I just finished my slideshow for 2012 and oh my god, this one was a doozy. Took me a long time to winnow down the photos - I started with a few thousand for the year (though that's including a huge load of Hipstamatics). I originally had another song picked out, with a slower beat, but I could only get about 270 pics on it (this one has about 450). Then I was soundsdropping on Spotify a couple of weeks ago, and saw track I didn't recognize come up in a friend's queue: Days Gone By, by Wiretree. I gave it a listen and immediately loved it, but it wasn't until a few days ago that I realized how incredible the lyrics are, and how much I wanted to use it for my video this year.

It's a pretty fast beat, so the pictures really fly by...which is exactly what the year felt like to me. But I tried not to leave anything or anyone significant out.

Making these videos is so cathartic for me. It's a fun, nostalgia-inducing way to look back at how I spent my year, but it's also a way to process and let go of the past - for better or for worse. It's how I say goodbye to an earlier version of myself. It's also a great way for me to get motivated and excited about what still lies ahead. I'd never in a million years have anticipated I'd do some of the things I did last year. So what else don't I know about, that the world has in store for me?

Anyway, without further ado, I present some of the people, places, moments, and memories that constituted my 2012: