Looking back at 2013

2 Jan

I set three goals a year ago for 2013 – do you remember what they were?

It seems like a very long time ago that I set those goals.  The last year, 2013 – or the year of the snake – has been an exciting one.  On a personal level (our weddings in China and the US and celebrating our first wedding anniverary), a professional level (starting a career at a new organization), a physical level (becoming a regular at my yoga studio) and at a friend level (lots of people moving and coming and visiting) – it was a great year.

As I look back, I will focus on the positives and the negatives will slowly slide away.  It’s the only way that you continue forward.  I am lucky that my blog documents many of those memories.  If you have favorites – let me know!

My specific goals were that I wanted a new haircut, to do another demonstration in yoga class and to visit another two countries.  By those measures (and others) – I had a killer year!

My hair, as I joked previously is now past my shoulders and long enough to braid and twist or fuss and leave down.  I never would have guessed that I would have continued to grow it out instead of chop it off.  At this point it will stay long for a while – at least until the cold weather is over.  I haven’t had hair this long since college.


Yoga is going well.  I went to class over 100 times in 2013 and did several demonstrations.  My core and arms are stronger and I have even done a couple of assisted handstands.  When I do yoga I feel better, more focused and more flexible.

And travel wise – you’ve been along on the trips with me.  I went to Cambodia at the beginning of the year…

Framed by an intricate carving

Framed by an intricate carving

Then Taiwan with my colleagues…

Ready to explore!

Ready to explore!

And Japan with my best friend from college.

I like the red colored barrels.

I like the red colored barrels.

Then later we went on our belated honeymoon to Greece

We made an effort this trip to get more photos together.

We made an effort this trip to get more photos together.

and finally I had my work trip to Dubai.


That was five new countries in one year.


The year of the horse will be starting in a month – What goals should I set?  Any predictions for what surprises will be in store?  I have a feeling it will be a great year.

11 Responses to “Looking back at 2013”

  1. ladyofthecakes January 2, 2014 at 9:48 am #

    It’s going to be hard to top that year. Let’s see what you can do….. 😉

  2. thirdeyemom January 2, 2014 at 9:54 am #

    Looks like you had a great year! I love your hair long! I just started yoga recently and have fallen in love with it. Happy 2014!

    • gkm2011 January 2, 2014 at 8:42 pm #

      Happy 2014 to you too! Yes, yoga is a great way to focus.

  3. Anne January 2, 2014 at 10:51 am #

    Really love that picture in the red dress!

  4. Shanghai Ronin January 2, 2014 at 1:48 pm #

    dang you went so many places! super jealous! you had an amazing 2013!!! that’s gonna be hard to top!

    • gkm2011 January 2, 2014 at 8:45 pm #

      I know, plus there were trips to the US (3), Hong Kong and Singapore. My passport is well used! We’ll see how this year goes.

  5. Sherri January 4, 2014 at 9:28 am #

    Happy New Year to you and happy travels 🙂

    • gkm2011 January 4, 2014 at 1:03 pm #

      Thank you – 2014 is starting out well!

  6. sarahinguangzhou January 8, 2014 at 9:31 am #

    Not doing an goals for 2014 then?

    • gkm2011 January 8, 2014 at 8:38 pm #

      I figure I have until Chinese New Year. Still contemplating!

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