California: What I’ve Learned.

So, here I am – home. 5 weeks flew by.

Miss you, San Fran.

I walked off of the plane and into the arrival terminal only to find 3 of my best friends standing there with open arms and a handful of balloons. Wow, guys, I have the most amazing friends in the world.

I saw them even before I saw my parents – now those are some awesome friends, God, I am SO BLESSED. I ran up to them and put my arms around all of them at once. They rock, seriously. I was so happy and surprised to see them. We eventually ran into my parents and the “welcome home” brigade continued 🙂 I’m going out for snowballs with everyone later tonight. 😀

Here’s what I wrote while on my flight today. 

Oh, and just a heads up…

This is a novel of a post ;)…

Here we go...

Before I left for California I didn’t realize how much I’d fall in love with the state. Honestly, I wasn’t expecting my life to take this turn, and I just didn’t really get a chance to take it all in, the time span from when I got the job and plane tickets to when I arrived out there was three days, just three. Sure, my family and friends were worried and some even doubted me, but you know what? I believe in myself, and they changed their mind, and sure as hell regret ever doubting me now.

 If there’s one thing out of all the thoughts racing through my mind right now, it’s the fact that I, myself made it happen. If you want something, you have to go for it. You can’t expect things to just happen – life doesn’t work like that. I knew I wanted an internship this summer, and I also knew I wanted to travel, I wanted to expose myself – to throw myself out there and really feel what it was like to live in the real world – sans friends family and any familiar places. So I did. I believe I am a stronger and more confident person than I’ve ever been before, and I was ready to live like it.

If you ever doubt your capabilities, others will too. It’s simple. You have to show people that you are capable, and sometimes you have to prove people wrong in their thoughts if you had self-doubt before, but have had a rebirth of motivation and self-love instead of self-loath, which so many people suffer with. You can’t expect everything to always go right, and get pissed off and discouraged when it doesn’t. Sure, there’ll be those moments, but don’t drag them out longer than you need to. You’re dragging yourself down as well as the people around you and their beliefs in you. Get a grip and do what you’ve gotta do.

Did I get every internship I applied for? No. But did that mean I was going to settle for something I didn’t want to do? Hell no. You are in control of your life – every moment you spend wallowing in the fact that something didn’t happen is a moment wasted where you could’ve been moving on and finding new opportunities. Sometimes I feel like people spend so much time getting disappointed in themselves because of a certain experience or situation that they’re in, that they don’t pay attention to the fact that they have the power to change.

Change is good, change is amazing, and tough love or not, it’s not gonna happen if you just absolutely refuse to let it. Sure, I’ve totally been in that situation, but like I’ve said before, when you fall down, you don’t just sit there and sulk (especially if you’re in the middle of a road), you pick yourself back up and keep on walking. (and maybe share a few laughs or bruises.) Such is life, you must keep moving – the more and more you simply think about something, talk about it, complain about it, whatever, is the more time you’re wasting. And just a reminder: life is precious.

You are in control of your life, no one is going to make it happen for you.

As I sit on this plane, it’s all still extremely bittersweet…and so is my coffee. It’s actually pretty gross, but hey, it’s coffee and it’s also 7am – homegirl needs her brew! Therese dropped me off at the airport around 5am this morning, after we spend a good 20 minutes trying to find the freeway – totally typical of us. I can’t even tell you how many driving mishaps we’ve had – I’m expecting someone to report the 18 Rabbits vehicle (his name is Oswald, by the way) and tell the authorities that there’s a 10-year old driving it, or a crackhead – both very believable situations in a city like that.

Partners in crime.

 I’m gonna miss that girl – she’s absolutely incredible, and despite what she’s been through in her life, she is making the best out of everything as well. I admire her so much for all that she’s accomplished while not always having the support of her immediate family – something I really don’t know what I’d do without. I am blessed. The more and more I think about seeing my family this evening at the airport, the better this coffee tastes.

…or maybe it’s because I just added about 5 packets of sugar to it. No big deal.

