I think most everyone has already done their 2010 list-about-whatever by now. I thought about doing a reading list, or a look back at the year like I did last year, but I have something else in mind.
I want to share with you some of the gems I found in 2010, some of the best books I read, the best moments, the best blog posts (not mine!), etc. Let’s get started, shall we?
Favorite New Blogger
Stand and Deliver – a blog about breastfeeding and home birth that is amazing. Rixa continues to inspire me on a daily basis, and there are aspects of her labor and deliveries that I’ll be trying to emulate.
Seth’s Blog – I’m sure I was subscribed to Seth Godin before 2010, but I really started focusing on him in 2010. He talks the way I think, and has inspired me in many ways. However, I admit I’m leary of his publishing venture and am not sure we quite agree on the state of the publishing industry. I understand his points, but don’t think opening up publishing to anyone who can put words to paper and write a check is a wise thing to do.
Favorite Blog Post
The world’s worst boss. – As I read this post, I was nodding my head, berating myself for being a terrible boss. But then I realized that that’s not the point. The point of the post is about managing yourself, and I did that AWESOMELY in 2010. It’s hard, and sometimes I resented other people with an easier lifestyle, but I learned that I’m a kick ass boss is most aspects.
Loyalty – I’ve thought about this post more than I’ve thought about anything in a long time. As someone who has a side business and is soon-to-be self-employed, this is my singular goal every time I sit down at the computer.
The Recruiter – This post by my friend Melissa cracked me up. I think about it often and it’s already taken a leap into the all-time favorite posts category.
My ‘like’ button is a dirty racist. – What I love about Raych is that she can be incredibly deep but incredibly funny all at the same time. I will take this on as my own goal as soon as I can read more than a book a month.
WE PAID OFF OUR CREDIT CARD DEBT. Dude, that was the albatross around my neck that I never thought I’d lose. When Dave and I first got married and we combined our finances, I couldn’t believe the amount of debt we’d wracked up as individuals. I’m not talking $5,000 or even $10,000. It was a lot more than that. But it’s gone. We’ve paid it off. In two years. We did something similar to the snowball method, but what really helped keep us on track is the spreadsheet I used to track our debt. I would enter the balances every month in a spreadsheet, and I had a formula that calculated what percentage of our debt we’d paid off. It was incredibly motivating and kept us focused on our goals.
Before we paid off our debt but when I could finally see the light at the end of the tunnel, we decided to try to get pregnant. We didn’t consider getting pregnant before that because I want to stay home with my kids, at least until they’re in school. With the debt we were carrying, that would have been impossible. So with a little trepidation, I got off the pill. I worried that I wouldn’t be able to get pregnant because I’d never been pregnant before and Dave doesn’t have any mini-me’s running around. I wanted to have children so badly that I told myself repeatedly that if we couldn’t have kids, then that was okay. If we had kids, we’d go down one road, if we couldn’t have kids, we’d go down another road, neither of which is better than the other. I imagined that if we didn’t have kids, we’d get to travel more, we’d be able to buy a bigger house sooner, we’d have more money to do the various hobbies we have. I knew I’d be disappointed if I couldn’t get pregnant, but I also knew that I didn’t want to be one of those women who’s perpetually unhappy because she can’t make a baby. I didn’t want to be that woman who can’t go to a baby shower, who can’t be happy for her friends as they get pregnant and start their own families.
So I prepped myself with some serious talking to. I also prepped Dave by telling him if we couldn’t get pregnant, that I wanted to get more animals. My dogs are my kids, and if I had my druthers, I’d take in all the stray and abandonded and abused animals I could find.
I was excited for either direction our life took: a life with kids or a life without kids. Either way I would be fulfilled and on a path that brought me contentment.
I’ll never forget the night when, at 9pm, I decided to take a second pregnancy test, on the off chance that the squinter I’d seen earlier that day was actually a positive pregnancy test. Nor will I forget the first phone call I made to a friend to tell her I was pregnant (hi, Becky!).
I got a promotion at work. Not only did I get a promotion, but my bosses couldn’t be happier with my work. They took a leap of faith by giving me this higher position, and I’ve worked my tail off so they wouldn’t be disappointed. I’m so happy they’re thrilled with my work.
- The Unnamed by Joshua Ferris
- The Passage by Justin Cronin
- Based Upon Availability by Alix Strauss
- Faithful Place by Tana French
- Sounds Like Crazy by Shana Mahaffrey
- Telling Dave’s mom I was pregnant.
- The whole day at the Book Blogger Convention.
- Reconnecting with two old friends, Christie and Kati.
- Hearing the baby’s heartbeat for the first time.
I won’t say that 2011 has big shoes to fill, but 2010 wasn’t too shabby.