Reflecting on the 2010s!

Hey guys! So as you will all know, 2020 marks the beginning of a new decade as we leave behind the 2010s for good. In today’s post, I’m going to be talking about some prominent moments for me from last decade. I was only 5 at the beginning of the decade and now I’m 15 so I lived most of my childhood and some of my teens in the last decade. So many different important things happened and I wanted to discuss how these things have impacted my life and how I’ve changed over the course of the decade. I can confidently say that I’m very proud of the person who’s walking out of this decade and into the next one and I’m so excited to see what the 2020s will bring into my life!

DECEMBER 2012: ORLAITH IS BORN

7 years ago now, my little cousin was born and my life wasn’t ever the same. I can still remember holding her for the first time when she was a day old, pushing her pram around, holding her hand and watching her grow up into the crazy, wonderful little girl she is now. She was the first baby who I was involved with quite a lot since a lot of my cousins are older than me so they’d looked after me instead of me looking after them. Of course I have my younger sister Eloise but we’re very close in age so when she was a baby, I was still quite little too. I am so blessed to have Orlaith in my life and I would consider her as being my second little sister since I think that’s how she thinks of me and Eloise. She adores us, we adore her and we’re all lucky to have each other.

Me in 2009!

2013: MOVING CHURCHES

We’d been going to the same church for my whole life which was across the road from my house but I think we’d outgrown it and needed somewhere new to worship. My parent’s main concern was that there wasn’t any activities for children and they wanted me and Eloise to have the opportunity to connect with christian children of a similar age to us. We visited all kinds of different churches around Hull until we finally settled on the church we go to now. 7 years later, I have met some really amazing people at that church and I’m lucky to have some great friendships with other people who are a similar age to me. So in the end, I think this was the right decision and I’m so grateful for the church we go to and the good teaching we get there.

My church friends!

SEPTEMBER 2015: MOVING TO SECONDARY SCHOOL

Potentially the biggest change of the decade for me was moving up to secondary school. Up until that point, I’d been in primary school with people I’d known my entire life and with a routine I knew so well and suddenly that all changed for me as I went into year 7. I can honestly say that overall it has been an amazing experience despite some difficult times there. I’ve had some of my worst and best days there and I’ve lost some friends but also made some of the best friends there. My little group of 5 is one of the best things at school and I’m so grateful to Izzy, Charlotte, Lucy and Mollie for putting up with me, they truly are amazing. I’m lucky that I chose my options for my GCSE exams in year 8 so I’ve had 2 and a bit years of doing subjects that I really enjoy and missing out on ones that I don’t like. My secondary school experience is coming to an end this year as next year I’ll move onto year 12 in either sixth form or college but it has been mostly enjoyable and I can’t wait to see what will happen next.

My best friends!

Some of my friends from school!

DECEMBER 2016: GROWING OUT MY FRINGE

For a little 12 year old, this was a huge decision but one that now I’m really happy about because my fringe really was abysmal. I’d had a fringe my whole life and it was a bit like a safety blanket for me hence why I didn’t want to grow it out. Plus, I knew that for quite a while I’d have these awkward pieces of hair at the front which weren’t quite long enough to fit into hairstyles. But I went ahead with it anyways and I feel that I look much more mature now without my fringe. 3 years later, my fringe blends into my hair pretty well and I look back on old photos of myself unable to believe that once upon a time it was such a big part of who I was.

JANUARY 2017: STARTING MY BLOG

This was such a big moment for me as I had no idea the amazing experience I would have with this blog. I have met some really wonderful people, written some awesome posts and had some incredible opportunities through this blog. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to everyone who follows this blog and has been supportive over the last 3 years – you guys are the best. I can’t wait to see where this blog will go next!

JULY 2018: GETTING BRACES ON

This was another pivotal moment for me. My teeth really were horrendous before I got braces on and now, 18 months into my treatment, the difference is unbelievable. I did feel a lot of pain in the beginning and I can’t stress enough that if you do get braces on, your teeth are going to hurt loads for at least the first few days. I also struggled with eating solid foods for about a week after but as time went on, it got easier and the pain lessened drastically. I’m really close to the end of my treatment now and I’m really thankful for how straight my teeth are.

NOVEMBER 2018: MY BAPTISM

This was probably the most special day of my life so far when I was baptised at my church. I was surrounded by friends and family who I’m so grateful to for being there on that amazing day and I made a public declaration of my commitment to the Lord my saviour. I can’t even describe how incredible it felt to deepen my connection with God in that way and I’m sure that that day will forever be remembered as one of the happiest days of my life.

I’m definitely not the same person leaving the decade as I was entering it. So much has changed over the past 10 years and while I was once a carefree, innocent, energetic 5 year old and I’m now an older, more responsible, caring 15 year old. One thing that hasn’t changed over the decade is the love I have for my family and friends. I’m lucky to have built up close friendships and relationships with lots of different friends and family members. I’m happy to say that I have begun to appreciate my parents and my sister a lot more who are of course my favourite people in my life and I’m so happy with the people who are in my life right now. I know that this new decade will bring more change which is exciting and scary but I can’t wait to see where I am in another 10 years when I’m 25.

Thank you for reading this post! What are your biggest moments from the decade? Let me know in the comments section! There’ll be another post out soon but until then bye for now!

Amelia Grace a.k.a Amelia in Hull

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