Not sure if it was planned but several apps for creatives of all kinds are free today on Apps Gone Free. Here’s a bit about the three I downloaded: Continue reading
I’ve been in the midst of a war for a long time. There’ve been many battles between good ole’ pen and paper planners, to-do lists, notepads, and notebooks versus phone apps and right now the phone apps are winning (Thanks in part to Apps Gone Free). But just when I began to feel weighed down by technology I was sent a plain and simple, yet detailed lifehack that may be worth a try: The Bullet Journal.
Well, my semester has started and I’m fighting the urge to let myself be overwhelmed – notice how I said being overwhelmed is something I allow myself to do… But that’s old news. Anywho, when I get busy one of the first things that fall by the wayside once I get consumed by school and work are my hobbies. I fall into a cycle of doing what I have to do and then using my free time to sleep or do things that require as little effort as possible (Hulu only requires that I pick what I want to watch, easy peasy.) Writing is both a chore and a love. As a chore, writing is unavoidable. I write papers for school, I write articles and copy for various publications that I’m the editor of, I write emails, I write cover letters/applications, and there are probably some other types of writing that I’m forgetting about at the moment. As a hobby, writing often gets neglected because by the time I’m done doing all of the chore-writing, I don’t want to look at words!
Seeing that I can’t change the fact that I have to write day-in and day-out, I figure that maybe it’s time to change the way I think about these necessary writing tasks. Every task, despite the content, provides an opportunity to improve in some way and adds variety to what I can do as a writer. I found an article 5 Ways to Write a Damn Good Sentence over on copyblogger.com, a blog I just found/followed that provides some tips on how to write better in any capacity, sentence by sentence.
See, everything you write … every blog post, every landing page, every email, short story, or Google+ post … begins and ends with a sentence. Bone up on your sentence-writing skills and those pieces of content will only get better and be more widely shared.
Hope this helps somebody. It damn sure helped me!
I would really love to develop a morning routine. Something that I can do every day to ensure that I’ve had time to mentally, physically, spiritually, and emotionally ready myself for the day. The only bad part is I don’t have the best track record when it comes to mornings or routines. I do, however, feel that it’s advantageous to give anything a try so I’ve decided to start small with Sunday Morning Meetings.
So I haven’t seen my earphones in over a week. I’m the queen of lost earphones – and lost things in general. I’d almost accepted the fact that I’d have to buy another pair. And unfortunately this time I wouldn’t be able to afford another pair of Apple EarPods. This was a stinging realization: If I can’t be responsible enough to keep up with a pair of earphones for more than three months then I’d have to cut back on the cost and quality of earphones that I buy.
Two of my friends and I are planning a trip to Seattle later this year. We also played around with the idea of driving up to Canada for a day or so. In her excitement my best friend says “Awww we should make a ’25 places to go before we’re 25′ list!” forgetting that it’s clearly too late for me because I’ll be 26 in less than 3 months (Aghhhh). But this idea, along with random posts on Tumblr and around the web gave me the idea to make my own 30 Things to Do Before 30 list and what better place to share it than here. This will be an ongoing series of posts but for now, let me get a few of these out before I forget.
Sometimes I get the feeling that I use the same words and phrases over and over when I write. I realize this presents a very limited view of my vocabulary but most importantly, I feel like it keeps me from accurately conveying what I’m trying to say.
This has been irking me for a while academically. This feeling that I’ve put a few buzz words under my belt and now I just wear them the eff out. This phenomenon has spread over into my personal life and now, here. I’m talking in circles. To most, it’s unnoticable but because I’m with me everywhere I see it and it’s frustrating me.
I can imagine that by now you’re probably tired of all of the “New year, new me” bullcrap flooding your various social media timelines, feeds, and dashes. I gave up – well, never really fully bought into – the belief that I could magically transform my life into whatever I wanted it to be at the stroke of midnight every January 1st. But still, I can’t deny how good it feels to begin a new year. There’s always an overwhelming sense of positivity and endless possibilities. It always gets me thinking about what didn’t go so well in the past year and what I need to scrap, reconfigure, or begin in the new year.
My dad, one of the people I look up to most in this world, gave me something interesting to think about: He said the reason most peoples’ new year’s resolutions fail is because they don’t start planning until December or January and by the time the new year arrives, they’re still in the planning stages. He said he starts planning his new year’s resolutions in October so that by January he’s ready to hit the ground running.
I, too, did a lot of planning in 2013 in areas that I plan to see some growth in in 2014:
Establish my internet presence
To be honest, this blog kind of happened on a whim. I’m known to have created, and neglected, quite a few blogs in the past but I really feel that this is a blog that can grow with me. It also provides a place for me to develop my skills in graphic design, coding, and writing. And it’s my own little corner of the world where I can talk about the things that make me happy and make my life awesomer. I don’t want to tell myself I have to write something every day and every post has to be perfect but I do want to touch this blog everyday. Whether it’s starting a post, brainstorming about a post, publishing an old post, revising an old post, or writing/editing/publishing all in one setting, I will do something! Oh, and get ready for a visual overhaul to this blog. That’s my first serious goal for January 2014! (So in the time that this post was sitting in my drafts, I finished the redesign. Like?!)
Learn web coding
I have vague memories of being really good at HTML coding back in my myspace and backplanet days but somehow I’ve stored all of that information somewhere deep down in the dark corners of my mind. Now, I’m ready to revive it! First step, codeacademy.com’s Web Fundamentals course. I’ve completed 8% so far!
Get healthy (mentally and physically)
In 2013, I lost 27 pounds! And gained them all back…Making that lifestyle change was hard but once I got the hang of it, it became like second nature. Unfortunately old bad habits die hard and mine crept back up on me towards the end of the year. I feel that in 2013 I was able to prove to myself that I can do it and it won’t kill me so I’m ready to continue to build on the hard work that I gave in 2013.
2013 was also the year that I hemmed, hawed, and finally dragged my ass to therapy. It was something that I’d been putting off for a long time so when I finally did it, I felt so much better. You go the doctor when you feel like something is wrong with your body, so the same should apply to your mind. Therapy isn’t a bad thing and I’m slowly getting comfortable with the process.
Nurture my creativity
Last year I put a lot of time into school, work, and building new relationships but I’ve neglected my creative side. I’m not going to put any stipulations on it but this year I want to make more effort to be creative.
Become a better writer
I’m a decent writer. Better than most but not with any formal training outside of general educational requirements. My goal is to eventually be a freelancer, in addition to my day job as a counselor, and maybe even write few books. I want to become a better creative writer and technical writer, so any kind of writing is game. I realize that the best way to do these things is to read more, and most importantly, write more. I wrote quite a bit in 2013. I also bought books about how to start a freelance writing business and about writing advertising copy, I started reading Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott, and I even wrote ad copy for some graphic design work that one of my friends did. I tried to push myself to get everything off the ground in 2013 but I realized that I need to start with baby steps. 2014 is my year of continued baby steps, but who knows, I may run a little too.
2014 is my year of appreciating the journey without thinking about the destination.
thefader.com is a one-stop-shop for all things cool and current. I literally have a meltdown every time I think of the fact that there’s not enough time in the world for me to dig through their archives and absorb everything into my being. Too much? Ok. But you understand what I mean. Continue reading
I have many. All of these shitty draft posts initially struck me as soooo good and necessary to blog but now they all sit and wait for my attention again.