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Austin, TX
United States

The branding studio of Brian Thompson. Freelance copywriter and creative director.

I write in hope that my thoughts become clear.

BrandWriter is the studio of Brian Thompson. Freelance Copywriter and Creative Director.

39 was a good year

Brian Thompson

One year ago, I set six goals to achieve before I turned 40. 4 out of 6 ain’t bad.

6. Become a creative director.
I love building brands and helping each member of my team do their best work. So I want to do my best too.

No dice. But I’ve built a great team and my client is keeping things interesting.

5. Buy a house.
We’re ready to put down roots. (And to stop paying for a storage unit full of stuff we might want once we have a house to put it in.)

Huzzah! We’re still unpacking.

4. Prioritize and execute my side projects. 
Too many half-baked ideas and projects floating around. Either knock them out or let them go.
I’ve organized a few, killed off others and have a long list of new ones to tackle.

3. Touch my toes.
I don’t have any sudden desire to run a marathon, but it’d be nice to get in better shape before my midlife crisis kicks in.

My L4 and L5 vertebra had other ideas. Physical therapy for a bad back is not how I planned to get in shape. Next week, the doc makes the call if I’m having surgery.

2. Be a more patient and active listener with my wife. 
She’s amazing and my best friend, so she deserves my respect and attention more than anything that pops into my head or on my phone.
Let’s call this one a draw. I’m much better, but not always as consistent as I could be.

1. Be present for my daughter every day – and fully engaged every minute we spend together.
Nothing brings me more joy and fulfillment. Enjoy each fleeting moment.

Doubled down on this one with the arrival of our second daughter. I love being their Dad.