A lot has happened this past decade and quite honestly, I can’t believe how quickly it’s gone by. As cliche as that sounds! It’s hard to believe that I’ve lived long enough to see four decades pass me by, late and I’m only in my early 30s.
Like most years, there have been a lot of ups and downs over the past decade, and especially within the past few years. It’s been 10 years of change for me, as well as my blog, which has definitely found its feet recently.
So I’d like to take a moment to reflect on the past decade and talk about the highlights from each year. I hope you enjoy reading this post as much as I’ve enjoyed reminiscing, and writing it.
Reflecting on the Past Decade (2010-2019)
Having recovered from laryngitis at the beginning of year, I was still struggling to find employment after being made redundant. I went through interview after interview, which left me feeling fairly low about myself.
Eventually I found an internship, and the company decided to take me on full time after it concluded. 9 years later I’m still working for them… although in a different role.
10 years of friendship
I also met one of my closest friends Sarah (Sazzzzy) in real life after chatting online for over a year. I’ve been on so many adventures with her! This year we’re celebrating 10 years of friendship. 💞
A lot happened in 2011, I went to a lot of conventions this year, visited Cardiff for the first time and watched Meat Loaf perform in concert (with my mum).
But my favourite convention this year was Chevron 7.6 which just so happened to be over my 23rd birthday. I met some of the Stargate cast including Richard Dean Anderson.
23 year old Kim with Richard Dean Anderson
I joined what was then known as Weight Watchers (now WW) at the start of the year. Having struggled with my weight over the last few years. It was the right decision, my weight made me unhappy, and I was in a vicious cycle of comfort eating. But, by joining WW, I reached my goal weight which made me feel a lot better about myself.
If I’m honest 2012 was a year of a lot of firsts for me; my first time living with someone other than my family, my first plane ride alone, first holiday with friends, and the year I met Joss Whedon in person, at his Apple Store talk for ‘Much Ado About Nothing’.
My sister surprised me with tickets to see one of my favourite bands, Mcfly at their ‘Memory Lane’ concert for my birthday. Nearly 10(!) years since I last saw them. I also met one of my favourite authors (at the time), Stephenie Meyer at ‘The Host’ book signing.
I said goodbye to two relationships this year – a toxic friendship I had with an old school friend, and my relationship with my then boyfriend, Artur. Both were hard but necessary. With Artur, he ultimately decided to return home to Poland, while I wanted to remain in the UK, so we parted ways after Christmas which was very tough on both of us.
But it wasn’t all heartache, in fact, the mid part of 2014 was full of good times, including staycations in both London and Cardiff with my family. We went to the Doctor Who Experience, explored some Doctor Who filming sites (in both cities), and saw the poppy display at the Tower of London.
I lived out my childhood dream of seeing Sclub7 live in concert, which just so happened to be on my birthday this year. My sister, mum and I had a great time singing along and we even remembered some of the dance moves!
Busted reunited in 2016 and I saw them live for the first time in ~12 years. Along with my mum, sister and, one of my oldest friends, Kelly. They were just as good as I remembered and I got the chance to meet them in person too, with Kelly, at their new album signing.
I started running this year and completed two races – a 5K Race4Life in the Summer and the 13K Monster Race in the Autumn. They were tough! But I’m very happy I did both of them and managed to raise some money for charity too.
In between training for my Autumn Monster Race I also went on a couple of weeks away, and met one of my idols, Alyson Hannigan. The two holidays were, my first girls only trip to Paris, with my friend Kelly, and a road trip through the North of England to Scotland. Both of which I’m hoping to go back to in the near future.
My mental health was at an all time low at the beginning of the year and I coped by partying a lot of the time; which I regret. I wasn’t myself, but ultimately seeked help from my GP who prescribed a course of antidepressants and a self referral for CBT telephone sessions.
As the year went on it got a lot better for me. I moved back in with my parents, went on a girls only holiday to San Francisco, and focused more on myself. I got in touch with old friends, made new ones and even started dating again.
2018 also saw me turn the big 3-0 with a Star Wars surprise birthday party.
This past year I was a bridesmaid for my sister’s wedding, and helped her celebrate in style at Disneyland Paris; it goes without saying that it’s been a busy year!
Wedding prep aside I also continued my CBT with face-to-face sessions and exposure therapy, which has helped me go on not one, but two road trips in the UK this year (with Aaron). Something I’m immensely proud of.
2020 and beyond…?
I’m starting the New Year with a few travel plans – New York, Pompeii and Liverpool, to be specific. Apart from that I don’t know what the future will hold, but I hope it keeps going up from here.
Britt has set a 2020 bucket list challenge (which you can see here) that I’m looking to get involved in. I just need to think about what I’d like to include on my own list; but I know one item is to be ‘completely debt free‘ by the beginning of Summer.
How has the past decade been for you? Do you have any plans for 2020 and beyond? 🎉 Let me know in the comments.