I’m just not getting anything done on time. First I can’t get my holiday cards out the door on time, now it’s almost February and I haven’t written my 2010 in review yet.
Not to mention an almost month long hiatus from blogging.
At least I have lots of excuses: back-to-back work trips to start the year, endless Wizards games to cover, and the project of improving the look of my blog. (By the way I hope you like it.)
You can see that I have a lot going on from 2010 that’s launching me into 2011. The past year has been a true turnaround compared to 2009. This time last year I was reflecting on a down year for me, now I take a breather to realize that 2010 was a bounce back year, a year where I got back on track.
The two big changes shaped the year: my new job and my new blogging gig. A new 9-5 combined with a new writing gig infused my life with fresh energy, new experiences, and new friends. I feel like Ronnie in his first day in Miami, free from the chains of Sammi Sweetheart. I took my new found sense of freedom and went went to town.
In April I changed jobs and moved over to New Media Strategies, an opportunity I described as a dream.
It still is.
I’ve never had as much fun at work as I do at NMS, everything from pie eating contests, McRib lunches, 14 pickle burgers, and experiments with women’s vitamins. Sure it’s nothing like covering a co-worker’s cubicle with newspaper, but it’s still a good time.
But it’s not just about the fun- the work at NMS has been the opportunity and challenge I was hoping for. I got to travel all over the country from the plains of Nebraska, to the State Fair of Texas, to the bright lights of Vegas. I’ve met some really bright minds, made tons of new friends, and picked up endless nuggets of social media knowledge.
I’m happy that I made NMS a new home in 2010 and I’m eager to see where it will take me.
While I was hoping for both a career change and a blogging career change, I didn’t think I would get both done right on top of each other. Only weeks after I started at NMS, I made another move: from DC Metblogs to We Love DC. It was a really tough decision to make but just like my move to NMS, taking my writing over to We Love DC has been exactly what I have hoped for.
Tom and Tiffany have been nothing but wonderful and the entire staff are just great people to work with. My inbox is filled with their humor and snark all day long.
I’ve really thrown myself into my newWashington Wizards beat but it’s only one of many new adventures We Love DC has taken me. My past year at We Love DC has included interviews with famous dog trainers, dating bloggers, and authors who write about having Sex in Snuggies. I’ve also made a few TV appearances and saw countless theatre shows and basketball games.
Last winter I did another year of Oscar Watch, this time around I took my series over to my friends at GoGameFace. Erica and Melissa were really welcoming and were gracious enough to invite me on a couple of their podcasts. This past spring I started my first ever guest post series: The Quarterlife Crisis Series. It was great to put together and was big success.
It was a great year for writing, and I’m already working hard for a repeat. Oscar Watch 2011 is already underway at We Love DC and I hope to do more guest posts on other blogs.
I thought 2010 was going to be tough with so many of my friends moving away from the area. It couldn’t of been further from the truth.
As a result I have lots of new acquaintances and friends in my life. Combined with lots of new work friends and two new neighbors across the street, 2010 was a big growth year for my personal network. As always I am extremely thankful for having so many wonderful people in my life.
This year I had to say goodbye to not one, but two roommates. Maricha and Amber were great friends around the house and their presence will truly be missed. Now Caroline and I welcome a new person to Highland Street: Dan. He’s pretty cool so far and he’s a big Bill Simmons fan.
Two weekends ago Rebecca called me and said she missed the time we were friends. It’s always nice to have her and Adam around, two people I can always count on. Michael is always there to critique films with me and Adam came back from South America last year to cause occasional havoc.
Dave and Jimmy are among the first I’ll see anytime I return to Massachusetts and I spent a lot of time with them on my many return trips in 2010. I also go to see all my college roommates over Thanksgiving and the band they all formed: Ashland’s Attic.
In 2011 I hope to spent lots of time with my friends, old and new.
Big steps for my family in 2010. Danny graduated high school and Kim graduated from college. I’m proud of both of them as they take their next steps in life. Diana also took on a new position with the Science Fiction Book Club, and her blog is quickly becoming a big name in the Steampunk community.
Mom and Dad took an early shot at the future and bought a house outside Houston. While they won’t be moving anytime soon it’s hard to think that in the future a trip home will be to Texas and not New England. I don’t know how I feel about that.
Besides an occasional hook-up, it’s been a relatively quiet year on the dating scene.
Until Christine came along.
She was totally outside my typical type of girl and it was really exciting for a bit but unfortunately it didn’t work out.
So I enter 2011 stag, I’m sure the year will be full of plenty of FFJD-appropriate experiences.
No I’m not Jewish but still, I’m already expecting my year in love to be crazy- it always is.
Last February I stage managed Amadeus for Arlington Players, and right after that I managed Noises Off! for Keegan Theatre. One thing I learned from stage managing so many shows back-to-back: it gets fucking stressful. After Noises Off! I took a break for the rest of the year and enjoyed watching theatre in the audience.
It was really exciting to make my professional stage manager debut and I would like to get involved with another show this year, I just have to look at my calendar and work out the timing. A lesson learned from years past is I have to carefully manage my theatre commitments.
Travel & Special Events
It was great to have Melanie and Jim come visit this past fall and experience the Rally for Sanity on the National Mall. Times like these I love living around The District.
Travel won’t be a problem in 2011. I already have a work trip to Chicago planned for February and I’m sure there will be more to come.
2010 has been a year of change for me. I got myself out of the funk I was in in 2009 and positioned myself to do some great things in 2011.
I can’t wait.