Inspired by Chris Guillebeau and his Annual Review, below is a truly epic and inspiring year-in-review from my brother Jordan. After a great start to the year, he was thrown a curveball in April when he was laid off from his job that he loved. After the shock, and embarrassment, and devastation of losing his dream job, he decided to hit the road with a one-way ticket, to travel the world in true vagabond and travel hacker style.
I’ve read a couple “end of the year reviews” from the blogs I follow and it got me motivated to take a break to reflect and do one myself. I looked back on all my photos of 2013 on my iPhone and all the memories (good and bad) came back to me.
What went well in 2013:
Surf trip to Los Cabos, Mexico, with 2 days at Nikki Beach Cabo.
Spent 2 months in Indonesia, chasing and scoring waves with a bunch of good friends.Best Party ever! at Single Fin, Bali.
Went out to dinner and shot some pool with a good friend in Thailand (Bangkok).
Spent almost 2 weeks in London with some of my close friends with the best weather of the year. Highlights – Box Park, Yellow brick road, Shoreditch, portobello market, brick lane, and chelsea. Saw Mumford and Sons, Edward Sharpe, Vampire Weekend, and Ben Howard with one of my best high school friends at the Gentlemen of the Road Festival in London.
Spent 12 days in Croatia, and 7 days of it was on a catamaran for Yacht Week Croatia.
Spent 3 days in a Small Village in Italy called Cinque Terre.
Explored and went on a gondola ride with one of my best friends through the canals of Venice, Italy.
Spent 10 days with my brother traveling through Portugal (Peniche, Lisbon, Lagos).
Spent a weekend in Boston.
Moved To Brooklyn, NY.
Spent a weekend in Montauk.
On St. Patrick’s Day participated in the 3rd annual Adler Paddler in Naples, Long Beach which is a 6mi stand up paddle.
Rode my bike for work every single day (10-25mi daily).
Stand up paddle boarded the coastline of Cinque Terre 3 days in a row.
10 bikram yoga classes in October.
Long Beach Turkey Trot 10k.
Ran the Frozen Bonsai Half Marathon in NYC.
Over the course of the year ran over 300 miles!! Click to see my MapMyRun profile: http://bit.ly/runprofile
My number one favorite thing to do. I love spending my free time surfing with friends, getting photos and going to different surf spots.
Surfed the biggest waves I’ve ever surfed at Ocean Beach. They were calling MLK weekend “the best Ocean Beach has been in 20 years.” I was in great physical shape and put 6 hours a day in the water 3 days in a row.
Surfed under the Golden Gate Bridge in SF.
Got a ten second + barrel in Indonesia!
Wrapping up my memories from MOGL, it was the best out-of-college experience I could ask for. The people were the best, the product is great, and I felt like the people there went out of their way to make sure everyone was having fun, making money, and learning.
GOT LAID OFF FROM ONE OF THE BEST JOBS EVER ON A RANDOM MONDAY MORNING. One of the most humbling experiences ever.
Got a great opportunity to work at Bitly (one of NYC’s best tech start ups) and help them sell their premium product. I’m really excited to work for another tech start up under some great leadership.
Saw the Minimalists speak in NYC. New favorite blog- http://www.theminimalists.com/
Book list this year: Autobiography of Steve Jobs, $100 start up, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, Without Their Permission, David and Goliath, Into Thin Air, Catching the Wolf of Wall Street.
Started 2013 with NO DEBIT! This is huge for me because i spent most of college with maxed out credit cards and my goal for 2012 was to not have any debt.
12 free flights from travel hacking.
Spent Thanksgiving with my family after completing my first around-the-world trip. Then I visited my roommates in SF and best friends when I came back home from my trip.
Went and saw my favorite band in the world with my brother, The Rolling Stones.
Went to 6 concerts in NYC.
Won a pumpkin carving contest in NYC for Halloween.
Handmade every piece of furniture in my room.
Have been cooking a lot of homemade meals.
Donated $100 dollars to the Waves for Water charity for the yyphoon in the Philippines.
No parking tickets and no traffic violations.
Where I fell short
Didn’t make it to Australia. This has been a goal of mine for a very long time. I even had flights booked for January and ended up canceling them last minute.
Didn’t start a blog or even start writing, which is something I wanted to do while traveling.
I bought AppSumo’s “Build a $1000/month Business” and stopped after the validation process.
Spent well over $1000 in excess bags and airport fees this year. Ouch!
Looking forward to 2014
Enjoy what New York has to offer. Go to lots of concerts, cooking classes, bars, restaurants, and meet some like-minded people.
Have a healthy relationship with my girlfriend.
Be the top person at work in the 1st quarter out of my training class.
Go on at least one vacation this year.
Start a business on the side.