My main moments from the past year (at least ones with pictures) are from various trips I took. Pretty typical for a third culture kid. 2013 was a good year for me. I was able to see and experience so much life and growth: I graduated from college, visited a state I’d never been to before, went to Europe for the first time, and I moved to the Philippines! Here are 13 of my favorite moments:
The first few days of January were spent finishing off my sister’s and my UK trip! English tea & pudding, balderdash, falling down the stairs daily, intense jet lag, trying to stay awake (& warm), and laughing with these cool cats late into the night:
Trying to get tan at Formby Beach;)
After returning from Liverpool, I spent one jet lagged day in California before flying home-home to Oaxaca to spend the rest of my holiday with the family. I was able to check this off my bucket list — well, I had to first add it to my bucket list, but then I checked it off…
While home and still recovering from jet lag, my youngest sister, Debbie, and I got to spend a couple days at our favourite beach in the entire world: Puerto Escondido. Do you see my jetlagged eyes?? I shouldn’t be allowed in public.
Ah, to be warm again!
In the midst of school (trying to graduate in May) & work, I got to be reunited with one of my favourite people ever – my partner from massage school! She came to LA, so I had an excuse to do the touristy things I hadn’t even done yet myself: the Griffith Observatory and the L.A. Zoo!
How I love her and her sweet son!
My friend Karina and I went on a spontaneous road trip to Seattle right before finals. It was one of the worst ideas I’ve had, but actually the best decision. I got to see my childhood bestie in Cannon Beach, which has been a lifelong dream to visit!
This girl and I have been friends for 20 years and counting!
From Cannon Beach, we drove across the most epic state line ever, making Washington my 41st state visited. I didn’t want to leave!
Seattle in April was a brilliant idea. Those trees…swoon!
Soon after the Northwest trip…Donna and I got our friend, Nicole, married off!
Nothin’ like a Wednesday wedding to liven up the week!
Then I graduated from Eternity Bible College!
After graduating, I flew home to Oaxaca to spend a week with my family before moving to the Philippines!
These two deserve a gold medal in the friendship department! They put up with so much of me last year and they’re really the best of people. Have I mentioned I get to see them in a couple weeks?? I’m beyond excited!
And here are the people I spent the majority of the year with! We trekked all over Mindanao and even to Luzon together in 2013, we make good travel & living buddies;)
These were moments I knew would make the best Facebook statuses. Livin’ the life!
I ran my first 5k in November! I placed 8th for women and won an award for being the only white female racing. Check that off my bucket list — after adding it first;)
Although it was hard to keep it at 13 memories, 2,013 seemed a little extravagant…
Until next time!