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First thing’s first: Happy birthday to Kristen!

Given that it’s already a special day, and given that we’re less than two weeks away from 2020, we decided to do a special “decade in review” episode to really cap off the day/month/year/decade in epic fashion.

We’re going back and mining 10 years’ worth of highs, lows, and wisdom, in the hope that you can take some of what we’ve learned and save yourself a couple years’ worth of angst, confusion, and misdirection in the 2020s!

We got into… 

After you listen, leave a comment below to share what some of your biggest lessons were from this decade! We’d love to hear.


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  1. I think my lesson to learn over the past decade was to care less what other people think about me, and to be myself. In 2010, I had just been dumped by a guy that I moved to a new city with, and in hindsight he didn’t like me as I was. He wanted me to do things his way, like wear my hair a certain way and color it, but it’s obvious looking back that it wasn’t enough for him. I mean, he explicitly said he liked girls who had a completely different personality/style than I did, and he consistently said I was negative. I may have been negative, but I can actually see that as a subconscious reaction to him not actually liking me as a person. This all went down in 2009 or so, and then I enrolled in a graduate program that I really enjoyed and was exciting to me. I stopped changing my appearance just to please him and I felt more confident in myself. When he dumped me, I was embarrassingly clingy, but that gave me the resolve to not do that for any other person I dated. Total cringe! Since then, I’ve done a lot of work on myself to grow and address the things that held me back, like anxiety. As I’ve gotten older, I have less tolerance for BS, and I’ve learned to speak up for myself. I still experience some people pleasing tendencies, but I’m not nearly as scared to speak up for myself as I used to be. Now, I have a decent job to support me while I move towards my work dreams, a wonderful husband who loves me for who I am, and meaningful work in my life with my volunteering at an animal rescue. In the next decade, I want to continue building my self-trust, and reparenting myself. I struggled with perfectionism and still do sometimes, and I just want to keep letting myself off the hook and being kinder to myself and others.

    1. This is such a beautiful evolution, Karisa! I can attest to how much work you’ve put in, and how it’s paying off. Very intrigued to see where the next decade takes you! 🙂

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