Okay, so if you read even a quarter of the amount of blogs I do, I’m sure you’ve heard about Jenni from Story of my Life’s Blog Everyday in May challenge. When I first read about this I wasn’t even remotely interested, because I knew there was no way I would blog every single day in the month of May, and I didn’t want to sign up for a challenge I would surely fail. And I still feel that way.
But! (there’s always a but!) Yesterday’s writing prompt was to write the story of you life in under 250 words, and a lot of the blogs I follow participated in it. I loved reading all these little stories. They were full of cute vignettes, and I learned facts about people that I’d never known before. So I decided to do one of my own.
I’m still not participating in the actual challenge, but if I see a writing prompt that interests me, I might jump on the bandwagon and share it here.
So here you have it. The story of my life in 250 words on the dot:
I was born in Carmel and moved to Palm Springs, California when I was six. I despised living in the desert and was convinced I should have been born in the south, where I thought my prudishness, love of country music, and extreme girlishness would be much more appreciated. Up until my senior year, I positively loathed high school. I was never the popular girl in school.
I went to college at the University of Colorado. I fell in love with Boulder, and with college. For the first time in my life, I felt like I “belonged.” I studied abroad in Perugia, Italy, and my love of travel was ignited. After college I moved to Edinburgh, Scotland, where I worked as a bar maid. When my visa expired six months later, I took what little money I had and flew to Thailand. I spent the next six months backpacking through Southeast Asia. To date this is one of the best experiences of my life.
When I got back I moved to San Francisco. I knew no one, but within a few months I had a job and new friends that are still some of my very best friends today. One year later I met Kevin. Four years after that we got married. I’ve been here, in San Francisco, for almost seven years now. In many ways my life at 30 is not at all what I pictured, but in the best ways, it’s exactly what I hoped it would be.
College Besties // Striking a prom pose in Dak Lake, Vietnam
First year in San Francisco // Honeymoon bliss in Tulum, Mexico
There’s a whole bunch of other stuff missing, things like relationships and grad school and jobs and more travel and what not, but hey, I only had 250 words, so there you have it!
In other news, tonight I’ll be heading to Palm Springs for my friend Rachel’s bachelorette party. I feel like I haven’t even fully recovered from Austin, yet here I go again. It’s supposed to be HOT (like over 100 degrees hot). Since living in San Francisco I find anything over 90 degrees pretty much unbearable, so I’m not sure how well I’ll fare (how I grew up there is quite baffling), but I’m excited nonetheless.
If any of you out there wrote about your life in under 250 words, please let me know in the comments. I’d love to read all of your stories!