• Madison Miller

Birthday Wishlist

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Time for a quarantine birthday post! My birthday was this past Sunday, April 19th. It was a lovely day/weekend. My friends and Andrew surprised me on Friday night with a zoom call. I was planning on a call with a few people and there ended up being around 20 people in the call for a socially distant birthday party. It was so much fun and meant so much to me during these weird times!

Andrew and I also celebrated Saturday night because I wanted a takeout dinner from the wonderful local mexican restaurant, El Barrio. They are unfortunately not open on Sundays, so we happily adjusted.

On my actual birthday, I got a call from a bunch of my family, sisters, mom, grandmother, and an aunt, uncle, and cousins who I haven’t gotten to see in forever! It was so cool to get to talk to everyone all at once. In celebration of my 28th year, I thought I would put together a little wishlist for the upcoming year. This is more like a goal list, but a lot of it has to do with what happens with Covid, so we will see.

1. Go to at least one international destination. We have some things in the works with this one, but it all depends on what happens with the virus when it really comes down to it. I’m going to keep destinations a secret at this point, but if all goes well, I will get to spend some time outside the U.S. this year. If not, though, we will just have to wait until next year. It’s not the end of the world and I’m 100% sure I will get over it, but I might pout for a day.

2. Visit family. Most of my family lives far away from me, so it’s really hard to get together, especially everyone at once. We do what we can, but I miss them a bunch. The virus has made missing people a constant. It’s hard enough to be away from people that you love, but it’s even worse when there is a terrifying sickness making its way through the country. My mom lives in town and I haven’t been able to see her in over a month. It’s strange and sad. So, when this is done, I really want to devote some of my travel to seeing them. It already feels like so much time has been taken. I can’t wait to make up for it.

3. Start a new project on my own at work. I can’t believe how much I actually miss going into an office and interacting in a professional environment right now. I think I’ve definitely taken it for granted. I’ve always thought that I am good at the particular job I have now, but it has been a little slow since I’ve been working from home. It’s given me some time to think about things that I think could be great for my department, especially when it comes to communication internally and externally. Since it’s not a great time to bring up new ideas at the moment, I am just excited for the day when I am able to pitch ideas and create something useful with my team.

4. Keep the blog going. I’ve had so much fun doing this so far. I don’t have many followers, but I am so appreciative of those of you who do follow along! I think even if I knew no one read this, I would still do it. I’ve always been a writer, so it’s something I crave, but It’s been quite a while since writing in a creative way has been a major part of my professional job. It’s been fun to have an outlet to share what I am able to do, travel tips, lessons, ideas, etc, with others or even just with myself. Cheers to another year! Next year, I hope I get a chance to celebrate with people in person. Stay safe, healthy, and indoors!

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