James T. Green is a conceptual artist, designer, developer, podcaster, and writer based in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A..

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My word for 2013 was "Refinement."

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Here are some things I learned in these 12 months.

-If you love someone after 6 years, ask them for their hand in marriage.

-If you’re on a bike, don’t trust drivers. They can hit you and it will hurt.

-Sleep is your best friend after a concussion.

-There’s such a thing as good coffee and tea, and a proper way to prepare them.

-If you want something, ask for it.

-People are generally good, so trust them.

-Cynicism is easy, positivity is harder.

-Give back as much as you can.

-If someone connects you to someone else, take the time and connect them to someone new.

-Choose your yes’s and no’s carefully when it comes to your commitments. Time is precious and anxiety ain’t worth it.

-You lose a lot of priorities when you chase money.

-There’s never too many books you can read.

-More research leads to more meaningful work.

-It’s okay to look up to people as heroes, but treat them as people. Hero worship is uncomfortable.

-Other people’s time is precious. Thank them for their time and cherish it.

-Learn how to perform bike maintenance, it will break.

-Always keep some cash on hand, don’t trust technology too much. 

-If you’re nervous, you’re doing something right.

-Collaboration grows you as a creator.

-Train rides are worth the time.

-When you try, your body can do some amazing things, like run a 5K. 

-Plan but don’t over plan. If you plan too much, you’ll choke your goal. If you plan too little, you’ll move off-track.

It’s been quite a 2013. Let’s see what the word of 2014 will be.

Make next year great, and remember to be kind.

James T. Green