I passed! & BIG NEWS

Hello!

Hope your weekend was happy!  Mine was quite eventful.

Saturday I passed a very important exam- my Ophthalmology exam.  I am now a Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (“COA”)!

Sunday, I spent the entire day with a very dear friend of mine.  We had a delicious brunch, even more delicious coffee, spent an embarrassingly long time shopping at Goodwill (where we have created many memories in the past), explored, talked, laughed, and finished the day with the sweet, creamy goodness of a little ice cream shop called Humphry Slocombe.

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I couldn’t pass up this AMAZING leopard print coat.  My addiction is out of control.  I may need to look into some sort of support group soon. ;-)
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Just a little reminder for my fellow shoppers…

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YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL… now go eat some ice cream!

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The day with my friend was incredible & bittersweet…

As you may know, my life has been a little chaotic chaotic as hell the past few months. One of the big decisions that I have made is that I will be moving away from San Francisco, the city that I have adored for the past 7 years.  This decision has been one of the hardest of my life (as corny as that sounds).  This is the city that I have spent my entire adult life in.

San Francisco was the first real place that felt like home.  Whenever I went away, returning to SF was like a sigh of relief, a weight off my shoulders.  I love everything about it here… the people, the people watching, the bus rides (dirty & crowded too!), the food, the environmentally conscious laws/rules, the yoga studios, the hippie grocery stores (RAINBOW!!!!), the street art, the coffee, the chocolate, the parks, the bridges, the events & celebrations, and most of all… the memories I have made here and the person I have become in this crazy, beautiful place.

I quit my job, have started packing my things, am telling those that I love here in San Francisco to please not forget me and that I love them so, very much, and I am going back to school full-time to get serious about my future as a medical professional.  The past two years at my great job here in SF have shown me that what I love most is connecting with and caring for a patient in need and I can’t wait to further my medical knowledge and training.

Change is one of the HARDEST things for me.  I am taking it day by day and I am looking forward to the new challenges that lie ahead for me.  I will miss my loved ones more than they know and I will miss absolutely everything about San Francisco.

Today, I acted like a tourist and had no shame is snapping as many pictures as I wanted…

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It is tempting to mourn the “loss” of this great city & worry if I am making all the right decisions in life.  Instead, I am trying really hard to realize that this temporary change I am making will allow me to better my life in the long run.  Also, it is comforting to know that my loved ones and this amazing city aren’t going anywhere!

Thursday I will turn another year older and then in a few weeks we will celebrate the start of 2014.  Change is the only thing I know right now…. BRING. IT. ON. (fake it til you make it right!?)

CHANGE: Hate it or love it??

Moving sucks? or you love it?

Have a beautiful week!

XO,

CS

3 thoughts on “I passed! & BIG NEWS

  1. Brave Hali:
    I can’t imagine this city without you here. Please email me at sltaya@sonic .net so I’m sure to have a real bond with you. Where are you going? I’m sure wherever that is, will turn out to be eventful and full of fun. I feel lucky to have worked with you a short while.

    Best of luck and please keep in touch. All my love goes with you. And your street art photos are fabulous and moving, as usual.—Taya

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