Saturday, November 30, 2013

thankful // a long weekend in New Hampshire.

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this thanksgiving, i traveled from new york to cambridge to nashua to spend a long weekend with northeast cousins.  and a restful long weekend it has been. since i've moved to new york, i haven't had the time to sit down and spend a few hours doing whatever i'd like. this thanksgiving, it was reading a book. baking a pie. home videos with cousins. flailing at pictionary. naps. 

i'm one in a million twenty-something's who has recently moved to the city, an island with 27,000 people in every square mile, with cronuts and shake shack and frozen hot chocolate the size of your face.  it's been a wild ride of an 18-course schedule (what, columbia?) and an apartment that is 45 minutes from the lower easy side (trust me, we've counted).  it hasn't exactly been the ride i expected, but when has life ever planned out exactly as planned? i still get weirdly interested in epi readings, i still cry my eyes out when laughing with the wonderful people around me, and i still can't help but giggle when i realize how much my perception of the city has changed. 

from my current read goodbye to all that: writers on loving and leaving new york: "the city's not the same and you're not the same and you'll never get that time back because time is a spiral, girl: a spiral. life is elsewhere now. live it." 

"good things happen gradually and over time. great things happen all at once."
- elisa albert 

Sunday, November 17, 2013

sounds good to me.

{hiking in western mass, summer 2013}

"keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions.  small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you too, can become great.  when you are seeking to bring big plans to fruition, it is important with whom you regularly associate.  hang out with friends who are like-minded and who are also designing purpose-filled lives.  similarly be that kind of a friend for your friends."
- mark twain

Saturday, November 9, 2013

boston // in the fall.

a quick jaunt to my second favorite city to help the 2x2 project, an epi magazine here at columbia, cover the american public health association conference.  an eye opening experience, to say the least.  who would have thought that i would enjoy listening to a talk on arsenic exposure in young children? this public health school has changed me, it's safe to say.  the highlights of my weekend included: catching up with old bowdoin friends & northeast cousins, feeling a part of a community of people so passionate about public health, and the red and yellow leaves everywhere i turned.  the only downside may be that i'm even more confused about what direction in this field i want to take - but too many options has never been a bad thing, am i right? 

"when you have exhausted all your possibilities, remember this - you haven't."
- thomas edison

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