It’s been a long, long, looong year.
It’s been so long, in fact, that somewhere along the way I lost my love of writing. I lost my free time to cheer on my favorite sports teams with colorful shittalk. I lost my passion for waking up early to download political chatter before heading off to work. I feel like I lost some of my personality, honestly.
(But I didn’t, of course, lose my passion for drinking beer; if anything I just drank MORE of it, to lament the loss of all the above…)
The year is nearing it’s final chapter now, and I’m looking for a scapegoat for all this loss.
Is this all Donald Trump’s fault?
Was it the flood at our mountain home that set me down this path?
Is my accident-prone, crippled husband to blame?
Maybe it’s because after more than a year, we STILL aren’t quite done dealing with the enormous, energy-draining tree debacle (though it appears we will be soon)…
In truth, it’s all of these things, and then some. I had to stop recounting all the things that have gone wrong this year. It was making me numb.
Instead, I decided to throw myself into my work. And man, did I work.
Trent has always said that the way I work, my 75% is like everyone else’s 110%. I really should never give more than 80% effort on my part, because that puts me OFF THE PRODUCTIVITY CHARTS.
Well, this year, I didn’t follow his advice.
I worked, and I worked, and I worked.
I gave MY 110%.
I didn’t have time to write. Or watch sports. Or have fun. But when I turned ALL my attention to my work, for 16 hours a day – I can see now that I at least was able to do some great things.
Really great things.
All my work for the year has more or less just culminated in the student experience at Adobe MAX 2017, and I feel like I finally have something to say on the blog again here:
I changed some lives.
And it feels good.
See my personal photos of Adobe MAX 2017 here.
Learn more about MAX here.
Learn more about the Adobe Design Achievement Awards here.