I timidly dipped my toe into the Slice of Life Writing Challenge 10 years ago, flinging myself out of my comfort zone. Who would have guessed that I’d still be here 10 years later, pouring my slices onto the virtual page each day when March rolls around. I’ve written about my love affair with the SOL writing community and challenge numerous times. I look forward to March every year, and despite the busyness that I’m facing, I seem to always make time for it, and I hope you do, too.
In honor of my tenth year on the challenge, here’s a reflection of the me I was when I first began the challenge in 2011. Things sure have changed a lot!
Ten Years Ago…
Ten years ago I was just beginning my international teaching career, living in Shanghai and working at a little school in the zoo.
Ten years ago I was a third grade teacher teaching a class of the coolest students I’ve ever taught. They taught me more than I could have ever taught them!
Ten years ago I was just beginning my vegetarian lifestyle, trying out this whole not eating meat thing on a dare. Who knew it would stick?
Ten years ago I was just starting to open my mind to the possibilities that are out there.
Ten years ago my fashion sense was questionable. It’s a good thing I’ve changed.
Ten years ago I was just beginning to develop friendships with Shaggers, Linner, and Michelle. I can’t imagine what my life would be like without these ladies by my side.
Ten years ago I couldn’t have imagined that I would still be working internationally, let alone know that this life would have taken me to China, Albania, Thailand, and Indonesia. I thought I was just going to do it for 2 years and then head back home.
Ten years ago I didn’t realize how strong I really was or what I was capable of achieving.
Ten years ago my glasses were boring. Thanks to cheap glasses markets, this is no longer the case!
Ten years ago I didn’t realize what was truly important in life.
Ten years ago I was a teacher and I’ve now found myself back in classroom again. (More on that in a future slice!)
Ten years ago I didn’t know what a gift this Slice of Life writing challenge would be, but I’m glad I stuck with it. The memories I’ve been able to keep, the friendships I’ve cultivated, and the lessons I’ve learned about myself as a writer are invaluable.