Friday, February 4, 2011

2010: Bright Lights

Ever since I was a little girl I've kept a shoebox worth of stuff for the year. In middle school, that means an entire box of notes from friends, in high school I kept the paper from the first flowers ever given to me, and my first bottle of perfume (even if it was from Pac Sun).... Pretty much I keep everything slightly sentimental as long as I can fit it in the shoebox.

This year, I labeled my box " BRIGHT LIGHTS"... I was so excited for 2010, a fresh start with no ugly divorce to muddle up my year. I'd have to say it lived up to my expectations in a lot of ways. Oodles of sparkly memories & relationships developed. If there was a subtitle for my year, though, it might say "& the year of the self-esteem issues". What I wasn't expecting from 2010 was to have to heal from the wounds of an abusive relationship, which not only included forgiving & moving on, but also how to learn to love myself again, and believe that I am of worth. To be honest, I was quite surprised. In high school I was probably a bit too sure of myself and my awesomeness, and now that I'm an adult(25!!!), I've been dealing with all sorts of insecurities. I'm not pretty enough, I'm not smart enough, I don't contribute enough... Seriously some days I felt like I was going to jump out of my skin!

Thankfully I've moved on from (most of) those thoughts, and deep down I always know I am of worth to at least one person, the only one that matters really.

2010 was an amazing year, and I feel so blessed in my life, and have SO MUCH to be thankful for.

& with that, I give you... my year in pictures. at least, one picture per month.

WOW! that is some dark hair! (at normandie bakery with my favorite caprese salad)


fell in love with snowboarding...really.


got down n' dirty @ a family (+tyler & roxy) ATV trip to Green River (Moab)

shortest road trip EVER to San Diego for our friends' wedding

wow, it's hard to choose just one from this month. be satisfied with my cute-as-a-button cousin Katie Anne holding Sprinkles on Mother's Day at the park.
Did you just melt all over the floor?


went bowling with Sarah before she traipsed around Ukraine to find herself a husband:)

Days of '47 Rodeo

camping. lots of camping. I miss it right now.

Best thing of the summer.How have I not blogged about this? I so am going to. I don't even care that it's been months!

road trip to AZ to visit pals & the sun. did I take enough shoes for the weekend? please note the flats stacked up. oh my.

threw a baby shower for my meggie-now proud mama to baby logan! love.

my first christmas abroad -AKA out of state.
some of our time was spent in San Francisco. Can I just tell you how bad I am craving SF right now? really bad.

wow that was fun, I did a lot more than I thought in 2010. you guys are so lucky I didn't post more pictures!!
Here's to 2011(wait we're all pretending like it's January 1st, right?)!!


  1. great memories! You are as awesome as you thought you were in high school. Maybe even awesome-er-er!

  2. You are amazing! Such an inspiration to women who have gone through the same thing as you...and to know that you can be ok afterward is awesome! And it still amazes me how someone as beautiful as you could think you're not pretty! Ah, the mysteries of life! :)
    Love the shoebox idea!

  3. Ah Andrea, may 2011 be even better than 2010. Cute post.


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