Can you believe that we are officially in a completely new decade?! Honestly, I wasn’t overly excited about this new decade until I saw that people were writing about what they had achieved in the past decade and I thought hmm, that sounds interesting. It made me reflect back on my own life and what I’ve been up to since 2010! Luckily for you I thought it required a lengthy blog post 😉 Also, I apologise in advance for the quality of some of these photos. Some of them were taken on old phones and definitely are not at the standard of what I expect from myself now!
Ah, the year that the Football World Cup was in South Africa. It was AMAZING! The entire country was on a high. We were united and everywhere you went there was Football Fever. This was the year that I actually went to my first ever FIFA World Cup match. I went to watch Brasil vs, Netherlands and I was supporting Brasil. I was so upset when they were knocked out but to be honest I think I was more stunned than anything else! 2010 was also the year that I spent the year being a waitress, having decided that Journalism was not for me. Let me just say that it’s not something I want to go back to in a hurry.
I decided to go back and study again, but this time I decided to study Education. It was a busy year and a crazy one at that but it was also really great. I met some really amazing people and made some lifelong friends. Studying Education was 100% the right decision for me and I knew that right from the beginning. I loved doing my assignments and I loved learning. The class sizes were also small which was great because you really got to know everyone that you were studying with.
This is the year that I turned 21! To celebrate I had a Moulin Rouge themed 21st at a golf club in the area. I invited my friends and family and we celebrated late into the night. So many people travelled to come and spend my special day with me and I had such a fun time! I chose this theme because I had been to see the Moulin Rouge in Paris a few years earlier and I had fallen in love with it. Plus, I think we can all remember the film and it is honestly incredible!
My younger sister and I went to RAMFest and it was INCREDIBLE! We got to see Bring Me the Horizon LIVE and it was honestly one of the best experiences I have ever had! This is the year that I had a UK themed birthday party. Yes, it IS a real theme 😉 I also spent quite a bit of time watching rugby as we actually had a team that participated in an international tournament. So I got to see some of my favourites play and I also got to actually watch live rugby on a semi-regular basis. I loved it!
This is the year that I graduated university. I was really proud because I graduated Cum Laude and I could finally see and appreciate the results of all of my hard work. This also meant that this was the year I needed to make some decisions about my future and what I was going to do. Right after I graduated my sisters and I headed to Thailand and Cambodia for a month. I can honestly say that it was an amazing experience. I’m not going to pretend that it was all sunshine and daisies but there were some really amazing moments and we made some great memories!
After I graduated I knew that I did not want to go and teach right away. I had always wanted to be an au pair so I decided to take some time off before getting a teaching job to do just that. I matched with a family in Port Washington, New York and I made my way on the long journey. I didn’t spend as long there as I expected to but it was an amazing experience. While I was there I got to visit NYC and I made some amazing friends. Also, this is the year that I got to watch One Direction perform LIVE in South Africa. It was the most amazing night but it was also right after Zayn had left and the wounds were still raw so it did put a slight damper on it.
This is the year that I got my dream job. I got to teach my favourite grade at a Catholic school and it was amazing. I worked with such lovely people and it was such a fun environment. The children that I taught were so lovely and it was the best possible place I could have asked for to start my teaching career.
2017 was the year that I went back to London. Having longed to go back since I first visited in 2007 I went on the most incredible holiday that both started and ended in London. My sister and I spent one month travelling to 6 countries and it was the best holiday I have ever been on. I made such amazing memories and have the hundreds of photos to prove it. Did I mention that we also spent a few days at Disney?! Because we DID! Also, this was the first time I saw snow in real life! 2017 brought with it the purchase of my very first car. I loved it so much and miss it all the time!
This is the year that I had my biggest life change. I got a teaching job in Poland and I made the very big move. Alone. It was scary and exciting and I am so glad that I made the decision to move! It wasn’t all unicorns and butterflies and this was a tough year but I made it through and I’m pretty proud of myself!
Ah 2019. The year the Springboks won the Rugby World Cup. Man, I am sure that there are 100 things that happened this year but honestly this is the one that is going to stick in my memory for the rest of my life. Okay, maybe that is a LITTLE bit dramatic but it was incredible! I’m still living in Poland, except now my sister has joined me here. I’m still teaching at the same school, and I’m still making all sorts of lists about where I want to travel next.
I hoped you enjoyed my look back on the past decade. I am excited to see what the next decade brings for me. If it’s anything like this past one it’s going to be a fun ride!
What have been your greatest achievements/losses/successes in the past decade? Let me know in the comments below!