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Happy New Year! Though I believe we should continuously think about where we are and where we’re going, the new year is always a good time to summarize it all. So here goes!

Recap of 2013

Mike Vicky Vows

This past year was really eventful on a personal level. I attended seven (!) weddings in 2013: two were mine (the Best Wedding Ever in Mexico and an awesome family reception in Queens), my sister got married in September in NYC, and four other friends got married in New Jersey, California, and Florida. Combine those weddings with traveling to New York and New Jersey for Thanksgiving and Christmas, it’s pretty clear that Vicky and I have been a couple of weary road warriors. But it was a year full of great celebrations.

Cute

One of the tougher parts of the year was when our dog, Sweet Dee, was paralyzed in her hind legs by a compressed spine. We had to cut our vacation short to take her to the neurologist, get an MRI, and have her undergo surgery. The aftermath was really difficult, as we had to frequently express her bladder (she didn’t have much control of anything in the back half of her body) and retrain her on how to walk. Regardless, she’s a tough cookie and made a full recovery! She probably has no idea that she was even paralyzed. Silly dog.

Regarding my 2013 New Year’s resolutions, I pretty much shat the bed. While I accomplished not drinking for two weeks, I failed to run at least two Tough Mudders (I only ran one) and didn’t make much progress on launching a startup. While 1 out of 3 makes for a good batting average in baseball, it really sucks for New Year’s resolutions. On the career note, some positives included taking a more active role in Startup Weekend DC (I became an official co-organizer), and blogging for the CEA, which has been fun and has increased my visibility.

Onward to 2014

While 2013 was an amazing year, I’m really looking forward to 2014. There will definitely be fewer weddings, so I’ll travel a bit less this year. This should keep me fresher to accomplish my resolutions, which are:

1) Seriously get my startup going

While I didn’t make much progress launching a startup in 2013, my co-founder and I did narrow our list down to three ideas to potentially pursue. Over the next couple of weeks, we’re going to run some experiments to figure out which may be the most viable idea and work towards it. I’m excited!

I stress out everyday about the lack of movement on my startup, but making a little bit of progress everyday will help, and that’s what I intend to do.

2) Drop five pounds

I’m blessed with the high metabolism that many Asians have, so I haven’t had to worry too much about my weight. I work out a good amount but I think being more disciplined with my diet, which I’m pretty horrible at, will help me stay healthier and keep my energy up. Dropping five pounds will be the result of this discipline.

3) Avoid alcohol for two weeks every quarter

While it was tough (for me) to not drink for 14 days straight, I’m going to do it 4 times this year. This should also help me achieve resolution #2.

4) Start a family

Whoa! This is a big one that may have a detrimental impact on all of the above resolutions, but it will be totally worth it. I should let Vicky know about this one. 🙂

If all goes well, 2014 will be an unbelievable year in both my personal and professional lives, and I can’t wait.

How did your 2013 go, and what are your resolutions for 2014? I’d love to hear about them in the comments.

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Comments
Harvey Specter
Posted at 1:01 am January 4, 2014
Sal
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Kudos on #4. Look forward to seeing the progress of your startup! Wish I had a high metabolism haha.

    Harvey Specter
    Posted at 6:18 pm January 4, 2014
    mikewchan
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    Thanks for reading, Sal. Don’t congratulate me yet on #4…just wish me luck when it happens. 🙂

Harvey Specter
Posted at 11:09 am January 1, 2014
Julia
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My comments for each of your goals for this year.
#1 You try so hard and are always busting your butt to make the connections and get a start u going. Keep trucking along and the right opportunity will come eventually. Remember everything happens in the right time and place.

#2 Do the Cleanse with me and these 5lbs will melt away in 2 weeks!

#3 YAY! So glad you decided to do this. The will power that you garner from doing this is so much more than the accomplishment.

#4 When you start that family…move back to NYC! We’re all waiting for you and Vicky to come home!

Good luck with your list…I know you can accomplish them all!

Julia

    Harvey Specter
    Posted at 7:55 pm January 1, 2014
    mikewchan
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    Thanks! My comments on your comments:

    1) True. I know we’ll make it happen but it’s frustrating when things don’t progress.
    2) Hmm…probably not.
    3) Yeah, it’s not so much about losing the weight, but that’s a tangible number that will represent eating healthier.
    4) You’ll just have to visit us more often!

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