Reflections and Expectations: A Year Older

google-plus1There are two things this month that have turned a year older — me and the Reflections and Expectations series!

The inspiration for this series came from Jessica Lawlor’s Monthly Check-in series over on her blog. She openly encourages readers each month to adopt her format of publicly sharing your monthly activities, goals and accomplishments on their own blogs. After discovering her blog, I decided to start my own derivative series and the rest is history.

Thanks to my readers for reading up on all of the crazy things that have been going on in my life over the past year. A lot has happened since and there’s certainly more to come that Reflections and Expectations will definitely cover. I have no plans of slowing or stopping with the series for I have come to appreciate this format and I hope you’ll continue to come back for my monthly wrap-ups and look-aheads.

For the 12th time, let’s look back at the month that was and look ahead to the month of May.


IMG_0800Birthday – On April 4th, I turned 25 years old.

Like birthdays in recent years, it was largely unceremonious. This year, I simply went to Yogurtland for some frozen yogurt and the Apple Store in Pasadena for an appointment at the Genius Bar. My MacBook Pro’s hard drive went kaput on me a couple of days prior.

While I was there waiting — I was there for about three and a half hours — I decided to get myself an iPad mini with retina display. I came to love this new iPad rather quickly, replacing the iPad 2 that I have been using since March 2011. It was definitely time for a change.

My laptop was fully repaired although it expectedly cost me a pretty penny. I came back home that night with a repaired laptop and a new iPad. What a day!

Mineta program – My current graduate school class on security issues for transportation professionals began in late March. At this point, we still have a month left to go and it’s progressing well. I’m learning some pretty fascinating things in this class about how to protect assets including people and property. It is insightful in so many ways.

Regarding the first class I took from January to March, I received an A in the emergency issues for transportation professionals class. I received a perfect score for the first two assignments while I struggled a bit with the semester project. Nevertheless, the first class of graduate school provided a good indication of what I can expect for future classes, helping me become better prepared as I go along.


  • End of first semester – My current class holds its last meeting at the end of the month. After that, I have the summer off before classes start up again in August for the fall semester. I do have that GMAT exam I’m still gearing up for. The test date will likely be in late June.
  • Memorial Day weekend – Headed to San Diego. Good things always happen when I go to San Diego. I love San Diego.

How did April go for you? What are your expectations for May? Share your thoughts below. I would love to hear from you.


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