We’re only a week into 2018 but I have so much to share. Besides Kickstarter production in overdrive, we’ve been busy planning out all the studio/company side of things. In other words, building the next stage of the dream!
But I want to make sure I set aside the time to write more about what’s going on in the present this year. So here's what we're excited about, along with my thoughts on having direction and focus. ‘Life moves so fast. You gotta document the good times, man.’ - Big Boi ;)
In a sense 2017 felt like a blink of an eye, but when I look back on my journal entries, certain moments seem like a lifetime ago. So much changed in the last three months, in particular:
Last year at this time I was in such a different place. The idea of being responsible for others scared me, and I was still finding my footing on my own. But I took a few steps in one direction, and the rest unfolded. And now, even after a long workday, I find myself in higher spirits than ever. It's the best feeling.
The past year really reinforced some lessons for me:
Oftentimes it feels like we’re building the plane as we’re laying down the runway. But we are still more in control of our situations than we realize.
::Super-planning-mode engaged:: Here’s what we’re most excited about for this year:
Can't wait ^^ (Sign up for our newsletters if you'd like to stay updated.)
I’m sharing this because I want to be open about how we create on a bigger picture level. Developing these directions came from editing down a ton of thoughts and ideas. It is really helpful to go through the exercise of blue-sky brainstorming, then going back and focusing it down into actionable steps.
You normally see just see the charmed side of the creative life, which is real and fun. But I also really believe in structure, focus and balance.
I want to share more of this side too because I realize a lot of people say “chase your dreams!” without ever really answering... how?
For now, I want to share the themes and quotes I’ve collected for this year’s MBR calendar. These words really help me reflect on the past year and set the direction for the upcoming one. I put them in their own post here:
The theme I chose for January is actually my personal theme for the year: Focus. In an age of oversaturation, I want to edit down both my consumption and output to what makes life meaningful to me. There’s no room for FOMO— I’d much rather miss out on some things than feel the ennui of being too exposed to everything. It’s easy to get jaded these days. I choose to fight off cynicism and be unabashedly wondrous.
Here’s to a spirited 2018 ^^
Focus, Nuance, Perspective, and more — here are our themes for the year and a selection of inspirational quotes for each.