I imagine running up to my parents, who both plan to be there, and giving them the biggest bear hug ever. That is if I don’t trip/get dragged down by my luggage while running, or pee my pants because I drank way too much coffee. Both are possible, people!

Mmmm!

I’m not really sure how, but my luggage somehow magically expanded while I was in San Francisco and I had to sit on each of my two gigantic red suitcases to zip them shut this morning. Mind you, it was 3am and I was definitely cursing at them – yeah, my roommates totally dig me right now.

I already miss waking up in San Francisco and taking the bus to work, and you know what? There was never a day where I thought to myself “gee, I really don’t wanna work today” I want a job like that always. I will never settle for something less than happiness. Amen.

Represent, yo!

I did a lot of fun designs for 18 Rabbits, and enjoyed every minute I got to spend doing demos and giveaways – I’m sure ya’ll liked the giveaways too 😉 Don’t worry, there’s always more to come and you betcho booty I’ll let you know. Meanwhile at home, I’m still going to be working for the company – doing demo’s at MOM’s Market and possibly more designs. I made it pretty clear that I wanted to stay with 18 Rabbits, and I was kindly invited to. I am so thankful. Also, I will be going back to San Francisco next summer if all goes as planned, and I am considering moving out there after I graduate. I have a year to think about it all, but if I want it to happen, I will try my hardest to make it happen.

I'm in it for the froyo too.

San Francisco is a beautiful city with awesome people. Sure, it was a wake up call when I first arrived and learned that I’d be walking prettymuch everywhere – but I got over it, and actually began to really enjoy it. I’m hoping my ass looks a little bigger from scaling hills everyday – workin’ dem glutes, baby! Now I understand why so many people are in shape out here (and why the dudes have nice butts too) Holla.

Hills, dudes, bacon and eggs. Yup, love.

When I wasn’t walking or taking the company car, the bus was also fun. So many different people. Not gonna lie though, there was a few times I was scared of the person sitting next to me – usually because they smelled and I didn’t know if I’d survive the trip home without a gas mask and Febreeze. I did, though. Sometimes I also really wished it would’ve been appropriate to tell someone that they’re bright green thong was hanging out, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized that it was probably supposed to be that way. Ladies and gentlemen, we have a hoochi mama.

Side note: drinking an entire cup of coffee in 5 minutes flat is a terrible idea. Especially when you’ve got the window seat and everyone wishes you would just invest in a damn diaper cause you get up every ten minutes.

I was thrilled to see so many cool restaurants as well, and places to explore! I also enjoyed meeting this gem of a woman as well, and cannot wait to see her again. Natalie is another incredible person that I am so blessed to have in my life now as well. You can read all about our day long adventure here, or check out her post here.

Gorgeous and such a great person.

Therese and I found a new place to frolic around every weekend – even if it was just a simple field, coffee shop or farmer’s market – everything was neat. I had to take advantage of the things that I don’t have back home within walking distance. Also, if I tried to walk anywhere at home, I’d most likely get hit by a car or lost. My town isn’t on a grid system like San Fran, and there’s lots of trees.

Anyways, I still have so much on my mind but I’m really trying not to write a novel here, but it looks like I’ve already failed. Woops.

You can check out all of my California posts by going through my June archive.

Thank you all so, so much for taking this journey with me on my blog – I hope it was as fun to read about as it was for me to share.

SF and I make a match.

If you have any questions, ask me. You know I’d love to talk your ear off. All in all, California changed my mind set in so many ways, and I am so blessed to have been able to experience a glimpse of life outside of the one I was living with the support of familiarity and the comfort of my own home – those days are over though, I am an adult, I am well aware of who I am and life is happening. I want so much more out of life than I was getting, and I got it – and I plan on keeping it up. I had the time of my life, hands down, and that’s how I should always be living.

God put me on this Earth for a purpose, and  damn am I ever ready to fulfill it.

If you’re reading this, it means I’m home safe, probably spending time with my fam and Cara.

Either that or sitting on my bedroom floor staring at my suitcase which probably just blew chunks all over my floor, I really have to teach it to stop doing that. It should know by now where all of my belongings are supposed to be placed.

