Now that I have a bit more of it on my hands, I’ve been thinking a lot about time. Since I don’t have to be somewhere between 8:30 am and God-knows-whenever-past-5 pm each day, time just looks different to me now. Unequivocally, hours used to equal d...

My good friend, an owner of a successful business, recently asked if I’d ever consider going back to an agency full time.

I shook my head. “Nope.”

He pressed on. “Not even for another creative director role?”


“Is there a certain number you’d go b...

Am I a better writer or a better friend? Just something I’ve contemplated lately (and then contemplated whether it was even worth contemplating, but… here we are). Looking back at my first handful of months as a freelancer, it’s clear I’ve been grant...

September 12, 2018

Since my last post earlier this summer, I’d gotten busy. Real busy. So busy that I actually had to say ‘no’ a couple times. And if you know me at all, you know I don’t ever like doing that. It’s just not in my DNA, or if it is, it refuses to play nic...

June 14, 2018

“How long will three ad campaign concepts take?”

“Two weeks.”

Not entirely sure which century this conversation took place in, but the answer has certainly held up nicely over the years. Two weeks to kick off the project, noodle on it, stress over it,...

June 13, 2018

After just 30 days of being out on my own, untethered by the too-fast-or-too-slow-moving agency clock, I find myself in a highly unfamiliar position. It’s 11:27 am and I’m home, lounging on my living room sofa, writing this piece. It’s neither billab...

June 12, 2018

After 23 years in the advertising business, for the first time ever, I’m doing Ramadan a bit more on my terms. In the past, as I’ve fasted from food and drink from dawn to sunset every day for a month, I’ve had to endure a litany of agency barbecues,...

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