So I had this New Year’s post started…all about new years resolutions and how I love New Years and get seduced by “fresh starts” and thoughts of “this is my year” but that this excitement of mine generally leads to disappointment when 1. it is not “my” year or 2. I keep repeating the same mistakes and never seem to budge on the resolutions I’ve made over and over again for years and years and years. But that was all before I realized something very important. This is not just a new year…it is a new decade! The “oughts” are gone and the “tens” have arrived! Now maybe I could have resisted the lure of yet another new year…but a new decade?!! I didn’t stand a chance.
Now, before I talk about how excited I am to leave the aughts behind and really embrace the tens, I feel I must pay tribute in some way to the 10 years that just passed. So here is a little look back into some highlights of my life over the last decade (accompanying pictures only from 2003 on–my post-digital camera era):
- 2000 – I am living in Washington DC, working in communications at a lobbying office for a Pharmaceutical company. I have been roommates with KW for a couple years at this point but this year Max moves in too making this the happiest and most fun roommate situation of my life (outside of my sister Kara of course.) Sister Bri visits me during her spring break (she is a junior in high school) and we enjoy pretty much the most perfect trip to NYC together. In June of this year my parents leave my hometown of Honolulu, HI and move to Tokyo, Japan. In July, I become an Aunt for the first time as my dear Emma is born. I travel to Charleston, SC for Memorial Day and spend Christmas in Tokyo.
- 2001 – Realize my time in DC is done and move to Salt Lake City, UT in August. Sister Kara has just graduated from college and flies out to drive cross country with me. Live alone for the first time in my life–and love it. After 3 months of no job I take a part-time, really bad paying job as an Internet department assistant–a job I don”t want at a company I do want to work for.
- 2002 – Get promoted from the job I don’t want to one that is much better (and full-time) but maintain great connections with those I worked with (which helps mold my job options in the future.) Get an invite to a dinner party along with six other women who have since become some of the dearest and most beloved of all my friends. Again travel to Tokyo for Christmas.
- 2003 – Second niece Ellie is born. Go on a super fun (and fairly impromptu) trip to South Korea and Tokyo in the summer after I am set up with a boy over email who lives there. The date isn’t that great (nice guy, just not for me) but the trip is sure fun. My parents move from Tokyo to Salt Lake so for the first time in 12 years our whole family lives in the same state.
Shopping in Seoul
- 2004 – In October, I stumble across a cute knitting pattern during a web search which leads me to buy a book, some yarn, and learn to knit. Knowing I need more experience in the new field I am starting, I take a new job with a different company.
Being an Aunt
- 2005 – After a lot of healing from a broken heart (long story) which (thankfully) brings sister Kara and I closer together, we decide to become roommies. We find the perfect house situated in the perfect neighborhood. On the day we find out my brother and his wife are pregnant (with cute Ryan) my Mom and Dad announce they are moving yet again, this time to Hong Kong. I start this blog…yeah, I know, I’ve been around a LONG time. Bri moves to Salt Lake and in with super cool Amanda who introduces us all to The OC (the OC + love sac + Cafe Rio + Bri, Amanda, and Kara = heaven.) Baskin Robbins starts their best. promotion. ever, “Dollar Scoop Tuesdays” to which Bri, Amanda, and I start making regular appearances–before we get together to watch Gilmore Girls of course. Baby Ryan is born. I turn 30.
Wee little Ryan
- 2006 – I learn how to garden from the “Tomato King”. Kara and I attend Estes Park Wool Festival in Colorado. Bri starts dating future husband Adam. I fall in love with Hong Kong and ride elephants in Thailand with my family over Christmas.
- 2007 – On a whim, I apply for a job with my favorite knitting publisher and much to my surprise am offered the job–and take it. This means I leave my beloved sister roommate as well as the rest of my family behind and move to Denver, CO in June. Bri marries Adam in July, I gain a new brother. Am given the opportunity to work with the teenaged girls at my church which is not only super fun and fulfilling but also introduces me to two of my most favorite friends ever, Teri and Shelley.
A sister gets married
- 2008 – Start carpooling for the hour drive to work and realize how lucky I am to have such a good and easy time with my two carpool buddies (and soon to be very close friends) LL and Tricia. Visit Kara while she lives in London and the two of us visit Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and France together. Became active in social groups with people from church like book club, craft night, scrapbooking weekend, and many baby showers. My association with these awesome women connects me to Denver in a way I don’t ever want to break. Due to an overwhelming desire to wear long-legged lounge pants, I finally learn to sew for reals.
Sisters and Big Ben
- 2009 – Grandpa passes away and the entire family gathers in Hawaii to celebrate his life and our heritage. I make the hard decision to leave a great job and really perfect friends for a new job opportunity in Salt Lake City. Move in May. Travel to China and Hong Kong with “my long-time traveling companion” Laurel in June. Parents move back to Salt Lake from Hong Kong. Become roommates housemates with my parents while I figure out where I want to settle. Become a home owner for the first time in my life and move into my awesome home in November.
China Erin eats fish with the head on the plate
So there you go…the last 10 years in a nutshell. That was harder than I thought it would be but as you can see, I have no reason to complain, in fact, I feel pretty blessed to have the life I do. So thank you aughts, the last 10 years were great. Could it have been better? Sure. Could I have been better? Yeah. So of course, after reflection my mind then turns to thoughts of the tens…
What do I want to accomplish in the tens? Where will life lead me in the tens? And ultimately…who do I want to be in the tens? That last question lead to a long list (that I am still adding to) of changes I want to make or qualities to aspire to and even things I do now that I want to continue. Basically, who is Erin in the tens? I don’t feel like they are resolutions–more like me defining who I am and will be (in the tens.)
Just to give you an idea of what to expect…Erin in the tens goes to the doctor and finally figures out if indeed she is allergic to metal (i.e. razors) and if she has a deviated septum. Erin in the tens reads much more as Erin in the “late aughts” missed it. Erin in the tens is really good at saving money. Erin in the tens enjoys food but does not eat excessively. Basically, Erin in the tens is a lot like Erin in the pre-tens only she is doing her best to be a little bit better. I am excited…I just have a good feeling about this one. This is totally my decade.
Happy New Tens to you all!