My favorite things of 2010

2010

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.
Haiti boys Port-Au-Prince
These boys were hanging out with me at Christian World Outreach's Feminine Training Center in Haiti.
  • 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.
veggie bus
My travels brought me to Atlanta where I met a fellow couch surfer who let me and my friend Shane sleep in his vegetable oil-powered school bus.
  • 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.
smith grind
Skateboarding kept me sane.
  • 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.

2 Replies to “My favorite things of 2010”

  1. It seems like you had one heck of a year. I know we have not known each other for long, but you have impressed me on more than one account. You stay focused and make 2011 just as good… no, better than 2010. I know you will. I have enjoyed getting to know you and I look forward to watching you grow over the next few years. You are a talented young man (look at me, I sound so old) and you will go far in this world. Great post my friend, thank you for sharing your year with us.

  2. Thanks Ricky, I appreciate your kind words.

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