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How many of you have been reading BFS from the very beginning – way back in early 2010?  I was laying in bed last week and it dawned on me that not only has it been nearly 4 years, but I am living a completely different life!  Can you believe what can change in 4 years?!

Past vs Present – Changes

Here have been the largest changes:

  • In 2010, all of our grandparents that we grew up with were still with us.  That was both sets of my biological grandparents, my step-dad’s mom, and both sets of my husband’s grandparents.  We have since had to say goodbye to hubby’s maternal grandma and my step-dad’s mom.
  • I had just started blogging in early 2010…my world opened up a lot that year.
  • In early 2010, I was working in the same cubicle job that I had since mid-2005.  In early 2014, I have been self-employed for 2.5 years.
  • In 2010, we made about $80,000 before taxes with our main jobs.  Now we make about $125,000 a year before taxes with our online business.
  • In 2010, we had been living in our first house for almost 3 years.  Now that house is paid off, is used as our rental property, and we’ve been living in our forever home for more than a year.
  • In 2010, we were just making close friends after a long dry spell of being semi-hermits.  Now we have 10 close friends that we can really depend on and they can depend on us.  I also have 7 great online/blogging buddies that I can talk to online with regularly and see in person 1-2 times a year.
  • In 2010, we were used to taking one, solid vacation a year.  Now I travel significantly at least 4 times a year to visit friends in other states, make it to conventions, and for fun.
  • In 2010, we were positive that we wouldn’t ever want kids.  Now we are rethinking that.
  • In 2010, I was in between volunteer jobs (foster mom for Pugs and Meals on Wheels).  Now I am a “Big” in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.
  • In 2010, I was nearing 180 pounds on the bathroom scale.  I lost 30 pounds in 2011 thanks to Weight Watchers and hover around 155-160 now consistently by edging up, hitting the program again, losing 5-10 pounds, and then taking a break.  It’s an odd cycle, but it has kept me in a way better range for nearly 3 years.
  • I cut off all of my hair in 2013 – went from having bobs to 12-15 inch ponytails to having something close to a pixie cut consistently for more than 6 months.  That probably only seems huge to me, but I love it and it feels like it changed me a lot, lol.

Past vs Present – Stayed the Same

Here is what has stayed the same:

  • I am still married to the same Mr. BFS – we’re going on to 9 years.  We’ve been together as a couple for more than 12 years now.  🙂
  • We have the same dogs – Miss Doxie is almost 16 years old and Mr. Pug is almost 12 years old.
  • We have four of the same close friends.
  • We drive the same cars – my 2005 Chevy Aveo and my husband’s 2007 Toyota Prius.  We are saving for a new-to-us car though since we think we only have a solid 1-2 years left with both of those.

My Take

Overall, I wake up in a different house, do a different job, hang with mostly different people, and have different hobbies.  But I have the same husband, watch tv with the same pets, drive the same car, and there are a few familiar faces in our group.  The last 4 years have had the happiest and saddest moments of my life.  And before 2010, I had never been truly self-motivated.  In 2010, I still thought that I could work the same job for a total of 30 years and retire modestly without going cubicle crazy.  Now the idea of commuting to a dead-end job every day makes me gag.

Yep, it is astounding what 4 years can do…

What’s changed for you since 2010?  Ever amazed by how fast it seems but how much can change at the same time?