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creativemornings:

At CreativeMornings/Austin, Brent Dixon shares his work with children in creating workshops that expose them to all disciplines, allowing them to unabashedly explore science, technology, art, and other fields all together. He remembers an earlier time when there was no such thing as a creative, technology, scientific, or artistic person—just people—and they were free to play and explore anything they wished.
Watch the talk. →

creativemornings:

At CreativeMornings/Austin, Brent Dixon shares his work with children in creating workshops that expose them to all disciplines, allowing them to unabashedly explore science, technology, art, and other fields all together. He remembers an earlier time when there was no such thing as a creative, technology, scientific, or artistic person—just people—and they were free to play and explore anything they wished.

Watch the talk. →

I turned 41 today. Here are my goals for the next year.

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.

You can look back at how I did on my goals for my 39th and 40th years.

The big 40 wasn’t that big of a deal

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.)