Peace and love,

Meg

p.s. next few posts include A TON of reviews & as promised – a hair post. Hair counts as healthy living blogging, right?! 😉

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27 responses to “California: What I’ve Learned.

  1. Cali has changed my life for the better too. SF is such an incredible city that I have a really hard time thinking of ever leaving. Here is where I got my Graduate degree, met my husband, made my best friends and found how much love life can offer 🙂

  2. AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!! What a beautiful post!!! And I fully believe and live the way you do, I control my life and my destiny and it’s up to me to follow my dreams and make the choices I want!!!

    I really am so glad you got this experience, I really feel it helped you grow and made you a more independant and strong girl!!! You learned alot, saw alot, and enjoyed every minute of it, and that is how you should live your life!!! There will always be ups and downs, but it’s how we get through those times!!

    Love this post, and love that you have to get up and pee every 10 min on the plane too, lol!! That is so me, and I have to have a window seat, so the peeps got to put up with me! lol!

    Love you girl! Enjoy being backhome and how sweet of your friends to be there when you landed, and your parents of course too!!!

    Happy July 4th Weekend!!!! xoxoxoxoxoxo

    Stay true, beautiful, and always follow your heart : )

  3. Meg!! Yes please girlfran–next summer you’re moving to cali! Maybe we’ll actually get to visit each other somehow too!!

    I’m so happy to hear that this experience only made you more appreciative of your amazing life, and excited to further pursue your dreams in the future!!

    I love youuu! Glad you’re home safe 🙂 xoxoxoxxo

  4. I’m tearing up, thats very heartfelt. Once again, please come visit again and head a little south and I’ll show you southern california! There are certain points in our life where we hit a soulful growth spurt, and this was yours. Glad your home safe, and please (not to sound cliche) come again!

  5. katie

    you are awe-some!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! XOXXOXO

  6. you rock my world 🙂

  7. Gina G

    aww Meg I am so thrilled for you! I truly believe everything happens for a reason and serves a purpose! God knew what he was doing when he put you on this earth, your amazing girl! 🙂

  8. i mso excited EVEN MORE to finally move out there next year!! you and cali are a total mach. i see you as such a cali beach babe, you fit right in! natalie is amazing, so glad u spent a lot of time with that chickie ❤

    omg and how amazing are your friends. you are loved by so many peeps (and us bloggers too) hehe ❤ ❤

    hopefully u'll be making MANY trips back there in the future!

    xoxo ❤

  9. UMM WOW THIS IS AN AMAZING POST!! I seriously wanted to do fist pumps after this. you are so LOVING and so incredibly WISE and you have SO MUCH to offer this world! Girl- God is NOT finished with you yet!!!! you had an amazing experience and LIVED IT UP!! Now you go enjoy the rest of your summer and pour into people where you are at NOW! show them Jesus!

  10. Meg, amazing. Please, move to CA! I would LOVE To live in the bay area but as i said, too chilly for me in the winter mos and i truly am a so cal girl at heart…but, there is nothing better than our friends’ house in marin co. So close to the city but also to Sonoma and Napa and a few hrs drive from Tahoe in the winter. Did you go to Tahoe at all? Another GORG place that i highly recommend.

    I am sure your ass looks great with or without the hills
    I put tons!!! of sugar in my coffee
    I didnt connect the dots that you were working for 18 Rabbits until this post..sorry, duh

    I am so happy to have found and become a regular reader of your blog. You!! are a shining light. I love your energy. You and a few of the “young girls” 🙂 who’s blogs i read give me so much hope for our future!

    xo

  11. holy crap meg, i got SHIVERS reading this post. WHY ARE YOU SO AMAZING, WOMAN!?!?!?!?

    i was just talking with a friend today (over coffee, of course….) about how to live life to fullest… i was telling her about some past experiences that ive had and she asked, “how can you live such a rich life?” and my advice to her was, “just dive head in. you have to have the mindset, JUST DO IT.” and i am so proud of you girl for having done that this summer. you are an encouragement to so many people and i think there are gonna be tons of people who read this post and feel inspired just to LIVE THEIR LIVES and do the things theyve always dreamed of doing. KEEP living your beautiful life and being beautiful inside AND out… i am so blessed to have been able to meet you and hang out with you this summer… i am glad you made it home safely, and i am seriously COUNTING the days till we get to hang out again… i have a feeling we are going to have a very long-lasting friendship, seeing as how i am TOTALLY planning to be in SF next summer to (and i want to live in SF, but you already knew that)

    love you to pieces!!!

