“You don’t have to carry the weight of the world on your shoulders… How’s the pressure?”
– My masseuse during my deep tissue massage
I have perpetually tight shoulders. A lot of it has to do with the fact that I don’t stretch at the gym, but most of it has to do with the fact that I carry a shit ton of bags around the city every day. After my masseuse spent an hour and a half on my (now throbbing in pain) shoulders, she so kindly notified me that my shoulders are unusually tight. As if I couldn’t tell from her endless kneading and pushing at my back and shoulders. “Why are my shoulders so tight?” I asked her, wondering if she could provide insight. “Our shoulders hold all of your emotions, burdens and responsibilities. When you live in the city, those things are increased…. you also probably just need to get massages more often, too.” ALRIGHT, LETS NOT GET DRAMATIC NOW.
If you do yoga, you hear this a lot too, probably when you’re working your full bind. Is it actually a thing? I don’t know. I just know my back and shoulders are constantly in pain, and after this massage I am acutely aware of how much “emotions, burdens and responsibilities” I have built up since my last massage at the beginning of the year. That’s why one of my New Years Resolutions is to not let my “burdens and responsibilities” build up and get to me, and to let my emotions happen (that’s the big one).
Granted, I don’t believe in making resolutions for the sake of the New Year (to only forget about it come February – I’M LOOKING AT YOU, YOU NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONERS AT THE GYM), but I figure this could be a good effort for the mind, body and soul – if you’re the holistic type.
Surprisingly, 2014 wasn’t a stressful year whatsoever. I hear people around this time reflect on what a stressful, terrible year it was. I’ve been there, done that. But 2014 was a great year!
I started off the New Year in Hong Kong with one of my best friends, where we spent nearly a month feasting off of dim sum, Hong Kong snacks, seeing new and beautiful places, drinking Gong Cha bubble tea – actually, a lot of tea in general, and learned how to be more Asian than I have ever been my entire life. Speaking of being Asian, my family also adopted a rescued Golden Retriever from Taiwan from NorCal Golden Rescue. His name is Brody, you can follow him on instagram @brodytabing.
I graduated from NYU with a B.A. in Media, Culture and Communications and a minor in Web Programming and Development. The next few months were my glory days of funemployment. I did some odd freelancing jobs here and there, watched way too many Sex and the City reruns, ran close to 270 miles during these three months, went to SF Giants Spring Training, and eventually decided to get a job. I started my full-time job at a PR agency, where I’ve been for almost 9 months.
Over the Summer my family and I passed a co-op board interview for our own bit of real estate in the city and began construction (still ongoing). We also went to Monterey’s First City Festival where the highlight was seeing Beck perform a headline set. I took an impromptu trip to Charleston (got published in ThoughtCatalog), hosted friends from L.A., North Carolina, Hawaii, said some sad goodbyes (or lack thereof) and met some amazing new people.
The highlight of 2014, by far, was finally being able to go to the World Series. An incredible experience.