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Happy Thanksgiving!

Can you believe it? Today is the last American Thanksgiving of the 2010’s!  Soon it will be 2020 and a new decade full of memories will begin. The 2010s have been a rollercoaster of drama and emotion and health issues so I thought while cooped up at home (sick with the stomach flu) I would share my TOP 10 memories I’m thankful for since 2010. And I’d love to hear from you in the comments below some of your favorite memories (especially if they involve me hehe).

Favorite Memories from Each Year of the 2010s.

Favorite Memories of 2010

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My Walt Disney World roommate, Jenna, came to town and we spent the week in LA doing everything touristy from The Getty to The Grove to Universal City Walk to Micelis Restaurant.

Favorite Memories of 2011

  • My bestie Laurie was pregnant with her first child and I got to co-host a baby shower (with my mum’s help).
  • I got to volunteer at my first ever LA Ovation Awards alongside my friend Veronica.

Favorite Memories of 2012

The Joyous Living: Afternoon Tea at Chesterfield Mayfair

  • I visited London and Paris with one of my university besties, Stephie, for New Years 2012. We had such a fun time exploring all parts of London and Paris as well as visiting the fun Harry Potter exhibit at Harrod’s.
  • I also got to go to CLUB 33 with my co-workers from The Bridge in October 2012. What a dream come true!

Favorite Memories of 2013

Favorite Memory of 2014

2014 was a bitter-sweet year with the most amazing experiences as a MA candidate at the University of Westminster and blogger in London. I made some amazing lifelong friends, saw some of my all-time favorite museums and theatre shows, traveled to Berlin for the first time, and was able to volunteer at Highgate Cemetery and Handel House.

Unfortunately, it was also the year when I got terribly sick in October (thinking it was tonsillitis) and ended up having to go home to America due to my declining health.

Favorite Memory of 2015

I was able to start reviewing Ventura County theatre including Juliana Hansen in Disney’s Mary Poppins and Marissa Margolis in The Secret Garden.

Favorite Memory of 2016

I was invited to experience my 1st SantaHQ at The Oaks Mall with my friend Ashley. This (2019) is our 4th year enjoying what has quickly become one of my favorite adult Christmas traditions.

Favorite Memory of 2017

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I adopted the sweetest and most loyal and faithful rescue dog, Captain Hastings Alyosha. He was the saddest looking dog at Life Animal Rescue when I was walking around with my dad and I felt that we needed each other and could help one another. I was right. He has blossomed thanks to the love and I have gotten through many dark days thanks to his love.

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Favorite Memory of 2018

2018 was a tough year with quite a few stays at the hospital for pneumonia and lung health. I ended up having a biopsy in October and while that doesn’t seem like a positive, I am grateful because it led to my getting a diagnosis this year and treatments that have me off oxygen on good days.

Favorite Memories of 2019

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I had two international visitors at the beginning of the year come visit me. I had such an amazing time catching up with my girlfriends and felt so loved that they’d take time to visit me when I was at one of my weakest moments (blimped on prednisone and getting ready for my first lung lavage at Cedars-Sinai).

I also had the luck of meeting the Babes Who Create in Orange County.

The Joyous Living: Giving Thanks for Memories from the Last Decade

That was a fun project because it helped me look back and see all the great things I’ve been able to experience. And look at all the great friends I’ve shared these experiences with. I am thankful this Thanksgiving and hope and pray your last decade has been a blessing too.