2010 in review

Every year has its ups and downs and 2010 was no exception. Still, it felt like a harder year in many ways. There were unexpected challenges by way of financial disasters, health setbacks and personal roadblocks. At times, I didn’t know how I’d get by day to day. Despite everything, the year ended on a high note. All we can do for the days ahead is work smart and move forward.

  • Diagnosed with Fibromyalgia
  • Discovered I had Celiac
  • Denied re-entry to Canada
  • Moved in with Mom in Chicago
  • Divorce court: I still has it
  • Went to Clarion
  • Commuted between Chicago and California for work
  • Went bankrupt
  • Moved to California
  • After eight months, moved back to Canada

Clarion was a huge thing for me. A decades-long dream realized. The sacrifices that I made to go were substancial, personally financially, and emotionally. Six weeks, six instructors (Seven, in our case; we love you, Ellen.), and eighteen people that are lifelong friends. Five months later I’m still digesting it all, as a new batch of applications are making their way to San Diego, but I can still say, unequivocally, it was worth it.

  • 7ish stories written
  • 13 story submissions
  • 7 personal rejections (3 from pro markets)
  • 1 rewrite request
  • 0 sales
  • 1 publication

The emotional low points were especially difficult to deal with. Being separated from Andrea for eight months filled me with a darkness. I’m lucky to have so many friends, some of which I had a chance to hang out with this year, that made the loneliness easier to bear. Also, while not directly mine, my mother’s cancer and brother’s kidney failure were and are reminders that life is precious and not to take it for granted.

Goodbye, 2010. I defeated you and leveled up in the process. 2011, consider this your warning: I’m so going to kick your ass.

Adam Israel
Author ꞏ Genealogist ꞏ Software Engineer

My interests include genealogy, cloud computing, and all things open source.

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