nashp The feed of updates to 's blog. Sat, 21 Oct 2017 03:29:31 GMT The Best Man’s Speech Fri, 20 Oct 2017 22:29:31 -0500 <p><img src="//" width="1867" height="1400"></p> <p><em>Here’s the speech I gave at my cousin’s wedding:</em></p> <blockquote> <p>Shaun,</p> <p>I want to thank you. I always want to thank you. Growing up, you taught me everything: how to be a better brother to your sisters, a better son to your mom, a better basketball player, and as my manager, you taught me how to be a better employee. I’ve looked up to you for what feels like my entire life. I wanted to be like you, which helped me become a better person in every way. So it’s only fitting that you’re getting married before me, to show me how to be a husband.</p> <p>You taught me how to expect more from myself, and how to not give up. Those are two things needed in a marriage for it to thrive. Continue being the best version of yourself. Your family deserves it. And when the bad days arrive, as they always do, you’ll know what to do next: you won’t give up.</p> <p>It’s an honor to be your best man.</p> </blockquote> This is How I Fight My Battle, by Janea Robling[guest posts]/ Fri, 20 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <p><img src="//" width="1200" height="627"></p> <h3 id="more-guest-posts1">More: <strong><a href="">Guest Posts</a></strong></h3> <p><em>Nash’s Note: We go through seasons of warfare, where it feels like the battle is absorbing us. Janea reveals her scars, and what it’s like to go through one of these seasons, in this powerful guest post. I appreciate her vulnerability.</em></p> <hr> <p>How do you fight your battle when the enemy tries to steal your lunch? Sometimes life has a way of knocking you off your feet. It happens to all of us.</p> <blockquote> <p><strong>Matthew 5:45</strong> <span class="push-double"></span><span class="pull-double">“</span>So that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends the rain on the just and on the unjust.” (<span class="small-caps">ESV</span>)</p> </blockquote> <h3 id="i-want-to-start-this-post-with-the-simple-statement-its-okay-to-have-bad-days.-heck-its-even-okay-to-have-bad-seasons.-but-let-us-not-stay-there-for-20-years."><strong>I want to start this post with the simple statement: It’s okay to have bad days. Heck, it’s even okay to have bad seasons. But let us not stay there for 20 years.</strong></h3> <p>I’m coming out of the hardest season of my life. Tension, death, heartbreak, betrayal, loss, and trauma back-to-back, has a way of bringing you to your knees—even your back. It’s the kind of stuff that brings out your weakness, and it exposes what you really believe to be true about God.</p> <p>During this hard season of my life, I have struggled with extreme anxiety, depression, fear, hopelessness, crazy thoughts…you name it. I was <em>not</em> okay with <em>any</em> of this! I knew that this wasn’t me, and I refused to buy into the lies of the enemy. These were symptoms of my pain, but the enemy was having a field day. I knew I was in the midst of Spiritual warfare.</p> <p>If you are struggling with these things, don’t believe the lie that this is who you are. The enemy would love for you to stay in that bondage your whole life. God speaks the opposite over you, and He tells the truth.</p> <h3 id="its-never-too-late-to-come-out"><strong><span class="small-caps">IT’S</span> <span class="small-caps">NEVER</span> <span class="small-caps">TOO</span> <span class="small-caps">LATE</span> <span class="small-caps">TO</span> <span class="small-caps">COME</span> <span class="small-caps">OUT</span>!</strong></h3> <p>Day after day, for the last 11 months, I would cry out to God in anguish, feeling like I wouldn’t make it through. I realized that, when you are down, the enemy definitely kicks you as hard as he can.</p> <p>To be totally honest, sometimes I wouldn’t even hear God, but I would feel Him. And then other times, I would hear Him, but I wouldn’t feel Him. It came to a point where, I had to <em>choose</em> to remember how He had always come through for me before, and I’d just hold onto my mustard seed of faith that He was going to come through again. Sometimes, that’s enough.</p> <p>God knows how we hurt. God understands. He knows loss and heartache better than any of us. Jesus knows how we hurt. Jesus understands. Jesus suffered more than any of us.</p> <blockquote> <p><strong>Luke 22:44</strong> <span class="push-double"></span><span class="pull-double">“</span>And being in agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like drops of blood falling to the ground.” (<span class="small-caps">ESV</span>)</p> </blockquote> <p>This passage has been super encouraging to me in this season. This might sound confusing and morbid to a lot of you, but I challenge you to really think about this.</p> <blockquote> <p><strong>Hebrews 4:15</strong> <span class="push-double"></span><span class="pull-double">“</span>For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.” (<span class="small-caps">ESV</span>)</p> </blockquote> <p>Luke 22:44 states that even in Jesus’ darkest, weakest, hardest hour,<span class="push-double"></span> <span class="pull-double">”</span>….he prayed more earnestly.” Matthew 4 also shows us how Jesus handled warfare in the midst of a weak time. Jesus fasting 40 days and 40 nights in the wilderness combated lies from satan with the Word of God. What an example for us.</p> <p>There were some days where I was so mentally and physically tired of fighting in warfare, that I had nothing left to say. That’s okay too, because God fights our battles while we rest <span class="small-caps">IN</span> <span class="small-caps">HIM</span>, while we hold onto the sword of the Spirit (the Word of God), and while we meditate on the truth that <span class="small-caps">WE</span> <span class="small-caps">ARE</span> <span class="small-caps">HIS</span> and <span class="small-caps">HE</span> <span class="small-caps">HAS</span> <span class="small-caps">US</span>.</p> <blockquote> <p><strong>Exodus 14:14</strong> <span class="push-double"></span><span class="pull-double">“</span>The <span class="small-caps">LORD</span> will fight for you, you have only to be silent.” (<span class="small-caps">ESV</span>)</p> </blockquote> <p>So which is it, you might ask? Do we fight in prayer, or rest and let God fight for us? The answer is both. God doesn’t cause pain or torment, but sometimes, He lets us sit in the pain or go through a healing process to teach us things.</p> <p>For me, one of the biggest things I have learned through this season, is that we fight from a place of rest, knowing that we are on the winning side and God is bigger. Sometimes we will pray, sometimes we will scream, and sometimes we will be utterly silent. But in whatever we do, we must know that <span class="small-caps">WE</span> <span class="small-caps">ARE</span> <span class="small-caps">NOT</span> <span class="small-caps">DEFEATED</span>. Despite how we may feel or despite how everything might look, <span class="small-caps">GOD</span> <span class="small-caps">IS</span> <span class="small-caps">FOR</span> <span class="small-caps">US</span> <span class="small-caps">AND</span> <span class="small-caps">WE</span> <span class="small-caps">ARE</span> <span class="small-caps">HIS</span>.</p> <blockquote> <p><strong>Romans 8:31</strong> <span class="push-double"></span><span class="pull-double">“</span>What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”</p> </blockquote> <p>I definitely don’t have all of this figured out, but I do know that God is good and He doesn’t leave us. He never has and He never will. So when the puny, ugly enemy tries to come and steal your lunch, you just <span class="small-caps">STAND</span> <span class="small-caps">TALL</span>, remember who you are as a Son or Daughter of Christ, tell him to <span class="small-caps">SHUT</span> <span class="small-caps">UP</span>, and fix your eyes on the truth, while Daddy God feeds him a knuckle sandwich.</p> <p>Our prayers, our rest, our worship, and our battle cry: it’s all warfare, and that’s how I fight my battle.