this is just one of sappy holiday statuses you’ll see all day long. please feel free to just keep scrolling if you are not in the mood to read it. here goes:
2013 has been a very, VERY special and eventful year for me and those around me so far. it has seen a lot of firsts and lasts. i met wonderful people whom i cherish for life, along with those who have been on my side this whole journey. i have been to more new places than i could ever imagine. many of my dreams actually came true and i still have all of YOU in my life.
shout out to Terrance, my beloved. you have been the most patient when i act selfish and spoiled. the same goes to your energetic friends who are so accepting of my quirks. you are more than what i deserve but i guess it’s too late for me to let you go :*
i need to give some credits to London & CIEE because without them, i would’ve never met the amazing Fatimata and her delightful family, who kindly let me stay at their place right now.
thanks to all the wonderful people i met through my semester abroad! especially, Amber, whose kitchen/survival tips saved my life, & Celia, who ran down the fire exit with me every time, went on epic quests for good food AND made the cold showers bearable.
merci to Victoria, for letting me stay in your room when i was in Paris and for being there on trips to Morocco & Italy aka. the highlights of my semester abroad!
i’m grateful for my roommate Tami. you’ve been through a lot this year and i’m not sure if i was capable of being your personal cheerleader. you have awesome family and friends who are there for you and i’m more than willing to be a shoulder to cry on. i shall kick my habit of not replying to your texts ‘cause i know you absolutely hate it lol
亲爱的Mikoto, Yolanda & Jimy, 祝你们感恩节快乐！好好吃，好好睡，好好玩哦。so proud of you guys for joining Facebook. i sincerely welcome you to the team. also sending love to my family offline, across oceans and timezones.
BIG thanks to all the families i spent Thanksgivings with in the last 3 years: Christine Lewis Homich, Dara Balinski, & Shantelle Williams. i wish you a very happy Thanksgiving/Hanukkah with all my heart. you are beyond amazing.
2013 has seen my professional portfolio grow exponentially. i have been given positive feedback for my writing gigs! thank you all, especially my sources!! i couldn’t have told the stories without you. your enthusiasm and energy bring life to the stories i tell. editors, thanks for catching my mistakes so i look fabulous in print and online. you deserve a freaking round of applause.
speaking of my writing, i miss my Ringier family so terribly. Amiee, Desiree, Jamie Hyejoon, Brenda, Sofia, Alice, Ernie, Steven and Rachel. i miss our lunch breaks and that one time the entire office was out of electricity and we were screaming “Save the ice cream.” i still have photos on my phone. i love you guys so much.
HAPPY THANKSGIVUKKAH <3