So this is middle age. Time to get shit done.
4. Build 100ofakind.com into a viable enterprise that makes great art affordable for anyone.
3. Get organized
• Backup our family photos and create albums.
• Build toy shelves and a stage in the playroom.
• Turn half of the garage into my studio.
2. Take care of myself.
• Get more sleep. (Either convince my daughters to sleep through the night or go to bed earlier.)
• Eat well. (Avoid drive-thrus and those little powdered doughnuts.)
• Do yoga. (No, seriously.)
1. Be present for my girls.
• Play hard with my daughters. The TV should be a treat or the last resort.
• Be a patient and active listener with my wife. Give her the attention and affection she deserves every day.
I think I did pretty good on the goals I set a year ago on my 40th birthday.
4. Be healthy.
- Stretch and take a walk every day.
- Drink less than 3 cups of coffee a day.
Besides finishing rehab after my back surgery, the only exercise I’ve gotten has been picking up my daughters. But I am down to less than 2 cups a day.
3. Focus on one thing at a time.
- Don’t start a side project until the last one is on its way out the door.
- Think about work at work.
- Look at my family more and my phone less.
I’m still on twitter too much, but I do try to keep my phone in pocket when it’s Daddy time.
I also stopped bringing work home with me (except for a few late nights when there was a pitch or big presentation the next day.)
And I wrote a chapter for a marketing book, created Lonely Valentines, helped organize the Austin chapter of CreativeMornings, and launched Passive Aggressive Notepads on KickStarter.
(If you want me to have a really happy birthday tomorrow, you can support that KickStarter right now.)
2. When I am hungry, tired or in pain; don’t take it out on my wife.
- Nobody likes grumpy Brian. She deserves better.
I asked Brooke how I did on this one and she replied, “I think you did above average. I’d give you a strong B.”
1. Read to and laugh with my daughters every day.
- Savor the bliss they bring to my life.
Giving myself a giant checkmark with a gold star on this. It’s not giggles all the time, but nothing is as amazing as being their Dad.
(I started posting my birthday goals publicly when I turned 39. You can look back at how I did before I turned 40.)