the start of the decade | into my mind

we love flashbacks. | blogmas day 4

With this decade coming to a close I thought it would be fun to take a gander at what was happening at the start. The year 2010 was the beginning of the end for Harry Potter fans everywhere when Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 premiered in theaters. This was the year we first met our best yellow friends in Despicable Me and never dreamed the same again after watching Inception. 2010 was a great year for movies, books, and music. According to the Billboard charts, the top 3 songs at the end of the year were Tik Tok by Ke$ha, Need You Now by Lady Antebelleum, and Hey, Soul Sister by Train. Some real bops right there.

2010 was the prime time for young adult novels. My best friend, Nina, and I read close to all of them. We had a whole list of over 100 books we read or wanted to read. We kept up with sequel releases the same way people keep up with TV shows nowadays. My AR points were off the charts and I always had my nose stuck in a book. Mockingjay, the last book of the Hunger Games trilogy came out this year. To this day, I remember how badly the ending wrecked me. 

I’ve always loved spy novels or anything having to do with government agencies like the CIA or FBI, so probably one of my favorite series of all time (besides Harry Potter) is the Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter. When I downloaded the Kindle app again on my phone, it was one of two series already on my account from when I was younger. The fourth of six books, Only the Good Spy Young, hit the shelves in 2010 and almost nine years later I’ve probably re-read it three times in the last two months. It’s that good. The nostalgia makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside but also the story itself is just amazing. I highly recommend. 

Fun fact: re-reading this series is actually one of the things that inspired me to start writing again. And I will probably continue to re-read it until the end of time. And that’s enough about that. (But if you ask me about it I will gladly go on for days).

 [ Did I just want an excuse to write something about the Gallagher Girls without a whole post dedicated to them? Probably. Do I feel like I’m in high school again? A little. Am I ashamed? Nope. Read it. ]


I turned thirteen years old. My teens started this decade. I was smack dab in the middle of middle school, the summer marking the time between 7th and 8th grade. I was quite active in my school orchestra and chorus, even dabbled in jazz band for a little bit. I went to All-County Orchestra and Chorus which was always a blast. I went to a state piano competition every year for as long as I could remember so 2010 was no exception. Thanks to my marine biologist dad, I remember winning my 7th grade county science fair and moving on to win 4th place at state. It was something about shrimp and their behavior to sound. Yeah, I couldn’t explain it to you anymore. I remember my main agenda was being a part of as many clubs as I could. I did TV production because I loved to be on the morning announcements. There’s the used-to-be-ENTJ me shining.

In 2010, most important things to me were learning new music, reading all the books,  and passing Algebra 1. The most responsibility I had was emptying the dishwasher. Looking at my life now, a lot can happen in a decade, especially this early in life. In 2029, I’ll be 32 years old with a 10 and 12 year old. Only God knows what the 20s will bring. I can only pray it’ll be amazing.

 P.S. Thanks for making it this far, I wrote the whole second half with one hand because Theo didn’t want to be put down.


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