Hi! I’m Maggie. I’m a 30 something accounting consultant living in the east bay of San Francisco. I know…accounting consulting…exciting right? California is actually a new home for me. I grew up outside of Boston in a beautiful town surrounded by an amazing family and an amazing group of friends. I stayed in Boston for college and then made a move to New York City, since the life of an accountant promised to be way cooler in the Big Apple. I am not going to lie, my 20’s were pretty cool and I wouldn’t change a thing! Very little things can beat New York City in my opinion. As a person who loves to shop, follow fashion, follow celebrities (I admit it!), travel, drink wine and eat really good food, NYC was a dream. But once I got into my 30’s, I realized that dominating boozy brunches and Bloomingdales all in the same day wasn’t my best strategy at getting a husband and eventually my own family. As many of my friends started getting married and having children of their own, I started to feel lonely. I also started to feel like what once seemed like a life of being right on track had started to take a different turn. A turn that I didn’t think would give me happiness. The thing is…happiness is a choice. That was a hard realization at first. I mean, 4 hour boozy brunches definitely provide happiness, don’t get me wrong! What didn’t bring me happiness was feeling sorry for myself that my life isn’t what I had planned. It was then that I decided to start my own journey of happiness and that is what inspired this space. That is what also inspired my move to California!
Now, let me tell you that CA is a MUCH different pace than NYC. Dinner ends at 9pm, instead of starting at 9pm. The only thing you can get delivered is pizza, and it has to be before 8pm (I am actually still pissed about this one). People are friendly! Like seriously, I can’t remember the last time I heard someone yell at another person. People are also slow compared to New Yorkers. This bothered me at first, but then I had a revelation! Perhaps they are living in the moment. Living in the moment is what I am committed to do. I am on a mission to find my own happiness. While I still think a husband (if you know a single guy in the SF area let me know!) and my own kids would give me happiness, I am not going to wait to be happy if that isn’t my path. I am embracing the amazing parts of my 30 something life TODAY and in this moment. Let’s face it, being single with no kids isn’t all that bad. I have an older sister (who now lives 3 miles away from me) with 2 awesome kids and a great husband who would totally agree. I live in sunny CA. I spend tons of time with my nephew and niece. I eat out almost every night (granted it is at 6pm, but still, the food is amazing here, I swear!). I get to go on vacation whenever I want to and stay at amazing hotels (work hard, play hard…I deserve it). I drink all the good wine I want (and I am in CA, so obviously). I ride my beach cruiser to the farmer’s market year-round (to mostly get kettle corn but whatever), and shop whenever I want with no questions asked! I am truly enjoying life and am content for possibly the first time ever.
Whether your story is like mine or not, we all have to commit to find our own happiness and embrace the life we have. Life is too short not to! I hope this space gives encouragement, entertainment and laughter as you follow my unexpected happiness! Oh, and I got a dog. Still up in the air on that decision, but you get to see her too. My sister shared her favorite mantra recently and I like it, so here it is.
“Inhale Joy, Exhale Love”. Thank you for sharing my journey!