Friday, December 31, 2010

2010 In Review

As most bloggers are doing, I wanted to recap my year in writing.  Enjoy my laughs, cries, and overall wild ride that we call life!

January - I became a... Teaching Assistant.  What a wonderful experience.  I was paired with one of my favorite professors and began to teach 24 bright-eyed undergrads on the harsh reality of Interviewing.  Prepping for the job, landing the interview, nailing the interview and accepting (or rejecting) job offers became my life for the next few months.

February - Buddy came into our lives!  On 2/19/09 we became the adopted puppy parents of the most adorable little black lab ever.  Since then, he has become my husband's 'canine child' and my favorite cuddler. 

March - Coupons entered my world on a whole new level. I began following a few of my favorite bloggers: Andrea at Savings LifestyleHeather/Little Miss Know It All at Cincy SaversJenny and Emily at Mommin' It Up and so many others. Their savings tips (and also life stories) helped me realize that I can pay off my debt without living as if I am 100% broke!

April - Much like one of my favorite 'pleasure-read' bloggers Kate the Great, I don't have too much to say about April. 

May - Tessa entered our world.  My newest niece Tessa came into our lives and has provided many moments of laughter.  What a hoot!

June - My world came crashing down for a few weeks.  After over a year of working diligently on research, surveys and everything academic, it was determined that my graduation would be delayed because my thesis research was moving at a much slower rate than anticipated.  Who knew that finding young, first-time voters to take a survey would be so much work.  I immersed myself in work and let myself fall behind in my couponing.

July - 1/2 way to 50!  Seriously - I was dreading my 25th birthday like the plague.  I cried on my 20th birthday because I was halfway to 40 and here we were again - halfway to another dreaded age.  I'm glad I decided to suck it up, because so far 25 has been great and I couldn't be happier.

August - My boss returned to work from a 3 month maternity leave and immediately offered me a full-time position at the company.  This was the highlight of my year (after getting Buddy of course).  I love my job and the people I work with and couldn't have asked for more.

September - Coupons took over  my life yet again.  Josh and I sat down and made some goals for the next few months (as Christmas was approaching) and my love for couponing took over.  I also watched as baseball took over the town and my family.  I'm so proud of our Reds (even though I am a true Cubs fan at heart).

October - 30 Days of Service kicked off at church. This year, I led the way and we adopted 7 families, provided 30 babies with blankets, packed up 3000 scarves, hats and gloves for the homeless, fed 7 local businesses, donated 40 coats to Ockerman Elementary, sent 300 Christmas cards to our troops and inmates, and so much more.  It was quite an exhausting mission, but the end result is soooo worth it.

November - I DID IT!  I successfully defended my thesis and passed all of my master's classes with a 4.0 GPA.  What a feeling of relief.

December - Graduation.  2 year anniversary.  Christmas.  Need I say more?

That's my 2010 in a nutshell.  2011 seems to be promising and I can't wait to see what is in store.  What happened in your 2010 and what are you looking most forward to in 2011?


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  2. Hey, Kelly, a fun read. Glad to hear about your 30 days of serving. Well done!

    btw, I'm 48 and 50 is not as old as it used to be! I helped start a church at 27... now after 20 years I can say for SURE, your best years are ahead of you.

    You can take that to the bank.

    (You have yet to hit full stride in your life, but you are on the right track!)

  3. Thanks Scott! I have finally come to peace with aging gracefully! :)