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End of a year, end of a decade


While on Facebook, I was discussing with friends how their 2009 had been. My assessment of my year was “a year of niggly irritations”. Nothing huge had gone wrong, just loads of little things. Cars, crops, prices, recession, exchange rate, you name it.

Then I was asked about the decade. Not much has been made of the fact that as of tomorrow, we are in a new decade!

Where was I 10 years ago? Suffolk. Working in IT and loving it. Earning the big bucks, as they say! Just about to host our millennium NYE party for friends and family. Not a thought in my head about moving, leaving England, becoming a farmer.

And since? What has the decade brought? Huge change. Daughter married, then not. Death – a mother, an aunt, a father-in-law. 2 dogs die, 2 others take their place.

Change of country. Change of scenery. Change of weather. Change of job. Change of focus. Change of interests. Outdoors, not indoors. From big house with small land to small house with big land. New businesses. Speak Spanish, not English.

How about you?

Author: Ann Larson

One-time IT executive who lives on a 22 acre olive farm in Spain with husband Kenton and 2 boxer dogs. We make Yunquera Gold olive oil, and soap and skincare products from same. We aim to make natural, fresh, and handmade products at affordable prices!

3 thoughts on “End of a year, end of a decade

  1. I had to tug hard on the thinking cap to remember 10 years ago!

    A decade ago I was repairing my life after a difficult divorce. I was settling myself into a better financial position and had a wonderful community of friends.

    A decade ago I had a corporate career. It was stressful, but paid well. I was good at what I did but I always knew my interests were elsewhere.

    In 2001 I met my (now) husband. We struck up a wonderful bond.

    Later in the same year the company I worked for was bought out. I was able to fly the coop.

    Since then I have remarried, met my country life dream, and have satisfied my 44 year love/desire to make handcrafted soap!

    Ann, we both have seen a lot of changes in our lives.

    Happy New Year!