Archive for January, 2009

Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

Two weeks after I was cut free from Autodesk, Oceanhouse Media was formed as an official California corporation. Choosing the name ended up being the hardest part of the entire process. I wanted something that inspired a beautiful image in my mind. I also wanted something that had spiritual undertones. Karen recommended focusing on the initials OM. We eventually zeroed in on Oceanhouse Media.

There wasn’t much to the company at this stage. We had a mantra (“Creativity with Purpose”) … and we had a name. That and $3 could have bought me a coffee at Starbucks. Well, that and $3.50 or $4.00.

Life comes at you fast

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

Had anyone asked me on Jan 1, 2009 where I’d be working for the year, I would have said, “Autodesk, of course.” Little did I realize that the answer from someone in Autodesk’s HR department would have been different.

In the middle of January 2009, I was released from the company that I called home for the previous 4 1/2 years. I became one of the hundreds of thousands of Americans who lost their jobs that month.

It took me a few hours to remember that how I chose to react was just that…a choice. I decided that I eventually wanted to look back at that day as one of the best days of my life. I started to put things in place that would work towards that goal.