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Year-End Rambling, Boring Personal Stuff, Etc.

Sometimes I just need to type. To get it out. Small ideas, news, and other mental slices of personal relevance. If this just “ain’t your thing,” by all means, please move on to the next item in your reader. Otherwise, if I may ramble on for a moment with the privileged luxury of your gracious attention, I will attempt to elaborate a few of the recent mysteries swirling throughout the rushing vortex that is my life.

First of all, the site is doing great. I am honored that you have found Perishable Press worthy of your consideration, consumption, and contemplation. Your time is extremely valuable, so I am most grateful that you have chosen to include me in your current stream of consciousness. As the site continues to evolve, I hope the silent majority will decide to reach out and say hello, drop some insight, or even some criticism. After all, “dialogue” is the second part of the site’s official tagline. <smile>

Thankfully, 2008 was an incredible year that ended with a sonic boom. While growing this site in 2008, I also launched mindfeed.org, which is a site that will be getting much more attention as things settle down in the new year. The goal of mindfeed.org is to provide a place for me to express myself philosophically, politically, and spiritually. I am looking forward to diving in and letting it all out, so to type.

A few months after the launch of mindfeed.org, I was able to legitimize my four-year-old design business, Monzilla Media, with a completely redesigned portfolio site, official tax registration, and even a bit of advertising. This may seem like small potatoes to some, but I have working toward this goal for several years now. Little by little, step by step.. striving, working, learning. Given two wonderful children, a loving wife, and a regular, full-time job in a science lab, launching a full-fledged design business on the side — while maintaining and writing for a small army of websites — is a real accomplishment for me.

Yes I am busy. Too busy, in fact. Lately I have been enjoying a change in the usual, breakneck routine thanks to the work involved in purchasing and moving into a new home. Up until just last week, my wife and I had been raising our children in a small, two-bedroom duplex. This was okay at first (four years ago), but as time went on, it began to suck, more and more. Kids grow, possessions increase, and before you know it, you’re living in a sardine can. Thankfully, the Good Lord has now blessed us with a nice, four-bedroom house with all the trimmings. Sounds great, and it is, but let me tell you that moving several truckloads of furniture, boxes, and miscellaneous crap in the middle of Winter requires extreme motivation. We closed the deal on the house the day before Christmas Eve, believe it or not, and basically had two days (i.e., Christmas Eve and Christmas day) to pack everything and get moved in. Long story short, my computer is currently in a box, and I am completely floating in a state of chaotic limbo while we work diligently to smooth everything out and restore even the slightest semblance of order. December has been a trip, in more ways than one.

Returning to Perishable Press for a moment, I have to be honest: I haven’t been at my best lately. The anticipation of the new house (and all the work that goes with customizing everything, appointments, paperwork, follow-ups, and so on) was apparently enough to distract me from reality. Rather than being true to myself, I got caught up — once again — in my voracious ego. “Me, me, me..” — you know the game. This seems to be a periodic trend that manifests when things are either going well or else getting hectic. I found myself getting rattled about the small things and couldn’t understand why things weren’t going my way! As if! Anyway, without getting into a auto-psychoanalytical dialogue about the inner workings of my mind, suffice it to say that I am once again rebooting the system. Starting over. Fresh. 2009.

New everything. A new year, new house, new routine, and an incredible opportunity for change. Much-needed change, I might add. The old routine was so comfortable as to become a rut. A terribly wonderful and predictable flowing rut with little or zero opportunity for real change. Needless to say, with all of the “newness” happening around me, I intend to embrace change with both hands. I even have new theme to roll out here for Perishable Press after I get everything organized and connected in my new office, which I am very excited about setting up and pimping out in true creative fashion. To put this into perspective, my previous “office” was a desk in the corner of the dining room, right next to the refrigerator. Sweet.

What else? Lots of projects planned, including two fantastic and inspiring WordPress-based ventures, which should hopefully manifest in the Spring of 2009. I also intend to continue expanding my design business. More advertising, more networking, more work, more independence. Of course, the long-term goal here is to go full-time into web and graphic design, earning enough money to pay da’ billz. While advancing the business front, I am also looking forward to increased blogging at mindfeed.org; hopefully I will find the nerve to begin speaking my mind about many controversial topics, including that one topic that seems just so ridiculously taboo these days. ;) In addition to all of these inspiring endeavors, I also want to begin developing two additional sites: augustklotz.com and perishable.biz. The augustklotz.com site will be a site through which I study the Bible, a task which is easier said than done! The perishable.biz site, probably of more interest to my current audience, will feature the graphical side of the artist presently known as Perishable (i.e., me.). I have tons of graphics, found chunks, artwork, sketches, digital photography, video, comix, and gobs of other visual/creative stuff that I want to share with everyone via perishable.biz. I will use the site primarily as a way to manage and organize content, but it will certainly be available to the public as well.

Beyond all of this, however, are a few personal goals. Like many, I want to be a better person. I want to live a healthier lifestyle, engage in more physical activity, see the outdoors, travel, and so on. I want to draw closer to God, be a better husband, father, and friend. I see life as a continual opportunity for self-improvement. Always the learner, never the master, in my mind. I want to write more clearly, more succinctly, but without sacrificing the inspirational “art” of writing: being yourself, saying what you want, how you want, with all of the superfluous elaboration and nuance that only the most attuned will realize and appreciate. Or something. You know what I mean. ;)

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14 responses to “Year-End Rambling, Boring Personal Stuff, Etc.”

  1. Stefan Vervoort 2009/02/02 3:29 pm

    Congrats with your new home and office, I hope you and your family enjoy it. I have to admit this was a good read on the late monday night, well spoken. Good luck in 2009 my friend.

  2. Jeff Starr 2009/02/08 2:18 pm

    @Stefan Vervoort: Thank you for the sentiments, Stefan — it is greatly appreciated. By the way, it is a pleasure watching your site rise to the surface of the blogosphere. I wish you all the best for 2009. Here’s to the future! :)

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