Well here I am. Another year of life under my belt. I am now 24 years old. It’s weird to type that out, let alone actually convincing myself that I am actually 24 years old now. It will take a few weeks to fully settle in but it’s nothing I can’t handle. To me it seems as though the older I get, the faster time seems to go by. But what’s weird about that is that I don’t feel like I’m getting older at all. Sure, physically and biologically I am getting older, and society tells me so too but what I mean is in the sense that I don’t feel like I’m wasting my time on a self aware level by doing things I don’t want to do.

If time has taught me anything, it’s that I have complete control over how I use it to my advantage. And this year was no exception. I easily did the most amount of experimental work of my life this year than at any other point in my life. I learned some new things, got better at other things, stopped doing a few other things, and even started doing some things I used to do.

It seems as though the recurring theme each year is learning. And I’m perfectly content with that. I actively seek out new things to learn in my spare time and for the most part, end up using a lot of what I learn in my projects and work. When it comes down to it, the majority of the things I enjoy doing and consider myself relatively good at have all started out as a thought of interest, which over time became a passion more so than a hobby or a one-time experiment. Which is exactly the way everything should work out in general. Experimentation is the key to discovering what you truly like and makes for solidifying it into your mind once you see how rewarding it can become.

But I digress. Let’s now talk about some of the cool stuff I did when I was 23!

First and foremost, I created a very simple to follow tutorial on how to create a planet entirely in Photoshop.

Another thing I did was started up my very own type foundry called The Aeasea Design Co. & Type Foundry.

Another thing was I opened up my online print shop on this very site and released quite a few print series’ over the last few months.

I also wrote and recorded an awesome new I Am The Galaxy track titled “The Mystery Of Memory”

One big thing is I started writing a book earlier this year about the creative process and how to manage learning new projects. I’ve kind of pushed it of the the side for the mean time but I will be picking it up fairly soon.

Another huge thing as well is that I am now a full time developer at Something Massive! I was an Art Director for about 3 years and a few months ago an opportunity to become a developer within the company opened up and I decided to take it and could not be any more excited.

And one final thing that I haven’t fully announced yet but you might have seen me post about it on Instagram is that I’m bringing back AetherAeon. I’m incredibly excited about it and can’t wait to show you all what’s in store.

So as you can see, I don’t like to waste my time at all. Doing things for the sake of learning and progressing in life is what I’m all about and I can’t wait to see all the things I will do while I’m 24.