Day 17: Recall a recent dialogue between you and a friend #100daychallenge


So I know I'm a couple of days behind on my challenge, but I promise to make up for it by doing some extra writing and reflecting this week. I do have a good excuse, though! My former college/Paris roommate and chosen sister Sehar came to visit to help me co-host a Galentine's Day party for some of the inspiring women in my life (I could not imagine it without her!) There wasn't any downtime, really. And if there was, Cupcake Wars took priority. Sorry.

But anyway, I wanted to write about one of the many important conversations we had in the past couple of days.

We met with our other former college roommate Puja for lunch on Saturday and ended up talking about our careers, as career women often do. Puja works in public health and has been working closely with Ebola researchers on preventive care in hospitals. Which is totally effing cool, right? Sehar is an awesome behavioral specialist working with children with autism in Texas and she literally tears up talking about some of those kids. And I'm in journalism, an industry I care so much about that it pains me.

We were talking so casually about our jobs, something that irked us or inspired us on a given day. As Puja talked excitedly about a project she's currently working on, I had to stop her mid-sentence to just say how amazing it is that we care so deeply about our chosen paths.

None of us felt we had complete support from our families when we declared our majors or signed that first job contract. And it's not that our families didn't care, but they just didn't completely understand. And that's OK. Most of them didn't come from a world where successful careers transcended business, law, medicine or engineering. 

But the three of us have always felt that if we're going to spend the bulk of our waking hours doing anything, it's gotta be something we love. And if we're doing something we love, there's no doubt we'll find success and happiness. We took a moment to really take it all in and smiled. I'm so proud of them. And I'm proud of myself. 

The #100daychallenge writing series is my way of holding my right brain accountable for all the brain fog in hopes that I'll learn to creatively organize my thoughts and learn something(s) new about myself in the process. The challenge includes prompts from the San Francisco Writers' Grotto's 642 Things to Write About. You can also follow my #100daychallenge here.

Unapologetically yours,