

I love Chrissy Teigen. So when her cookbook, Cravings, came out, I immediately got myself a copyLemony Arugula Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe was the first recipe I tried because, pasta. And cheese. It truly is SO simple, yet SO delushious, as Chrissy would say. The acidity of the lemon juice and bitterness of the arugula help cut the richness of the dish. It isn’t diet friendly (don’t expect her cookbook to be), but I honestly did not feel bad eating it!

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Back To Basics

As a kid, I loved to read. I would sit and read on the library floor for hours and then go home and read some more. But as I got older, I made excuses not to read.

Piano (not really). Cheerleading practice. Friends. Movies. Parties. School (not really). Parties. Work. Parties. Gym.

Now I’ve come full circle. Reading has been a source of comfort and I can’t imagine my days without reading. I read before I go to bed, on weekend mornings while eating breakfast, and on breaks from studying. Maybe it’s because I live alone. Maybe it’s because I don’t have cable. Or maybe I’m getting back to basics and focusing on things that I truly love to do. I’ll take the latter.