It’s already that time of the year again where we look back on the last year of our lives and look forward to the next. It is useful because it allows us to review what we did right, and what we can improve on in the future. You can see my previous years here: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 . Here’s a look back in what I did in 2017.
- I rang in the new year in Pai in northern Thailand at a music festival. After Pai I visited by friend Vy in Chiang Rai for a few days. Later in January attended a small Art Festival on Onnut road.
- In February I completed a 10 day water fast.
- In March drove to Cambodia, flew my drone, and attended a wedding in Sa Kaeo. Also celebrated St. Patrick’s Day in Bangkok with some friends.
- In April celebrated Song Kran Water Festival in Bangkok. A few days later I flew to Nepal for a month to hike the Himalayas, climbing the Dhaulagiri Circuit, bungee pumping, and paragliding which were all firsts for me.
- I arrived back into Bangkok from Nepal on May 17th, had a goodbye party for a friend, and a going away party for Kemji and I at Y Spa.
- In June I headed to Colorado to visit family and friends, went camping near Gunnison at the Kelly campout, attended the Renaissance Festival, and relaxed with family and friends. In the later part of June my girlfriend Kemji flew to the US to meetup with me.
- We celebrated July 4th in Lakewood at a relatives house. On July 6th we drove up to Mt. Evans with my uncle, which is the highest paved road in North America. In early July we went to a Colorado Rapids game, and a Colorado Rockies game, as well as up to a friends cabin in the mountains for the night. On July 14th, we flew to Medellin, Colombia to begin our 5 month trip around South America. We visited Medellin and Cartagena in July (future trip writeup coming).
- In August we went to Bogota, Colombia and spent several days there exploring, working, and relaxing. We met a lot of interesting people and had many interesting AirBNB experiences. In mid-August we flew to Lima, Peru to begin exploring Peru, and to meet with a Peruvian friend Luis who was also there. In the later part of Peru we took a bus south to Ica, explored the sand dunes, then went to Nazca for a night, then took an overnight 18 hour bus ride to Cusco, Peru, arriving at the end of August.
- In September we did a day trip and climbed Rainbow Mountain at 16,000ft, and visited Machu Picchu via a night in Ollantaytambo. We ended up spending over 2 weeks in the Cusco area and loved it. In the later half of September we flew north to Iquitos, Peru, the largest city in the world without roads to it, along the Amazon River and Amazon jungle. It was a fascinating experience spending 2 weeks there and in the jungle. I did 2 ayuhasca ceremonies.
- In early October we flew back to Lima and bussed north to Trujuilo, then to Piura, and into Ecuador to Cuenca over the course of several days. We spent several days in Cuenca, and from Cuenca we took a bus to Banos for the hot springs. From there we bussed to Latacunga for a couple nights to visit the infamous Quilotoa volcano and lake. It was a fascinating experience. We continued north to Quito, the capital of Ecuador where we explored until the end of October when we flew to Zihuatanejo, Mexico.
- Early November we spent in Zihuatanejo, and then to Ixtapa nearby for a friends wedding, which was a lot of fun and beautiful. From there we headed back to Zihuatanejo for another week, then flew east to Cancun. We immediately headed south to Playa Del Carmen with the idea that we’d explore Cancun later before we fly out of there. We spent a week in Playa Del Carmen, and did a trip west to Piste to explore Chichen Itza, the famous Mayan archeological sight. We then headed back to Playa Del Carmen in late November.
- Early December we went to Cancun for a few days, relaxing on the beach and in the pool, getting some work done throughout. We flew out December 9th to Tampa Bay, Florida to meet my mom and brother to embark on a 7 day cruise back south to Key West, FL > Cozumel, MX> Belize City, Belize > Costa Maya, MX > Tampa Bay, FL. It was a fun and interesting experience seeing such a massive object moving around the ocean. We got back to Colorado late on Dec 17th, and celebrated Christmas and New Years with my family in Colorado.
WHAT WENT WELL THIS YEAR?
It was an adventurous year. About 7 months of the year were spent on the road, starting with a month in Nepal in April/May, a month in the US, and 5 months in South America. This made routine tough to follow, though I was able to keep my 5 tasks each day for most of it: meditate, read, study Spanish, work, and exercise. Work-wise, I made a lot of progress and setup quite a few processes, learning a lot along the way. I spent a lot of time and money learning the modern FB Advertising game, and several sites I’ve had setup for years were expanded. Health-wise, it was a neutral year. I feel I’m in better shape than I was a year ago but definitely have a lot of room for improvement here. Knowledge-wise, I read around 30 books, and have learned a lot this year. A few of the top books that stick out are: Sapiens, The Beginning of Infinity, Tribes, and Homo Deus.
WHAT DIDN’T GO SO WELL THIS YEAR?
I don’t have a lot of complaints this year. I felt like this year was overall a huge step forward in my life in all the aspects that I’ve been working on. I can definitely improve my health and routines, but I’m quite satisfied with that considering how sporadic my schedule was in 2017.
WHAT AM I WORKING TOWARD?
Next year I have a few goals: read more pages than I did this year, spend a lot more time working on flexibility and mobility and simply spend more time working on my health. Travel wise, not sure yet, but Australia and Japan are on the radar, as well as perhaps hiking the Colorado Trail. I signed up for a 10 day meditation retreat in late March, 2018 in Thailand which is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time. I also want to do a few more 30 day challenges, firstly being a 30 day vegetarian diet.
As stated every year, 2017 was the fastest year of my life, and perhaps one of the best. In all the aspects of my life that I’ve focused on: health, business, knowledge, connection, I’ve made progress.
Thanks for reading. Happy New year, see you in 2018!