The last few months have been very busy.
We moved from Atlanta to Oregon. Bought a ten acre ranch. Had our first child. And continued to juggle multiple businesses.
I’ve loved every second of it.
We lived in Portland in 2012 and loved it. Oregon is magical, no other way to put it.
As much as we loved Portland, we liked Bend’s weather more. Portland is in the valley, and while it’s beautiful, it’s also very wet. I get too seasonally depressed with grey skies for 9 months a year.
The wild, natural beauty of Bend appeals to this child of the east coast, who grew up in America’s low-lands.
As a bonus it feels like we live in a Bob Ross painting. Love that guy.
Bend is a small city of 81,000. It’s making a slow transition from being a resort town (people come here to ski and hike) into a small, information economy hub.
There are a lot of tech companies, lifestyle businesses, resorts, breweries and restaurants here.
And land. Lots and lots of beautiful land.
We found a property that has 10 acres and two dwelling units. It also had the shell of a mechanics garage.
We’re still getting used to the snow, but mostly loving it.
Our New Studio
I’ve been working from home for the last several years. I had short stints in studios, but I always came back to favoring the lowest possible overhead, which meant working from home.
In Atlanta that meant the guest bedroom.
I still like the life of working from home, but needed a much larger and more separate space.
I worked with an array of local contractors to renovate this garage on the property.
Bend is a cold, mountain town. The most important part of this space was installing heated floors as a climate control solution.
It’s intensive to install but efficient once it’s set-up. You can heat a 1300 sq ft space with a 50 gallon water heater and minimal electricity.
After the concrete is poured it’s a matter of finishing the spaces interior. Framing, drywall, electrical, brick work, mud & paint.
I collaborated with my general contractor on a table for the space.
Last thing we did was to excavate and pour a concrete slab in front of the studio.
Two months later, I have a home office that will serve me well for years to come, and keep my overhead as low as possible.
The total bill for this conversion is right at $51,000. But it’s raised the value of our property, and will pay itself off 10 fold if I keep working hard.
I hope to host many different types of events and workshops from this space, so I hope you’ll join me here one day.
Paige and I welcomed our first kiddo, Elizabeth June Jones on January 6th, 2016.
Her arrival has given everything new meaning and motivates me to work even harder to secure the best possible future for her.
It’s very hard to get out of bed in the morning when this little one wants to cuddle.
The best is yet to come for our little family. Paige and I both have big dreams for how we can serve people going forward.
Making MoGraph Mentor as good as it can be is priority number one.
This Spring semester has already been our best and biggest yet.
I’m planning to invest in the proper live workshop tools I need to produce high quality workshop content.
Motion Design 101 has served over 900 people and I’m planning a follow up Freelance 101 e-course later this spring.
This season of life has been crazy and is growing us a ton. Thanks to all our friends and family for all the words of support and love.
The best is yet to come.