ten highlights of 2010
After much thought, I decided that I would appreciate and enjoy looking back on this post and reminiscing some highlights from the year 2010. I hope you don’t mind. Please share a link in the comments section if you wrote a post about the year 2010 for you!
Exactly a year ago from today I was packing what I could constitute as my material life into two large suitcases. It was ten days between the end of my finals for my fall junior year semester and the day I would get on a plane. My birthday was a celebratory affair, and Christmas was festive as ever, but I couldn’t quite let myself enjoy them the way I wanted to. In just days I knew I would be in another country and wouldn’t see home for five full months. Though I was excited as ever for this adventure, I was mentally and emotionally guarding myself.
But I finished packing up my suitcases. I said my “see you later’s” (because goodbye just sounded too final) and took the leap into the biggest adventure of my life. I boarded my plane.
Not only was 2010 a year of traveling, heartaches, laughs, and wonder, it was a year of incredible growth.
And I don’t regret one single thing.
True, I love to make lists, but I’ve never been one to write out goals for myself or make New Year’s Resolutions. This was a good thing for 2010, though, because I surpassed any list of goals I could imagine. Not everything went as planned, struggles arose that I could never have anticipated, and my faith was tested in trials I thought would escape my heart, but I’m confident I’ve come out stronger.
Looking back on the year 2010, I see how blessed and fortunate I have been. From reading the above statements, it’s clear I’ve had struggles, but 2010 is a year I will always remember.
Here is a list of ten memories/moments/dare I say miracles? of this past year that have been highlights for me.
(There are far more than ten, but I decided to round it out and for the sake of length, keep it at ten.)
10 Memories for my year, 2010
1. I spent New Year’s on a plane to Ireland. From there I studied abroad for five full months. It was five months full of adventures (albeit sometimes cold adventures), love, strength, new friends, faith, and blessings.
2. I traveled nonstop for one full month throughout Europe. Never did I think I would actually backpack through Europe. But I planned. I saved money. I booked flights. I bought a large backpack. And I discovered more about myself than I could imagine.
3. I went from never having left the country (unless you count swimming in the Atlantic) to visiting seven countries. I always wanted to travel and explore and visit foreign countries. But Europe was a dream, a part of my imagination made real by books and pictures. Now those books and pictures are my own.
4. I met some of the most beautiful, faithful women I could ever hope to meet. I traveled with these girls, went to Mass with these girls, sleep in train stations with these girls, lived off wine and chocolate and cheese for days with these girls. I say that constitutes as a pretty solid relationship, don’t you?
5. I grew even closer to my parents. My mom and dad are the two most important people in my life. Everyone feels a certain way about their parents, but I’m blessed enough to have them as the people I respect most and the people I rather spend any moment of my day with.
6. I tried and fell in love with fro-yo. Alright, so I had to lighten up the post just a bit. The year 2010 was filled with excellent food and some great eats, both abroad and from home. I may have had to travel to California to try it, but I did have it for days straight all the while visiting with friends I made from abroad.
7. I tasted Brussel sprouts for the first time. The verdict? I just can’t get enough. I was afraid to try them because I “wanted” to like them. If I didn’t like them, I was going to be really disappointed. Well, I tried them. I love them. This is huge, people, just huge.
8. I dipped my feet into the Pacific. After traveling for months abroad I thought my days of journeying and hours of waiting on security lines for flights would be put to rest for a while, at least until my bank account could recuperate. Then one July afternoon happened. A quick email was sent, a phone call received, a flight ticket purchased, and another adventure, a cross-country adventure, was lived.
9. I met one of the bloggers who inspires me the most and unknowingly encouraged me to start my own blog. I went out on a whim, sent an email, and had butterflies in my stomach waiting for a reply. It’s still an evening I smile about.
10. I started a blog. For awhile I had wanted to start one, but I didn’t. I finally took the step and started to put my words to type, my thoughts to pictures, and my heart into a community more welcoming and caring and friendly than I ever thought virtually possible. Thank YOU!
Psalms 54:4—- Behold, God is my helper. The Lord is the one who sustains my soul.
Share a link to a highlight from your year or if you’re not a blogger, write one out! I would love to hear about your adventures, goals, and accomplishments.