one year ago..

May 19, 2010


It's been a year since I graduated college
since I left the Bay Area
since I moved out of a house with all my closest friends.
How has it already been a year?
Everyone says the first year out of college goes by the fastest and I so agree.
These pictures seem like they were taken the other week!

can you spot me?



the most beautiful flowers from Matthew

with Mal at my graduation dinner

sunburned after a long day in the sun

The things I miss from Berkeley include:
Dates in San Francisco
living with Mal, one of my best friends
and working with her, having classes with her
and watching Gossip Girl with her.
{bff time 24/7}
all the amazing restaurants and cafes
having extended family so close-by

Things I don't miss so much include:
studying all the time and stressing about classes
living 45 minutes away from Matthew
living 6 hours away from my family

Of course I wish a year later I was in a different place career-wise
But otherwise I am so happy to be where I am.


Thank you everyone for all your puppy tips! They've definitely come in handy. I'm so happy that Ginger didn't cry last night in her crate and she's on her way to being potty trained. So far {knock on wood} no incidents in the house! I'm hoping to keep in that way although it's only to be expected!
xox

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Update: She just had her first accident in the house. oopsie I guess I spoke too soon!

86 comments:

  1. Oh this is so lovely. I feel like with every picture you post of yourself, you're slightly more beautiful. It's insane.

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  2. of course I can spot you, your smiles gives you out :)
    Lovely memories

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  3. Gorgeous, love it! I graduate in a year, its exciting/scary.

    You and Matt have the same eye color! Cute!

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  4. Awwww, I live at the Oakland/Berkeley border (and work in San Francisco). I love it here. Your hair looks so pretty in those pictures!

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  5. Yay! That's so awesome!

    If I stay on task I'll FINALLY be graduating around this time next year and I'll just be SO happy to say I have a darn degree.

    And, as usual, you look gorgeous lady.

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  6. Wow, time sure flies Mara. :) Great pictures to look at and remember good old times. ;)

    Have a good day girl.

    xoxo

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  7. Isn't it amazing how time flies? Next year it will be 10 YEARS since I graduated from college. Holy old!

    You look so pretty in your lei!

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  8. You were sooooo gorgeous on your graduation day. I can't wait to graduate... So I can get some cool pictures lol

    ...and the degree of course

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  9. Mara I had no idea you were so close!!! Love all the pictures!! And, 1 year that is crazy ... time really is a gift. XO

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  10. It's been a year for me too...crazy! I'm starting to reflect on everything that has happened since then. I definitely miss living with my friends but I went straight into grad school so I am still dealing with the stress/endless work ack!

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  11. awww you look so cute!!! Your dress is darling and the lei is gorgeous! :)

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  12. sweet pictures! i'm trying *really* hard not to be super jealous of your beautiful hair. it may or may not be working.

    and it's definitely been a FAST year. my one-year wedding anniversary is fast approaching and i just can't believe it.

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  13. What lovely memories, Mara!

    You know, I thought about to write a blog about my college times and believe it or not, since I am getting oh so old...it was 9 years ago that I graduated and this year when the date rolled around, on May 13th, it hit me that I had been out that long and I couldn't believe where they time had gone...it starts going so quickly, but feels like yesterday! :)

    I was recently going through pictures from my college years and going to scan some in and I love your idea of writing out the things you miss so that you can look back one day and remember those fun times and memories!

    It is wonderful to see you doing so well and so happy a year later and I have a feeling you will be in the years ahead as you grow and gain new memories you will one day miss as well! :)

    Sending you smiles for a Wonderful Wednesday!

    Liesl :)

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  14. It is amazing how fast time flies by. Darlin. You are a breath of fresh air and I am so proud of you! You are following your dreams and loving life.

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  15. Yay for your 1yr graduation hehe. I know it goes by so fast, I graduated from college 5 years ago yikes! Don't stress about career it'll happen for you :)

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  16. cute pictures! i remember my graduation just like yesterday too..i love how you did your hair, lovely!**
    xxjess

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  17. love all the photos!! you are SO pretty! loved your hair that day! lovely flowers too! :)

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  18. What gorgeous pictures Mara! Even though it's a year later, congratulations!

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  19. yay for graduatiing! I can't wait for the day I get to. I'm taking my sweet time finishing. I just need to do it and get it over with! Glad puppy training is going well :)

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  20. Time really does pass so quickly. It's been two years, this past weekend, since I graduated from college. I went back for my best friend's graduation and memories just came flooding back. It's lovely and sad all at once.

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  21. Oh, now you make me want to go through my graduation photos. I don't think I have ever posted them. hmm, perhaps I will. Yeah, I agree the last year has gone by really fast...and sadly I wish I was different career wise too, but life is good.

