Monday, December 30, 2013

2013 Year in Review

I think a good general statement for this year is that it was both the best and the worst year of my life. I went through the lowest of lows suffering a nervous breakdown at one point and I also experienced the highest of highs marrying the man of my dreams. I wouldn't change any of it though. I have no regrets because it all served to make me a stronger and more grateful person. Here is a list of things that happened to me this year in no particular order.  

  • We traveled cross-country in a 14 year old Volkswagon Polo from Cusco to Lima.
  • I came to terms with my foreseeable future living in Peru.
  • I lost and regained my identity and realized that it is something that is forever changing depending on what I do and who I am with. We are not nouns (teacher, traveler, student, etc.) we are verbs. We are what we do. I read, I sing, I play violin, I love, I laugh, I teach.
  • I learned to let go of things that I can't change and embrace things that I love about Peru.
  • I fell and continue to fall more and more in love with my husband.
  • I got married in a religious wedding to the best man ever.
  • I learned how to get around on Lima's public transportation.
  • Marco and I played tourists in Lima at least once a month.
  • I became even better friends with my mother and became super grateful for her outlook on life.
  • I was fortunate to get a part time job that opened my eyes to education in Peru. It wasn't a dream job but it was exactly what I needed.
  • I took part in the Suzuki Festival in January which is always a wonderful refreshing experience. 
  • I joined a few expat groups which helped me adjust to life in Lima.
  • I found a yoga class close to my home.
  • I stepped into the role of military wife for the first time by going to some military social events.
  • I taught violin lessons in students' houses and realized that I really don't like doing it that way.
  • I auditioned and made it into a professional choir which has allowed me to meet incredibly talented ladies and make a bit of extra money singing in weddings. Not to mention I have now had the pleasure of seeing an incredible amount of insides of Catholic Churches in Lima.
  • I gigged with my violin.
  • I became best friends with someone who is one of the sweetest most adorable persons in the world.
  • I got a job that will allow me to see my best friend on a daily basis and will allow me to work with kids and teach violin.
  • I met my husband's side of the family
  • I celebrated my 27th birthday (and my 4th birthday in Peru) with a really nice party that included army acquaintances and choir girlfriends.
  • So many friends and family came to Peru for our wedding including my Dad who had never traveled farther south than Mexico before. I love my family so much.
  • My husband and I slowly created the comfy and cozy home we want by adding furniture little by little.
  • I learned about how much power we give to thoughts and those thoughts are our realities. 
  • Gratitude became my best friend this year.
  • I have become incredibly happy and excited for all that is to come in the next year.

As for resolutions, my main resolution is to continue to be optimistic and live a balanced life in all ways possible. There is a great meme that I found on Pinterest that I will try and post because it has great overarching resolutions. Life is an adventure and there is always something more to learn and be curious about. 

I do not own rights to this meme but it sure is great!

Happy New Year 2014 everyone!


  1. This may be the best 2013 recap I've seen yet. Proud to know you my dear Amy!

    1. Thanks Amanda! I am proud to know you too!! I hope you had a great New Years!

  2. Gratitude, gratitude! I'm grateful to have met you this year! Now I think it was good timing because it's helped me come to terms with life in Lima and get excited to discover more!

  3. I am so glad to hear that! We will surely be spending more time together this year!