The end of the year is always a time of connection, reflection, and yes, lots of food. Since we launched OOWA products into the world, I find myself taking more time to capture both the special and mundane moments of my life, and then sharing them.
The point of creating OOWA and free-form lenses wasn't just to have a really cool technological breakthrough. This whole journey of creating a company, for me, has been about living out and experimenting with answers to a fundamental life question -- what makes a life well-lived? I brought my whole heart to the game, often worn on my sleeve, and I’ve played hard.
I have grown a tremendous amount these four years as CEO. I've gotten to know a ton of people, many of whom I've come to love and admire. I've come to fully appreciate my community of family, friends and colleagues who hold me when the going gets tough. I've learnt the pain of coming up against the laws of physics (literally), and what it takes to overcome conventional thinking. I’ve felt the elation of giving birth to something truly unique and world-changing. I have discovered a little more about who I am and what I am made of. Some parts are tough as nails, other parts feel more like fluffy cotton and puppy dog love. Still others, resemble a disciplined and dedicated student of human nature, and an adventurer in life.
This was taken on Christmas day in my home in Oakland. We prepared a nine-course meal of roast lamb (and vegetarian options ☺) for our lovely friends. I love cooking and hosting dinner parties because I get to show people how much I love them. I missed Thanksgiving in the US, so we went around the table and shared about what we were grateful for in 2016. I am so grateful for this life I have. Thank you everyone for your love and support — I wouldn’t be the person I am today without you.
Along with my colleagues at OOWA, I thank you for joining us on this journey and we can’t wait to see what you create with our products. Here’s to each of us discerning our well-lived life ☺ We wish you much joy, peace of spirit and good health in 2017.