Hi everyone! It’s Friday and my last day in Seattle. I can’t wait to tell you all about it on Monday! For now, I’m linking up as always with Mar, Cynthia, and Courtney for the Friday Five Linkup! Their suggested post theme is “Five things I was doing 10 years ago”, but when I started thinking about it all I could do was think about the things that I wasn’t doing yet. This post is coming at a perfect time – I’m turning 28 on Tuesday, and thinking back on all of the things that have happened since I turned 18 is pretty crazy. I was a newly graduated kid who was about to be a freshman at the University of Pittsburgh and had no clue what I wanted to do with my life! I had no idea what I was missing out on back then, and how many awesome things that were in my future!
1. Running. Yep, I didn’t run back then! I didn’t start until I was 24 years old and well out of college and grad school. In fact, at 18 I was probably celebrating the fact that I didn’t have to run the mile in gym class or run during field hockey or softball practice warmups anymore!
2. Dating my husband. We met when we were 19 and living on the same floor in PA Hall at Pitt. In fact, I was dating some crazy guy from high school when I was a freshman and it was bad news. So glad I ended up dumping him and finding Andrew a few months later!
3. Rocking sorority letters. Fun fact: I was in a sorority in college, but didn’t join right away. I waited until I’d been in college for at least a year and made other friends before deciding to join. I loved my experience – my sisters were amazing and helped me through so many tough times, and I loved participating in so many fun volunteer and campus events as a group.
4. Teaching. I declared as a history major when I was 18, and graduated with my Bachelors degree in early American history. But all throughout my college years I spent time volunteering with Somali refugees who needed help with tutoring, working in daycares, and leading the first grade group at summer camp, so it was only a matter of time before I realized that teaching was really what I wanted to do. I went to a school in Philly for my Masters degree in elementary and special education and I’ve been working with teens ever since!
5. Living in Alaska. My parents made me stay in PA for college to help with tuition, and while it made sense for money reasons I definitely wanted to live somewhere new and had the itch to explore other states. Alaska wasn’t even on my radar because it was so far away, but I’m so glad I’m here now!
It was so much fun taking a trip down memory lane! But honestly, I’m glad I’m not 18 anymore. Life was so confusing and I didn’t have any of these amazing things in my life yet! 28 is going to be much better 🙂
What were you like 10 years ago? Were you a runner? Were you still in college? Leave a comment and tell me all about it!