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  • For the past few months, I've been lying to myself and to others. I have expressed to most of you that I "love having a lot on my plate because I have a huge appetite" and that I "don't want to take on too much and spread myself too thin, not allowing me to give 100% to any one thing."

    It turns out that my stomach isn't as big as I thought it was and that I have, in fact, been spreading myself too thin. I convinced myself, and others, that I was in control, that I was able to handle things. I was wrong.

    The words "keep moving" have been with me for a few years now, it's kind of a life motto. This encourages me to keep my mind fresh by learning new hobbies, traveling, working on various projects, and taking risks. Coming back from Iceland, I've added a little extra to the phrase; "keep moving, but slow down." The biggest lesson I learned from FPX: Iceland is to slow down in all aspects of life; my thoughts, my words, my actions, and to truly give things the attention they deserve.

    Icelanders have a way of living life at a more relaxed pace, not sweating the small stuff, and not stressing out on things beyond their control. I think I finally found a metaphor for these bridges.

    Since returning to Half Moon Bay, I've been reevaluating what's most important–what needs to be on my plate now, so I can focus on things that deserve the respect and time needed to succeed. Slowing down does not mean doing less, but to focus more.

    Sharing this on Cowbird is admitting that I haven't been myself the last few months. I'd like to take this time to apologize to the people around me, family, friends, and colleagues, who might have noticed my scattered brain, my unfocused attention, or my "too busy" lifestyle. This apology is also a promise to the same people, and others, that I will not get back into this habit of bitting off more than I can chew.

    I'm excited to implement this new approach in all aspects of my life. I'm eager to work that much harder at my studio and on the projects I'm spearheading... but at a more slower pace.
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