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We sometimes over-simplify the end of the year. It either gets dismissed as something worth forgetting or as a happy milestone that saw major life changes. We have to -- at some point -- condense a year down to these things because our memories cannot possibly keep up with every little detail. The achievements the setbacks, the laughter, the heartache, the hope all make up what is to be known simply as Twenty Thirteen. But what was 2013? What will be different in 2014?

We all grew a bit as people in the last year. Our identities became just a little clearer, even when those identities represent the very things we want to change about ourselves. We are wiser to the ways of the world, but still naive enough to approach the next day with the optimism necessary to make it happen. We collectively traveled 585 million miles around the sun to end up right back where we started. As they say, it is all about the journey, not the destination.

Here are my footnotes for the year, not necessarily in true chronological order.

  • Rang in the 2013 with Old Crow Medicine Show at the Ryman on spur-of-the-moment tickets
  • Traveled to San Francisco and Portland, Oregon for vacation
  • Volunteered with Hands on Nashville for a few painting projects
  • Renewed our lease to remain in East Nashville
  • Ran a handful of 5K races
  • Spent most of the year walking around with a Fitbit when it was not shattered
  • Helped start a "remedial book club" for all those books I should have read in high school
  • Marked my second year with Raven Tools
  • Became a first-time Nashville Predators season ticket holder after an extended league lockout
  • Attended PodCamp Nashville at Hotel Preston
  • Went to an instructional design conference at Vanderbilt University
  • Replaced the work laptop with a Macbook Air
  • Saw Sarah Silverman at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center
  • Bought season tickets for the Nashville Rollergirls
  • Went to several neighborhood happy hours to meet more of our neighbors
  • Saw Seth Meyers at TPAC
  • Attended several political fundraisers and meetups
  • Took golf lessons for six weeks at Vinnylinks in East Nashville
  • Went to a handful of UT Martin alumni events in Nashville
  • Ate Sushi at a place near work almost every Thursday out of habit
  • Attended the first conference at the new Music City Center (Music City Sports Festival)
  • Saw folks from the summer camp for the first time in the better part of a decade
  • Earned a plate at The Flying Saucer for sampling 200 different beers
  • Spent many Thursday nights with a group of developers and systems administrators
  • Switched from Comcast to U-verse at home
  • Saw Over the Rhine in Franklin
  • Traveled to Ashville, North Carolina for our anniversary
  • Went to several technology related mixers around Nashville
  • Saw Hanni El Khatib at Mercy Lounge
  • Spent several hockey intermissions upstairs at the in-arena restaurant bar meeting up with friends
  • Saw Amy Schumer at Zanies
  • Traveled to Birmingham, Alabama for our first away-bout for the Nashville Rollergirls
  • Turned 30.
  • Attended BarCamp Nashville at Soundcheck
  • Renewed my Predators season tickets and moved to a new section
  • Traveled to Atlanta for a tech conference
  • Went to several craft beer festivals throughout the year
  • Earned a Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) certification
  • Traveled to Las Vegas for a tech conference
  • Went to the George Jones Final No Show memorial concert
  • Saw Anchor Man 2 in theaters