</p> Apple Watch: Fill Your Rings (and build good habits) watch- fill your rings (and build good habits).md Thu, 19 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <p><img src="//" width="1200" height="627"></p> <p>It’s 12:32am. I’m in New Orleans for the night, and I just filled the activity rings on my Apple Watch (red: burn at least 800 calories, green: exercise for at least 30 minutes, blue: standing up and moving around for at least 1 minute during 12 different hours in the day). I had until midnight to reach 800 calories. I ended up burning over 200 in that last hour. Before then, I was stressing, thinking I would break my ongoing streak. There I was, in a neighborhood I’m not used to, but had nothing but the rings on my mind. I knew it would only take a burst of energy to complete another day of exercise, so I left the party I was with, and went for a run to accomplish this. It’s weird and rewarding at the same time. At about 11:56pm, I received the notification: <em>Congratulations! You filled all of your rings, 19 days in a row.</em></p> <p>It feels good to know how important my health is to me now, and I feel like this is just the beginning. I want to build good habits, and keep pushing myself to reach new goals. On that note, I realized tonight that I currently have four streaks going:</p> <ul> <li>Fill rings daily</li> <li>Post a <a href="/loop">song</a> daily</li> <li>Write a monthly <a href="">recap</a></li> <li>17 months of <a href="">no alcohol</a></li> </ul> NBA is Back! Here’s what I’m looking forward to the most this season is back! here’s what i’m looking forward Tue, 17 Oct 2017 16:35:58 -0500 <p><img src="//" width="760" height="326"></p> <p>Welcome back to <strong>Nash Loves Basketball</strong>. Today we’ll be talking about how the <span class="small-caps">NBA</span> is starting up in just a few hours. Game 1 of the 2017-2018 Regular Season is (as I’m writing this) three hours away. Are you ready? Do you care? Let’s begin!</p> <blockquote class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-version="7" style=" background:#FFF; border:0; border-radius:3px; box-shadow:0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width:658px; padding:0; width:99.375%; width:-webkit-calc(100% - 2px); width:calc(100% - 2px);"> <div style="padding:8px;"> <div style=" background:#F8F8F8; line-height:0; margin-top:40px; padding:33.33333333333333% 0; text-align:center; width:100%;"> <div style=" background:url(data:image/png;base64,iVBORw0KGgoAAAANSUhEUgAAACwAAAAsCAMAAAApWqozAAAABGdBTUEAALGPC/xhBQAAAAFzUkdCAK7OHOkAAAAMUExURczMzPf399fX1+bm5mzY9AMAAADiSURBVDjLvZXbEsMgCES5/P8/t9FuRVCRmU73JWlzosgSIIZURCjo/ad+EQJJB4Hv8BFt+IDpQoCx1wjOSBFhh2XssxEIYn3ulI/6MNReE07UIWJEv8UEOWDS88LY97kqyTliJKKtuYBbruAyVh5wOHiXmpi5we58Ek028czwyuQdLKPG1Bkb4NnM+VeAnfHqn1k4+GPT6uGQcvu2h2OVuIf/gWUFyy8OWEpdyZSa3aVCqpVoVvzZZ2VTnn2wU8qzVjDDetO90GSy9mVLqtgYSy231MxrY6I2gGqjrTY0L8fxCxfCBbhWrsYYAAAAAElFTkSuQmCC); display:block; height:44px; margin:0 auto -44px; position:relative; top:-22px; width:44px;"> </div> </div> <p style=" color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px; margin-bottom:0; margin-top:8px; overflow:hidden; padding:8px 0 7px; text-align:center; text-overflow:ellipsis; white-space:nowrap;"> <a href="" style=" color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal; line-height:17px; text-decoration:none;" target="_blank">A post shared by House of Highlights (@houseofhighlights)</a> on <time style=" font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px;" datetime="2017-10-17T20:24:32+00:00">Oct 17, 2017 at 1:24pm <span class="small-caps">PDT</span></time> </p> </div> </blockquote> <script async defer src="//"></script> <p><strong><span class="small-caps">CP3</span> + Harden</strong>: of course this is my most exciting and most interesting thing about this year’s season, and of course I think they’ll shock everyone and be a contender. I wrote about it <a href="/rocket-emoji">here</a>.</p> <p><strong>Kyrie + Hayward</strong>: I like this new Celtic’s team. I liked last year’s Celtic’s team. Kyrie gets his own team again, and this time, it’s a good team. He’s solidified himself at the highest levels of the <span class="small-caps">NBA</span>, and now he’s out to prove that he can do it without LeBron.</p> <p><strong>Spurs Done?</strong>: The system is what I fear. It doesn’t matter what their roster looks like, because I’ve seen them destroy teams with just their bench, while the starters rested. Every year, we count them out, and every year, they’re a top three seed in the West. Will this always be the case? What year will they not be good? I never know how to judge their team going into a new season. On one hand, by judging their offseason, their injuries, and the competition that has strengthened around them, I have them not being a top four seed. But on the other hand, I see them going through the season, business as usual, and ending up right where they usually do. If you asked me to play my cards with this team, I’m folding. I wouldn’t bet for or against them right now.</p> <p><strong>Sixers Process</strong>: Trust the process is what they tell me. The potential is there (Embiid and Simmons are scary if healthy), but will it grow into more than just potential? That’s what I’ll be watching to see.</p> <p><strong>Pels Smell</strong>: I’m tired of Anthony Davis being treated as if he doesn’t matter. This guy is too good to be on a bad team (since we’re on the topic, I’m tired of bad teams). The Pelicans are wasting years, and by the time they figure it out, he’ll be gone. I’ll be watching to see if anything changes.</p> <p><strong>Dark Giannis</strong>: a team that nobody is talking about, but should be terrified of? The Bucks. Not because of the Bucks, but because of Giannis Antetokounmpo. If I could pick anyone in the <span class="small-caps">NBA</span> to start a team with today, it would be this guy. I’m anxious to see his growth this year.</p> <p><strong>Cavs Storylines</strong>: This team seems weird to me. They’ve gotten worse at the point position, especially with <span class="small-caps">IT</span> being out indefinitely. Derrick Rose is their starter until then, and if (when) he gets hurt, Jose Calderon is starting at that position. Wade and Bron will be fun to watch together again, but they’ll be coasting for most of the regular season. Even with the coasting, and even with the questions at the point guard position, It says a lot about the East that they’ll be the best team in that conference. This is also (most likely) LeBron’s Farewell Tour for the Cavs.</p> <p><strong>Thunder Trio</strong>: Westbrook, George, Hoodie Melo. There’s only one ball (bothers me when people say that), and these are three guys (pick one) that I’d be scared to go up against if they have the proper help. Teaming up with each other could be the help they’ve been needing.</p> <p><strong>Warriors Again</strong>: Everyone is betting Warriors, and I look at that, and I think, there’s always been a<span class="push-double"></span> <span class="pull-double">“</span>Warriors” team (a team that nobody wants to face, and everyone assumes will pile through every-single-team). Take a look at the best team in the <span class="small-caps">NBA</span> for the last 10 years, and then think about how long that run has been. Eventually, that particular team fades away. For some reason though, everyone assumes the Warriors won’t, and they are a wall that will never move. I’m betting the other way. Yes, they could easily dominate the league and win the championship once again, but I’m craziest enough to think otherwise.</p> Rocket Emoji Sun, 15 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <p><img src="//" width="1280" height="720"></p> <h1 id="section"><span class="small-caps">🚀</span></h1> <p>This is chapter three for Chris Paul. I’ve been following this guy his entire career, so there’s no question how excited I am about this upcoming season. I’ve had all summer to think about this new situation with the Rockets, and the more I think about it, and the more I watch the team play together, the more fascinated I am by what’s coming.