Mario Villalobos

Happy New Years

I’m staring at all the boxes of stuff that’s the primary reason why I drove down to San Diego from Montana, and I’m sitting here thinking about my car, which is in the shop, my home back in Ronan, my family, my friends, my job, my blog, my health, my accomplishments, my failures, everything I did and didn’t do in 2014, and I’m grateful for all of it. I knew something was going to happen to my car, but I’m willing to pay the price to get it fixed as long as I can get back home with more than when I left it. Yes, I’ll have more stuff, but I’ll also have that experience of driving almost 3,000 miles across the western United States. I’ll be spending the holiday with family, my first new year celebration on the west cost in years, and that’s something to be super grateful for. And I’m spending a week away from my routine, to force myself to be flexible and not be so strict to a schedule and lifestyle that doesn’t allow time for fun. Of course I love everything I do and everything I’ve done since I started this blog, but like I’ve written about so many times before, this lifestyle can’t last, nor do I want it to last, forever.

2014 was a great year. My life changed more this year than it had in a long time, even more then when I first moved up here, I think. I think I built a great foundation for 2015 to be an even better year. It’s going to start off with over 120 days of Insanity, some stuff to make my home feel more mine, and a newfound confidence to do even more. Without testing my limits, how do I know what I am and am not capable of?

A part of me still can’t believe I’ve made it this far. A few months ago I had this crazy idea that involved driving over 1,300 miles from Montana to California for the purpose of picking up the rest of my stuff and buying some furniture and driving back again once I did. I’ve already done over 90 consecutive days of Insanity, and I’m sitting here excited to do over 120 more. I’m over 35,000 words into my second novel, and I’m planning to finish this draft sometime around June of 2015. I have a great job, and 2015 will see me earning even more than I’ve ever earned in my life. There are so many things to be grateful and excited for that life seems good. I am worried about my car and the possible hole that’ll put me in financially, but that’s it. Everything else is awesome, and I’m glad I could share it with people I love, and that includes everyone reading these words right now.

Thank you.

Here’s to 2015. Happy New Years, everyone.