Just as we thought our little short film Crush would be ending its festival circuit soon, we’ve gotten a few emails in the past week that might lead to another screening or two before it’s all said and done!  Keep your fingers crossed, as that would really be fantastic news.  It’s already surpassed my expectations, so anything else at this point is icing on the cake.  We are so excited about the upcoming Oxford Film Festival as well… should be a great weekend!  I will be looking at it as an extended birthday celebration.

I can’t decide if I am happy or sad about it already being February.  It’s hard to be down when it’s your birthday month, but it’s also crazy that January of 2013 is now a thing of the past.  Was it the month you hoped it would be?  Did you get off on the right foot for the year?  January isn’t the only time where you can make new beginnings happen.  If you didn’t start acting on your dreams or ideas, or if you felt like you didn’t give it your best effort, then now is the time to move forward!  I feel pretty good about my initiations in the new year.

Speaking of acting on your dreams, I was thinking last night about age.  Why is it that we don’t hear much about “first time” achievements by people over a certain age?  Why do the best of the best have to be under 30 or 40?  I love to hear stories about older folks making things happen… still having passion, energy and drive.  People who are first time authors later in life, or who decide to go out and finish their first Ironman at 70.  I sometimes feel that too much attention is put on being young and beautiful with a “bright future.”  What about those making the future happen now?  I’m interested in you, the average person, looking to be extraordinary.  I am interested in always finding new ways to live, new ways to look forward, and new ways to be now.  I don’t want to follow a cookie cutter life.  Pretty sure none of us do… but what are we doing to break out of that mold?  What are we doing to help others do the same?  All I know is that when I am 70, 80, and hopefully 90, I have big plans to still look forward to.  Things that are unexpected and thrill me to the core.  Isn’t that exciting to think about?  I need to know that there will always be ways for me to express myself, ways for me to contribute to my community.  Things that aren’t based on appearance, but based on the richness of my inner being.  Does aging scare you, or do you feel like your contributions decline as you get older?  I’m just curious what the general thoughts are out there.

Winter Flower

Winter Flower

The XX

The XX

The XX

The XX

Beltline Graffiti

Beltline Graffiti