</p> <p>The storyline about the Rockets since the Paul trade is that both Paul and Harden need the ball in their hands to succeed, but there’s only one ball. That undermines the leadership of Paul, and discounts the years that Harden played next to Westbrook and Durant. It also doesn’t account for Mike D’Antoni’s innovative mindset when it comes to offense. (I also like that with all that offense, the entire mindset during the preseason was about defense.)</p> <p>After watching what the Rockets did last year, and then watching how Paul blended in with that style during the preseason, it has me anxious for Tuesday night, when the season kicks off. I watched a team who always had a superstar point guard on the floor: it was more like watching a wrestling match with the two powerhouses, as they tagged each other in and out, while also sharing the court and playing off-ball for each other. It was only a small portion-size to observe, and it means absolutely nothing in the preseason, but it was still interesting to watch those dynamics in action. It seemed like whoever else was on the court next to Paul and Harden was a knockdown shooter, and threes were raining from all sides of the court.</p> <p>As far the rotations, for the first time in Paul’s <span class="small-caps">NBA</span> career, I didn’t see a team with a traditional starting lineup and a second unit. Instead, I constantly saw guys rotating in and out of the lineup. Because the roster has so many players that can play a variety of positions, there was never the traditional point guard for point guard, center for center type of subs. It was a beautiful thing to witness.</p> <p>Tuesday night, the opening night for the <span class="small-caps">NBA</span> regular season, they’ll be playing the Warriors. Will these rotations matter? Will Paul teaming up with Harden and company turn out to be a smart move? I think so (shooters everywhere, and a scorer like Harden, that can takeover a game by himself, who was a few votes away from winning <span class="small-caps">MVP</span> last year). Paul had nothing to lose by going here. All upsides.</p> <p>And when this season is said and done, it’s the final year on Paul’s contract (same for LeBron and Wade), so whatever happens doesn’t remove the options for Paul going forward. Consider it a trial year, to stay or go, and Tuesday is the beginning of just that.</p> Getting Things Done (a lot of things) Sat, 14 Oct 2017 09:46:20 -0500 <p><img src="//" width="1200" height="627"></p> <p>I want to talk to you about being productive. The tools I use matter to me (I use <a href="">OmniFocus</a>), but they’re just tools, and you can implement these same methods with whatever tools you have in front of you. It’s about taking all the little things, as well as the big things, and turning it into daily actions. (This method comes from David Allen’s book, <a href="">Getting Things Done</a>.)</p> <h2 id="brain-dump">1. Brain Dump</h2> <p>It all starts here. With an inbox. A place where I have the freedom to throw all the good and bad ideas into a bucket, and not worry about what it all means. The brain dump is something I do throughout day when an idea arrives. I don’t worry about what to do with it, I just throw it into the inbox. Knowing that I have safe place to get everything off of my mind, until a later time, helps my mind stay free and ready for life, as well as new ideas.</p> <h2 id="projects">2. Projects</h2> <p>Every idea and task added to my inbox most likely has an end-goal, meaning what does <em>finished</em> look like for this item? What are the handful of next-actions needed? Over the years, I’ve learned that thinking through projects is often as important as completing the task itself. It creates clarity.</p> <p>An example project would be:</p> <p><strong>Clean out closet</strong>:</p> <ul> <li>Get bags</li> <li>Go through clothes</li> <li>Go through other items</li> <li>What to donate?</li> <li>What to throw away?</li> <li>Anyone I know want this?</li> <li>Put bags in garbage</li> <li>Put bags in car</li> <li>Bring to friend</li> <li>Bring to Goodwill</li> </ul> <p>Each one of these items move the project forward, until having that one last item that completes the entire project. It’s important to write out even the smallest next-action, because each next-action has a different context.</p> <h2 id="context">3. Context</h2> <p>Every next-action has a context. A context is not the task, but the location or item needed to complete the task. What this ultimately means is, you may have tasks in a variety of projects that require calling someone, and instead of bouncing around, attempting to complete a dozen task inside of one project, you would simply focus on the<span class="push-double"></span> <span class="pull-double">“</span>Calls” context, moving several projects forward quickly. When getting in your car, you would move projects forward by focusing solely on the items that have the context Errand. The momentum of already being on the road, or already making calls, helps keep things mindless and easy to finish.</p> <h2 id="review">4. Review</h2> <p>The review is a weekly (or as often as you can or need to) meeting with yourself, as you go through each item and project, making sure they all have an end-goal, and you know what finished looks like. More often than not, finished doesn’t look the same as it did a week ago. Life happens, and it’s important to constantly know what you’re working towards. This entire system falls apart if you don’t set time aside to look over what you’ve added, make sure your inbox is empty, make sure nothing slipped through the cracks of this system, and to realign your mind with the tasks at hand.</p> <hr> <p>Rinse and repeat. This isn’t something you do once. I’ve been practicing <span class="small-caps">GTD</span> for almost a decade now. Enjoy the process, and even if you never perfect it, it has to be better than doing nothing. Even when I’m struggling, I know that my attempts mean more than wishful thinking.</p> <p>I hope this helps get some of your projects started, and ultimately free your mind for new things.</p> What I Have Is Enough Fri, 06 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <p><img src=""></p> <p>I recently bought flowers for my apartment. I never thought I’d say that. Three little succulent plants, sitting on my window seal. It was only a few months ago when I moved into this small apartment, and since arriving, I’ve been very intentional about making this place minimal with character. The size, layout, style, and even location, represent me more than any place I’ve ever lived.</p> <p>I’ve been enjoying my new morning routine: wake up at 5, turn on Hillsong Radio (Pandora), get dressed, and then go for a run through the city. I then get home, shower, and walk to the local cafe to eat breakfast and drink coffee with a friend. Afterwards, I walk home in silence, enjoying the ambience of the morning. This is my time to be thankful for the big and small things in my life. Waking up early, instead of getting more sleep, allows me to be proactive with the start of my day. Watching the sunrise, getting a good exercise and breakfast, and completing all of this before 8am, has changed my perspective on how beautiful life can consistently be.</p> <p>It’s been almost a year now since I went part-time at my job, and it’s been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Now, I work four days straight, and then I’m off Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday of every week. Because of this, my quality of life has increased, and my energy towards more projects have significantly gone up. I feel like I finally have the proper balance for working, creating, personal life, and family time. I don’t feel overwhelmed anymore. I’m thankful that I have the right amount of time to be a better employee, writer, friend, son, and brother. This is definitely the best version of myself.