Monday, January 10, 2011

2010...

All I can say about 2010 was that it was, in fact, NOT 2009. (That's a compliment.) I had spent most of 2009 wanting to punch it in the face, and when 2010 came I greeted the new year much like the Parisians probably greeted their Allied liberators from the Nazi invasion. As in, Oh thank God you're here, can we kick this scum out now? So a lot of 2010 was me thinking, Well. At least it's not 2009. At least Nazi's aren't still running around the damn place.

And 2010, for the most part, was not bad. Oh, sure, it was challenging, but every year is. But as I settled into my new relationship with Benni, as I took more and more steps towards personal self growth and getting things accomplished, as my confidence grew... it slowly and steadily became a good year. Looking back, I wish I'd put less pressure on it and less expectations of how much better it was going to be than 2009, and just let it stand for itself. But at the end of the day, as I reflect how much I grew in 2010 and how many new things I tried... I wouldn't change it for the world.

To sum up 2010:

1) I rang in the new year with an incredible Flogging Molly concert on New Year's Eve. Amazing. One of the best New Year's celebrations of my life.

2) I got to visit Seattle for Valentine's Day, as my Christmas gift from Benni - and had a wonderful time exploring the city!

3) I threw a Pride and Prejudice and Zombies engagement party for my friends Eric and Stacy, complete with cucumber tea sandwiches, scones, and dismembered body parts.

4) I got my first tattoo!

5) I got to be a steampunk bridesmaid in a steampunk wedding.

6) I came out on my blog as a survivor (and took back my power).

7) I kicked some serious ass at San Diego's Comic-Con as Harley Quinn.

8) I took a leap of faith and love and moved in with Benni (and had one of the most terrifying conversations in my life).

9) I took a deep breath and made some important changes.

10) I went camping in Yosemite and then got some nifty new headshots taken.

11) I told my entire American Sign Language class that... well, just read the post.

12) I forced my family members to build gingerbread houses and take Awkward Family Photos for Thanksgiving.

And that was my year! Some of it was fun, some of it was hard, ALL of it contributed to making me even stronger and more kick ass than ever. I don't regret a single moment of 2010 :)

CAN I GET A FIST BUMP?

Thanks.

(photo credit: I got it from here)

40 comments:

Gwen said...

Awe!!! I'm glad 2010 was better than 2009. Here's hoping 2011 is the best year ever!!! XOXO

Jeremy Asher said...

Huzaah!

Robin said...

That is totally deserving of a fist bump. I think 2011 is gonna be your year! It appears that the key is just sitting back and letting it happen. While at the same time being a proactive force for good. It's all about... balance.

Eric W. Trant said...

Wow. You had an extraordinary year all right! I need to read your older posts, seeing as I joined your story mid-chapter.

Me, 2010, I had a baby and didn't get fired!

There's the fist-pump!

(Actually, I watched my wife have the baby, and I told her she looked like beer can chicken.)

Your hug made my day, Tracy, thank you. Been a stressful, cranky, sleep-deprived holiday. I need all the encouragement I can get!

Hugs back to you.

- Eric

rosaria said...

Wow, what a year, full of so many changes, least of which your new beautiful head-shots. Now, reading that list I kept thinking, why is it that I didn't know this or that? Dah! I didn't get regular updates from your blog because I had somehow not signed up to follow it regularly.
Fixed that!
Wishing you the best of everything in this new year!

Thanks for your wonderful visit, dear Hollywood girl.

Dirty Girl Gardening said...

great post... i love punching inanimate objects or concepts on the face! :)

Lira said...

I'm excited for what this year has in store for you;
I met you as a caterpillar, and the last year and a half required you to look like you were some dead looking brown poop clinging to a branch. But it's your spring. So burst forth from your chrysalis and be the butterfly you were born to be!

Anthony Duce said...

Enjoyed your summary of a year well spent. Now to look forward to the next one. Life is short.

g. fox said...

fist bump, lady! fist bump.
xo,
g*

Wine and Words said...

Hip Bump, Fist Bump, High Five, Down Low! You go girl. I have low expectations of 2011. Hoping I'll come out on top.

Elisabeth said...

2009 was my annus horribilis too, Phoenix and 2010 was better, until I broke my leg.

Here's hoping we both have a much better 2011, without putting too much pressure on the year to come up with the goods.

Lydia K said...

I'd say that was a pretty awesome year...and btw, I love your tattoo!

Jo said...

Sounds like a pretty amazing 2010! Fist bump material for sure!!

Barbara said...

Love the paw bump...it started off my morning with a smile.
And it's good 2010 was a decent year for you...2011 will be even better. You've got such an positive attitude. Ups and downs are expected, right? Life happens.

