Mitch Witkamp and Yumi Heo thought it would be a great idea to start out the new year by bringing out the Michelle Kwan in me and took me ice skating for my very first time. That was clearly super super successful.
I may have visited Wales for the 6th time in the last 5 year because the magic (cheese) of South Wales will never get old. Not to mention, 3 of my most beloved people, Sam, Emma, and Craig live there.
London + Oxford England, because when something is going wrong, a trip to Harrods and some hearty pub food ALWAYS make life better. That’s not a joke. I went twice this year and both times things got better. Go figure, there has to be some science to explain that that. Plus, seeing Jak and Sandy Blackwood is so quintessentially part of Britain now, it wouldn’t be Britain if I didn’t see them.
Costa Rica. A top shelf tradition started after Thailand in 2014 and Spring Break 2015 brought us to another exotic locale. Joey Muscolino, Morgan Gibbs, Danny Correa, Maggie Glendenning, Summer Child, Kylie Kennedy, Megan Cabell and myself all journeyed to Central America to river raft, play in the worlds largest hot springs, get our surf on, hike the hanging bridges of Arenal, and do Costa Rica’s longest zip line. I also stepped on a fucking thorn that went through my foot while dodging alligators in the dark. (I can’t make this shit up, this happened)
Then time, as always, caught up with me and on April 3, 2015 I turned 25. And in true Josh, we celebrated.
That weekend, slightly prematurely, I got a permit to do the Subway in Zion National Park. But we survived — what doesn’t freeze you makes you stronger, that’s a thing right? (think Titanic – aka it’s definitely NOT a thing)
Naturally a couple of San Fran trips are always in order to visit my fab sister Jessica and her hubby Stephen. (It’s my favorite city in the world, but that’s completely unrelated to why I would go visit.
With the sun out, wedding season was inevitable. 2 of my most legendary friends got married, Matthew McDonald…
… and shortly thereafter I was off to Scotland for my mate Aaron Wark’s. I love me some Wark family. Jared and I tested my Phantom 3 drone for the first time in a foreign country. It was then that I ultimately realized how much passion I had for the art of video.
Throughout the course of the summer I started as a true beginner making 3 videos highlighting the great things of Southern Utah. Big thanks to Mitch Witkamp and Scotty Hiner for being around all summer and always being a kick ass time.
A highlight of every year is daily convos with Danny Correa — He had absolutely no clue I was coming to Cincinnati to surprise his ass. And with the calculated help of Connor Heward, Steve Correa, and Keenan Wittwer we nailed it!
As the sun set more south and autumn approached I continued to invest in gear and equipment to keep trying to learn how to make videos. And, in the only way I know how to live, spur of the moment; Danny, Connor, and I went to western Ireland.
And then Sydney, Australia
And then Mexico City
And just like that, I woke up one morning with frost on my windshield and it was October. What the hell? This year marked the 5 year anniversary of going out to the Jennings cabin (if you can call it that) in Goldstrike Utah. Matt Gibson, Alex Garcia, Dallin Keil, and Scott Jennings guarantee a good ass time and around Halloween are the guys you want to be with.
Throw in some Disneyland with the family for Thanksgiving…
And to top off the year, I went to India on a solo mish. It really pushed me out of my comfort zone. It was the first trip I had ever done alone, and it was surprisingly intuitive and introspective. I have a greater appreciation for everything. That happens every time I visit a third world country, but India was unique. There is a tangible energy that changes you for the better if you let it. I couldn’t have asked for a better way to end my year.
It has been said that nothing lasts forever. In almost all cases this is true. 2015 ended, my car is still dirty as hell, my white chucks scuffed, my favorite shirt faded, and trends came and went. But friendships and family are forever.
Real life always has a twist. People change. Ideas change. You meet new faces. You travel new places. You gain new insights and become inspired by others innovative imaginations. You grow up.
They say a leopard can’t change his spots, but then again, we are not leopards, and you should improve upon anything you want.
So as time keeps ticking and calendars keep counting, I hope you remember that although you may not ride in a carriage, or live in a castle, Cinderella’s slipper could have fit a lot of feet. And the next time you see your reflection, regardless if it is rugged or refined– I hope you see what you want to see. I hope you become what you want to be.
Wishing you the best 2016 possible!