Saturday, January 11, 2014

Farewell, 2013

I've been seeing a lot of "Year-End" posts, and hesitated for a while about adding my own. I decided to go ahead and write this because in the brief lull between semesters I was able to do some reflecting and goal-setting.

The last several months have brought more surprises and great experiences than I could have hoped for. I was thinking of how many things I did this year that I couldn't have predicted at the beginning of the year, and I started writing them down. I have 116 on my list so far. It was a busy year!

Some of my favorites (in no order) were:
  • being a speaker at TEDxBuffalo
  • dancing at the Burmese Water Festival
  • touring the Richardson Complex
  • going on a Foodie-to-Farm tour with a new friend
  • joining the board of Grassroots Gardens of Buffalo
  • writing for The Good Neighborhood
  • speaking at the Nepali Teej Festival
  • discovering Chautauqua Institution
  • doing lots of things at the Foundry
  • seeing the downtown Buffalo New Years ball drop
  • watching canoes with Japanese lanterns cruise on Hoyt Lake one night
  • starting my MBA program part-time
  • hiking in Alleghany State Forest
  • subscribing to a farm share
  • going to lots of great restaurants
  • meeting Thein Swe - a former political prisoner and current member of the NLD serving in Myanmar's Parliament. 

Talking about this with friends, one of them suggested that I leave half of the spots blank on my 2014 Buffalo Bucket List so I could fill them in when I did something awesome during the year. That was such a brilliant suggestion that I did it right away, and you can see my 2014 list HERE, along with my 2013 list on the tab behind it.

While I can't guarantee the frequency of my posts here in 2014 (30 drafts now, oh dear), I can say that I update Facebook and Twitter daily with current local news and articles that I find interesting and you probably will, too. Give Enjoy Buffalo a follow if you haven't already, and feel free to share fun stuff with me, as well!

My favorite thing about this year was discovering just how much is available in Buffalo when you are looking for it. One thing has a way of introducing you to the next in this place ("less like a small town and more like a giant living room," as someone described it to me this fall), so that new friends and places and experiences are never far away. 

The downtown Buffalo ball drop & fireworks, saying farewell to 2013 and welcoming 2014

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