Sunday Morning Soliloquy - Musings of an Urbanite: 2013 Year-in-Review [video included]

Thursday, December 26, 2013

2013 Year-in-Review [video included]


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Leyla's 2013 Year-End Recap Post 

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...


Watch my 2013 video recap below, or here (and then scroll down to read more)



2013 Was Crappy 
My friend Ellen once said to me, "the odd years are the good years", but that's a big fat lie - or at least in the case of 2013. Overall, 2013 was a pretty crappy year for me. If you watch the video, you may think otherwise, in fact, when I was compiling the photos to make the video I too was fooled. But having actually lived the crappy year, I speak from experience when I say that it was not a good year. 

2013 started out crappy and it is ending kinda crappy too. I had surgery at the very end of 2012 and it took me a really long time to recover. I had post-surgery related medical issues and other medical crap which lasted well into August of 2013, if not September. That's 9 months of medical crap - I would say that's pretty crappy. I'm ending the year in good health (as far as I know), so I look forward to continued good health in 2014, and I wish you all good health too. 


I Traveled a TON in 2013 
I ended 2012 traveling and started 2013 traveling. The video is in chronological order, and I placed a suitcase before photos taken from a trip. Now, I know there were FAR more trips in 2013 than what you'll see in the recap video, but this isn't a documentary, it's a goddamn review / recap of 2013. 

Some of the trips I took in 2013 + highlights / low points of 2013:
  • I traveled to Toronto for work in January, my first time! (see related Toronto travel blog post). 
  • I traveled to Jordan for pleasure in February (by myself), and visited Amman, Petra and the Dead Sea for 8 nights and 7 days. 
  • I traveled to Austin for SXSW in March, I was there for 5 days with work (see SXSW blog post). 
  • I didn't travel in April, but I had my second bout of medical issues - so I traveled to the doctor a whole hell of a lot. April is also my birthday month, which pretty much sucked, but Monica came to visit later that month.
  • I traveled to Florida in May, for mother's day I went to visit my aunt in Clearwater and hung out with my cousins.
  • I think I was home in June and July - but there could have easily been a trip to NYC in there that I'm forgetting about. I also broke off a 10+ year relationship with a friend who became more than a friend about two years prior - so my summer sucked (here is a boring blog post recapping that timeframe, you won't find anything about him in there). 
  • I traveled to Philadelphia for ASE in August (that was a tiring month with Lollapalooza and prepping for my cross-country Amtrak trip - month of August blog posts here). 
  • I traveled in September across the United States for 12 days on Amtrak - one of the best. vacations I've ever taken in my life, but I took the vacation for one of the worst reasons, so it was bittersweet (but read the blog posts about #LeylaExpress, those are good). 
  • I traveled to NYC in October for work and stayed for about 10 days, I was able to keep myself so busy, that it wasn't until October came around that I had to deal with the loss of the friend / boyfriend, so I decided it would be best to chill out in NY for a while. 
  • I did not travel in November or December, but I was plenty busy with work... oh wait, I took a day-trip to Michigan (does that count?).
  • And, for 2014 I am already planning a trip, I'm thinking The Caribbean! Doing the research now, if you have ever BEEN to the Caribbean leave a comment and give me some travel advice.

There you have it, that was my 2013 in a nutshell! So now you can see why I cannot wait to ring in the New Year! Stay tuned for my predictions and resolutions post for 2014, it'll be a real winner. 


More Year-in-Review posts:  
2009 Year-in-Review 
2000 - 2009 a DECADE in review - this is like a bonus post for you
For giggles, I am throwing this blog post in - So, enough about me... let's talk about ME  
 
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