Looking Back on 2018

Happy 2019 everyone!

Erm… it’s been an awful long time since my last blog post, and an awful lot has happened since then. To be honest, I kept thinking about explaining my absence and settling back into the regular posting schedule, but every time I did, I felt super anxious about both the explanation and the regular posting. It was a lot easier to not think about the blog.

But I’ve missed blogging a lot, and I could not let myself not post my annual year-in-review posts, which are the highlight of my blogging year every year. I’ve been reflecting on my calendar years basically since I started blogging in 2001, and I wasn’t going to let my rough year ruin my streak!

So let’s just start fresh and run through a list of what I did this year.
(Note: Photos, videos, and reference links will be added at a later date, so stay tuned to social media to see when this post will be ~complete~ in that respect. A lot of polishing is needed here, but I will be doing it.)

  • Rang in the new year in Hong Kong
  • Hit DC Winter Restaurant Week hard with 3 meals in one week
  • Started planning our wedding
  • Went to the emergency room for the first time
  • Celebrated friends getting married in Vegas
  • Met Jonny Sun and got my book signed
  • Visited Amsterdam + Milan for the first time
  • Started (and stopped) taking antidepressants
  • Attended AwesomeCon for the 2nd time
  • Celebrated friends getting married in between convention goings-ons (like being in an elevator with John Barrowman)
  • Spoke on a panel about being a woman in the workplace at my alma mater
  • Watched Vanessa Bayer and Alex Moffat perform a comedy show
  • Saw LUZIA: by Cirque du Soleil and was totally awestruck
  • Hosted my mom’s sisters for their first trip to the US in over a decade and the first occasion where the 3 sisters were all in the US at the same time
  • Celebrated my brother graduating from college
  • Watched Jurassic World with the National Symphony Orchestra scoring the movie live
  • Listened to John Cho, Grace Potter, Coheed & Cambria, will.i.am, Michael Giacchino, and Nick Sagan with the National Symphony Orchestra to celebrate the 60th anniversary of NASA
  • Channeled the punk girl I never even attempted to be in the 90s for a throwback party
  • Watched the Washington Capitals win DC’s first sports championship from their arena in DC with thousands of fans
  • Celebrated DC Pride for the first time in our nation’s capital, alone but with much dancing
  • Partook in a portraiture workshop led by my friend, where I wound up doing more portrait-sitting than portrait-taking
  • Saw Hamilton at the Kennedy Center and loved it as much as I knew I would
  • Rocked out to Lindsay Stirling and Evanescence
  • Visited Primark and Round1 for the first time, not the last time this year
  • Attended my first Otakon
  • Interviewed for jobs in California, all expenses paid
  • Started Invisalign
  • Visited China with Ben for the first time and met his extended family
  • Visited Shanghai Disney
  • Soaked up Childish Gambino’s last concert tour
  • Brewed potions at the Harry Potter pub experience, The Cauldron
  • Watched Anastasia on Broadway
  • Attended my first New York Comic Con
  • Got a little drunk for the first time in my life during a Halloween bar crawl
  • Watched Anastasia again at the Kennedy Center
  • Quit the job I’ve held for the past 3 years
  • Moved to New York City
  • Rang in the new year a few blocks from Times Square.

2018 was my hardest year yet, for reasons I will take the time to talk about here on the blog, but it was also such an incredible year. I clocked so many airline miles, attended 3 conventions (last year, I attended my very first one), traveled to new countries with my brother, watched live entertainment. There is so much to be grateful for in 2018, so I will take all of that with me, leave behind the bad that I am unable to or have already grown from, and step into 2019. There is so much for me to look forward to. Like, I didn’t mean to bury the lede here, but I moved to New York City a few weeks ago and get to start at my new job here this week! I get married this year!

Let’s go 2019!


What were some of your highlights from 2018?

Previous years: 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013

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4 thoughts on “Looking Back on 2018

    • Thank you! It has definitely been a busy year, which surprised me because I felt like I said no to so many things and sulked at home an awful lot. This highlight reel stuff is so tricky like that!

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  1. Hi Starr, Hi! I can’t believe you’ve churned out so many posts already and it’s only been like 2 or 3 weeks into 2019. Hahaha. So glad 2018 was a year of growth for you… And I hope 2019 will be fabulous as you reap the benefits from your challenges! And yay for being semi-neighbors!! I’m back from my LA trip, so I’d loveee to hang out when you’re up to it! 🙂 I am in the city Mondays/Tuesdays for work (I WFH Wed-Fri), but in general, I’m only like 30-45 min away from midtown, so I’m game for foods and hanging out!! I think we have soooo many years to catch up! Glad to have another friend nearby!!! (Everyone keeps on moving out of NYC for some reason….)

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    • Hi Hiroko!! Thanks so much for the encouragement; I was starting to feel down because I’m still no where close to my twice-a-week cadence that I used to be on, but it feels really good to have my big new year’s posts up and out there.

      Yay I can’t wait to hang out with you soon! It’s been a looooong time since I last saw you so we definitely have a lot to catch up on. 🙂

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