The end of 2015 is upon us, and while it certainly had its difficult points, for the most part it treated us really well. Here are a few quick things for which I am grateful:

  1. The welcoming of Dorito the kitty into our home.
  2. The completion of The New Orleans Sazerac.
  3. The strong beginnings of Electric Bleau, my first feature.
  4. The partnership with Seed&Spark to document my journey of making Electric Bleau.
  5. Winning an award for Little Cabbage at the Flyway Film Festival.
  6. The overall good health of my family and friends.
  7. Claiming our home as our own with James.
  8. Enough (great) freelance that allows me the flexibility to pursue my dreams.
  9. Being an integral part of the formation of New Mavericks here in Atlanta.
  10. Invitation to create a short film that will play in the Atlanta Airport International Terminal from April 2016 until April 2017.

This year also saw the passing our sweet Azza kitty. She will always be missed.

What do I want in 2016? Glad you asked.

  1. I want to find funding for Electric Bleau (1.8 million) and make it. There are a million goals I could add on to this, so “making it” will have to suffice for now.
  2. Beyond making this film, I want to pioneer a new kind of transparency behind the process of making such projects. I feel like there is so much people don’t share, especially the hard lessons.
  3. I want to train to climb a mountain. Not just any mountain… Mt. Hood. It’s actually a goal for spring of 2017, but I would have to start preparing in 2016. Did I mention that I’m also addicted to mountaineering movies on Netflix? I might need an intervention.
  4. I want to continue traveling as much as I can.
  5. I want to write another feature script to have waiting in the wings once Electric Bleau is completed.
  6. I would love to make a music video for a band that I feel passionate about.
  7. I want to have a style. 😀 I feel like I’ve said this before in prior year-end goals. I am oftentimes so focused on my career and creating things that I don’t pay as much attention to my visual identity. Does this even make sense?
  8. I want to OWN IT. I want to be proud of who I am, what I am doing, what I’ve done, and where I’m going. I want this to beam through me like a bright light.
  9. I want to take time to explore and just be in places that make me feel alive, especially in the Northwest.
  10. I want to go camping and hiking more often. I like the simplicity of surviving and being on your own.

I’m excited about the year ahead, and honestly a little bit scared. I think that’s a good sign that I’m moving in the right direction.

Happy New Year to all of you!

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