Saturday, January 1, 2011

2010 In Review

Another year has begun and I'm already late posting my summary from last year and my goals for the new year.  Oops!  Hopefully this won't be a trend in 2011.  Of course the reason I'm late is because I was spending the day with family yesterday, which I certainly do hope will be a trend in 2011. 

On to the review.  I had planned to list my goals from last year and how I did on each of them, but I have bad news for you, Reader Friends.  I failed.  I didn't lose weight, I didn't graduate with a 4.0, I didn't read more books or more pages than I read last year, I did nothing to continue working on my computer skills, and I honestly didn't spend the time getting to know Jesus the way I wanted to.  Depressing, yes, but I want to be honest with you guys.  I fail a lot.  It happens.  But it's not going to get me down.  I may not have accomplished those goals, but some amazing things happened in 2010, such as:

I met my Nestie Besties!  I met a bunch of my internet friends this year and got to know them as in real life besties and not just internet people.  I've seen some of them almost every month of the year and it has been amazing doing things with them like the Backstreet Boys concert, Decatur Book Festival, shopping in Altanta, and even just having sleepovers at Crystal's.  I love these girls and I'm looking forward to lots more fun in 2011.

Luke and I bought our first home and I started teaching myself to decorate it.  Being a first time homeowner has been so much fun and making our house into a home has been equally exciting.

We got two Great Dane puppies.  Yes, we are crazy people.  We only intended to get the one, but the situation with the second fell into our laps and we couldn't say no.  And I am thrilled every day that we didn't.  We are madly in love with our little boys and I'm becoming something of a dog person (although Sly still rules the house)

I finished grad school and got my master's degree in library science.  I didn't do it with a 4.0 but I think a 3.75 is close enough.

I was published for the first time.  I edited (basically ghost wrote) a book and it was published with my name not only in the acknowledgements but also on the title page. 

I grew my blog and started to branch out from having just Nestie followers and commenters to getting to know other bloggers as well.

I also have a few quick book stats to share that I've been tracking this year.  I didn't read as many as last year, but I did finish 129 books, reading 38,758 pages.  I also kept track of money I saved this year by borrowing books, reading books I already own, using the library, and reading ARCs (basically anything I didn't spend money on).  This year by not buying new books, I saved $1330.32.  That's a lot of money!


  1. Even though you didn't meet your goals, I think you still did a great job!

  2. I agree, I am very impressed with what you did accomplish :)

    All the best in 2011 Julie, and I look forward to reading your blog as the year moves on.

  3. You are simply amazing! Awesome job!

  4. I think being published is an awesome achievement! Congrats!

  5. YAY for nestie besties!

    We need to start thinking about January's gathering. You should also really think about going to LATFoB. Adam and I are going!

  6. Thank you guys! Your comments make me feel better about my complete failure in accomplishing my goals. Here's to an amazing 2011 for all of us!