  12. Loooved reading this–amazing how much life learning you can get from just 5 weeks huh?? Sometimes we definitely need to get outta our comfort zone and stretch a bit to find out things about life, ourselves, etc. Thanks so much for sharing Meg–this post was a great way to start my day, very positive!

  13. dmcgirl37

    Great post! you are seriously radiating so much love and joy! It’s so refreshing 🙂

    I havent tried the rabbit bars yet but would like to! Are you doing Graphic Design for them?

    Dana xo
    http://happinessiswithin.wordpress.com/

  14. Katie

    Ohh Megan!! You should be so so proud of yourself for everything that you have accomplished this summer! You really are such an inspiration and I admire your confidence, optimism and above all, your faith!
    Very glad you got home safely and I hope you have a lovely weekend catching up with all your loved ones!!

    Lots of love
    bisous katie xx

  15. Fi

    Wow!!you have no idea how much this post resonated with me. You sound so wise and educated by your experience. Hos long were u gone for? I’m glad it went welland u have given me some good advice and insight to help my current situation. Thanks!! Fi xxxx

  16. You reminder to just GO FOR IT is so true! I’m so glad it worked out so amazingly for you – it looks like you have so many good things in your future 🙂

  17. It looks so beautiful in SF. I have seen those 18 rabbit bars before, I think I should try them now, those samples look pretty good.

  18. Sara

    Wowwww. That is such an inspiring post. I needed to hear those things. I really have to learn how to start going for things I really want instead of just hoping they will somehow magically appear.

    I love your blog so much Meg!! I just started my own and just wanted to introduce myself. Thanks for inspiring me to start one of my own!! 🙂

    Happy 4th!

  19. I think it’s incredible that you learned so much about life in 5 short weeks. Dreaming big and doing everything possible to attain those dreams is what life is about. I never thought that I would be in this place in my life, but I’ve worked really hard to get here. I know only great things are coming your way!

  20. Katharina

    MEG! You are such an inspiring person! I totally hear you. I think people who go on journeys where they’re totally independent and away from comfort zones have something special inside of them. There’s a maturity that comes with that. The ability to be flexible and still put your foot forward. It’s a shame to be sitting in the backseat of your own life, so why let it happen? Why let life just pass you by? I am so glad that you are taking it by the reigns and doing what you can. But you know what’s awesome too? Is that your friends and family will always be there and ready to welcome you back with open arms 😀 As you saw! At the end of the day, no matter how many miles away you are, you know that there are a handful of people out there that care and love you no matter what. Also, I don’t know if I’m imagining things but you look extra lovely in your pictures of your trip in San Francisco. I think you are growing into a most beautiful, confident, young lady! The world is at your fingertips, girl! Keep working your magic 🙂

    XOXO to the moon!!!

    http://www.ohonemorething.wordpress.com

  21. Wow, way to to be brave and make things happen?

    Where did you hear about the 18Rabbits internship? Was it paid? What did you do? I’m fascinated : )

  22. Shelley (findinghappinessandhealth)

    i am so happy for you! It is so inspiring howy ou jumped into this opportunity with such a positive attitude & how you came out such a stronger person because of it. I am so glad you had fun!! love you 🙂

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  24. Aww, Meg. This is so wonderful! I absolutely love this post, and I love your style of writing. It’s so fun to read, lol.

    I’m glad your experience in SanFran was a good one. It seems like it was an incredible learning/growing opportunity and we could all use some of those. I’d love to be an intern for a company like that someday. 🙂

  25. AMEN!!! This is a beautiful, insightful post, dear Megan.

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