With 2018 coming within the next week and Christmas coming tomorrow, figured I would write a year in review and tell you about the life I lived in 2017.
The first half was a tough sell for 2017. Going through an already tough time with my ex that I stupidly moved in with was a bad idea. Always putting me down, and making me believe that I needed him. I also got slapped with a judgement in the form of a wage garnish for an old credit card I closed several years back. That was my bad. Totally the case of out-of-sight, out-of-mind. This happened a couple months after moving in with my ex, so that put a lot of strain on me financially and emotionally.
This is where things really started to look up for me this year. I left my abusive ex and moved out of the apartment. That in turn made me much happier overall and I started to sell more work at my day job, which in turn gave me more disposable income. Not just that, but the wage garnish has ended, so that’s even more money back into my pocket. I had planned a solo trip to Los Angeles and was supposed to pick up some of my ex’s things while I was out there and bring them back home. I said to myself “NOOOOOPE.” I will finally do what I want to do and enjoy my time out in Los Angeles. I don’t need to do things for him. That’s not the purpose of my vacation out west.
Unfortunately for me, I didn’t have anywhere else to store my motorcycle, so I left it in the underground parking garage we had at the apartment. Right before my trip, my ex vandalized my poor helpless KTM. That solidified my feelings for him. The attraction and love I felt was completely gone, replaced with spite and motivation. Motivation to better myself. Never again will I stoop so low as to make myself unhappy with myself. To never accept the fact I was treated poorly was acceptable. I will make myself happy. Nobody will ever take that way from me again.
After my road trip out west, it was just a few days before my birthday in August where my life literally turned around and took a completely different course. That is where through fateful YouTube watching I found the Digital Nomad movement. I knew deep in my heart this is ultimately what I wanted to do. I just haven’t unlocked that from my heart, yet.
Since then: I’ve gotten back into photography and programming. I created a medium where I can showcase my abilities as a photographer, blogger and freelancer. That creation is what you’re reading here, The Nomadic Tire.
I’ve met some friends who have pushed me to create this better and new life for myself. And it’s because of these friends that I am finally doing what I’ve never thought I’d do in my lifetime. Travel the world. Just a couple days before Thanksgiving, I booked my one-way flight to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. That one-way ticket slated for a Sep 1, 2018 departure forces me to get my affairs in order here in the States before heading out and exploring.
You can say that this is part of my post-breakup “Keep Moving, Don’t Look Back” program. And it’s working absolutely fantastically!
As I’m wrapping up on the rollercoaster of a life this year, I’m working close to 70 hours a week, making this new life happen for myself.
The Nomadic Tire and slashMedia development is in full-swing. Photography and coding is at full throttle. The struggles in the beginning of 2017 has really pushed me to become the person I’ve wanted to be. To live the life I never knew I wanted.
I will not stop. I will not falter. I will be happy and live the life I’ve always wanted to live; and no douchebag, narcissistic, manipulative controlling asshole will take that away from me.
I really want to thank you guys for sticking it out with me as I figure out what the hell I’m doing with my life. If there’s anything to learn out of this post, please let it be this:
The life you live — right now — are you truly happy? Or are you just settling and thinking you’re happy? Take the reigns on this rollercoaster ride we call life and OWN it!
“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.” – Henry Ford
Don’t let life’s downs define your life. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Live the life you’ve always wanted to live while you still can. Life’s short. At a moment’s notice you can be gone. Just like that. Don’t live with any regrets. It will never be “I wish.” It will always be “I will” and “I did.”