</p> Your Single Season (and the Gift of Today), by Chelsea Verdin[guest posts]/chelsea Tue, 03 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <h3 id="more-guest-posts1">More: <strong><a href="">Guest Posts</a></strong></h3> <p><img src="//" width="1200" height="627"></p> <p><em>Nash’s Note: We often look ahead of the current season, as we anticipate the next. We miss out on the gifts of today, so we can prepare for something that might never come tomorrow. Here’s Chelsea’s <a href="">guest post</a>, where she recognizes the differences between the two.</em></p> <hr> <p>Elisabeth Elliot once said:</p> <blockquote> <p>Single life may be only a stage of a life’s journey, but even a stage is a gift. God may replace it with another gift, but the receiver accepts His gifts with thanksgiving. This gift for this day. The life of faith is lived one day at a time, and it has to be lived-not always looked forward to as though the<span class="push-double"></span> <span class="pull-double">“</span>real” living were around the next corner. It is today for which we are responsible. God still owns tomorrow.</p> </blockquote> <p>A couple years back, I played one of those secret santa games during the Holidays with a group of people. Some of them I knew personally, some I didn’t know all too well. When it came time for us to hand off our gifts, I realized my name had been chosen by someone I did not know personally. I thought to myself, surely it will be fine. As long as she sticks to my paper of interests, she can’t mess this up.</p> <p>Prior to opening the gift, I was excited to see what she would have chosen for me. When I saw what laid in the bag beneath a mountain of tissue paper, I grimaced and then quickly smiled reassuringly that I was happy with the gift, when I indeed was not. Anyone else would have loved the gift: it was in style and everyone wanted thesm. Everyone except me. I wasn’t big into technology or the latest gadgets, so colorful water speakers weren’t on the top of my list. I went literally months without even taking them out of the box, and eventually, I sold them at a garage sale for really cheap to a teenage girl who begged her mother for them.</p> <p>When I think about my single season in life, I reflect on this moment. God chose my name and wanted to give me a good gift. He wrapped it with opportunities to travel, mission trips, guiding youth, teaching children, speaking to women, and writing books. But when I look at it, I frown angry that He wouldn’t have gifted me something better. Doesn’t He know that I want a family someday, and that by thirty five, women have more risks during pregnancy? Doesn’t He know that I want to be married and impacting the world with my future husband? Doesn’t He know me at all?</p> <p>Of course He does. He not only has your paper of interests, but He helped you write it. He sat with you going,<span class="push-double"></span> <span class="pull-double">“</span>Oh, don’t forget, He has to love sports, fishing, or anything remotely manly.” In fact, He knows you better than you do, so when He gifts us with something, He’s not only thinking of what we would like, or want, but He considers what we need. God doesn’t give awful gifts. It’s not in His nature. So when we consider our single season as a terrible time, we literally are saying to God,<span class="push-single"></span> <span class="pull-single">‘</span>you could have done better for me. You could have stuck to the paper and given me exactly what I want. Then I would have been happy.’</p> <p>But we wouldn’t be. Happiness isn’t defined by our season, or our accumulation of things. It’s defined by our identity, by who we are, and how we choose to perceive life. If you wake up saying<span class="push-single"></span> <span class="pull-single">‘</span>oh, I would have been happier to sleep ten more minutes,’ you’ve already treated your gift like it was trash. You awoke, the sun is shining, the day is at your fingertips, and you have mass amounts of opportunities before you. This alone (life, living, breathing, being) is a gift.</p> <p>The same can be said about singleness or marriage. If you wake up every day trying to skip over the chapter you’re in, you’ve already chosen to hate where you are. But if you were to look at your season as a time to steward a gift God gave you, then you would cherish every profound piece of wisdom gained during the journey. You don’t have to like the gift you’ve been given today, you don’t even have to enjoy it, but accepting it and embracing it will take you steps closer to future gifts to come.</p> <p>It is in this season that we learn who we are, what we are passionate about, and how to fulfill our purpose. It is in this season alone that we are capable of learning what only this season needs to teach us. Whether this season is preparing us for another gift in the future, or has been graciously given to us for the rest of our lives, it is a gift. We can choose to live it, or grieve it, but either way, we cannot skip it. We are responsible for today. God still owns tomorrow.</p> Teach Me How To Doodle - Week 2 church/[small groups]/doodle Mon, 02 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <p><img src="//" width="960" height="538"></p> <h3 id="whats-your-dream-job-or-what-do-you-want-to-be-when-you-grow-up">What’s your dream job, or what do you want to be when you grow up?</h3> <p><img src="//" width="2000" height="1196"> <img src="//" width="2000" height="1153"> <img src="//" width="2000" height="1142"> <img src="//" width="2000" height="1166"> <img src="//" width="2000" height="1184"> <img src="//" width="2000" height="1158"> <img src="//" width="2000" height="1155"> <img src="//" width="2000" height="1176"> <img src="//" width="2000" height="1147"> <img src="//" width="2000" height="1161"> <img src="//" width="2000" height="1164"> <img src="//" width="2000" height="1172"> <img src="//" width="2000" height="1187"> <img src="//" width="2000" height="1187"> <img src="//" width="2000" height="1164"> <img src="//" width="2000" height="1221"> <img src="//" width="2000" height="1117"> <img src="//" width="2000" height="1191"> <img src="//" width="2000" height="1182"> <img src="//" width="2000" height="1119"> <img src="//" width="2000" height="1195"> <img src="//" width="2000" height="1134"></p> Monthly Recap (September 2017)[2017]/[about 2017]/monthly recap (september 2017).md Sat, 30 Sep 2017 08:26:49 -0500 <p><img src="//" width="1200" height="627"></p> <p>I didn’t realize how much I did in September until I sat down to write this monthly recap. I’m surprised, proud, and excited about how much could be accomplished in a single month. Thanks to these recaps, I’m able to recognize this.</p> <h2 id="blog">Blog</h2> <ul> <li>I launched a <a href="">Patreon</a></li> <li>I released a <a href="">song every day</a></li> <li>I wrote about a <a href="">gym</a></li> <li>I released a <a href="">Loud</a> shirt</li> <li>I released an <a href="">Ice Cream</a> shirt</li> <li>I wrote about <a href="">Apple Watch</a></li> <li>I released a guest post from <a href="">Kassie</a></li> <li>I wrote about <a href="">winning the day</a></li> <li>I wrote about <a href="">the unfollow button</a></li> </ul> <h2 id="small-groups">Small Groups</h2> <ul> <li>I went <a href="">dancing</a></li> <li>I went <a href="">doodle</a></li> <li>I went <a href="">fishing</a></li> <li>I went to the <a href="">zoo</a></li> <li>I had a <a href="">potluck karaoke</a></li> </ul> Loud: Without Ever Saying A Word (Tee and Mug) Sat, 30 Sep 2017 05:40:55 -0500 <p><img src="//" width="470" height="560"></p> <p>All this noise and nothing to show for it. It’s easy to use your voice without ever executing anything. Being loud isn’t the same as being successful. Instead, be someone who’s known for their efforts and results. Don’t talk about helping someone, just help them. Don’t tell us what you’ll accomplish, just do it. Let the results speak louder than your voice ever could.</p> <ul> <li><a href="">Patrons (50% off)</a></li> <li><a href="">Basic ($21.99)</a></li> <li><a href="">Premium ($25.99)</a></li> <li><a href="">Mug ($14.99)</a></li> <li><a href="">Stickers ($6)</a></li> </ul> The Unfollow Button unfollow Thu, 28 Sep 2017 07:09:16 -0500 <p>Every social network has it, but I don’t think people use it enough. My Instagram has zero followers. My Facebook feed only has a handful of friends. My Twitter feed only shows me a select group of people and websites that I want news and information from.