I’m not sure why it’s hitting me so hard this year that a decade has passed. Although each decade before brought on tons of changes, I don’t think I have ever sat back and really thought about it. So today, as I was was reading over my post about New Year’s past, I allowed myself to think and remember how much I’ve grown, and how many things have changed.
2000- 1/2 2002: These were college years. I loved every single second of college. I was at Hofstra University. I loved being in a sorority…as a matter of fact I think I was president during some of this time. My parents joked that I majored in Mchebes (the local bar) and it was somewhat true. My biggest responsibility was making sure that I made it to class. I was surrounded by friends constantly, and this is the time that I began my relationship with The Captain. I was having the time of my life.
Summer of 2002 started some major transition years. I graduated college, got an apartment, and couldn’t find a job. I decided to stay in Long Island to reach my dream of becoming a big PR rep, and to continue my relationship with The Captain. In order to pay the rent I got a job as a waitress and it was the worst! Soon I found a “real” job, but quickly found it wasn’t all it was cracked up to be. I was sad, and lost and miserable. The Captain, being a year younger, still was in college. We were both at different places. Looking back I have to credit him for making our relationship survive. I was miserable and I took it out on him.
In the summer of 2003 a light bulb went off in my head, and I made one of the best decisions I have ever made (The best was marrying The Captain of course). I decided to work for my dad, and start his business in Long Island. I started to find happiness in my career. I moved out of an apartment that I shared with others, and moved into one of my own. My finances were extremely tight, but it was the right move. The Captain began law school that Fall….and life went on.
Fall 2003- 2006 I sort of was going through the motions. I hated Long Island, but I loved The Captain. I hated being alone so much while he studied so much, but I knew that it was a necessary evil for our future. People questioned his commitment to me, but I knew his intentions. I worked hard to build my business, and I succeeded. January 17th 2005 I got my angel, my Tinkerbell. In the winter of 2006 life as I knew it shattered for a bit. My mom suffered a brain aneurysm. I don’t think I have ever been so scared. Not having my mom in my life was not an option. (although I knew it was a possibility) I could only think of the things I wanted to share with her…and how much more she had to live for. So I spent 3 weeks with her at the hospital hoping against hope that she would be ok. She came through with flying colors. I was truly blessed. To my surprise she was well enough in October of that year to travel to Italy with my sister and I to visit my brother who was traveling abroad! It was one of the best vacations of my life!
2007 through 2008 was probably the best time of my life (I know I said that about college but this was different). I got engaged in February 2007, The Captain and I bought our Townhouse in June and the rest was just wonderful. Being engaged is a magical time. Even random people at the store see your engagement ring and congratulate you! Who wouldn’t love that?? The year brought engagement parties and showers. There was just so much to celebrate! On June 14, 2008 I married the man of my dreams…my best friend. We had the most beautiful honeymoon in Greece. I don’t think there will ever be a vacation like that ever again. Can you ever out do the honeymoon? I truly doubt it.
I already did my 2009 year in review, so we can skip that one at this time.
So I credit this decade as the decade I became an adult. I think that would be the main theme..I went from being supported by my parents, to supporting myself, to learning to be supported by my husband. Although at the core I am the same person I was at 20…I know that I have changed so much. I guess we all have to grow up sometime right?
I can NOT believe a new decade is beginning in a day’s time. The last one went by all too quickly.
Wishing you a glorious new year and new DECADE. 🙂
I can completely relate with this being the decade I grew up. It was around the age of 26 or so that I began to realize that I wasn’t the same person I was at 20. I was growing… maturing. I went thru some questionable times. Things I will never probably blog about… but I’m still here and I’m proud of how far I’ve come.
Good luck to you!
Kelly, I think we all probably went through questionable times! 🙂 lol as long as we made it through to the other side it’s all good right?? lol
Happy New Year and thank you for visiting on my special SITS Day!
As I read your blog, i realize what a wonderful life you had and will continue to have. Wishing you nothing but health and happines in the new decade. love ya.
I’m right there with ya – can’t believe 10 years has past. Especially because I got married in 2000! Time flies. Just stopping by from SITS to welcome you aboard & wish you a wonderful New Year!
Wow… 10 wonderful years you have there. Nice post!
Happy New Year & thanks for visiting my blog! 🙂
Enjoyed reading your history…growing up is not so bad. I am definitely glad to be out of my 20′ and into my 30’s. 40’s might be another story! All the best for 2010!
Great recap! SO GLAD your mom is OK!! I think about my parents every day, esp since they are older now. So important to spend as much time with them as possible.
Do you have a post about Greece by any chance? The wife and I are thinking about going in May, as part of our now traditional 10-14 day European May getaway before the heat and crowds!
Is that Evan in your pictures, or another bathed suited guy? If that’s Evan, I think I gotta go do some dumbbell curls! 🙂
No worries! With your tennis skills I can promise that you got me on the endurance. I tire easily its kind of sad.
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What a decade you’ve had! I’m with you. We’ll never be able to top our honeymoon. 🙂
Happy New Year! What a decade you had! I hope you have 10 more wonderful years. BTW, LOVE the pic at the top of this post with the little girl and bride. Is that you photoshopped?
No I found it on Flickr! But I thought it was a beautiful photo too! 🙂
I love looking back and seeing how the years seem to have changed us but amazingly so much stays the same. Can’t believe it’s been a decade!