This past year was a long rollercoaster ride for me, professionally and personally.
On the career front, I finally accomplished a goal I set for myself while finishing graduate school (in 2007). I obtained an internationally-recognized, professional certification. It’s a stepping stone that will open doors, give me options, and quite a bit more earning potential (Hello, Ferrari!.. j/k.. can’t get one yet). It required a few years of intense work experience, a tedious application, months of self-study of some of the boringest shit to ever grace paper, and concluding with a 4-hour exam.
Initially, I was supposed to get certified last year, but I was still dealing with the heartbreak from a relationship that went to the shitter. For a while, I was in denial about the whole situation. I know now that I can do waaaaay better. Hahaha. Anyways, with the help and encouragement of real friends and colleagues, I finally did it! I passed the exam around Thanksgiving. I am now eligible for a promotion and am entertaining career options. =)
As far as current relationship status, I am single and for now, content. In 2010, I was associated with a few women, but nothing meaningful panned out. What was very interesting was how different each of them were in terms of personal goals, station in life, and even appearance. In no particular order: one was a serious career woman with her own company and in hindsight, reminded me of another girl that got away in college (bad, I know). Another was a carefree party girl in the Downtown LA scene. Another still, was an out-of-state graduate student with big dreams. And, there were a couple of other party girls.
Out of all of them, the grad student was able to elicit butterflies in my stomache, a feeling that I have not felt in a really long time. Granted that I did go out with her before in my early 20s, it was amazing then to reconnect after not speaking to each other during the last 7 or 8 years. Us going out was pretty unexpected, but at the time, still seemed destined. It was as if the stars aligned. Alas, this second time didn’t work out either. If I’m honest, I hope there will be a third chance for us – the third time is the charm, right?
In the mean time, I continue to devote myself to living life and having fun, to experiencing new things, and to mental and physical self-improvement.
Looking back at photos, I did quite a bit! I saw Cirque du Soleil’s show Kooza! in Irvine, La Roux in concert at Club Nokia, a couple of professional Muay Thai kickboxing fights, and a Los Angeles Kings game. I also attended Oktoberfest at Alpine Village, Fashion’s Night Out, a couple of weddings, and many notable art openings at Ace Gallery, LACMA, MOCA, TAM, CGU, and LAzarides Gallery. Satisfying my desire for gastronomic exploration, I tried out a bunch of restaurants for the first time.
Since knowledge is power, I read a lot of books on a variety of topics, from Wall Street and the US financial system to Freemasonry and Contemporary Art History. Of course, I threw in a couple of guilty pleasures, as well.
In the latter part of this year, to fulfil my mission to be hot (in time for Spring Break), I joined what Fitness magazine considers to be The Best Gym in America. I became a Spinning addict. Religiously, I wake up at 4am on weekdays (6am on weekends) just to go. The class is so much fun and is always full of eye candy. More importantly, it’s done wonders for my mood, my body, and motivation to eat healthier.
…. and that’s pretty much my 2010.
Lastly, I’m very thankful for my current crop of friends, old and new. Without them, I would not have been able to experience some of the cool things or get through some of my troubles this past year. I know that I’m pretty crappy when it comes to showing appreciation, but I hope to be much better at it next year.
Cheers to 2011 being a better year.