</p> <p>My point is this: <span class="small-caps">YOU</span> can decide what you let you into your life, and what you let into your life can often define who you are. If you like pictures and gifs of cats, you can have your entire news feed show cats all day, every day. If you like cooking videos, that’s <span class="small-caps">ALL</span> you have to see. And if you ever see something you don’t like, guess what? <span class="small-caps">UNFOLLOW</span> <span class="small-caps">BUTTON</span>. You don’t have to reply back to that person letting them know that you don’t like it. You simply press that little magical button that erases any existence of something you don’t like.</p> <p>Let’s continue: if you like Popeyes, and Dominos, and 10 other food places, and they’re that important to you, you literally can <span class="small-caps">ONLY</span> see that <span class="small-caps">ALL</span> day.</p> <p>And my main point is this: you have to ask yourself, do you like drama, do you like feeding into the world’s problems, and do you enjoy being upset? If the answer is yes to any of those, then never use the unfollow button. It’ll pour into your life daily.</p> <p>If you’ve accepted friend requests for a decade now, and if you’ve liked a couple of Public Pages, then there’s noise all around you. And you’ve yet to do anything about it.</p> <p>Imagine every post you see online, but instead, it’s someone knocking at your door and handing you that information. Maybe it takes that analogy to put it into perspective. You can choose who knocks at your door. You can choose what information reaches your heart. Good or bad. It’s totally up to you.</p> <p>This is a long rant, but it’s important for me to say, because I see what social networks do to some of you. There’s hate, and anger, and drama, and noise. But you can turn it down. It doesn’t have to be that way. Whatever you enjoy, fill your life with that. Don’t be upset with someone when they post something you don’t like. Just unfollow them, and without ever telling them anything about it, wish them well.</p> <p>That’s a life hack that will enhance your day in every way.</p> Win The Day[lifestyle]/[journal]/win the Sat, 23 Sep 2017 08:46:18 -0500 <p>I wrote this in my email and then Facebook this morning:</p> <blockquote> <p>I’ve been awake since 3am. I started with coffee and podcasts, and then I began making my bed and washing clothes. I then posted my daily <a href="/loop">Loop</a> song. And then I went for a run. It was 2.5 miles, which turns out to be the exact distance to my job and back. I’ll use that 2.5 number as a goal to win every morning. I can’t let the previous day beat me in time.</p> <p>How are you winning your day? What are some good morning habits that I should pick up?</p> </blockquote> <p>Winning the day truly feels possible when you wake up early enough. Feels impossible to be beat by anything when you do this. Some days are harder to wake up than others, but I’m learning how to overcome this. As soon as I become conscious, I get up. If I get up right away, I’m excited about my coffee, releasing a song, and making my bed. Those three things keep me focused. Oh, and putting my shoes on. I feel like once your shoes are on, the day has started. No turning back (unless you take them off and jump back in bed).</p> Babylon[2017]/ Mon, 18 Sep 2017 13:05:47 -0500 <p>It started with this incredible Momentous Trailer.</p> <div style="width:0;height:0"> </div><div class="videoContainer" style="padding-bottom:56.25%"><iframe src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></div> <p>I’ve played this trailer twenty times already. I had to do some digging, though, to figure out who actually sings the song in the background. Turns out it’s Ekali.</p> <div style="width:0;height:0"> </div><div class="videoContainer" style="padding-bottom:56.25%"><iframe src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></div> <p>This song is pure motivation.</p> Cellular Apple Watch apple Fri, 15 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <p><img src="//" width="700" height="467"></p> <p>I just ordered the new cellular Apple Watch. For my lifestyle, this is a game changer. For over two years now, my Apple Watch has been the first thing I grab and put on as soon as I wake up.</p> <ul> <li><p><strong>For health</strong>: tracking movement and monitoring heart rate.</p></li> <li><p><strong>For communication</strong>: messages and calls.</p></li> <li><p><strong>For time management</strong>: calendar and todo lists.</p></li> </ul> <p>A combination of being connected while still being focused on the environment around me, changes the way I think about technology. I want all of this information constantly, but I want it to compliment my day, not interrupt it. That’s what the Apple Watch does. I always keep it silent, so it taps me on the wrist with information, and I respond to that tap whenever I’m ready.</p> <div style="width:0;height:0"> </div><div class="videoContainer" style="padding-bottom:56.25%"><iframe src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></div> <p>With a cellular Apple Watch, I could go to the gym, or go for a walk around the city, or run errands around town, without the need to bring my phone with me. Just the Watch and my <a href="">AirPods</a>.</p> <ul> <li><p>Phone calls and Apple Music will go directly to my ear, without me ever having to reach for a phone.</p></li> <li><p>Siri will always be a command away (and because of the <span class="small-caps">W3</span> chip inside of this new Watch, Siri actually speaks out loud again).</p></li> <li><p>Maps and directions would all happen from my wrist.</p></li> </ul> <p>More than anything, though, the chains of technology are now broken off. I don’t have to hold a gadget to get an incredible amount of information, it’s now always a glance away.</p> Ice Cream Tee Wed, 13 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <p><img src="//" width="1400" height="1400"> <img src="//" width="1400" height="1400"> <img src="//" width="480" height="480"></p> <ul> <li><a href=";tsmac=store&amp;tsmic=nashp#cid=2122&amp;pid=2&amp;sid=front">Basic Tee: $22</a></li> <li><a href=";tsmac=store&amp;tsmic=nashp#pid=95&amp;cid=2260&amp;sid=front">Women Style: $24</a></li> <li><a href="">Pillow: $25</a></li> <li><a href=";tsmac=store&amp;tsmic=nashp#cid=101870&amp;pid=522&amp;sid=front">Mug: $15</a></li> <li><a href="">Gear Heads get 50%</a></li> </ul> <p><a href=""><span class="small-caps">🤷🏻‍♂️</span></a></p> Teach Me How To Doodle (Week 1) church/[small groups]/doodle Mon, 11 Sep 2017 10:41:19 -0500 <p><img src="//" width="1867" height="1400"></p> <p>Last night was the first week of <a href="">Teach Me How To Doodle</a>. 40 people showed up (to hang out, to draw, to eat red beans, and to play Mario Kart). Each person doodled something on an index card, with their name written at the bottom. At the end, we shuffled up these cards and picked a winner. The winner received a gift bag full of creative tools (paint brushes, canvases, and other cool artsy things). I appreciate everyone that showed up.</p> <p>Here’s their doodles:</p> <p><img src="//" width="1478" height="870"> <img src="//" width="1488" height="880"> <img src="//" width="1475" height="859"> <img src="//" width="1488" height="880"> <img src="//" width="1480" height="864"> <img src="//" width="1478" height="868"> <img src="//" width="1475" height="863"> <img src="//" width="1488" height="880"> <img src="//" width="1480" height="871"> <img src="//" width="1488" height="880"> <img src="//" width="1480" height="868"> <img src="//" width="1488" height="880"> <img src="//" width="815" height="1400"> <img src="//" width="1488" height="880"> <img src="//" width="1475" height="876"> <img src="//" width="1488" height="880"> <img src="//" width="1472" height="859"> <img src="//" width="1189" height="719"> <img src="//" width="1426" height="883"> <img src="//" width="1478" height="873"> <img src="//" width="1488" height="880"> <img src="//" width="1488" height="880"> <img src="//" width="1456" height="865"> <img src="//" width="1481" height="881"> <img src="//" width="1488" height="880"> <img src="//" width="1488" height="880"> <img src="//" width="1488" height="880"> <img src="//" width="1472" height="880"> <img src="//" width="1479" height="873"> <img src="//" width="1488" height="864"> <img src="//" width="2000" height="1210"></p> A Gym Sat, 09 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <p><img src="//" width="1200" height="627"></p> <p>I have this vision of a gym. A gym that would be used for a variety of things. It would have an office, and a stage, and a basketball court, and the mission would be to bring the community closer in fun and creative ways. Here’s how.