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Where Do You See Yourself?

"Where do you see yourself in five years? Ten years?"

Who remembers this as a default question on the first day of high school or college? And then they ask it again later in the year or the semester to gauge where you've grown.

Truth is, it's a bit of a loaded question isn't it? How are we to know where we'll be in five years or ten years? The weird part is, when we're younger, it almost seems easier to answer some version of this question: if you're 18, in five years, you've most likely graduated college and are working at your first job. And at that age, the idea of ten years is terrifying so we probably all say stupid things like "I'll have a Ferrari" or "I'll be Chief something-or-other of a company."

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25

I don't usually like posting so often – it unsettles my OCD when the dates between two blog posts aren't exactly within 7-10 days of each other. But in the spirit of celebrating a quarter of a century (and piggy-backing off of my "Dear Little Me," post) I wanted to sum up 25 of my 'lessons learned' in the last 25 years. 

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Identity Crisis

One of my best friends often jokes that I have an identity crisis. Hence, the title of this post. If that sounds confusing, well, it's because it is. Even to me. Growing up in an immigrant household that held on to traditions isn't easy. There were times growing up where I wanted nothing more than to be American - blonde hair, blue eyed, Thanksgiving dinner American. I wanted English speaking parents that didn't need my help to fill out forms. I wanted the homemade sandwich lunches. I envied the kids who were 1/3 this and 1/16 that – I thought I was boring, being just 100% Chinese. 

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I'm a little late, but happy New Year! Everyone usually recaps their year before the start of the new one, but I'm a little rebellious. Kidding. I'm actually just incredibly lazy and fall asleep by 10 on weekdays. Regardless, I wanted to recap 2016 and put down in writing what I want to achieve in 2017. 

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Boston Strong

Monday is Patriots' Day in Boston. Monday is also The Boston Marathon. Today is also the three year anniversary of the 2013 Marathon. You all know how much I love the city of Boston and the sports teams, but I rarely talk about one thing I really love: the people.

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And now, a break

from our regularly scheduled marathon training programming.

No, I haven't stopped training. It's quite the opposite in fact. I have the Disneyland Half Marathon coming up in about two weeks so the training has been taken more seriously. I do however feel that the front page of my blog has become a bit... well, off character. This isn't to say that running hasn't become a substantial part of my life but it isn't the one thing that makes me, me. And we definitely can't have that.

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