A Decade in Review

Note: This was originally posted on my personal Facebook, but I felt compelled to share it here as well.

You guys, 2018 and 2019 were rough. Y'all have said you appreciate my honesty, and that's the honest truth: I am ready to put those years behind me. So many struggles--money, relationship, death, body image--I keep hoping the fresh start of 2020 will be a clean slate and that things will start looking up, that all family members will be safe and healthy, that I'll start chipping away at this debt mountain, that marriage will be smoother sailing from here on out, and that I'll love my curves as much as they deserve to be loved. Something's gotta give, and a new year is a great place to start. I've been avoiding an end of year post because the year and the one prior weren't great, though of course not without their bright points--probably the best being all the travel I did and ending the year with my family's first Texan Christmas.

But looking at the decade as a whole, I accomplished a whole lot. I joke that I'm "more impressive on paper than in person" in my charming self-deprecating manner, but I think if I can learn anything from this decade it's that I need to stop belittling my accomplishments. So, for those who are into this kind of thing, here is some high points from the past 10 years, in no real order.

  • Graduated with a BFA in Writing, Literature, and Publishing from Emerson College
  • Did a career change before I even started and got a solid job right out of college making a decent salary
  • Dove headfirst into Community Theater and kept my love of theater and musicals alive
  • Started two food blogs to moderate success
  • Moved into my first apartment
  • Came to terms with my sexuality (not straight, y'all) and stopped making excuses for it
  • Moved across the country MA > TX
  • Road tripped that drive at least 3 times
  • Started improv and sketch and a love of comedy
  • Played in at least 10 improv troupes, 3 sketch troupes, and too many shows to count
  • Wrote a sketch that won a little award and made people cry and laugh in the same breath
  • Became better friends with my mom
  • Lived with a partner for the first time
  • Got engaged
  • Got married
  • Attended weddings of so many wonderful friends
  • Was in a Netflix special (Mortified, I'm in two episodes as a street interview)
  • Read my childhood diaries onstage MULTIPLE TIMES
  • Accomplished a life goal of writing and publishing a book before I turned 30
  • OPRAH MAGAZINE MENTIONED MY BOOK, Y'ALL! (May 2017 "Cookbook of the Month") as well as The New York Times and various other publications
  • Came to terms with my mental health (anxiety and depression, woo!) and got treatment for it
  • Did yet another career change (writing > marketing > customer success)
  • Dyed my hair purple, pink, and purple and pink
  • Found a job that I adore in a company that is just amazing
  • Adopted 3 wonderful pets that I love with all my soul
  • Went abroad twice and traveled as much as I possibly could
  • Had my first solo trip
  • Took a dip in the Arctic Ocean
  • Ziplined through the rain forest
  • In the last year, cut down on eating meat by about 75%
  • Got 8 Tattoos, a few more piercings

Sending y'all positive vibes for this new year and new decade. I hope it's a great one for all of us