Because my birthday is on New Years Eve (today, y’all!), I put a lot of pressure on establishing goals for myself based on both starting the next year of my life and starting the next calendar year. It is so easy for me to keep track of my goals this way that I can’t even imagine having any other birthday. Plus, even if New Years Eve is on a Thursday, there is still a ridiculously huge party on every street corner all over the world.
When the clock struck 2000 I was turning 16. I had a sleep over with all my friends in my basement. I spent hours cutting my own confetti. We had hats and noise makers and fake champagne.
I remember only one 16 year old Allyson goal, and that was to get out of Allendale. Two years after this party I was off to college and away from home forever. Mission accomplished.
So here I am, 10 years later, acne free and 50 pounds thinner, thank you very much. It is almost 2010, and I’m turning 26. I wonder what 16 year old Allyson thought she would be doing at 26. I’m pretty sure she would be pumped about the way things turned out. Soon to be 26 year old Allyson is far away from a basement in Allendale, MI. 16 year old Allyson didn’t even know how to knit.
Hopefully on the brink of 2020 I’m not looking back on pictures to be taken tonight, my 26th birthday, with the same cringe I’m feeling looking at these!
In 2010 I want to learn to spin. I want to get a pattern I write published somewhere other than on this blog (No disrespect, blog. You know I love you.) I want to not need a part time job to support me, but be able to survive off The Sweatshop alone. That last one might be a lofty goal. But that is the point, right? We look on a new year as a clean slate. 2010, my 26th year, could hold anything.
And based on what I’ve accomplished since 2000, we are on a fast train to seriously awesome. So hey, 2010. I’m excited to meet you!