Just gonna have to be a different man.
third fourth decade of your life is certainly a milestone albeit not as big as 18, 21, and 40. However this past year has come and gone with much more change that any of my previous life milestones. This year I changed jobs, changed roommates, and even changed my eye color.
Of course not many noticed that last one, now I know how a woman with a new haircut feels when it goes unnoticed.
Every year I tend to make broad goals instead of resolutions but I had one specific goal this time last year that I amazingly stuck to: run a race every quarter of 2012.
I did better than four in 2013, I ran an amazing six races. The idea behind running a race every quarter was to develop a regular habit of running. I thought it would be a healthier lifestyle. Compared to before I can now run faster and for longer distances however the Holidays have negated any sort of health benefits all this running may introduced. I think I’ll maintain this casual running habit in 2014, I know a lot of my friends that are runners out there will be quick to push me to start marathons and whatever else to join the cult, the biggest problem with running for me right now is that running too much has put a lot of stress on my knee. Looking at my Mom’s health history with her knee doesn’t make me super enthused about my chances
Ok now on to the other parts of my life.
2013 held many fun times at MXM Social: running the office’s Skeeball team (and losing every game of the season), e-mail announcements about Royal babies, and many MXM Happy Hours which led to many mornings like this:
Whether I was hanging out at the club with Charles and Fenella, taking photos for work or because coworkers got engaged, or just living it up at another Epic Holiday Party, it was always a fun time at MXM Social.
Then all of a sudden a wonderful opportunity fell into my lap and I had to make a tough decision to leave.
Moving to Volkswagen of America has been an enormous step in my career. As I continue to get settled in I look forward to the new challenges and opportunities over at VW. So far I think I’m finally starting to settle in and that will be a big part of what 2014 will hold for me professionally.
At least I’m already at home with their Twitter handle.
My social media escapades were many and glorious 2013. Perhaps the coolest of them all was covering the Presidential Inauguration for WeLoveDC. There’s nothing like Inaugural Ball hopping. Also I had some great partnerships with both Warby Parker and Sony. Once again I spoke at the National Defense University and I also had the pleasure of hosting a panel at the Washington Post for SMCDC!
Oh ya and I also wrote about people having Air Sex.
In August I spent a month vlogging where I found the opportunity to share with the world my love of the Backstreet Boys. With my career path steering away from Social Media a little bit I think that the online adventures might take a downturn in 2014, however I’ve been working on redesigning this site and my YouTube channel so expect some exciting things happening next year in these two areas.
I love my friends so much and this year saw tons of experiences like my very first Crab boil, trips to Hersheypark, and scavenger hunts in DC. I also enjoyed some Nats games, read some books to kids, and bonded with my new Asian crew.
Every year I discover some new friends and say goodbye to some old ones. This year I was really sad to see my longtime roommate Caroline move out. Luckily my new roommate Erica looks eager to pick up the torch as an avid supporter of #ragelikepho.
What is #ragelikepho? For some it’s the excited face I make in every photograph. For others it’s a just a good ol’ fashion night out on the town. Perhaps it starts with drinks with your friends and then moves to drinks with your hair stylist. Drinks with your coworkers turns into you on a roof of a building holding fireworks.
2014 I believe #ragelikepho will be alive and well.
From my siblings to my cousins who I don’t see enough of despite living in the same city, I found lots of time to spend time with my blood relationships. I trekked up to New York to stay with Diana a few times the past year, it’s as if I actually enjoy the city. Danny is now 21 which only means that eventually all four of us will go out somewhere and it will be awesome.
This year I saw over 21 shows and I continuously wonder where I found the time to see them all. Of course the biggest Theatre event of the year was the Helen Hayes Awards. There an actress offered her body to me and I became friends with WAMU’s Rebecca Sheir. I also got a very healthy dose of the DC Fringe Festival this past summer, perhaps too healthy. Next year I think I’m cutting back on Fringe. While I’ve cut back on a lot of my writing in 2013 I don’t see theatre going anywhere anytime soon.
Travel & Special Events
In 2013 I traveled over 22,551 miles. Here are some of the places and things I did:
Miami, FL: BCS National Championship Game
New York, NY: Stephanie’s Birthday
Austin, TX: SXSW
Pasadena, CA: College Football Playoff Announcement
Baltimore, MD: Emily & Will’s Wedding
Hatteras, NC: The OBX
Atlanta, GA: NEA RA
Bristow, VA: Dave Matthews Band
Los Angeles, CA: VidCon
New York, NY: Photo Plus Expo
Los Angeles, CA
Boston, MA: Thanksgiving
New York, NY
2013 was quite the year, can’t wait to do it all again!