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california hills - 2014

california hills - 2014

bmw r90/6 - atlanta - 2014

bmw r90/6 - atlanta - 2014

los padres - caifornia - 2014

los padres - caifornia - 2014

san luis obispo - california - 2014

san luis obispo - california - 2014

don’t be a lonely onlooker


as an artist i’m constantly looking to be inspired. surrounding myself with several avenues to do this, but at what point does this inspiration actually turn into me creating something of my own?

my intake of other’s work is far greater than the my output of my own, which in the end makes me sometimes question if i’m even a creative to begin with. it leaves me feeling a little paralyzed, & this is the worst place to be. that may not be the normal tendency but i sometimes feel there’s no more room for more creativity out there… & that’s where the misconception is. we shouldn’t create only to be seen, we should create to truly see ourselves. at it’s core, art is an image of it’s maker.

art allows a feeling of satisfaction in something that is a piece of me, which in turn allows me to be that much more confident in who i am. what starts out as vulnerability will later turn into confidence. 

let’s be people that are as inspirational as those we seek to be inspired by. 

tamarindo - costa rica - 2014

tamarindo - costa rica - 2014

tamarindo - costa rica - 2014

tamarindo - costa rica - 2014

consistently inconsistant

If I could point to one thing I wish I was better with, it would have to be consistency. I’m great at writing out my goals, todo lists, making a great first cup of coffee & even getting up on time [sometimes], but I definitely suck at being consistent in the things that I want to be great at. I tend to daily veer toward watching every video on devour, being jealous of what everyone else on instagram is doing, or just going nuts because I don’t really know how I should be spending my time. Ah, the tortured life of a creative entrepreneur. 

It’s funny how I seriously am my own worst nightmare. Funny because it’s true. 

Recently, my wife & I started really focusing on getting our finances in order. Not rocket science, just paying down debt, knowing how much is coming in, & where we are spending our money. Simply simplifying. Funny thing, we are now on the same page financially, more at peace, have a written out budget, & actually have a purpose with the money we spend. It’s been a tough few months adapting to the new way of life but beans & rice taste a whole lot better when the bills are paid. 

The goal here isn’t just to do this with the finances though, it’s balancing out all other aspects of my life too. Again, nothing huge, but a few simple & intentional steps so I can be better than you… haha no, just be a better me. 

Here’s where I am with 2014.

Instead of listing out the goals that I want to accomplish this year, I’ve written out some aspects that I’d like to make into habits. I’m going to focus more on the habits that get me to my goals rather than just listing out mega goals & hope that I hit a few. The theory here is that as I focus on these habits I will achieve those goals I would have written down in their place as a side effect of being consistent in these categories. 

I’ve categorized my habits that I want to focus on as follows. Also, listed out are a few examples of subcategories. 

habit #1 faith
     - daily scripture
     - a day of rest 1x weekly
     - serve w/ a organization or cause 2x monthly
habit #2 family
     - date night 1x a week
     - family mtg night 1x a week
     - intentional time w/ parents & extended family
habit #3 finance
     - pay off as much debt as possible every month
     - complete financial peace university 
     - stay within pre-decided budgets
habit #4 personal
     - exercise 3x weekly
     - read one productive book a month
     - work with my hands 2x a week
habit #5 relationships
     - host friends 2x month
     - phone calls instead of texts
     - hand written notes
habit #6 work
     - creative project 1x a month
     - work according to a block schedule
     - treat every client/job to the best of my ability

A few things I do to make sure that I’m being intentional with these habits. 
1] Review it once a week. I tend to do this first thing on Monday.
2] Treat my todo lists as law.
3] Track my consistency on habit list [irunurun is another goodie].
4] Have someone to hold me accountable.


Only time will tell with how this process works for me. This time next year I’ll probably be on the moon.  

I would love to hear some of the ways you are intentional with your time. 

langosta - costa rica - 2014

langosta - costa rica - 2014

acquaint

Acquaint, a new local hang. 

This weekly meetup is for the freelancing/creative worlds to break their solitary norm & hang out for a few beers with real live people. It’s going to be a good way to constantly get a lot of our community together in one place.

There aren’t many rules to this thing other that it is not a networking event. Seriously. It’s simply a time for us all to get together & have a good ole time. Obviously it would be great if relationships were formed & out of that came collaborations, but everyones intentions just needs to be to get to know some new good people. 

Eventually we are going to be at the same bar every time, but these first few we may try out some different locations. Tonight’s will be in East Atlanta Village at The Gleenwood & we’ll get started at 5pm [it opens at 5pm, so no early birds].

That’s it. See you there. 

Follow @AcquaintAtl for weekly info or to ask questions.