Looking Back, Moving Forward

Two weeks into 2018 and I’m finally composing my “looking back on 2017” blog! Been pondering on it and just now had the opportunity to write it. So without further ado…

2017 was one of the most amazing years of my life. It was another year of firsts, along with many new and ongoing adventures.

Many of you already know of my life-changing experience traveling to San Francisco in December of 2016. 2017 started with me being still high off of that adventure. With it still fresh in my mind, I took a day trip by myself to Portland early in January. It was bitter cold, but sunny and beautiful. And, yeah, it did recapture a tiny bit of the feeling I had from the San Fran sabbatical.

In March I went on another amazing solo adventure that took me to Phoenix, AZ; Los Angeles, CA; Eugene, OR; and Walla Walla, WA, all in an eight day period. The initial reason for the road trip was to surprise my daughter at her soccer tournament in Phoenix (which I successfully did!). After Phoenix I cruised through LA and spent the day on a site-seeing adventure with a good friend who lives there. Then I drove back up through Eugene where I met with friends, before hitting Walla Walla then eventually home. The eight days I was gone were an insane whirlwind of hanging with amazing people, beautiful scenery, and a lot of driving. I enjoy driving, and especially like the solitude from long trips. It was an awesome journey. Oh, and I got my first tattoo (the number 23 on my wrist) while in Phoenix. Freaking cool.

In May I got my second tattoo (a film/theatre design in homage to my son the aspiring filmmaker). This year I will get one done in honor of my daughter and her love of soccer. I’m working on designs and will hopefully have it done by my birthday in April.

In June/July the kiddos and I went on an epic road trip to Los Angeles and Las Vegas. It was just the three of us – the first trip of this magnitude since the divorce. We had such an amazing time! Memories for a lifetime, for sure. That trip is going to be hard for me to top. I’m not sure what we’re going to do this year.

In August the kiddos and I attended SeaFair for the first time ever. Saw the Blue Angels and the hydroplanes all up close and personal. Another awesome experience for the three of us!

In September my son and I went on a road trip to San Fran (just the two of us). This was another first as my son and I had never taken a vacation with just the two of us together. We spent two nights in the city – saw Muse and 30 Seconds to Mars in concert, and took my son’s high school senior pictures. Don’t think there are too many high school seniors in the Pacific Northwest whose senior photos were taken in San Fran!

In October I attended Jack Canfield’s One Day to Greatness seminar. Such a transformational experience! I had already been living 2017 with a new attitude that I came into from my San Fran trip in December 2016, but this seminar really took it to another level. It’s really helped me see the potential in myself and provided me some basic tools I’ll be able to use to achieve my dreams.

Throughout the year I continued trying to live a healthy lifestyle. I had attempted to go vegan back in April 2016 and did fairly well with it throughout the remainder of that year. 2017 was a little more challenging, though I’m not sure why. I ended up cheating on that lifestyle several times throughout 2017 (probably a couple dozen times). Ultimately, I believe, at least right now, I’m better suited as a vegetarian (though I still eat vegan more often than not). Despite this, I don’t know with all certainty that I will not deviate from that from time to time throughout 2018. It’s one day at a time, one meal at a time. The eating lifestyle choice has always been personal for me, not ethical. That may change someday, but for now I shall continue to do my best.

On the writing front…I finished my second novel, “VAMPOCALYPSE”. I was able to do this after over a two year hiatus from writing. Not only that but I created an amazing initial trailer for the book (with the help of my filmmaker son). Looking to have it published in the first quarter of 2018. I have also begun writing my third book, a self-help book based on my three-year journey since my separation and divorce called “WORRY LESS, LIVE MORE: MY 3-YEAR JOURNEY FROM DIVORCE TO SELF-DISCOVERY AND WHAT I LEARNED ALONG THE WAY”. Got a lot of other writing things in store for 2018 as well…stay tuned!

Despite all my adventures, mostly, it was the first complete year of having a new attitude on life – my “Worry Less, Live More” (hey, that sounds familiar!) phase. This mantra has made such an impact on my life. It has helped me maintain a level head through many situations. There were times where I faltered and fell short of that mindset. But those times were much fewer and further between than ever before. And I was quicker to mentally and emotionally get over the hardships that did occur. I will carry this mindset – along with the equally empowering “Don’t Stop, Won’t Stop” – into everything I do in 2018.

And so I will end this the same way I ended 2016, which was to say “I have no resolutions for 2017. I simply plan on continuing to live life to the fullest and continue to learn and grow as I have been.” Well, then…I have no resolutions for 2018. I will continue to live life to the fullest, without fear, appreciating every moment. I will continue to strive to be the best person I can be, the best father I can be, and the best friend I can be. I will take advantage of new adventures, meet new people, and make new friends. I will continue to love myself and love others. I will continue my meditation, my fitness, my mantras, my writing, and my affirmations.

2018 is going to be a milestone in my life. And I can’t wait to share it with you all.

Worry Less. Live More.

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