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  22. You are so, so pretty! Love the braid in your hair!

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  23. beautiful post.
    beautiful photos.

    I must get back to SF one day soon - it's been too long!

    is crazy how time flies!!

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  24. I'm just wondering... do you take a bad picture?!

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  25. Aw, you look so happy in these pics. Graduation day is so special, on mine the sun even shone in Glasgow - a perfec day! xx
    http://www.weshopthereforeweare.co.uk/

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  26. Aww, you look so pretty and happy in these pictures! I love the way you had the braid in your hair and your dress is adorable. I lived in San Francisco for a year after I graduated from college and I loved all the restaurants/cafes/nightlife too. But I'm happy to be back in Southern California for the weather!

    xo
    Valerie

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  27. oh, i BET you don't miss the studying one bit! eeee! i was so relieved when college was over. onward and upward!

    AND YOUR PUPPY IS SO CUTE! i am staring at his face as i type and DYING AT HIS CUTENESS!!!

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  28. what a pretty graduate you made. I think one of the things I miss about college most is my bff time:)

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  29. I spotted you too....Great photos and I am so happy that you enjoyed your year...Its important to love every day:)
    Such a cute photos, sweetie!
    Take care and have a lovely day!

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  30. Aw, YAY!! Congratulations! And even though you aren't thrilled with where you are career-wise right now, something wonderful is bound to come along for such a lovely little lady like you!!

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  31. cant wait for wen i graduate college :D looks like such a great day.

    -cris

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  32. Gorgeous photos of you! You were definitely glowing on your graduation day. :)

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  33. You look ABSOLUTELY gorgeous in these, Mara! So different (I'm guessing it's the bangs) but so pretty. And I love your lei at graduation and that darling dress!
    xxoo Josie
    http://winksmilestyle.blogspot.com

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  34. What fun pics! I definitely miss the restaurants and cafes, too. It's funny {i.e. makes me feel old} to hear you say that you watched Gossip Girl with your roomie...it was all about Sex and the City when I was there ;)

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  35. time does fly by too fast! the best days are yet to come!
    as for ginger! yeah ginger girl

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  36. it's been a year for me, too, and it's such a strange feeling! i miss all of my friends and all of the inside jokes and adventures... but i definitely don't miss studying and exams. aren't you glad we don't have to deal with that anymore?! ;)

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  37. congratulations!!!! the next year is going to be a super crazy fun for you. i really want to see more pics of this cute puppy you speak of!!

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  38. Great images! Wish you were here to then we could meet up for coffee! You are darling!

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  39. you and the boy are soprecious yall look like bro and sis...not to be gross!
    so cute! and wow graduation. when kelly graduated we surprised her with a trip to paris! dont ask!!!!
    love the braid and gossip girl!!!! did you see monday night! OMG!
    xo
    brandi from mucho mucho bueno bueno

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  40. You look so gorgeous and happy in all of these photos. No-one apart from me has even seen my graduation photo because it's so unbelievably awful!!

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  41. beautiful pics Mara, i love your bangs like that, they look really pretty. it's insane how quickly time flies. it seems like you had a lot of really awesome memories from college. i have secretly always wanted to live with a bunch of friends and have done the whole 'college thing' (i never went and never had the experience!)

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  42. I'm in the middle of studying for exams right now...in fact, have been in the library since 12:30pm and still going! So yes, I will definitely NOT miss this when I graduate next year, haha. I love your side bangs! I've been rocking them myself since I was about 12 years old haha.

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  43. Oh, you are too cute! I remember missing watching shows with my roomie too right after I graduated. Except, for us, it was "Dawson's Creek" :)

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  44. I spotted you in the big group photo right away. You are hard to miss doll. ;)

    Yay for your 1 year graduation anniversary. This will be 2 years for me. Yay!

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  45. oh honey you look so beautiful! it's been a year since i gradded too, and it's so hard to believe... here's to many more years of happiness, and job-wise you'll get there, just keep plugging away :)

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  46. Doesn't time fly! You looked so great at graduation! Time will start to fly by even more. Today is my 3 year anniversary, and I can't believe that.

    :) Marcie

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  47. doesn't time fly? i can't believe it's already the end of may. too crazy.

    lovely photos, my dear!

    xo Alison

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  48. College was such a great time - the new experiences and proximity of great friends. Hope your adventures these days are great too!

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  49. i wish you still lived in the bay area so we could meet up!! but it's so true the years after college fly by. i'm already 3 (yikes!) years out of college. but luckily all my college girlfriends live in the city with me, so really that's all that matters! :)

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  50. this is so funny becuase i was just going to do a post on how much i miss college! seriously, wasnt it just the best! of course there are so many other great things to move on to, but there really is just something magical about those times that nothing else can replace! well congrats on your graduation, you look beautiful as always!
    ps, im from like 45 min from Berkley! i love it there. im sure you were there when a bunch of my friends were!
    loves
    britt

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  51. Ahhhhh memories. My family gave me the same lei. It's been 8 years for me. Crazy!

