It has been a a year of firsts for me which brings with it tremendous learning, creative thinking, and sometimes a moving truck and a ferry and a new city. Leaving Vancouver Island, I had mixed feelings of fear, sadness, excitement, and unbridled joy. I was leaving behind a steady income, cherished friends, a beautiful, picturesque town and a life that appeared perfectly fine.
It was. Fine.
But when story gets a hold of you, calls to you in the night, whispers to you in meetings, speaks in pages of dialogue from character’s you are dying to get to know, then you must stop and pay attention. You have to make a choice to be a storyteller and truly serve the story. It wasn’t an easy choice; it still isn’t. I can’t say if my choice to follow my passion will result in all those wonderful things Oprah promises will happen when you do. I only know that I’ve never worked harder or been happier at something and that all of my previous work has brought me to this place to be able to serve as a story builder in whatever form the story requires. I am excited to be at the intersection of story and technology and learning from inspiring people like Jonathan Harris, Lance Weiler, Christy Dena, Jeff Gomez, Andrea Phillips, to name just a few, who are changing the way narrative is defined, shared, experienced, and distributed.
It’s been my greatest privilege to work with clients on stories this year that took place in many media forms across multiple platforms that were shared by so many and enriched our lives in the process. I have been so inspired by people that saw the power in shared story and gave me the opportunity to help them shepherd their story into the hands of collaborators, listeners, employees, and stakeholders (commonly referred to as the audience). Companies that are willing to learn about, and change, their story culture are truly the leaders in today’s business landscape and I am clicking my heels to work with these kinds of forward-thinking businesses in the new year.
This will be my first Christmas in Vancouver in over a decade. It’s lovely to be back, to re-visit old streets I grew up on and places where I experienced many firsts as a child but it’s also wonderful to discover a changed city, a very grown-up modern city that has so much to offer a story hunter like myself.
I hope you and yours are finding one another in a restful place over the holidays and creating memories and having experiences that you’ll share over and over with your loved ones. I am going low-digital for a while and investing heavily in IRL so I don’t miss what is important. My loved ones, smiles, toasts, and hurrays to firsts that keep us passionately alive.
All the very best to you in 2013, and don’t forget to live your story, share your story!