My #2016BestNine

Though I disagree with my best 9 photos that was given to me but I can live with it. I decided to write a back story as well, to recap my 2016 and share it with ya'll. For the record, and some of you may know already. I hate to get very personal on my blog or social media outlet but I think it's important that we connect. I made peace with the demons inside me and gone through a purge for the past 3 years but 2016 is the year I become someone entirely new....new or maybe I found myself. 

 

Lets begin.  Before 2016 I was full of self-pity. I didn't feel like I was good enough to be anyone's lover, always in that friend zone. The latest fall out I had some close friends of mine really took a toll on me, I resorted to alcoholism to drown that sorrow. That resulted in major weight gained. I woke up one day and decided to do something I could never do, run. That was the most painful (physical) I've gone through but I stuck with it. I slowly progressed and now I don't have any issue with running and lost 20 lbs from it. Not only I lost some weight, running taught me an important lesson. Life is hard and painful as hell but it taught me to never ever give up. Each run I feel more powerful than the last. I no longer complain about the smallest or big things I face in life anymore. Then everything was clear to me, like I found the light. I learned how to forgive, I learned to stop blaming everyone for their wrong doing, cuz in reality I was half of the problem that created the issue. It's hard to explain but I see a lot of my FB friend blaming others for their problems instead of taking it in and learn from it. Everything is a lesson to make you stronger, the bad and good. 

Photo taken by Nate. @_n8ordie_ was out taking nature photos and we happen to run into each other in La Jolla. I was out on my daily run.  

Photo taken by Nate. @_n8ordie_ was out taking nature photos and we happen to run into each other in La Jolla. I was out on my daily run.  

Earlier this year on January 2016 I took a trip out to Japan with my brother Dook and cousin Robert, also an old friend as the fourth traveling buddy. It was the greatest time of my life, what a way to start my year. I have a new understanding not in life, but in myself. I finally figured out who I really am and what I'm capable of. And all the problems I ever had was my own doing. By creating expectations, rules, and demands in people. I'm finally at peace with who I am. And all that friend zone shit I spoke about I decided to never be that guy again. It was too much work and a headache. Never putting myself in that situation again, feeling like a guy who's perfect for the girl but she kept giving you the run around and hanging out with other guys making you feel like shit. So I made peace with the last friend zone of mine and her exact quote was " I think it's stupid." It is stupid when one person has decided to change their life for the better and they will not be a part of it.

A bitter sweet photo of us in our Japan loft, big thanks to Jay. Jay, thank you so much for being such a kind person and very genuine about it too. Cuz I think nice people are fake lol. 

A bitter sweet photo of us in our Japan loft, big thanks to Jay. Jay, thank you so much for being such a kind person and very genuine about it too. Cuz I think nice people are fake lol. 

We ate poisonous blow fish and survived!! Some where in Japan. 

We ate poisonous blow fish and survived!! Some where in Japan. 

Hooters in Japan with some old friends and new friends. 

Hooters in Japan with some old friends and new friends. 

 

I went through 2016 feeling like a new man. Untouchable. Anything that came my way I took as a gift, the bad and good. It's fucking knowledge, with knowledge comes power. I went to too many funerals this year though,  sad to say goodbye to the people you love but death is not the end (to me).  That made me appreciate the friends/fam I have even more. My best friend Mikey got engaged to Maggie in Japan! The rest of the photos are all cars probably because I love them so much and they probably got a lot of likes on IG. There's a picture of me doing the before/after photo, that day I weighed myself and found out I lost 20 lbs from running. Greatest accomplishment yet. That giant pizza is for my nephew Royce's birthday party, that was epic.  

I spent a lot of time and money on tattoos by Bunz. 7 new big tattoo pieces to be exact, no I don't want to show it. I hate showing my tattoos. 

I spent a lot of time and money on tattoos by Bunz. 7 new big tattoo pieces to be exact, no I don't want to show it. I hate showing my tattoos. 

Went to a lot of wedding this year too. This one was important to me most because Suzie is like a little sister to me. Though we don't talk much anymore due to adulting but we still love each other. 

Went to a lot of wedding this year too. This one was important to me most because Suzie is like a little sister to me. Though we don't talk much anymore due to adulting but we still love each other. 

I went to Mexico for my first time with Mikey and family. Shot with my film camera. 

I went to Mexico for my first time with Mikey and family. Shot with my film camera. 

To be Freddie of AutoFashion USA friend is an honor. He doesn't just befriend just anyone and getting an invitation to celebrate Christmas with him is an opportunity I do not want to miss. They always have a theme and this theme was to be yourself aka West Coast Gangster. 

To be Freddie of AutoFashion USA friend is an honor. He doesn't just befriend just anyone and getting an invitation to celebrate Christmas with him is an opportunity I do not want to miss. They always have a theme and this theme was to be yourself aka West Coast Gangster. 

To end this shit before I ramble on, I still keep in touch with my day ones. I love every single one of you. I still fuck with 5&A Dime, I'm still doing Hanuit, sorry I haven't done any shows but 2017 I got some lined up. To the people that are no longer my friends there's a reason why people grow apart, but I still wish you guys the best in 2017 and beyond. So it is true what they, "Find your peace and everything will fall into place." I was single for over a decade, failed attempt to find the right girl and one day I just stopped looking and live my life properly. Out of no where I found that person I've been looking for. Yup, you heard it here guys, I am now dating someone and she's very cool and beautiful and share the same outlook in life as me. I found a fucking partner, a team mate, to take over this fucking world with. it's almost the end of the year. My birthday is tomorrow by the way. I'm excited to ring in the new year!

Me and Lupita.

Me and Lupita.