30 Days of Video-making: The Story of an Amateur

There’s an art to creating a video from start to finish. From filming clips, choosing the music, recording a voice over, to piecing it all together into a cohesive unit. I’ve never thought about how time intensive something like a movie is to create. Even from making this short, clearly amateur video, I realized that there’s more that goes into making videos than I’ve ever thought about before. Here’s the finished video: Week one, I focused on filming the scenes

30 Days of Photography

Today marks the end of my photography challenge to take, edit, and post a picture every day for 30 days. I’ll be honest. It was both easier and harder than I was expecting. But either way, I learned so much. There were many days where I lost track of time taking pictures and exploring some new places in Atlanta. But there were also many days where I didn’t want to take a picture but had to anyway. There were days

The Nature Fix: Happier, Healthier, and More Creative

Have you ever noticed how much more relaxed you are after spending some time in nature? People have been drawn to nature for hundreds of years. William Wordsworth was known to take long walks in nature for inspiration. Beethoven once wrote, “How happy I am to be able to wander among bushes and herbs, under trees and over rocks; no man can love the country as I love it. Woods, trees and rocks send back the echo that man desires.”

Cringing is Part of Creating

Whenever I look back at my old writing or designs, I always find a lot of it cringe worthy. It’s not a very pleasant feeling. When I was younger this discouraged me from creating new things. After all, if you know you’re going to dislike what you create today in the future, why do it? But that’s changed. Now I hope that I do look back on my current work and cringe. Because that means that I will have grown

Reflection is Important for Wellbeing

I’m always struck at how much my general internal wellbeing suffers when I don’t have time alone to think my own thoughts in peace. It effects my mood, my choices, how I interact with people, and my productivity. Being an introvert probably has a lot to do with this, but I also think it’s critical to the happiness of any human to have time alone to simply think and reflect. It doesn’t even particularly mean that this thought has to

Life Hack: Keep a Hammer in Your Car

Warning: What you are about to read is written from the perspective of a person who knows basically nothing about cars and shouldn’t be trusted with fixing one. —– It was a hot Sunday afternoon back in July or August, and I was driving around with my window all the way down because my AC had broken before summer hit. I was just arriving home when I tried to roll up my window. It didn’t budge. I tried pushing the

9 Things I Learned in the First 9 Months of Living on My Own

I’m back in Colorado. It’s been about nine months since I moved to Atlanta to live on my own for the first time and this is my first time coming back for a visit. It’s odd. Things seem a bit smaller than when I left, but the people are still amazing (not to mention the mountains). A lot has changed and I’ve learned so much, but here are the nine biggest things that I’ve learned. 1. It’s a process. Nothing

Abandoned Places

There’s something so beautiful about places that are built to be full of people. Shopping malls, office buildings, churches, restaurants. They are what they are because of the energy people bring to each place. But what’s also beautiful in a sort of haunting way? Those same places when they are empty. Ghostly parking garages. Shopping malls eerily empty. Buildings abandoned and covered in graffiti. It’s almost as if you can hear the whispers of people who have walked the spaces.

What Makes a Good Email List? (Plus a few recommendations)

Recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about creating email lists and how to use them to their fullest potential. Used correctly, email lists can be an incredibly powerful tool – but they can also damage your brand or business if done wrong. Since it’s important to look at anything you create from the standpoint of your consumer, I started thinking about the way I consume information via email lists. I’ll be honest. I unsubscribe from most of the emails I