I find it very, very strange that I wrote what I did last January when looking ahead to 2010. I sensed the changes of that year without really know what any of it would be and sure enough, 2010 was a very different year. I won't deny that a large credit of that goes to my going from 24 1/2 years as a single lady, to, without hesitation or doubt, being in a serious relationship; however at the time of that post I had no idea it was coming--even if it was only a little over a week from beginning.
What made 2010 so different?
- I went from still being a 25-30 hour a week employee to a 50-60 hour a week employee that is usually still working into the evenings and to some extent on weekends.
- I went from Single Sally to Relationship Rita.
- I went from living directly across the street from half of the man clan and with my 2 college roommates to living on the far end of the city with my cousin and lifelong best friend.
- I went from going out to a bar, hanging out late with friends on the town, or drinking with friends at least one night of the weekend to rarely seeing the inside of a bar and 1 a.m. on a weekend being late.
- I went from spending all my time in town minus the occasional trip home or to Lex to spending probably 70% of my weekends outside of Louisville
- I went from having my younger brother and one cousin in this city as my only relatives to having 4 cousins living here, 1 living with me, both brothers here and my sister-in-law.
I've started eating better. While my running and working out has fallen to the wayside (so little time when you're driving and working so much!) I've started buying more whole, natural and fresh foods and actually cooking. (It helps when you have a boyfriend with allergies who is safer cooking his own food than trusting someone else.) Holly and I don't even have a microwave in the apartment so that keeps us away from frozen foods. Additionally Mom has introduced the family to Juice Plus which has become a part of my daily source of nutrients.
I just had a phone call tonight with a friend I hadn't talked much with in the past couple of months. After catching up a bit, we realized that our lack of hanging out was much to do with our lack of "going out". We agreed that not going out and not drinking was much more of the "easy" option these days. We agreed we must be growing up.
Growing up does not have to be a bad thing. If we never grow and change we stay in the same place forever and too much of any one thing and you'll get bored of it. Thanks to "growing up" I have done a lot of things in 2010 that I wouldn't have gotten to do previously. I accomplished my 3 year goal and did visit Gui and Carla in Brazil. Instead of the typical bar scenes of the past, friends came together to do things like camping trips, lake trips and road trips. I've gotten to see many of my nearest and dearest friends get married this past year and one of my very best friends is pregnant--all joys I would not experience without growing up.