Everyone loves a Boston girl. This is the story of one Boston girl's adventures in the city, in blogging, and in getting through those crazy 20-something years.

I'm a writer by trade. And by passion. I'm a lover of food, friends, and all things Boston. I listen to music pretty much 24/7 and idolize Martha Stewart. I love my job(s), my life, and this city. Follow me on Twitter! @Susie

i love 2008.

Hope you all had fabulous holidays! The Christmas spirit eventually came to me and I had a really great time with my family. Also, I finally got the Kitchen Aid I’ve long dreamed about. Obviously, if you know me, you know how happyyy this makes me. And now the year is basically over.

2008 has been pretty damn good to me. My best year yet. Which I guess is something I hope to be saying for every year in the future. But in any event, 2008 was particularly amazing.

  • I made it through an entire year of working for myself, doing what I love, and not being in an office. I still actually really miss the office part, but since the economy basically sucks right now, I’m just ridiculously thankful that I can make a living doing something I’ve always wanted to do. Not to mention, I can wake up whenever I want, I don’t have to deal with annoying co-workers (over phone and e-mail is soo much easier), and I can sit in Starbucks all day if I feel like it. And I feel like it a lot. I really cannot complain.
  • I started We are not Martha with my fabulous friend, Chels, and can’t even remember what life was like without it. Things happened like us getting invited to the Martha Stewart Show (dreams can come true!) and people asking us for advice and us actually starting to make some money on the blog. We used to be psyched for 100 unique visitors a day, but now we expect 700+ and one day even saw 10,000. Basically, it’s amazing to do something you love and actually have people care. Even more amazing is to be doing it with one of your best friends and to feel like you’re part of a team that has some serious goals.

  • I cooked and baked A LOT (see above). I learned tons. And I cooked a ton with Sara who I never thought would cook.

  • I was single for all of 2008. And it was all fabulous. I actually dated a whole bunch, which I think was really amazingly good for me. I learned that I don’t like a lot of people and it’s OK not to go on a second date. And sometimes it’s OK to just not call someone back if they’re really not getting the point. I used to be too nice. I’m not anymore. I think that was like a 2007 resolution or something.

  • I finally saw Ryan Adams in concert. I also saw Bryan Adams. And The Hold Steady and Drive-By Truckers. And Coldplay twice. And Jason Mraz. I hope 2009 involves just as much good music.

  • My sister got engaged. And in 2009, I will have a brother-in-law who pretty much fits the mold of exactly what I always imagined a brother to be. That means that we get along really well and that he teases me mercilessly, but that he also teams up with me. And that was a pretty fabulous thing to happen in 2008. Yay!

  • I started to get in shape. I’m one of those people who will work out for a couple weeks and then forget about it for a few months, then start over. But since I joined the gym this year, I’ve been super consistent about going. I’ve seriously fallen in love with my pilates class and also remembered how much I love running (even if I hate treadmills). Plus, I can go during the day when pretty much nobody is there and the staff all know me. Even though I’ve gained 10 pounds since joining the gym, I’m chalking it up to muscle. Right.

  • I spent my first full year NOT in school since I was like 4 years old. This was scary to me, but probably a year off was good for me. I did not think I was going to be able to handle it. I’m weird I guess, but school was just a way of life for me and I thrived on it. I think because I freelance and always have “home work,” I don’t miss it quite as much as I thought I would.

And now I can’t wait to see what 2009 brings. I at least know it’s going to involve a wedding and all kinds of crazy celebrations before then. Like a cruise. Yay. And I think 2009 will bring all other sorts of fabulousness too.

Did you love 2008 as much as I did??

15 Responses to “i love 2008.”

  1. Maxie Says:

    I loved and hated 2008… I can’t decided which is going to win out yet.

  2. susan Says:

    You did have a great year, congratulations- I am so happy for you!

    I haven’t even thought about my year since you mentioned it now. I may have to copy you and do a similar post, at least so I can try to appreciate the good things that have happened.

  3. nicoleantoinette Says:

    You’re lovely.

    Me and 2008? not so much. But I’m holding out for 2009 🙂

  4. jackiek Says:

    Congrats! 2008 brought the good and bad (and the really bad) for me…. but I learned so so much from the bad! I’m so excited for 2009…. it looks like it will be both fun and interesting!

  5. emrlds Says:

    2008 was a bit of a roller coaster, but at least it was better than 2007. so cheers to that!
    you did have quite the year though! and i know my recipe book would be lacking if it wasn’t for you and chels, so thank you both! =)
    i think we’ll need to toast the new year as a boston blogger bunch soon!

  6. Lynn Says:

    My sister got engaged in 2008. And I’ll have a brother in law in ’09. Yay for upcoming weddings! :]

    I also had a fabulous 2008, probably also my best year thus far. Happy to hear yours was so great!

  7. Shanti Says:

    “And sometimes it’s OK to just not call someone back if they’re really not getting the point. I used to be too nice. I’m not anymore.”
    um, yes…guys do it all the time, why can’t we?

    you’re too cute. i loved 2008 and i suppose any year that involves both ryan and bryan adams concerts would be fantastic.

  8. Julie Q Says:

    That’s such great news to hear about We Are Not Martha!!!! A Happy and Healthy 2009 to you and your blogs 🙂

  9. Katelin Says:

    2008 does sound fabulous for you, and i do love we are not martha and hope you get invited to even more fun blogging cooking events! 🙂

  10. Gooseberried Says:

    Congrats to you! That did sound like a good one. Although, you should have put, “I met Gooseberried!” on the list too. Haha! 🙂

    My 2008 was meh. Only OK. Hopefully a good one this year.

  11. kaity Says:

    This is my first visit to your blog after stumbling upon it through So@24. It was actually my first time ever visiting his as well. I absolutely love this post about 2008. I, myself, have had one of the most incredible years of my life. Although, not quite as exciting and long as your list, so many great things have happened to me that I never imagined even could. After reading this post, I have been inspired to write one similar for the future…my own “i love 2009” and what i would want to have happened to me by the end of this year. Thank you for the wonderful read, and I will be sharing it in my own blog 😉

  12. Therapeutic Ramblings Says:

    I always get Ryan Adams and Bryan Adams confused. Jason Mraz is wicked talented…though I have yet to see him.

  13. Anonymous Says:

    I like your blog. I am a young twenty-something myself, and 2008 was a mixed bag for me. I graduated in May, but struggled with entering my post-grad life. In January, I went through the most bizarre breakup, but met my current boyfriend only days later. I even ran a triathlon, but I’m currently trying to get into shape again after letting myself go a bit. I’m new to Boston and found Healthworks, the fitness center for women. Have you checked out them out or read their blog?http://livewellwomen.wordpress.com/

  14. Simply Me Says:

    just found your blog- love it! Cant wait to read more.

  15. Anonymous Says:

    this blog sucks

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