2013 in Review

So this was a year of normal crazy, bad crazy, good crazy, awesome crazy, and horrible crazy. I’ve been up and I’ve been down. Overall, however, it was a year worth living and that’s what counts. So since I turned 24 in 2013 (July 4 for all of you who didn’t know why that was an American holiday . . . Independence – please! . . . I’m the firecracker around this neck of the woods.), I thought I would do the top 24 things from 2013.

In chronological order with pictures of course! Okay not all have pictures because 24 pictures is a little bit overload.

1. Tried Baiju (Chinese liquor) for the first and last time.

2. Finally went to Shanghai and Guangzhou.

Chen Family Academy - Guangzhou
Chen Family Academy – Guangzhou

3. Went to my first spa.

4. Played in my first pool tournament.

T3 - Tiger's Town & Tavern - Linyi, Shandong, China
T3 – Tiger’s Town & Tavern – Linyi, Shandong, China

5. Was invited to a Chinese wedding.

6. Took kickboxing lessons from a retired Chinese national kickboxing champion.

7. Celebrated St. Patricks Day with a real Irish friend at an Irish party.

T3 - Bo (USA), Stacey (Ireland), Ming Long (China)
T3 – Bo (USA), Stacey (Ireland), Ming Long (China)

8. Climbed Tai Shan with my soon-to-be stalker.

Tai Shan - Tai'an, Shandong, China
Tai Shan – Tai’an, Shandong, China

9. Killed/lost seven cell phones, two computers, and one kindle . . . yes I am technologically cursed.

10. Taught my hopefully last English class ever.

11. Got my heart and pride broken into teeny, tiny little pieces then ground into dust.

12. Celebrated my birthday during an actual flash flood, and drove my motor scooter through said flood.

Linyi, Shandong, China (July 4, 2013)
Linyi, Shandong, China (July 4, 2013)

13. Moved to Hong Kong on my own.

Hong Kong, Victoria Harbor
Hong Kong, Victoria Harbor

14. Rented my first apartment.

15. Fixed my own plumbing.

1148777_10151508107436736_1160792062_n16. Started a masters program.

17. Ate sushi everyday for three weeks.

18. Dad had two strokes and was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia.

19. Had first relapse of binge eating disorder due to excessive stress.

20. Went to the largest Halloween party in Asia.

Lan Kwai Fong (LKF), Hong Kong
Lan Kwai Fong (LKF), Hong Kong

21. Completed seven research papers in one semester.

1456779_10151698165376736_519978046_n22. Had first Thanksgiving and Christmas in States in over two years.

23. Learned to care for my dad . . . aka I matured a little.

Puzzels and Movies = Quality Father, Daughter Time
Puzzels and Movies = Quality Father, Daughter Time 

24. Started a blog . . . aka this little piece of cyberspace where I document all the reasons I should be locked away and barred from food.

Overall this has been a year of transition and learning for me. I have been through a lot of hard moments and felt stress unequal to anything I’ve ever felt before making my grades, my sanity, and my health suffer. Yet through all of this, I have grown stronger, wiser, more mature, and more appreciative of the the unique life God has allowed me to live. So here’s to all the celebrations and all the tears. You made up one crazy year.

So tell me,

How was your 2013?


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