Top 5 Bad Turned Good Things in 2010
1. Losing My Job
Now looking back on it I can see that I did feel really stuck in my previous job. I'm really happy in my job now... really happy. However, I preface this saying that being on the job hunt sucks. I technically got a huge lesson in failure.
Being "homeless" while trying to figure out whether our house was going to be livable again, was frightening. I did not handle stress well at that time, and everyday felt like a struggle. But, I learned a lot about myself in this. I got to see how loved I was by my friends and family. Before it was something I took for granted, now its something I dearly cherish.
Yes, I deleted 450 "friends" from facebook (aka 450 time suckers). Quick explanation, I went to a university that was one of the first to get facebook. I had over 800 friends from either college or high school or summer camp campers and counselors. As I started going through my news feed, I just got tired of reading either stupid and idiotic political rants, drunken pictures, or updates from people I really don't care about anymore. Curiosity is not enough to keep someone close... (that should be on a poster or something). So I deleted them. I really only wanted to keep people that I genuinely cared about. This is also a bit bigger. The past few years of my life I have been carefully editing acquaintances. My personality type is the one that is introverted and only shares my life with a few people. Sometimes I think my blog is one giant collective person.... So, that is the good that came out of letting go of 450 facebook friends. Besides, I don't want to be reminded of people who either deeply hurt me at some point in my life, or who have no idea that facebook is not an appropriate place to have a debate going on about your personal beliefs. That should be over coffee or margaritas or wine.
5. I didn't shop for a year.
Uh.. duh of course this makes the cut. At the time it felt awful but then it started to be just fine. But in a bigger way it helped me conquer some major hurdles in my life and I also gave me a chance to start a blog and make some very dear friends. I made friends that I cherish and if it wasn't for this blog, or blogging in general, I wouldn't even know who they are. You ladies know who you are!
So 2010, in some ways you really sucked... a LOT. But I'm glad you happened. Cheers to 2011!!
And sincerely, Happy New Year everyone. So glad I have been able to share this year with you.