What's in a name?
I don't think I've hit on the smartest, coolest or a-ha moment kinda brand name. It's more of a name that means a lot personally.
Not perfect and brilliant
Did you see The Irishman? It's got movie royalty all over it. Scorsese, De Niro, Pacino, Pesci
Hang onto the thread of his hem
I'd just met a wonderful human. A Mexican guy, chatting about Jesus. These were his words to me. Simple, beautiful and profound. What a picture.
The best things in life aren't free. They're too good to be true. Grace. Forgiveness. Kisses. Wild dreams.
Risk, bravery and mega f*** ups in between
Slay in your own lane. You do you, I'll do me. It doesn't matter what other people think.
Am I good enough?
It’s not that the question has cropped up. Who’s asking, is what I want to know. And why? It's an age old, stubborn arsed doubt that has a nasty habit of pecking a creative person's thought process.
Hustle culture. It's everywhere. I've had to put Gary Vee on mute. It's a strange phenomenon that people with bare faced dreams have taken to heart.
Go bold or go home
The call to courage got a whole lot louder in 2017. I started to choose an easier path in my career around 2015. I was paid a couple of hundred a day to resize trainers, pictures of trainers.
Did you want a messy life or a comfortable one?
There's a type of split or divergence that becomes apparent in a person's age decade. It becomes fairly visible in people's 40s.
Who's in your gang?
I've got prayerful ones. The funny ones.The high functioning.The brilliant. And the feisty.
There are many awesome things about being a designer. The people involved in design are some of the funniest, insightful, playful, hard working and wise cracking I've met. Things have changed at an accelerated rate.
You know your creative swagger intimately. And you know the three little words that ding off reward and approval merits in your head. It’s the thing that made you feel special and important as a kid.
I’m in free fall. It’s really uncomfortable. Beyond uncomfortable. Technically, I’ve still got a lot going for me that I’m grateful for. But the stuff I’ve lost. Wow. That's painful. It's stuff that I’ve worked at for years.
Be more vulnerable
Even when it doesn't make sense. More so when it doesn't make sense. Be vulnerable when you're under attack. Be vulnerable when you're being out smarted.
There's nothing sweeter than being in your hills. Hebden Bridge. Edale.Saltaire. Ffald Y Brenin. Cardiff. Piece Hall.
Here's a really scary place to get to. It's one of those places that comes into view slowly and surreptitiously.
My heart feels battered. I’m fried, worn out and battered. I’m ready for this feeling to stop. I’m not sure why it hurts so much. This is one of the weirdest situations I find myself in. I don’t really have language for it.