2010 was a difficult year for me, but rather than focus on the negatives, I wanted to write a year end blog post about some of the things that energized me this year.
- New Friends – My internship at Mediaplug prompted me to attend all kinds of social media events this summer. Before this summer I had no desire to attend these kinds of events, but I’m glad I did. As a result I met plenty of awesome people and made a ton of friends.
- Helping Haiti – I had the opportunity to go to Haiti back in January. After the quake hit, I played a big role in collecting relief supplies in my area. Although the whole process was extremely exhausting, it was very worthwhile to me.
- Road trips to Florida and Virginia – I drove all the way to Fort Myers, Florida with my friend Shane with stops in Nashville, Atlanta, and Sarasota for spring break. We had a blast. For fall break, I drove by myself out to Washington, D.C. and took in all of the sights and history there as sort of the icing on my educational cake.
- Graduation – I’m not going to lie, I wasn’t crazy about being in the classroom this semester. Getting out of school was always on my mind. Fortunately I’m done with college with a degree in management and marketing under my belt.
- Getting a good job – This summer’s networking opportunities allowed me to connect with Jeremy Dearringer at Slingshot SEO. Jeremy brought me on board as a social media networker, which has been my source of income this fall. I have done quite well with it and am very grateful for the opportunity. I am leaving the company on December 31st, but I will always be grateful for the chance that was afforded to me.
- Skateboarding – There were a lot of tough days for me this year, but I found that going out on my skateboard helped a lot. Sometimes it’s good therapy to go out by yourself and fly down sidewalks at 20 mph.
- The PSB crew – The guys of Purdue Skateboarding were my key social group this fall. I owe them a lot for their friendship. I will absolutely cherish the memories I’ve made with these guys forever.
- Go Skateboarding Day Contest – My friend and I attempted to launch a media website focused on Indiana skateboarding over the summer. It fizzled out, but before it did we put on a contest at a local skatepark in conjunction with International Go Skateboarding Day. It was a ton of fun.
- My life group – Going into the fall I was very skeptical about my future involvement with church. I had grown very weary of spiritual and religious congregation because of some things that had happened earlier in the year. I decided to give it one last go and join a small group for the duration of the semester. What I found there was genuine friendship, acceptance and commitment. Some or all of these things were lacking in every single group I had been in previously since starting college. I think a lot of times there’s an emphasis on growing in groups. I don’t think that emphasis necessarily is good for everyone. I know that in my current stage in life, if I was pressured to grow I would probably fight back. Instead I was able to be looked out for for the first time in a very long while.