December 2012

31 December 2012

Ten things I've learned in 2012

Take them for what you feel they're worth. They were hard lessons to learn, and rather then elaborate on each of them I'll just present them here as generic fortune cookie wisdom:
  1. Just because you've known someone for a long time does not mean they are your friend. That said, true friendships are mutual efforts.
  2. I can try to prepare for future hard times, but I must balance that as to not be an expense of being happy in the present.
  3. All things are temporary. Good times and bad. But temporary doesn't necessarily mean short term.
  4. Pining over "could-have-beens" only robs you of future opportunities and potential. Learn from the past, but don't dwell in it.
  5. Just because you are good at something doesn't mean you have to find a way to monitize it. In other words, if you really want to turn a hobby into a career, you'd better be damn sure you have another way to relieve stress.
  6. I was happy to help people realize their dreams, but now I know it's been at the expense of realizing my own. Time to change that and accomplish something big.
  7. I've learned to turn hate into pity; it takes effort to understand them, but it gives me the upper hand.
  8. Greed and ego has stolen our children's future and burned our ancestors wisdom. Our generation will be remembered with both awe and contempt. I've realized that my calling is to make sure I can help retain some of that old wisdom for my forebearer's survival and happiness, and I realize that I can do that through story.
  9. "The way things are done" are just someone's opinion, and they only matter if they sign your paycheck. Opinions are only as strong as that person's resolve and the consensus of their followers, and/or if they make sense.
  10. Cutting your losses is not the same as giving up. The trick is differenciating the two, and you do that by being honest with yourself.
No resolutions for 2013, but I am going to change for the better. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

16 December 2012

Time to Change

It's been a while since I've had a chance to write in any of my blogs. Of course it always has to do with how busy my life has become. A giant chunk of my time goes to family- as it rightly should- but little ones always need to be watched like a hawk, and my wife's 60+ work hours makes my job as Mr Mom that much more important. The time I stole from sweet sleep to use for freelance was taking up everything else. And really, it wasn't fair to my clients or to my family... or to myself for that matter. Without going into too much detail, it caused too much friction with those I cared about most. It's time for a change.

So, I'm retiring from all forms of freelance. I have my sights on new interests that I hope that one day will evolve into new endeavors. But for now, time at home needs to be spent on home.

As for day job, that too is also changing. We've hired a new fantastic designer and my focus will now shift to all the back-logged video. Frankly, I'm excited for the opportunity.

With that, to get myself into the mode again, I've been looking again to Vimeo for inspiration... and I found it with this:

LONG LIVE THE KINGS - Short film documentary - from SAGS on Vimeo.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!