in the past decade

May 19, 2005.
On that date a decade ago, I had just celebrated my college graduation. I didn't walk at the ceremony, instead I chose to stay back at my house with my family and with Matt and enjoy wine and not be bored out of my mind. I had a degree in Digital Communications. I had a minor or two that to be honest, I'm not even sure if it was business, design, or computer programming... but there were two of them. I had been jumping around at a local public broadcasting station from position to position trying to nail a full-time one with benefits, which had actually just pulled through. I would be their Human Resources/Special Events Coordinator. I took it with the hopes of transitioning just to Special Events eventually, but was perfectly alright with anything because I loved the company and loved loved loved my coworkers. 

Matt and I had been dating since the past October and were about to take our first solo road trip all the way up to Down East Maine for five days, where it rained and rained and rained. My parents gave me my first iPod as a graduation present and I spent hours the evening before the trip loading it up with all my favorite mp3s. 
I lived at home with my parents and my younger brother and sister and my cat Rocco. I had very solid plans to marry Matt, and was (im)patiently awaiting my proposal. I spent most of my evenings going out to bars with my girlfriends and Matt, eating appetizers and just still enjoying the fact that I could drink legally, as I had only been 21 since the past August.

May 19, 2015. 

Here a decade later I look at that Laurie and the Laurie I am now. I can compare the priorities. The lifestyle. The interests. I can compare who she spent her time with. Some friends stayed and some friends left. I met new people who I can't imagine my life without. I think of all that Laurie has done or been through since May 19, 2005. The prompt from Belinda is to list ten things I've accomplished in the past decade, so I'll keep it as such!

2. Beat infertility (twice)
3. Birthed three children (1, 2, 3)
4. Bought our first home. And our second home.
5. Traveled to Italy, the Caribbean, Europe, Alaska, The Bahamas, Bermuda and Disney a bunch of times.
6. Started running! I used to dread running. Loathe it. Now I run multiple 5k's a year and even did a Half Marathon!
7. Become an occasional Martha Stewart wanna be. I tried my hand at cooking and gardening, but mainly I enjoy more of the decor and diy side of Martha. And that's okay!
8. Okay sorry to any male readers but breastfeeding Dom as long as I have is an accomplishment to me.
9. Read every Harry Potter book. Finally!
10. Started this little blog here. It may not be much, but an accomplishment it shall be to me.

I'm linking up with Belinda as part of her Blog Everyday in May challenge. Which I'm clearly not doing. But I may join in a time or two should the mood strike...

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