I know I haven't done a "Hello World!" blog post yet, introducing myself and my work and whatnot. But life isn't a straight line. It takes twists and turns and sometimes evens veers off into a ditch. So I'm going to do this a bit out of order and just jump into the present.
It's been a whirlwind of a month. I may have finished my second semester of grad school four weeks ago, but I have been even busier on summer break than I was in school!
My most recent adventure was a trip to San Diego for a family wedding. Many of the members of Clan Nathan in attendance I met for the first time that night. There were even a few cousins I didn't know existed! It was wonderful to learn more about my own personal history and see where I come from. And yes, my Jewish side of the family lives up to the stereotype; lots of doctors and lawyers and a whole lotta love.
This was the first time I got to meet my Great Aunt Mildred. Every year for my birthday and for Hannukah, I always got a card from Aunt Mildred. At 96, this women is glamorous and I told her as much when I met her. Her response was, "Honey, the word is gorgeous !" Did I mention that she's also spunky?
After the wedding, I spent two days exploring San Diego. Traveling solo has become one of my favorite things to do. It started when I was studying abroad in college and it stuck with me as I continued my career as a photojournalist. I never saw myself traveling solo, but I find it so peaceful. It's a great way to clear one's head, gain some perspective and go at your own pace. I find that you always meet the best people when you're traveling by yourself and end up in places you never thought you'd go.