10 Highlights from ’10

Yes, I know I’m writing this after the New Year has already begun, and on January 2nd at that. I meant to write it two days ago, but deadlines and I? We have our differences.

For the most part, 2010 was a great year. It had its ups and downs, of course, but it was mostly “ups.” And as cliché as this sounds, I can honestly say that I laughed more than I cried, which is always a good thing.

So, in no particular order, here are 10 Highlights from ’10:

1) The vacation Brian and I took to Florida in March (minus the bikini-shopping trip). It was right after I moved back from NYC, and it was much-needed… so relaxing and fun. One of the very best vacations ever! I can’t wait to go back again this March!

2) Turning 30. I celebrated with a fabulous party with friends and family.

3) Running my first Bost on Marathon – with Brian (his third). I love this picture of us (in the background) finishing. Pay no attention to the elated man in the front. I love the look (of concentration? exhaustion? relief that it’s almost over?) on Brian’s face.

4) Competing in the Amica Ironman Providence 70.3 triathlon alongside my mom, brother and sister-in-law.

5) Making the decision to move back home to RI from NYC. I only lived in the city for 6 months, but the time I spent there was enough. I had decided to move there before I met Brian… and when I moved and he stayed in RI, it didn’t take me long to realize that back home with him was where I wanted to be.

5) The quiet, almost-Internet-free weekend Brian and I spent in Maine with the dogs. It was better than expected!

6) Starting a little “Brian and Jane” video series, where I use my Flip to document funny or interesting (to us, anyway) things Brian and I do, and then put embarrassing music and captions to them.

7) Walking across the Brooklyn Bridge. When Brian and I went to NYC in August to clean out my apartment there (I had moved out in March), we did this, one of the most touristy things one can do in NYC. Here’s my favorite photo op from that day:

8 ) Celebrating the 1-year anniversary of my first date with Brian in September.

9) Speaking on the Monetizing Your Blog panel at BlogPaws in Cleveland, OH. It was the first time I had been asked to speak at a conference, and I was honored and elated! Brian came with me and we had a great time. Here’s a photo of me and my fellow panelists:

Photo credit: Brad Smith Photography

10) Feeling like a legit writer. When I moved home from NYC, I sat down with my dad one day, kind of at a crossroads. I knew my passion was writing, but I guess I needed someone to say, “Then you’re a writer. That’s what you are. Write for a living.” And he did. Now I have been published in the Providence Journal, I have a weekly running column on Patch, and I have a steady copywriting gig, among other things. I keep most of my writing info here.

I hope you all had a more-ups-than-downs 2010, too!

Happy 2011, everyone!

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Audrey McClelland has been a digital influencer since 2005. She’s a mom of 5 and shares tips on her three favorite things: parenting, fashion and beauty. She’s also a Contemporary Romance Author.

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  1. 1.3.11
    Kim said:

    Yes Jane, having more ups than downs is always a good thing and you definitely had some great ones last year. I didn’t know you could walk across the Brooklyn bridge – I’ll remember that the next time I visit NYC. I love your little Brian and Jane videos – especially the flying one. Congratulations on living your passion – I wish everyone could! Happy New Year again Jane and I hope your days in 2011 are once again filled with many more ups than downs. Hugs!

  2. 1.3.11
    Poyee Oster said:

    Jane, I am so glad that you decided to move back to RI. It took me over 10 years to realized RI is my home. We all love you here. You had a BIG 2010, but I bet a even bigger 2011 is on its way. Happy 2011!

  3. 1.4.11

    I am so proud of you and happy for you to have had such an amazing year!

  4. 1.13.11
    Chrissy said:

    Ooooooooh! I’m so happy for you, Jane! I LOVE this post!!! 🙂 I even remember reading along when you and Brian were first dating! Love it! Here’s to a wonderful New Year to one of my very first blog friends!!! Wow! Has it been that long already? I’ve been blogging since 2005 and “met” you shortly after!

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