Welcome 2015. New year. New home. New job.
In July, Carlos and I went to Palm Springs where we joined 400 other Digital Utopians at Y&YY. This was a pivotal moment for me. Many of the attendees of Y&YY were old friends of mine from back when I lived in San Francisco. I realized, while reconnecting with old friends and making some new ones, that I had gotten really far away from who I am...who I really want to be.
When we returned home to Toronto after the trip, I took a big step back to look at where I was and where I would like to be. Though I loved working with many of my colleagues and was doing some really interesting work at MSLGROUP, I just didn't see myself settling in there long term. I made the plan to start looking for more suitable work in the next few years. This set the stage for what was to come in the next few months.
In the meantime, we were really starting to settle into Toronto and loved it, so when Carlos suggested we think about buying a place, I only resisted for a few minutes. From August to October, we worked with our amazing real estate agent, Mike, until we found our dream home in our dream neighborhood. (We move in end of January)
In November, I received an email from Patrick Pittman of Totem, describing a reinvention and the need for "non-traditional thinkers who don’t necessarily come from the world of corporate business-as-usual." This sang to my heart. After meeting Patrick and then Louis-Jacques Darveau, I was convinced that I had found my people. On January 5th, I start my new position of Director of Audience Development at Totem.
For anyone who has followed me for a while, you know that every year, I do a themeword for my goals for the upcoming year. This started back on NYE 2007/08 when Erica Douglas suggested it at a gathering of friends. Here is my history of themewords + how they played out:
2008: TRANSITION - came to represent more transitions than I planned for! 2009: THRIVE - great year with my book being released, a karaoke roadtrip + a move to Montreal! 2010: ACHIEVE - cofounded a startup, raised some money + built the first version of a social app! 2011: REAP - raised our seed round of money, got great press, built an amazing version of Buyosphere! 2012: GIVE'R - gave my heart and soul until the end of Buyosphere. 2013: TRIUMPH - helped lead Justin Trudeau to LPC victory, moved to Toronto, started Lime! 2014: PURPOSE - got back to me again. ------------------------------
This year, there was no real deliberating over what my themeword would be. I want to create again. My new role at Totem opens up all sorts of creative possibilities and I've already been talking about creating more content for Totem itself (and I have resources and support for it). Moving into our new home will also open up many creative possibilities. Now that we own, we can get more creative with the decor. I've already started gathering ideas on Pinterest!
As well, I've been meaning to do more video and our new place has amazing light and space for us to make this happen. We've already bought a new camera and some lighting, but I'm really looking forward to setting up a consistent set (our dining room will be doubling as the set) to film weekly videos. I'm also going to sign up for NaNoWriMo this year. I have an outline for my second book. This will give me the structure to do it.
I love strategy as much as the next guy, but I love making stuff even more! So that's what 2015 is all about. More video. More photography. More writing. More of everything that I can make!