It’s That Time of Year Again!

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For those of you who are close to me you know that around this time each year I usually go on my Emo rant. The past few years it was on my LJ, but this time I decided to focus more on my Blog since I haven’t used LJ in ages and nobody I am close to even has an account anymore. To a few of you that were at my birthday party you might find this amusing because I physically went emo on some of you that night. I had been drinking and everyone was there and it was just a totally emotional moment for me.

A handful of my friends at my birthday party.These past few years have been emotional and physical roller coasters. I’ve had my ups, my downs, and loops, but in the end I always wind up grounded and complacent. However, the end of this year has probably been the highlight of them all. I have made some really amazing new friends like Jorge, Nohemi, Russell, Rubi, and Jose. I have patched up or found old friendships like Brianne, Shawna, and Danielle. And then on top of that my existing bonds get even stronger with friends like Rick, Alisha, Joe and Eddy. It’s incredible how one’s friends can make all the difference in the world.

It seems like just yesterday that the whole Kat fiasco was just ending and I was hated by nearly everyone I was close to. I was outcast for my stupidity and in turn had lost everything I’d known. However this year surpasses the last in how great my friendships have been. I am surrounded by great friends, a wonderful wife, and an incredible family.

Tonight I took a small trip down memory lane. Shawna and Brianne posted some old photos from High School on my Myspace page and I got a little choked up looking at them. As lame as it seems High School is something that I cling to. Not for the innocence of it, but for what it helped me become. Had it not been for the bonds I made there I would not be the person I am today. In fact if not for some of those bonds, I might not even be here today. Sure I made some mistakes, made some stupid choices, and did some stupid things, but I had friends that were like family, and today I am seeing a whole new family of friends that means just as much to me. But what makes it even more amazing is that many of the same members of that family still exist; Joe, Rick, Shawna, Danielle, Brianne and now that family is joined with all new friends that I have met along the way.

Mike Wilton poses for the camera behind the Disney\'s California Adventure attraction The Maliboomer.Along with the friendships that have developed or grown this year I have also had a year of personal growth. After five years of serving the “House of Mouse” I finally made a huge career jump towards the industry I wanted to study. I left a job that was comfortable, that was powerful, and that had potential, to go work in an industry that was foreign to me. Shortly after that move came another great opportunity, the chance to take on the Deadboypro.com project. It had been years since I had built a site from the ground up, and last time I had Joe in the next room helping me code it. This time it was much different. It was on a larger scale, and it had to look a hell of a lot better. I took on the job and after weeks of brainstorming and hard work I had developed the site. It has since taken countless hours out of my day, but at the same time has helped me learn so much about design. The site as far as I am concerned is a work in progress and as my knowledge for the design industry grows so will the site. To me it is a continuation of my goal with Entertainment-Asylum, and I think Danny and everyone at Deadboy for giving me the opportunity.

My last but probably biggest change of the year has been my decision to go back to school. After years of half assed attempts at school I finally found a college that was more my style. The courses were accelerated, I would graduate in two years, and they offered a degree in Visual Communications with a focus on web design. The planets were aligned just right for this opportunity and I jumped at it as soon as I got the chance. So far it has been great and with just over 2 weeks left in my first two courses I have straight A’s, but there is still a long journey ahead of me.

I’m sure that 2007 will have a great deal in store for me and everyone around me. I start my next module of school on January 3 which will bring me 2 classes closer to graduation. I am starting a detox program later this month to help start my year out healthy on the inside and out and then plan to hopefully shed some of the extra weight I have gained over the past few years through regular exercise. I also plan to spend some quality time with my wife. These past few years have been hard on us and I think we have at times lost that bond we once had. My goal for 2007 is to bring that spark back and make our marriage the best it can be. I also plan to spend as much time as possible working on friendships and making time for those in my life. I have a really busy schedule now with work and school, but I plan to make time for family and friends.

A closeup group photo of Joe Fenech, Alisha Reyes, Rick Reyes, Misty Wilton, and Russel.None of us really know what 2007 has in store, but I want to thank everyone who has been a part of 2006. It’s been an incredible year and an eventful year. Through the good and bad we all made it through another year. I look forward to seeing those of you who are coming on Sunday and hope we have just as much fun as we did at my birthday party last month.

Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year to everyone!

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