The past decade has been the most defining decade of my life.
It started in my twenties. I worked for a London based software company, but on a project in New York.
I worked with my best friends, and we lived in the same apartment building, living my own version of Friends.
I partied with those same friends - endless nights at Sweet & Vicious on Spring St with frozen margaritas.
I danced until five in the morning, always followed by pizza on Christopher St.
I had my first breakfast burrito. I fell in love.
I walked to work through Times Square everyday, and shared an elevator with Jay Z. We chatted and he told me my lunch smelled good.
I lined up for food and brunched at rooftops on Saturdays.
I got tattoos and shopped on 5th Ave.
I ate so much pizza.
I watched my big sister get married.
I saw Beyonce in the same office elevator.
I went on so many bad first dates. It was comical.
I relocated indefinitely to New York for a new job.
I met the kindest soul known to mankind at the new job, and have been friends with her since.
I lived in Manhattan and my local park was Madison Square Park.
I fell in love with Shake Shack and ate beef for the first time.
I visited all the famous places in LA that I only knew from TV.
I started a jewelry business side-hustle, and became a regular at the USPS on E 27th St.
I lived for bagel Wednesdays at the office.
I began drinking coffee.
I traveled to San Francisco for the first time.
I matched with someone on Tinder there and went on four dates.
I met up with him again in Austin, TX and embarked on a super speedy relationship.
I left Manhattan for him. He made me laugh.
I cycled over the Golden Gate Bridge.
I moved in with my boyfriend to a glassy apartment on the 16th floor in downtown San Francisco.
I went to Vegas for the first time.
I got good at taking photos.
I got engaged at SFO.
I became an aunty for the first time to my niece-now-bestie.
I got lost in Positano.
My fiancé and I took a one way flight to Amsterdam and have lived there ever since.
I got high.
I lived my dream of taking a gondola ride in Venice in the freezing cold.
I saw acres and acres of tulip fields.
I stayed in a Berber tent in the Sahara Desert and saw stars so clear.
I watched my baby brother get married.
I became a director at a huge American entertainment company.
I became an aunt on my in-laws side.
I watched an opera at Opera State Vienna thanks to the generosity of a stranger.
I planned my wedding and went wedding dress shopping in New Delhi with my mum.
I saw fireworks shoot out of the Burj Khalifa, on NYE from the 43rd floor on Sheik Zayad Road.
I took an epic road trip around California and Vegas with my family and soon-to-be-in laws.
I bought a house.
I had a crazy bachelorette party in Ibiza, and drunk ate Burger King at 6am.
I got married in Scotland surrounded by friends and family from all around the world, in a 4-day Indian wedding.
I went on the honeymoon of my dreams to Dubai, Bali, Hong Kong, Macao, and Japan. I got stuck in Macao because of a typhoon.
I dined at some of the world's best restaurants.
I became an aunty again on Christmas Day when my sister had a baby boy.
I took a hot air balloon ride over stunning landscapes in central Turkey.
I watched my friends get married in LA, Ireland and the Philippines.
I went on a legendary trip to Paris with my siblings, reliving the last one we took to the same city in 2009.
I had the worst hangover in my life.
I taco crawled in Mexico.
I visited fairytale villages in Switzerland and France during Christmas road-trips.
I learned how to cook.
I got a puppy and no longer fear dogs.
I fell in love with Latin America and walked in a pink sea.
I took a girls trip with my mum and sister, and we danced in empty beaches to no music.
I stayed on a tiny island in Greece and watched the sunrise in pajamas and a blanket from the roof.
I placed a prayer in the cracks of the Western Wall in Jerusalem.
I hosted Christmas dinner.
I played Holi in Udaipur with thousands of strangers.
I reconnected with my roots during a three-week trip around India.
My photography was published in magazines and a book.
I said f*** you to my employer and left a six figure job due to discrimination in the midst of a global pandemic.
I began being even more entrepreneurial.
I visited more cities and countries than ever before.
I laughed so much.
I became an aunt again, this time my brother’s daughter.
I survived 2020.