I really enjoyed reading Sarah and Janet's posts recently looking back at ten year periods in their life, then looking forward to what's to come. And as I'm soon turning thirty I thought I'd join in too. (I find it hard writing personal posts so apologies if this is overly long and boring!)
Little me was born! I had my own tiny room waiting for me, decorated in white and red Laura Ashley wallpaper in a terraced house in Derby. Pets included a cat called Pyewacket.
When I was nine I had two best friends and constantly struggled to not feel like the third wheel. Magazines I read included Shout and Fast Forward (the advert for which seems amazingly dated now!). Favourite music included PJ & Duncan, Salt & Pepa and 2 Unlimited. I collected stickers, and song lyrics sheets from Smash Hits. Oh as well as orange smarties. My dream was to one day have a full tub of just the orange ones as these were obviously far superior to the rest. I made a school magazine/comic called Just Kids which my friends and I used to sell around school. When I grew up I thought it would be cool to become a children's book illustrator. Pets included a dog called Pud and a hamster called Cinnamon.
It was my first year of university and a lot had changed in the last ten years. Although at first I was apprehensive about moving to uni in Hull it was a really good thing for me as I met lots of new people and felt a lot more independent. I was still pretty shy though and hated going to clubs but discovered an ace pub across the road with a great jukebox. In my second year I had my first proper break up and survived it by listening to PJ Harvey & The Postal Service a lot, reading books by Elizabeth Wurtzel and writing a zine called 'Highway to Hull' or something to that effect! Dreams at the time were of passing my degree and moving to somewhere a little prettier.
After graduating I got my first job in Nottingham and moved here in 2007. When I first arrived I knew no one in Nottingham but by living with a mixture of housemates over the years got to know new people and now I really feel like it's my home. I am now living with a wonderful boy and have a job I really enjoy so I feel very lucky. I am still a bit unsure about grown-up things such as mortgages and having children however, and feel too young to think about such things, which I admit is fairly ridiculous at nearly 30. Does anyone else feel the same way? I hope in the next ten years I can explore more of the world, grow in my job path and most importantly, have the chance to once more own a dog!