2007: A Year in Review

This time last year, I was driving cross-country with my best friend, talking and planning out my goals and direction for 2007. I had just relocated to Tulsa, Oklahoma, and my goals were as follows:

  1. To build a stronger relationship with my brother
  2. To finish designing the web presence for his startup business
  3. To prepare for my career in feature-length filmmaking

Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad
I’m proud to say that my brother and I now connect on a much deeper level than in previous years, and that alone makes this past year a success.  Family is exceptionally important to me, when one flight can take you halfway across the world from everyone you know and love.

Additionally, we successfully collaborated on the visual presence and business plan for my brother’s new startup business.  It’s light on the details, but such things will come with time as the business matures.

The only real regret I have for 2007 is that I procrastinated in making preparations for my film career until the latter part of the year.  While the move (or lack thereof) has set my plans back further than desired, it has taught me an important lesson about motivation and self-government: don’t talk, do.

 In the Spirit of Doing
While not a conscious goal, last year I gave serious thought and consideration to where I’m at in life: the passions that drive me, fears that restrain me, personal strengths and weaknesses, et al. Through it all I came to a number of conclusions, some of which are:

  • Truth drives me, beauty inspires me, and both compel expression from me.
  • Volunteer ministry will always be a part of my life.
  • I feel complete when I have both a mentor and a student.
  • I love graphic design as much as I love filmmaking — and writing.
  • Friends and family are the most important asset wherever I go.

These realizations give direction and clarity to 2008, a kind of litmus test for personal achievement and happiness.  I’m not one who believes the purpose of life is to make oneself “happy”, but I do believe contentment can always be achieved when you know and trust both God and yourself (the latter in deference to the former).

One Response to “2007: A Year in Review”

  1. Jason Says:
    June 8th, 2008 at 10:18 pm

    It almost seems like artistic endeavors are always preceded by procrastination. I’ve been trying to put together a debut novel for years now, but I’m always too lazy to do the research, which I have to continually debate on whether it may involve talking to people or not.