Earlier this year, when I looked back ten years ago to when I first started my career in publishing, I hadn't realized that we were also nearing the end of the decade and the beginning of a new one (although...technically 2011 is the beginning of the new decade, right? Details, details!).
Before I do a "look forward" to 2010, I thought I'd look back at the last decade. So, let's see. What were "The Oughts" all about for me?
-I spent most of The Oughts not eating candy. I'm not sure exactly when I made that New Year's Resolution to not eat candy (I'd look back in my diaries to check, but am on the road right now! I'm literally up in the air on the airplane, to be exact), but it was at least eight years ago, because I know I was still living in Boston. Wow. Almost a decade of barely any candy!
-I've spent all of this decade working in children's book publishing and loving it. I went from being an editorial assistant to a senior editor (with a few steps in between).
-I moved to New York from Boston.
-I've lived in four different apartments, have had twelve different roommates.
-I survived a traumatic break-up and an eviction.
-I've been in three serious romantic relationships.
-I dated people I met online, met at parties, met at bars, met while sharing a taxi, even!
-I met The Randoms: my "new" group of friends who I've now known for almost five years.
-I traveled a ton, including to Australia, Taiwan, Thailand, Japan, Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, London, Bologna, Florence, Iowa, Oregon, Austin, Canadian Rockies, Toronto, Montreal, and more.
-I spoke at countless SCBWI conferences, attended multiple ALAs, IRAs, BEAs, and NCTEs.
-I went to countless weddings, two funerals, visited friends and families with babies (distributing kid's books along the way).
-I got out of debt.
-I edited two books that were New York Times bestsellers, one Golden Kite winner and one honor, an Edgar Award winner, an Al Roker Book Club pick...and more! I love and am proud of each and every book I've acquired and edited. And I'll always remember my first!
-I took tens of thousands of photos, including hundreds of food.
-I continued my obsession with Karaoke.
-I learned about the Asian woman - gay man stereotype.
-I ran one marathon, four half marathons, played softball on the company team (the Catchers in the Rye), and biked a bunch.
-I went skydiving.
-I joined Friendster, then Myspace, now Facebook and Twitter.
-some of the technology that changed my life (for the better. Well, for the most part): cell phones, instant messaging, Sony Reader, iPod, gmail, hopstop.com, iPhone, digital cameras, flickr, animoto, podcasts, MacBook, etsy.com.
-I got the bulk of my news from Jon Stewart, podcasts, Twitter, and the internet.
-I voted in two presidential elections, and witnessed the U.S. elect our first black president.
-I went from being in my mid-twenties to mid-thirties. In other words, I became an adult. Almost.
-And, of course, I started blogging! I became a Blue Rose Girl, and blogged about bloomabilities.
What are some of the events that have defined this decade for you?
Happy New Year, everyone!