</p> <ul> <li><p><strong>Creative Minds</strong>: creative consulting, weekly open-mic nights, kid’s learning centers, and so much more. Draw, paint, spoken word, build Legos, sing, crafts, play instruments, etc. Whatever creativity looks like that day, this would be the home for it.</p></li> <li><p><strong>Basketball</strong>: basketball camp for kids, nightly pick-up games, and weekend tournaments, where the proceeds help fund local outreaches around the community. Teaching the fundamentals and beauty of basketball to the children, while giving a safe and welcoming atmosphere to everyone else.</p></li> </ul> <p>This is a vision that’s been on my heart, and this is me speaking it into existence.</p> Patreon[meta]/ Fri, 08 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <p><img src=""></p> <h2 id="before">Before</h2> <p>Before talking about what’s next, I’d like to mention what came before it. My previous membership model made exactly $525. I rarely talked about it, and I preferred it to be out of sight, out of mind to those who weren’t interested. I was insecure about asking for money, but I knew it was needed. For it to still bring in that much money, quietly, is something I’m incredibly proud of (Also, this isn’t counting the amount of money the donate button, as well as all merchandise and album purchases, have brought in over the years). I’m thankful for each and every person that has contributed to my creations, and I’ll never take that for granted.</p> <h2 id="now">Now</h2> <p>Today, I’m streamlining that process, and going more public than I ever have before. Removed is the confusion on how to support my projects. Added is a much stronger service, built for what I was already doing on my own. Starting today, all support will go through <a href="">Patreon</a>. A Patron is someone who contributes $1 a month to the things I build.</p> <p><strong>One dollar</strong>: It’s my favorite part of this new setup. You’ll hardly notice a dollar missing, but if I keep doing what I’ve been doing for over a decade, one dollar, multiplied by however many people love the things I make, will add up to a full-time job. And that’s my goal: making it easier to support the things I create. Because every word from every project, ultimately adds up to changing the world. Or at the very least, my own little version of it.</p> Kassie’s Canvas: a guest post from Kassie Voisin[guest posts]/ Wed, 06 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <h3 id="more-guest-posts1">More: <strong><a href="">Guest Posts</a></strong></h3> <p><img src="//" width="1200" height="627"></p> <p>What I love most about Kassie Voisin is the fact that she’s all about results. She doesn’t just talk about what she’s going to do, she does it. That’s inspiring. <a href="">Follow</a> her on social media and you’ll quickly see how hard she works. I believe in not just creating, but showing your work along the way as well, and that’s what she does best (I’ve watched more time lapses of her paintings than I have of anything else in my life). If you create, the people following your work will connect with you more if you show them how to get from Point A to B. The natural tendency is to hide the mess, and only show the finished product, but the best advice I give anyone asking for help creating is: First, create. Anything. Second, show how you created it.</p> <p>I was first introduced to Kassie’s work when our Cross Kid’s building received a makeover. When they said it was getting a makeover, I assumed some tidying up, and maybe some new furniture. I would’ve never guessed something as creative as this. It catches you off guard the first time you walk up to one of Kassie’s murals. It transforms the atmosphere, wrapping around the walls of the hallways, and for a second, it places you in a different world.</p> <p>Pictures and videos never do something like this justice. Even this blog post won’t do the justice of her daily grind. Even my description lacks the details that go into her story, so I’ll let her explain it for you. I appreciate her taking some time out of her schedule to share her vision with my readers.</p> <div style="width:0;height:0"> </div><div class="videoContainer" style="padding-bottom:56.25%"><iframe src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></div> <hr> <h1 id="kassie-voisin">Kassie Voisin</h1> <p>Hi! I’m Kassie, owner of Kassie’s Canvas. I paint wall murals all around Louisiana and neighboring states. I started this business about 3 years ago when I got married. I was a full time medical student, when friends and family began asking me to paint canvases for them. Canvases eventually turned in to full wall paintings.</p> <p>My husband eventually pushed me to quit my full-time, stable job, to create art for a living. I was terrified. I didn’t go to college for this. I nearly failed art class in high school. I didn’t think that it would succeed, but each day, I went on the job and did my best to create passionate work that really brought out the customers imagination. They all think that I am the creative genius on the job, but really, it’s their ideas that I’m just bringing to life. That’s the best part!</p> <div style="width:0;height:0"> </div><div class="videoContainer" style="padding-bottom:56.25%"><iframe src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></div> <p>In Year 1, we had a few murals around Houma booked, but I knew that I had to go bigger. I began bringing my GoPro camera with me on the job. I would set it up, and record every mural I painted, really trying to give customers a behind the scenes look on how their mural came to life. Once the videos began going on Facebook, I started getting a lot of interest from around the country. Even people in Canada and Hawaii were calling to get murals painted!</p> <p>My husband and I spent countless hours answering messages and calls, getting hotels booked, and cities scheduled for murals all over. It has been such a crazy ride this far. Looking back, I still don’t understand why, or how we got so much interest. I’m just a simple, God-loving, small-town girl, who loves to paint, but it’s amazing what God can do with just that.</p> <p>Last year, <a href=""><span class="small-caps">POV</span> Magazine</a> reached out to do an article on my paintings, another huge milestone for me in my career:</p> <blockquote> <p>Whether it’s a space station for the laser tag arena at Pinocchio’s Pizza Playhouse, inspirational quotes and welcoming messages for a school, or a detailed depiction of Cinderella’s Castle for a child’s bedroom, Kassie prides herself on painting dreams with her large-scale custom murals.</p> </blockquote> <p>I feel like every time God puts a spotlight on this, it’s an avenue for me to share my testimony. This year, we even got a call from the Ellen DeGeneres show. I may not ever fully understand how this all happened, but I know that I love the journey. I love painting people’s homes. I feel like I’m spreading joy in such a different way. I don’t know where 2017 will take us, but I have my paintbrush ready!</p> Network (2017)[network]/network Mon, 04 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <p><img src=""></p> <h3 id="a-minimal-recap-of-the-noise.">A minimal recap of the noise.