Year 55.001 — The 3:10 to Yuma

Daniel Meyer
3 min readJan 1, 2024


It’s a new year and I have 3 new year’s resolutions for 2024 with the end goal of having a year full of blessings and ending in great success.

1. Get back to making a green juice shake. I didn’t get all the normal ingredients on day one, but I’m gonna have a mixed berry and apple juice with kale and spinach for dinner so we will see how that goes. Bottom line though, I was happier and healthier when I was juicing everyday so need to get back to that in 2024.

2. Hitting 10K steps. Got another Fitbit and today was the first day since the end of November I tracked my steps. Hit the 10K taking a tour around the half dozen hotels off Interstate 8 and vising the local outdoor mall/shopping area, Yuma Palms. Nice place although very much typical of newer commercial spaces round the Southwest… chains and chains with a few local places mixed in. Like with a daily juice, walking everyday make life better.

3. Getting 7 hours a sleep on a fairly set schedule. I really fall off this when I go across the Pacific as it takes a week or two to fully readjust. Plus I just sleep better in hotels and I use the Fitbit to track my sleep. Tracking sleep, steps and dietary intake are very motivating for a data guy like me. I enjoy seeing the daily accomplishments, which all add to a happier life.

I spent most of the day in Yuma, Arizona. The principal city of SW Arizona and with 2020 estimated population of the Yuma MSA of about 200,000, Yuma was a nice place to visit. According to Guinness World Records, Yuma is the “Sunniest City on Earth,” promising “sunshine and warm weather at least 91% of the year.” Around 85,000 out-of-state visitors make Yuma their winter residence.

Yuma Palms Shopping Center

Why Yuma? Well, it was halfway from where I was to where I am going, which is the theme of a lot of places I visit. The mall and shopping areas were filled with an interesting mix of older, white “snowbirds” and younger mostly Latina families. I find that kind of demographic mix fascinating. Even got to return a few greetings in Spanish while getting my 10K steps in.

I really am not sure what 2024 has in hold for me, it’s a big wide-open canvas to paint in day by day. Day 1 though a good start.

Day 1 — Target Getting Stuff to Juice

Dan Meyer heads Sonic VA, which specializes in matching Filipino Virtual Assistants with American Small Business clients and has been a leader in the outsourcing industry since 2011.

Dan is also one of the top experts in Virtual Staffing and has personally trained over 10,000 Filipinos in areas such as virtual assistance, data analytics, business process outsourcing and social media marketing & management.



Daniel Meyer

At that sweet spot in life where I do what I love, am really good at it and get paid to do it… helping businesses scale using big data & virtual staffing!