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A Year End Review, An Open Letter to my Friends and Family

This has been one of the best years of my life.  (I know weird, but hear…err read me out).

This year really has been amazing, in the past 5 months I’ve gone on 6 different trips with many amazing friends!  Some trips were for work and many others for pleasure.  Chicago to see Dave Matthews Band, Houston to visit with best friends I grew up with, Denver to see Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds, Baltimore to visit with best friends, Key Largo with family, Arizona for work….I’m very blessed.

This summer continues to be one of the best, along with the hardest.  I got to use and experience my father in law’s Jacksonville Fishing Charter boat for a month and boy did I use it!  I have not had a summer home in possibly 2 years and I took advantage every Friday.  Every weekend (starting Friday) I took that boat out and I couldn’t have been happier!  Being outside made me so happy.  Before this, my laziness was engulfing me and as nice as it was to be a vegetable within the house it wasn’t healthy.  Every boating trip included some amazing company but Hannah & Marle were my favorites!   Spending a weekend in St. Augustine was epic awesome for Charlotte’s birthday!  I got to take the dogs camping and hiking!

I’ve seen some incredible broadway shows and comedians (Marry Poppins, Chicago, Dracula, and Cedric the Entertainer).

At the beginning of the year I had a great cruise with family and an awesome bachelor party to Key West!  I also had a great Muddy Buddy Race!  And helped celebrate my niece’s first birthday!  I ran my first marathon!   My parents sold their house and finally moved and retired to Miami!

This year also included the celebration of lots of 30th birthdays!!  Shawn, Celly, Layne, Mandy, Cyndi, Earl, Gavin, Liana,  etc. etc. etc. etc.

Lots of babies being born, Anderson, Ben, Charles, Mailande, Julian Danger, Bennett, etc. etc. etc

As I continue to better myself and figure out what makes me tick, helping others, making them smile and being creative but more importantly; less computer, being outside more…with Hannah…and friends, read more…outside with Hannah, Saturday morning breakfast/brunch…outside with Hannah…and friends.   Genuinely spend more time with some amazing influences in my life.  Getting out more with the right people makes for great memories!

I can’t thank the people in my life enough, you’re all FREAKING AMAZING!  I sincerely care about you all…

Despite the downs, I’ve enjoyed talking with so many I have not had a chance to.   I turned 30 on the 27th of July, it was a pretty heavy week and one I’ll never forget.  That week I realized how quickly things can change and how quickly one has grown up.  I won’t get into the details but for the first time, I felt more mature than I have before.  For the first time, I realized how immature I was just a few years ago.  It was a sad realization but also a good one.  I realize how important the small things one enjoys, it is what keeps you sane.  These are the things that require some work, but are worth the sacrifice and time and energy, and create the memories that are more important than anything else in the world.

Life is about memories, that’s more important than anything else (more important than working, having stuff, etc).  Create those wonderful memories with those beautiful people in your life.  That’s what’s priceless… and that’s what I’ve learned this year…..

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,

Love always,

Jesus “Zeus” Salgueiro