</h3> <hr> <h2 id="week-38">Week 38</h2> <p>As you can tell, I’ve been very intentional about the noise lately. I’ve been asking myself what’s really important and what’s just passing by. It doesn’t pay to waist my energy on something that is only temporary. So much so, that I’m even rethinking the Network project all together. But, maybe it’s good in this current form, with week numbers and thoughts like this.</p> <h2 id="week-37">Week 37</h2> <p>A <a href="">leak</a> happened during the end of last week. The <span class="small-caps">GM</span> build of iOS 11 put the Apple community in disarray, as it leaked tons of surprises that were supposed to be saved for the keynote.</p> <p>I’ve been making iterations to this Network concept: shrinking it down to its core, so it’ll age well, and remove clutter that truly doesn’t matter.</p> <h2 id="week-36">Week 36</h2> <p>I did something cool lately. I muted the noise completely. This will be one page that I’ll be happy with not being updated as much.</p> <p>Hurricane Irma is now a Category 5, and is one the <a href=";utm_content=chorus&amp;utm_medium=social&amp;utm_source=twitter">strongest</a> hurricanes ever recorded in the Atlantic.</p> <p>The week before the big Apple event. A week before we see the Steve Jobs Theater for the first time. A week before we see the 10th anniversary iPhone for the first time.</p> <h2 id="week-35">Week 35</h2> <p>Here’s the <a href="">trailer</a> for Brawl in Cell Block 99. Here’s everything coming to Netflix in <a href="">September</a>. <a href="">Nexus: 2036</a> is the bridge between the original Blade Runner and the upcoming Blade Runner: 2049. <a href="">Jerry Before Seignfeld</a> is coming to Netflix in September. Taylor Swifts new <a href="">music video</a>.</p> <p>Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at <a href="">Apple’s Fitness Lab</a>. The iPhone event is on the <a href="">12th of next month</a>, just a few weeks away. Here’s how Apple is <a href="">changing</a> the way you multitask and get to the home screen on the new iPhone. <span class="small-caps">LTE</span> Apple Watch is rumored to be announced too. Apple is aiming to use the Steve Jobs Theater for the event, but construction is still going on. Almost entirely <a href="">underground</a>.</p> <p>If you want success, you have to <a href="">go get it</a>. Leo Babauta shares his thoughts on being <a href="">single-minded</a>, and not doing two tasks at once. Texas could need <span class="small-caps">FEMA</span> <span class="push-double"></span><span class="pull-double">“</span><a href="">for years</a><span class="push-double"></span><span class="pull-double">”</span>. Here’s the solar eclipse from <a href="">9,700 feet</a>.</p> <h2 id="week-34">Week 34</h2> <p><a href="">The Fight</a>: Just a few hours away. This will be a circus. <a href="">Gruber on Mayweather</a>: I completely agree with this. <a href="">65%</a>: The clock is ticking.</p> <p><a href="">Humble</a>: Yiorgos breaks down the three creative camera techniques used to make the Humble music video.</p> <p><a href="">Goldeneye</a>: My first First Person Shooter. Great memories. <a href="">Taylor Swift</a>: This is different. <a href="">Kevin Durant</a>: Always a good conversation when these two guys talk. <a href="">Hurricane Harvey</a>: This is getting scary. <a href="">Whole Food Prime</a>: The first sign of Amazon integrating into Whole Foods.</p> <p><a href=""> Teaching Social Media</a>: This is all the way back from 2009. Incredible that this could’ve been recorded yesterday. Huge fan of this guy. <a href="">Things</a>: My task manager. I’ve tightened up this process a lot lately, and this app helps me focus on everything. <a href=""><span class="small-caps">NBA</span> Offseason</a>: A gif that sums it all up. <a href="">Ulysses Workflow </a>: Here’s a video that Shawn Blanc made, showing how he uses the app. It’s the app I use the most on all of my devices. <a href="">Def Comedy Jam 25</a>: So. Many. Names. <a href="">Body Suit</a>: I’m ready for my jetpack.</p> <p><strong>Network Feedback</strong>: This is still new, but I’m confident that this will be a great asset to the site. Here’s a readers feedback:</p> <blockquote> <p>I like the concept. I like the centrality of the material. I overall really enjoy it. It’s like news but for everything that’s <span class="small-caps">NOT</span> news. I’m busy now a days. It gives a one stop shop if ya will to keep up on things that I find important and even things that I don’t like but maybe useful in everyday conversation that overall boosts my social skills as in the game of thrones bs. I don’t know it don’t want to but you give me just enough to interact with someone who does and not sound like an idiot. Very well done sir.</p> </blockquote> <p><a href="">Game of Thrones</a>: I don’t like how convenient things are. It feels like decisions are being made based on time left. I think it’s showing that they’re out of source material. It’s lacking the pacing and complicated story structure that made all the other seasons so special. A season never was this direct. Big characters are magically appearing together because the writers need them to.</p> <p><a href="">Netflix in September</a>: Pulp Fiction, Dead Poets Society, The Squid and the Whale, Mark Maron, Foo Fighters, Jerry Before Seinfeld.</p> <p><a href="">Disney is working on a Netflix competitor</a>: Combining <span class="small-caps">ESPN</span>, which they own, and their huge Disney catalog. Everyone wants their own streaming service. Most will fail. I predict Disney will succeed.</p> <p><a href="">Jay Z Eats Press</a>: A great read. This guy has been impressing me and paving the way for nearly my entire life. This has been a good year for Jay, in the sense of aging gracefully.</p> <p><a href="">Remocing Amp</a>: This is huge. <span class="small-caps">AMP</span> is the worst. <a href="">Noise</a>: A note from the editor.</p> <p><a href="">Headphone Jack</a>: People are so scared of inconvenience, even when it’s obvious where technology is headed. Apple removed the headphone jack because they don’t need it anymore. It’s pointless to someone who never uses it. I’ve been using Bluetooth headphones and speakers for years. The same with discs. I can’t remember the last time I used an actual disc drive.</p> <p><a href="">Samsung</a>: my thoughts on Flash and Headphone Jacks. <a href="">The Shelf</a>: Didn’t think I’d need something like this until seeing it in action. <a href="">The Joker</a>: I have a good feeling about this. Scorsese telling the story of how Joker became Joker. Can’t wait.</p> <p><a href="">Green Bubbles</a>: iPhone lock-in, due to users not wanting green bubbles, meaning all of their friends and family use iMessage, is a real thing. iMessage, and what Apple has done to create so much value in it, is underrated. For many people, it’s the primary reason they stay with an iPhone.</p> <p><a href="">Kyrie Irving is a Celtic</a>: When news broke last month that Kyrie wanted to be traded, many said he wouldn’t be traded right away. I predicted that he’d be gone before the season started. Boston gets an upgrade at the point guard position, pairing him with Hayward. Cavs get Thomas, Crowder, and Brooklyn’s pick. I’m a big fan of Isaiah’s game, and I believe pairing him LeBron will put an even bigger spotlight on what he’s capable of. Thomas also played <span class="small-caps">AAU</span> with Kevin Love, so the chemistry there is interesting. The <span class="small-caps">NBA</span> storylines are never-ending.</p> <p><a href="">Essential Phone</a>: If you don’t like iPhone, this Essential Phone is what you want.</p> <p><a href="">Minimalism</a>, <a href="">Embrace it</a>: Look around your life. What can be removed? The smallest thing removed opens up new areas to enjoy. Clearing away distractions helps your perspective on the things you love and the future you want for yourself.</p> <p><a href="">Run Jump Die</a>: This looks like a fun iPhone game. <a href="">Sonic Mania</a>: My Nintendo Switch keeps getting better. The games I have are a blast to play, and Sonic is now included in this list.</p> <p><a href="">iPhone Pro</a>: This picture shows a glimpse of what’s to come next month. This new iPhone will be radically different than what we’re used to.