Well, it’s that time of the year where I once again sit back and wonder how another year could pass by so quickly. And…each year when I get to this point (See: 2012 and 2011), I look back on all the amazing things that happened and thank my lucky stars for everything in my life.
Without further ado, here are my top moments of 2013:
Oh, The Places You’ll Go
In the past three years, my travel schedule has become busier and busier. While I didn’t go on any big trips this year, I did manage to visit 16 airports and visit three new cities. I spent five days at Disney World with a group of my Boston friends, a week in the Outerbanks with friends I’ve known since pre-school, and four days in Columbus, OH with my college roommates. Pretty great.
One of my goals this year was to visit a state I’ve never been to and I’m happy to say I can check that off the list thanks to my recent trips to Texas and Illinois. 25 states down, 25 more to go!
I’ve already got four trips lined up through March 2014 so it’s looking like another busy year!
Last year at this time, one of my top moments was attending SMX, and SMX West specifically. It was so amazing to get my foot in the door on the speaking circuit and the experiences in 2013 only got better.
This year, I spoke at over seven events including SMX Advanced, Ad:Tech San Francisco, and Dallas Digital Summit. Each event was different and at each event, I either reconnected with friends or met more awesome people. That’s definitely my favorite part!
Here’s hoping to more speaking events in 2014!
A New Commute
When I thought about my life in Boston oh so many years ago, I always thought I’d be the typical city resident walking to work and living life within the city radius. This year, that finally came true.
KoMarketing moved to the Seaport district in March, making my commute approximately 1.3 miles. I got rid of my car, got myself a bike, and at the same time, learned just how lazy I can really be (you don’t want to see my cab total for the year).
That being said, my bike and I did end up in The Globe and I am so happy to have the commute I always dreamed of…even in the snow.
My Search Engine Land Debut
Writing for Search Engine Land is something I’ve aspired to do for a long time. This year, after some extreme prodding from Elisabeth and Greg, I finally was able to achieve that goal.
It’s kind of crazy to think about how many people follow the site and are now reading things I’ve written. Hopefully they don’t follow my advice too closely :)
30 Day Challenges & Life List
This year wasn’t exactly a success for my 30 day challenges. Personal things arose and well, challenges couldn’t be a priority.
That doesn’t mean I’m not going to try again in 2014. In fact, I’m going to take the last 6 months of 2013 challenges and roll them into 2014. Per usual, I’ll also be abstaining from alcohol in January.
The good news from the year is my life list had a couple items checked off. I went deep sea fishing, finally watched Citizen Kane, and as mentioned previously, visited two new states.
I feel pretty confident a few more items will be marked off in 2014. Here’s hoping!
It was a crazy year here in Boston. We had the blizzard in February which led to one of my favorite weekends ever, a Red Sox victory (and parade), and of course the marathon bombing..something I’m hoping to never have to experience again.
Through it all though, the city showed it toughness and pride and that it’s not really as hard as it wants you to think it is. I think that’s why I love it so much. I’ve been here 8 years and I’m happy to call Boston my home.
So….that’s that. Cheers to 2014 friends!