2010 Year in Review – Part 1

Good morning!

I’m off to my first day of my second semester of grad school (if you’re just tuning in — I’m at UNC-Chapel Hill for their MPH in Nutrition to become an RD), so in the meantime, I thought it would be fun to do a 2010 year in review recap! Yes, a bit belated, just roll with it ;) 2010 was for me a year of lots of travel, major change, and life decisions. It started out a little turbulent, but by the time the year began to come to a close I knew I was exactly where I was supposed to be :)

At the start of 2010 I was:

  • single
  • living in DC by myself
  • applying to grad schools
  • working part time as an editor
  • taking prerequisites at a local community college

By year end I was:

  • living in NC with Matt
  • blogging as my part time job
  • finishing my first semester of grad school at UNC

Whew. What a year — enjoy the recap!


2010 Year in Review — Part 1




Ring in the New Year in California wine country with Jenna 

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Travel to Los Angeles to visit my cousins; play on the beautiful beach



Visit Hollywood for the first time and catch a sunset in Malibu (plus, PINKBERRY!!)



Hike in the Hollywood Hills with my beautiful cousin, Willow



Travel to NYC for a weekend to visit with friends, eat a fish taco of death


Visit my bff Jessica on Whidbey Island near Seattle, SO beautiful



Tour Bastyr University, one of the schools I was considering for my Masters in Dietetics, and the famous Seattle Public Market





Snowmaggedon take 2 and start hanging out with Matt again (yes… again! We actually originally started dating in October 2004 just after college when we met in DC through mutual friends, but broke up in July 2009 when I came back from Prague because we needed some time to figure out what we really wanted in life. Turns out, it was each other! He appeared on the blog at first as my “friend,” to the great amusement of friends and family… it was a confusing time for us, haha.)



A visit from my college BFF’s Turner and Kris (playing in DC)


Receive my acceptance letter to UNC’s Masters of Public Health in Nutrition (!)





Travel to Tampa, Florida for spring break (my parents were living there at the time) — beautiful!


Megan and Katy take me to Disney World for the first time, at age 27 :)


Run a D.C. St. Patrick’s Day 8k in an average pace of 8:13


Attend Fitbloggin’ in Baltimore, MD with a bunch of blogger friends


My fANNEtastic t-shirt shop launches!




Run the D.C. Cherry Blossom 10 Miler! A new PR: 1:28:27


Begin a 3 month partnership with LA Boxing — proceed to get my butt kicked (for all my LA boxing workouts, check out my strength & ab exercises page)





Announce where I’ll be attending grad school, plus my journey back to school (I applied to and was accepted to 3 schools)


Travel to Austin, Texas for a long weekend vacation with my college BFFs



Launch my “5 Minute Packable Lunch” series (you can find all of them on my recipe page)


Take a weekend hiking trip to the beautiful Shenandoah Mountains with Matt



Host my friend Jessica for her bachelorette weekend in DC





Travel to Philadelphia for a New Harvest sponsored blog weekend


Battle with Jenna over who has better ravioli making skills


Run my first half marathon (!!!!) with friends Heather and Ashley! (for my race and training reflections, check out this post)



Attend Matt’s brother’s wedding in Greensboro, NC


Matt and I travel to Chapel Hill for the night; find an apartment :)


Travel to New England with Stonyfield for the first ever Stonyfield Blogger Barnstorming Tour (I won the chance to go on the trip thanks to votes from all of you!)



Meet lots of cute cows and calfs, milk a cow for the first time.


Tour the Stonyfield yogurt plant!


Man, I did a lot of traveling this year, and I’m only half way through it! Check back around 3 p.m. today for part 2! :)


  1. 1

    Wow, you did have a heck of a year travel wise! Such a cool 2010! :)

  2. 2

    I love this recap! Can’t wait for Part 2 :)

  3. 3

    What a fun year and this is only half of it! Happy 1st day of school!

  4. 4

    Ah what a fab year! And very well organized with the pics and link backs!

  5. 5

    Wow…that is a packed year. Can’t wait to see Part 2!

  6. 7

    I kind of figured you had known Matt before, you too look like you belong together. Any man that would travel 4-5 hours per week just to be with you is a keeper. Love your recap and you are really living life to its fullest. And by the way, you are a keeper too.

  7. 9

    You had a great year! Hope 2011 is just as good, or better!
    I love how you balance fun, traveling and healthy living. Keep it up :)

  8. 10

    You have had an AMAZING year! Can’t wait to see what 2011’ll bring you! :D

  9. 11

    I wish my favorite bloggers would divulge how they make blogging a “part-time job”. Just through advertising??

    Amazing year Anne :)

  10. 13

    What a crazy travel filled year! And you’ve only posted about the first six months. Awesome!

  11. 14

    this is a great recap for me – i only started following your blog about a month ago, so thanks for catching me up on your life! :)

  12. 15

    Wow, you’ve had a crazy, fun year!

  13. 16

    I’m new to DC. Any suggestions on good things to get involved with to meet people that you did while living in the area?

    • 17

      I was lucky to have both high school friends and a lot of college friends in the area (and I had a bunch of different jobs while there, so lots of work friends), but I’d recommend a couple things: 1) If you’re a runner, join running groups (local running stores, like Pacers and Potomac River Running, all have free running groups, as does, 2) If you like yoga, they have free classes at the Lululemon stores, 3) Join and go to meetups depending what you’re interested in – I went on some hiking trips and met running groups a couple times and it was fun meeting some new people!

      Enjoy DC, it’s fabulous!

  14. 18

    Holy cow you had an amazing year!!


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