I recently read somewhere that if you want to figure out what your path should be or what you really want to do with your life, you should pay attention to who and what you envy. For years, I have read my college alumni magazine and always thought Yukari Sakamoto had the most fun sounding jobs among not only our graduating class of 1989, but anyone who was writing in to the magazine with their life updates. Sommelier. Working and living abroad in Japan. Graduating from the French Culinary Institute. Doing food writing. Publishing a book/guide to food and sake in Tokyo. Every time I saw one of Yukari’s alumni updates, I couldn’t help but think what she was doing sounded so much more fun than whatever I was doing. But they were reminders of things I loved—writing, food—and where I should be going.
Although we went to a relatively…
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