Closing Out a Decade

It is crazy that this didn't occur to me until very recently, but in two months, we are closing out a decade. When we look back we think of the 80's or 90's or 00's nostalgically, remembering the iconic moments in both society and our personal lives that really marked that decade.

As we roll into the 20's, I cannot believe how far I have come in these last ten years (the 10's? It sounds weird). Going into 2010, I had been living in my current house for less than a year, had held my green card for less than a year. I think 2010 or 2011 was when I first joined the gym where I started taking cardio dance and then Body Pump. 2011 was the last time I visited my hometown.

In 2012 I got promoted into my first leadership role. I enrolled in university to finish my bachelor's degree. 2012 was the year we made the final decision not to further pursue efforts to become pregnant and accepted our situation (to which I am very thankful!).

In 2013, I turned 30 and I feel like that is when I really sunk into who I am as a person. 2013 and 2014 saw me grow professionally, and my social circle began to really expand for the first time since living here.

In 2015, I graduated with my bachelor's degree. That was also the year my sister and mom and I started running races. We started initially to earn points for a program with work, but by the end of that year I had done 22 races, including 2 half marathons!

In 2016 we lost my dad. And while all along there was peace about it that can only be the grace of God, it is surreal at times to think he has been gone this long. Losing my dad was a turning point I think for me personally as I really started to stop focusing on what isn't important. Life is short. What is the legacy I want to leave? What do I want to achieve? What is my purpose? Anything else that is superfluous and contradictory to those things can go.

In 2017 I published two books of poetry, a lifelong goal of mine and something for which I will always be tremendously proud.

2018 was a huge year for me, I got a large promotion right before completing my master's degree. My childhood friends came from Canada to celebrate my 35th birthday with me. I paid off all my debts and proved to myself that I could financially sustain a household by myself. I went on a sister trip to Disneyland with my sisters!

I feel like 2019, right from the start, has been a year to set me up for positive change and new things. I have made new friends and deepened old friendships. I have taken a new position at work that I absolutely love and I am excited to grow into. I have taken on new hobbies and new lifestyle changes, and yet while I persevere toward my goals, sometimes I just look around my home at my cozy life, my dogs and my husband and think that I am so lucky to be living in this moment.

My plan is to end this decade with a bang; health and weather permitting I will be ending the year running my 8th half marathon. Something I would never have dreamed of doing ten years ago. But I am not running from my problems. Not at all! I am running into a new decade, a far stronger woman than I was before, eager and ready to face what the new decade has in store.

What are you doing to close out this decade?