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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.

The big 40 wasn’t that big of a deal

Brian Thompson

I think I did pretty good on the goals I set a year ago on my 40th birthday.

4. Be healthy.
- Stretch and take a walk every day.
- Drink less than 3 cups of coffee a day. 

Besides finishing rehab after my back surgery, the only exercise I’ve gotten has been picking up my daughters. But I am down to less than 2 cups a day.

3. Focus on one thing at a time.
- Don’t start a side project until the last one is on its way out the door. 
- Think about work at work.
- Look at my family more and my phone less. 

I’m still on twitter too much, but I do try to keep my phone in pocket when it’s Daddy time.
I also stopped bringing work home with me (except for a few late nights when there was a pitch or big presentation the next day.)
And I wrote a chapter for a marketing book, created Lonely Valentines, helped organize the Austin chapter of CreativeMornings, and launched Passive Aggressive Notepads on KickStarter.

(If you want me to have a really happy birthday tomorrow, you can support that KickStarter right now.)

2. When I am hungry, tired or in pain; don’t take it out on my wife.
- Nobody likes grumpy Brian. She deserves better. 

I asked Brooke how I did on this one and she replied, “I think you did above average. I’d give you a strong B.”

1. Read to and laugh with my daughters every day.
- Savor the bliss they bring to my life. 

Giving myself a giant checkmark with a gold star on this. It’s not giggles all the time, but nothing is as amazing as being their Dad.