The Highlights of 2013

Rewind my life a year ago while I was spending countless hours creating my perfect plan for 2013. I wrote a post called “How to Create New Years Resolutions that Work.” If you know me, you know I’ve always been a strong believer of goal setting. You also may know that I can be occasionally great at initiating but not always good at finishing. This is an area that I’m continuing to work on thankfully with gradual improvements. 

Early this year, I was determined to follow Charles Richards’ advice:

“Don’t be fooled by the calendar. There are only as many days in the year as you make use of. One man gets only a week’s value out of a year while another man gets a full year’s value out of a week.”

I must say 2013 has been one of the most eventful and productive periods in my life. There were a lot of “firsts” in 2013 – first podcast interview, first video interview, first speaking engagement and more. While I am blessed to have quite a bit of success in the area of professional growth, I felt occasionally my priorities were shifted from living a life of intentionality. This is when I realized when how foundations are indispensable for any success in life. 

I will write more in the following posts before the year end of my thoughts around how I will reframe my perspective and priorities for 2014 on a more intentional life.


  • Began my first MasterMind Group led my John Maxwell Certified Leadership Coach James Toudy – Started John Maxwell’s classic “21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership”

mastermind group

  • Attended Mission ConneXion conference and heard my spiritual hero Ravi Zacharias speak

mission connection ravi

  • Joined my first Toastmasters group
  • Attended Blessings Conference and met Os Hillman in person 

The Blessings Conference



salt and light logo


  • Joined Next Generation Leadership task force led by Os Hillman
  • First magazine appearance at Converge Magazine on “Redefining Success” 

paul sohn magazine

  • Recipient of the Future Leaders Scholarship of Christian Leadership Alliance. Moderated a leadership session by Mike Bonem “In Pursuit of Godly and Great Leadership” 

cla conference



  • Published my first e-book “He Said, She Said, and You?” To download a FREE copy, click HERE



  • Attended my first Hillsong Concert in Portland, Oregon! 

paul sohn hillsong


  • Memorized the entire book of 2 Timothy and recited it HERE

Paul Sohn - 2 Timothy Memorization


  • Had the privilege of meeting robot scientist Dennis Hong and sharing a luncheon with great conversation. Check out Dr. Hong’s TED talk

 Met Dennis Hong - August


  •  Hiked Beacon Rock & Eagle Creek trail

 paul sohn - beacon rock


  • My first speaking engagement at 180th Pacific Coast Rover Scout Group in Vancouver, BC

October - Speaking

  • Reunion with two of my close friends Ryan Kim and Eric Choice at Irving Library in UBC!



  • Attended EDI Graduation to congratulate my friends who’ve graduated from this year’s program


  • Moved to New Apartment

first podcast interview w Ellory - Dec

  • First video interview by Caleb Suko. Check out the interview HERE

Interview w Paul Sohn

  • Completed reading more than 40 books this year. Here’s the list of all the books I’ve read in 2013 
  • 85 blog posts published with an overall 110% increase of views from average viewership in 2012

Thank you for making 2013 one of the most memorable years in my life. In 2014, I really would like to get to know you  better. So, please take a moment and say Hi! This would mean the world to me! 

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I wish you a Merry Christmas and Blessed New Years! Thanks for being part of the Salt&Light family! 

Question: What was your top highlight in 2013?