2018 in Review

This year has been one about stepping out of my comfort zone and coming to terms with adulthood. I mean, I turned 25 — I don’t think I’m even allowed to say I’m in my early 20’s anymore (but that won’t stop me). I’ve traveled around the US more than I ever have and somehow I also managed to start a career of which I’m proud of. This is the turning point of my adult life. I’ve compiled some highlights of my year that have carved milestones in my memory. That kind that will make me go back and say, “remember when I _____?”
I traveled to New York City! Traveling to New York had always been a dream of mine. For anybody, really. I took a 5 hour red-eye and hopped out of the plane ironically bright-eyed to explore the city for 3 nights and 4 days. Set on seeing everything I saw in the movies, I was not disappointed. It was definitely not a trip filled with trendy food spots or hidden gems. I spent most my time trying to see all the tourist sights and I don’t regret it. I plan to visit again and hopefully then I’ll be able to do immerse myself into the New York Lifestyle.
Meeting RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 9 and All Stars Season 4 contestant Valentina was a life changing experience I don’t care. I attended RuPaul’s DragCon and though the convention center was packed and the lines were on par with even the longest of Disneyland lines, I had my eyes set on meeting Valentina. I’ll never forget coming up to her out of breath and star struck, almost shaking, seeing what seemed to be a dream in person (overdramatic, I know). She held my hand while I confessed how exciting it was to see a queer latinx on one of my favorite shows and I haven’t washed my hands since.
My company walks in SF Pride every year and I was just so excited to be walking hand in hand with my boyfriend through the streets of San Francisco while it was being nationally televised. The Pride parade in general receives criticism for being too corporate, but I can’t help to be proud to be supported by my company. It was a clear juxtaposition to my teenage years when I was told I would not be able to amount to anything. Marching even inspired me to join the Pride employee resource group and help plan our end of the year party.
This was just funny to me. I visited Lake Tahoe for the first time, which was exciting — but I felt like I was going to drown in this picture. Somehow I managed to smile for the picture so that if I died, my last moments still showed me happy.
Portland was an amazing place to spend my Birthday! I don’t think I’ve ever drank so much beer in my entire life. This was also the first time I’ve ever rented an AirBnB and I don’t think I’m going back to hotels if I can help it. I went for a Birthday trip and felt like I stayed too long, but I think it worked out for the best as I really felt immersed in the Portland culture. Something interesting to me was how quickly other latinx people would switch into spanish with me.
Just a fun picture from the Funko HQ. I’m not exactly a collector, more like the sporadic impulse buyer, but as a part of my birthday trip I also went back to Seattle and then also drove one more hour out to visit this museum. It was a lot of fun to see and that’s that.
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