After taking a few years off from this tradition (2010 - 2012), I've decided to pick it back up again. If you'd like to compare this to past years', you can click for 2009, 2008, 2007, and 2006.
1) What did you do in 2013 that you'd never done before?
Lost a former mentor and friend (same person) and helped people all over the world celebrate his life through the wonder of technology, led my home church in a night of worship, started a photography project with an action figure, received a widow's mite, spent Easter with someone else's family, toured the Ryman, celebrated 100,000 miles, tried schawarma, helped fund a movie (Veronica Mars) on Kickstarter, took a four year old to the movies for the first time, joined a new church in my home town, went deep sea fishing, ate at Motor Supply Company, read a book a friend wrote, spent the weekend at the beach with one of my best friends and his family, ran Folly Beach, ate some Cotton Candy Grapes and authentic British food, battled a chicken home invasion, took a month long sabbatical from social media, celebrated my great aunt and uncle's fiftieth wedding anniversary, hung out with three friends from California in South Carolina, started a new job, and celebrated my friend becoming an elder at his church.
My birthday was in October.
For me, it's become a time of year when I pause to reflect on my life. Typical questions that come to mind are: Did you accomplish what you wanted to in the past year? Did you make "progress"? Do you like who you are becoming? What changes need to be made for the coming year? Where do you want to go next? What's the plan to get there?
But this year was a little different. And it was all because of a number.
This year I turned 33.