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  52. You look so pretty in your graduation outfit! I graduated from college 4 years ago and it just seems like yesterday!

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  53. It was a year ago that I graduated too! It has flown by. Look at what we've done too! And I am excited for what is to come. I just have to figure out what I want first... oh the hard part.

    Rachael

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  54. You went to Berkeley? I love that city! It's my second home really.

    And I love Ginger. She's too adorable!

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  55. so jealous of the flowers! very sweet :) i love the hawaiian leis too!

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  56. Aww, this makes me reminisce, I graduated a LONG time ago, lol.

    Have a great day :)

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  57. next is marriage!

    I'm just waiting to see proposal pictures-you and matthew seem like the sweetest couple!

    <3 Berkley is beautiful.
    I'm jealous you graduated from there!

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  58. You are so very pretty and I love the bangs in these pictures. Your hair looks so perfect!

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  59. One year ago?? Try SIX!! At least, I was able to stay close friends with most my college buddies and I have so many wonderful memories to look back on. But yea...it goes by too fast!

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  60. Doesn't time just fly? I love those flowers (peonies--swoon!)

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  61. so so crazy how time flies! and how things change in only a year!

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  62. Awww...Mara you looked so incredibly beautiful on graduation day! Congrats on surviving your first year of...ummm...no more college!! :)

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  63. that's going to be me next year - i "graduate" from grad school tomorrow {although we have a full summer semester afterward - boo!}, and then i'll be moving down to socal! we're trying to do all the things on our favorites list before moving away from this great city. sniff! but every time i come to your blog i see so many awesome things about l.a. that i'm going to love! so thanks for helping me be a little more excited. ;)

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  64. The first photo is so adorable! :)
    Xx

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  65. I love those pictures!! I'm so happy you got a puppy!

    P.S- I love the little braid in your hair!

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  66. Time sure does fly by so fast doesn't it? College was a fun time to people with all sorts of personalities. Some of the best memories I have are from my college days. I love that picture of you and Mal, what a cute dress, and that tan is gorgeous!

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  67. lovely post. thanks for sharing these photos with us. Time truly flies...but we are left with photos like these to remember the wonderful times.

    Dena x

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  68. you look so pretty in all of your pictures! time does fly fast...what did you major in in college?

    Kisses,
    Stephanie

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  69. Oh sweet graduation, I'm so looking forward to it.. in two years. Sigh. Your graduation pictures are super cute, I love the way you did your hair for the big G day. I'm pretty sure I'm the only person who has ever called it that. Also, your puppy is adorable and I want one j u s t like it :)

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  70. Beautiful Ma'm!! And yes time sure does fly! OH, and Ginger...well she is sweet as candy! :)

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  71. It flies by, doesn't it? I realized yesterday that I graduated 3 years ago! now that's a shocker for ya...

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  72. Wonderful memories. It will only get better!

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  73. wow... you look so cute and happy. : )

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  74. It does fly by! Too fast! You look so pretty in those pics :)

    I am following you now!!

    http://lindsaylovesitall.blogspot.com

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  75. I love your tropical dress! I graduated 3 years ago and it seems so long ago, glad you have your fam and boy near by, even though I know the feeling of missing friends!

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  76. awe what great memories!! <333 congrats!

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  77. ohmygosh the first year goes by quickly! good luck in this second year! xox

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  78. you looked absolutely gorgeous and radiant at your graduation. who cares if you are not where you want to be with your career (me too, maybe i'm biased!) one year is really not so long in the whole scheme of things and taking a little time to do fun things and just enjoy life is probably really good for your health and well being. you and matthew are such a lovely couple, i like how your eyes sort of match and that tiny braid in your hair looked so pretty. i do those all the time but mine always look super messy!

    by the way your puppy is sooooooo cute and cuddly and spunky. congrats on such a nice new companion!

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  79. The time really does fly, doesn't it? It's crazy. I graduated almost 4 years ago and it still feels like it was only yesterday I was at Uni!

    x Jasmine

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  80. congrats you adorable thing.
    that is so exciting.<3
    i love your dress.

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  81. I can't get over how pretty you are! Life after college definitely speeds by -- it's scary. It seems like you are doing well, though!

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  82. so sweet lady! LOVELY pictures!!

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  83. you look gorgeous! congrats on being graduated and done with college. i bet that feels great.

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  84. I feel the same way and I've been out of college for 2 years. Where does the time go?! I wish I was in a different place career-wise as well. But hardly anyone I know is doing what their degree is in! :D

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