Have you ever seen the movie The Yes Man with Jim Carrey? That movie seriously changed my life (that and my magical trip to Hawaii in 2006). You may not believe me when I say this, but in the mid 2000’s I was a total and complete hermit. I hated leaving my house. I’d go to work, go home, and that was it – I’d start over the next day. When I watched The Yes Man in 2008, I decided to start saying “yes” to everything. It took me awhile to get out of my comfort zone, but by 2011, my entire life had turned into this chaotic mess of ridiculous amounts of fun. This was an epic year for me. I was saying “yes” to everything and everyone. Saying “yes” to every event or invitation was super difficult. I’d say yes no matter how sleep deprived, broke, or incapable I was feeling. Holy shit it was tough staying so busy. There were nights that I was hopping from event to event to event making sure that I was having as many adventures as possible.
On top of saying “yes” to everything, I also had flight benefits that summer (thank you Sterling!), so I was travelling almost every single weekend. I spent time in San Francisco, New York City, Denver, Washington D.C., San Francisco two more times, and Anaheim. Some of the trips were just 24 hours, so I wouldn’t get a hotel room. I’d take the red eye out of Salt Lake City, sleep on the plane, wake up and play until I had to catch a red eye back to Salt Lake. It was a blur. A crazy, awesome, exciting blur.
Staying this busy was awesome (and tiring), but I wanted more. I decided to throw a huge party on July 15th – I’m talking Donald Trump huge… I invited everyone I knew locally, but I also sent invites to my friends outside of Utah. I even created cute invitations that I hand delivered.My cousins, Liz and Molly, came from California to help me setup for the party. We made 6 pitchers of sangria and homemade pizza. We weren’t sure how many people would show up that night, but it didn’t matter, we were going to have fun regardless. Well, I learned that night that I had finally become a big fish in a big pond. Over 100 people filled up my home in SLC that night. It was epic. It was the best party I’ve ever thrown, and is now referred to as my July 15th party, or Ty Ty’s Summer Celebration.
2011 – The Original July 15th Party
2016 – Five years later, Recreating my July 15th Party
Moving to the Pacific NorthWest, I became a really small fish in an even bigger pond. I have a huge personality to assist me in making friends, but I’m also 36 years old. People my age are generally married or have established circles they are a part of. After my breakup with Cody, I was literally left with a small handful of people in my life up here. It’s been tough. So, I think it’s time for me to pull out that “yes man” mantra again and live my life to the fullest. I’m going to be a big fish again. While going through some pictures from my July 15th party 5 years ago, I decided that I want to recreate the party again this year because 1) I’m a man that loves traditions, and 2) July 15th is on a Friday this year – why wouldn’t I do it?! It may not be as epic as five years ago, but it’s going to be a start to something great. So hey, if you’re reading this and you want to be a part of my summer celebration on July 15th, hit me up. I’d love to share the night with you.