Fun that you met Dionne at the blogger event!! She talks about it on her blog. Is she as nice as I think she is?

Big New Years hugs to you!

Bathwater said...

There was one good thing about 2009 I saw a picture of you and Benni in front of a life size Lego Batman and made a comment which is how I found you. ;)

Taylor K said...

Good job in 2010! I was also so incredibly glad to see 2009 go that I spent most of 2010 just smiling about the fact that my year no longer ended in a 9. 2011 is going to be incredible. Can't wait!

Marion said...

Major fist pump, girlie! (I adore your kitty fist bump!) I was drooling on the screen just seeing how much FUN you had last year. Good for you, Phoenix, and keep up the good work... Thanks to you, I got my first Flogging Molly CD last year and I love 'em.

May 2011 kick 2010's ass. Yeah!!

Love & Blessings,
~Marion

Joker_SATX said...

In looking back at all this, I feel that you should look upon 2010 as a successful year.

Good for you chica!

Ren- Lady Of The Arts said...

what a great year in summary- All the best for 2011!

Lindsey said...

Tracy! I'm so glad you found me! You were the only one of the girls I didn't track down (not at ALL because the complexity or obscurity of the blog name *wink*).

You are terribly entertaining anyway and I'm so glad I found you. You are a bit like a jolt of caffeine in the morning.

And you should totally do the Valentine swap. No one ever said they had to be complex, or take too much time, it will just be fun to get something handmade!

Dave said...

Fist bump to you! (around here we say "give me some pound") I think your '10 was a pretty good time. Seattle...Yosemite...you're killing me! Both are on my bucket list. (actually my bucket list is a dumptruck list. i better get busy!)

JJ said...

Definite fist bump. Have a great New Year!

Lori ann said...

I LOVE that you have no regrets.

lots of love,
lori

drollgirl said...

THAT PICTURE!!! it is so perfect! i love it so much!

AND HELL YES YOU CAN GET A FIST PUMP!

fingers crossed that this year is even better for ya (and for me, too!)! :)

kira said...

hullo hullo tracy!! was so fun to meet you at the meetup. there's probably a less redundant way to say that but i'm feeling too lazy to work through that word math. happy new year wheeeee.

Dionne said...

And 2011 is going to be even better than 2010!

kj said...

what a fist bump.

what a great attitude.

what a fun writer.

what a nice discovery.


kj

jenn said...

you definitely get a fist bump - what a year!!! here's to a happy and healthy 2011. :)

Heather said...

Sounds like you had a fabulous year!!!! Following you now as well. :)
-Heather

Darcy said...

Congrats on your 2010! that fist bump is AWESOME. Do you think I can teach my kitties to do that? hahaa....
good job making the move on the move, that is a scary step and i'm glad you are LOVING IT!
and seattle? omg, so jealous.

Ed Pilolla said...

that art at the end is so hysterical.
my 2009 wasn't so hot. my 2010 was worse. however, it's already a good 2011.
it's easier for me to say it's all going to work out while it is all currently working out in my life.

can i get a fist bump?:)

Carissa said...

haha, love the kitty fist bump photo! if 2010 was better than 2009, then I think 2011 is going to blow 2010 out of the water! it's still January, so I like being optimistic like that :) see, my 2010 was perhaps like your 2009... so I'm hoping 2011 is going to be the BEST YEAR EVER!

oh, p.s. I clicked the link to the most terrifying phone conversation ever because I didn't remember what that was and um, yeah. DISTURBING. hahaha. I definitely didn't read that post before. whoa.

hope you're having a good week!

drollgirl said...

hey you. thanks so much for your sweet comments. you are the best. hugs. :]

Terresa said...

What a 2010, Seattle, a tattoo, and steampunk bridesmaid? A toast to you and to 2011!

Purple Cow said...

Well, your 2010 was definitely more eventful than mine...

I guess our days, weeks, months, years are really what we choose to make 'em...

So maybe I should consider getting a tattoo in 2011!

Maggie May said...

haha i love the fist bump!

Okie said...

Great recap of 2010. It looks like you had a pretty good year. Here's hoping 2011 continues the upward trend and that you have a great year. :)

Eric W. Trant said...

I might also extend the "I miss you" award to you, too. I hope you're doing fun things and have an exciting post coming up soon.

You know, something that makes me feel better because I can read it and say, At least I didn't do something like ~that~ girl!

;)

- Eric

Jo said...

Tracy, thank you for your message. It really means a lot. Sincerely. I just wanted to tell you.

Des said...

I've missed reading your fearless writing style.

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