2013 Year In Review

2013 was a big year for me and my husband, basically because we moved to India.

We did not go skydiving or visit Venice but a lot of other events happened.

Let’s see…


Josh and I traveled to India together for the first time since we met there in 2008.


I stopped dancing (my passion) at Duke University, and haven’t had the chance to do so anywhere again, yet (except in the kitchen while waiting for the potatoes to roast or the water to boil.)

I went kayaking for the first time.


full frame festival volunteer
Volunteering at Full Frame Festival.

Josh and I were 3rd time volunteers at the Full Frame Film Festival. 4 days, 11 films watched, and 15hrs of volunteer work. One of my favorite things I did in my 3 years in Durham.

beet grape nutribullet smoothie
Beet Grape Nutribullet Smoothie

I was gifted a Nutribullet for my birthday and became a breakfast smoothie addict.

I started learning Hindi with the Pimsleur method.


We gave away my two favorite kitties to a new home due to our move to India. (The hardest thing I did this year.)


Josh and I sold and donated almost everything we had, left nothing behind, and moved to a small town in India.

I made eye contact with Ryan Gosling at the airport. I’m not really a fan, but it was cool anyway. And several people I know were jealous.

We rented our first home in India.

I started this blog!

My first Indian groceries.

I went grocery shopping in India for the first time.

I went shopping for household goods in India for the first time.


Wore a saree for the first time.
Wore a saree for the first time.

I wore a saree for the first time.

Drove a scooter for the first time.
Drove a scooter for the first time.

I drove a scooter for the first time.

cat stretching and scratching
Made friends with an Indian wild cat.

I made friends with an Indian cat.


portland waterfront
A lovely day in Portland.

I arrived at PDX (Portland) for the first time.


I went to a Buddhist Temple (ironically in Portland) for the first time.

I rode in a Batmobile for the first time.


seattle skyline
My first time in Seattle.

I went to Seattle for the first time.

After 7 weeks of waiting, Josh finally got his 5-year Indian Business Visa.

I started making money as a Spanish-English document and web content translator.


zocalo mexico city
Mexico City.

I visited my hometown (Mexico City.)

My 6 year old Macbook died.

Josh published his first book (more on that coming soon.)

So yeah, it has been an interesting year. In one year we went from living in Durham, NC, to moving to India indefinitely, to ending up in Portland indefinitely. I really have no idea what 2014 will be like because my last 5 years have been completely different to each other, completely unexpected, completely unpredictable, and a bit crazy. But I invite you to stick around and find out as I find out where God takes us through this journey!

All the best wishes for the new year!

So what is the craziest or bravest or hardest thing you did in 2013?

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