It seems crazy that I’m sitting down to write this already and look back on what’s happened in 2010.  Looking back, I thought I’d pick out some of the moments, times, places and people that have stood out for me this year … enjoy …

Bon Jovi in London

Bon Jovi have always been a band that I have loved listening to. The first album I ever bought was their “Cross Road” album and I had seen them live in Croke Park, Dublin a few years ago but I doubt anything will come close to seeing them in the O2 Arena in London. Jena and I headed over at the end of June and spent two great days in London. The concert was absolutely immense with a packed out O2 and them playing for over two hours, just about as many of their greatest hits that I can remember.

We spent the second day taking in some of the sights and just generally relaxing around London before heading back home. A great break and a great concert experience … JBJ never fails to impress!

Woodvale PCI Team

Where do I even begin with this week of outreach in the summer?! I guess I should thank Jude for asking me to be her assistant this year and for the amazing job that she does not only during the week but throughout the entire year with the kids of the Woodvale area.

Words really failed me this year as we saw God work in so many ways and prayer being answered so readily and in so many powerful ways. The experience of co-leading the team was a great one and the guys who were on the team were amazing and I honestly mean that from the bottom of my heart. Nothing was too much to ask and everyone played their part in another amazing part in Woodvale’s history … you all truly shone like stars in the universe.

Never forget that greater things have yet to come, and greater things are still to be done in this City.

Florida

This was a holiday that was VERY much overdue for both myself and Jena. We hadn’t had a proper holiday since the last time we were in Florida in 2008 so this was a much needed break from the horrors of part-time work and the seemingly no hope of finding full-time employment, so we used it as two weeks to get away and recharge and forget about everything back home.

We headed back to the same area as before but were a lot more chilled out and caught some more rays while relaxing at the pool rather than being at a park every day. We still managed to do all of Disney, Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure and (on Jena’s part) a lot of shopping!

An truly awesome holiday and I even managed to get (a bit of) a tan!

Viva Aviva

As most people know I’m a complete rugby fanatic and will watch any level of the game and November is always a big month with the Autumn Internationals. This year was particularly special as it saw the completion of the new national stadium at Lansdowne Road, or as it’s now known the Aviva Stadium.

It is a spectacular stadium, not the best I’ve been in, but it’s still a special place to watch a game that I love. I was lucky enough to get tickets to the opening international between Ireland and South Africa but unfortunately due to a massive cock-up by the IRFU regarding ticketing prices the place was only 70% full. It really dampened the atmosphere and let down what should have been a sell-out with the world champions coming to play there for the first time but hopefully this administrative error will be rectified before the Six Nations in February.

The Aviva is now home to Irish rugby but is still a very long way off recreating the atmosphere of the old Lansdowne Road.

Peter Kay

This was a night that we had waited almost a year for … Peter Kay live in the Odyssey Arena, Belfast. Probably the funniest comedian I have ever seen which is a huge compliment since my DVD collection includes Michael McIntyre, Eddie Izzard, Dara O’Brian, Patrick Keilty, Ross Noble, Frankie Boyle, Rhod Gilbert and Neil Delamere.

I honestly didn’t stop laughing through his entire routine with me in tears at some points and would highly recommend buying the DVD if and when it comes out next year!

Just some of the things that I found hilarious included …

  • The time before rulers were shatterproof
  • Teachers with amnesia
  • Teaching his nan to use Sky+
  • Checking FaceTube on your Thigh Phone
  • Woofing, Quacking and Mooing to Good King Wenceslas and Jingle Bells

The Best Christmas Present Ever!

After two and a half long years of trying to find a full-time graphic design job and after countless rejection letters, non-responses and feeling like giving up … I have managed to successfully escape the nightmare of retail and land myself a job in the marketing department of a top scientific company based in north Belfast.

I am so unbelievably thankful for them giving me the break that I needed and I’m positive that I will not let them down once I commence working for them after Christmas. I am also incredibly indebted to all the people who have been supporting me through their prayers and their helpful advice and pointers over the last number of months.

I kept my eyes focused on one Bible verse the whole time and it just goes to show that God is God and God is good …

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Jeremiah 29 v.11

So I guess overall 2010 has been a bit of a mixed bag of feelings, expectations and emotions for me and in true fairy-tale style it ended with a happily ever after! I do plan to sit down before the official end of the year and look back at the goals I had set myself for this year and work out a few goals for 2011 and a few things that I’m already looking forward to … but for now I guess I’d like to say Merry Christmas to you if you’re reading this and hope 2010 has been a good one for you too!

SK

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