</p> <p><a href="">iPhone Multitasking</a>: I’d be so much more productive if this would come to the iPhone. Switching apps like a ninja. I predict that if you keep swiping up, you’ll get to the home screen.</p> <p><a href=""><span class="small-caps">SNES</span></a>: Nintendo has been killing it lately. It feels like they’re finally understanding who they are and what sets them apart. It’s fun to watch. <a href="">Dark Fantasy by Kanye West</a>: I’m loving this podcast.</p> <p><a href="">iPhone</a>: We’re getting to close to the big announcement. This will be the biggest iPhone release in it’s 10-year history. <a href="">Death Note</a>: Looks like Netflix bombed on the adaption of one of my favorite anime’s. <a href="">Eclipse</a>: We are so weird.<a href="">From a plane</a>. <a href="">Peace</a>: There’s nothing in this world above peace. I’ve learned that the hard way, but now it comes first. <a href="">43 Bulletpoints on Personal Productivity</a>: so many good points.</p> <p><a href="">Taylor Swift</a>: With no profile picture, no other tweets, and no one that she’s following, 15 minutes ago, this tweet arrived.</p> <p><a href="">Game of Thrones</a>: The White Walkers are even scarier than I expected them to be. And now they have…removed spoiler. One episode left before we’re left with nothing to watch. This makes me sad. Time to watch <a href="">Talk The Thrones</a>.</p> <p><a href="">Nintendo Switch</a>: As popular as the Switch is, I still think it’s underrated compared to the other consoles. I can’t think of a console that I’ve enjoyed more. I bring it with me everywhere I go, and I’ve never see a crowd of people love games so much.</p> <p>Jay Z’s Interview With Rap Radar: This full interview is worth watching. Jay doesn’t do interviews often, so we tend to forget how well and clearly he speaks. Topics come up and he covers them through conversations that always feel direct.</p> <p><a href=""> Jay Z Discusses Kanye </a>: I wrote this before finding the full interview: A small clip of Jay being interviewed, and the way he explains the feud between Kanye was interesting. I don’t usually see an artist diss another on an album, and then explain it as properly and eloquent as this. There’s usually still tension.</p> Monthly Recap (August 2017)[2017]/[about 2017]/august Fri, 01 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <p><img src=""></p> <p>A few months ago, I moved to Thibodaux because of the Wellness Center, and this month, I finally got my membership there. So I’ve been playing basketball daily again, <a href="">stitches</a> and soreness included.</p> <div style="width:0;height:0"> </div><div class="videoContainer" style="padding-bottom:56.25%"><iframe src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></div> <h3 id="wellness-center-flyover-tour">Wellness Center Flyover Tour</h3> <p>I will remember August for the month that I rethought everything. A paradox of doing more and less at the same time. I created so many things this month:</p> <ul> <li><p><strong>I wrote about the <a href="/five">five changes</a> to my site.</strong> This bullet point and the link to the five changes should be the monthly recap by itself, because it’s all I thought of most of the month.</p></li> <li>I wrote about being an <a href=""><span class="small-caps">NBA</span> fan</a>.</li> <li>I wrote about <a href="">depresssion</a>.</li> <li><p>I <a href="">reviewed</a> the Amazon Echo Dot.</p></li> </ul> <p>But even more than all of those writings, the incredible amount of peace and joy I had this month will be what I remember the most.</p> Five Changes[meta]/five Thu, 31 Aug 2017 10:55:14 -0500 <p><img src="//" width="1200" height="627"></p> <p>Recently, I took a step back from my site and looked at it from a different perspective. When I did this, I saw more noise than I would’ve liked.</p> <p>So I asked myself:</p> <ul> <li>What could be done better?</li> <li>How can I simplify the process?</li> <li>How can it run smoother?</li> <li>How can I add more joy and value?</li> </ul> <p>The good thing is, the foundation is there, so it’s much easier to find ways to improve. The best advice I can give someone that wants to create is to just start. Figure the rest out along the way, but just start. The new changes aren’t perfect, but they don’t have to be. Iterate and optimize. I’m not afraid to shift the direction of what I’m working on, because my intentions are simple: keep building and let the results speak.</p> <p>Here’s the five changes I’ve made:</p> <ul> <li><p><strong><a href="/tagged/network">Network</a>: a minimal recap of the noise.</strong> I looked at my routine of posts each month, and the hierarchy was blurred. It was hard to tell what was important and what was just a new movie trailer. Network removes that clutter.</p></li> <li><p><strong><a href="/loop">The Loop</a>: a new song every day.</strong> It’s a podcast, so you subscribe to it, and then you’re notified as soon as the song is released each day. Since launching this, it’s been the first thing I do every morning, and that’ll continue until we reach 360 songs (a loop). Now, there’s only two ways to hear my music (both new and old), either through The Loop, or through the Fan Club.</p></li> <li><p><strong><a href="/fan">Fan Club</a>: for those who want more.</strong> It’s main purpose is to support my creations, but I’m making sure there’s as many perks as possible for you, to make it worth your time. My decade worth of music is a good way to start, but discounts on merchandise, and unlimited consulting hours are also available to those who need them.</p></li> <li><p><strong><a href="">Mailing List</a>: real conversations with the people that care.</strong> My mailing list is focused on sending you real, genuine emails that aren’t meant for my website (I sent the first one last week, and the feedback was incredible). They’re meant to be personal and less formal: just me talking to the people that care. And when you reply to the email, it comes directly back to me, and the conversation begins.</p></li> <li><p><strong><a href="/help">Consulting</a>: I’m here to help. Just let me know.</strong> Writing, blogging, iPhone assistance, Password management, Backing up photos, and whatever else you might need — if you need help with something, my new <a href="/help">Help</a> page (or my <a href="/about">About</a> page) has a schedule button at the bottom. We’ll get together, and I’ll help you solve whatever problem you’re currently having.</p></li> </ul> <p>All of this may seem like a lot, but it’s actually less than what I was doing before. My daily process has been reduced to only the essentials. This removes the resistance and friction that made my daily writing feel like work, and now I’m left with just the projects that come natural to me. It all feels liberating.</p> <p>I hope you like the new changes. <a href="">Join the mailing list</a>, and let me know which one’s your favorite.</p> Vic Mensa - The Autobiography (Review) mensa - the autobiography (review).md Fri, 25 Aug 2017 05:33:23 -0500 <p><img src="//" width="1698" height="1132"></p> The System Fri, 25 Aug 2017 05:33:18 -0500 <div style="width:0;height:0"> </div><div class="videoContainer" style="padding-bottom:56.25%"><iframe src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></div> The Kendrick Conspiracy: ToC (Video) kendrick conspiracy- toc (video).md Fri, 25 Aug 2017 05:33:17 -0500 <div style="width:0;height:0"> </div><div class="videoContainer" style="padding-bottom:56.25%"><iframe src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></div> <p>This video breaks down all the internet’s conspiracies about the album, and the second album that is rumored to arrive on Easter Sunday.</p> <p>Damn, Nation = The Other Color</p> <p>We’ll find out in a few hours.</p> <p>(I’m not 100% sold on this. It could be true, but I’m not getting my hopes up. I’ve been burned by the internet one too many times.)</p> <p><strong>Update:</strong> I’ve tested it out. You can too.</p> <ul> <li><p>It was written and mixed to be listened to in both directions.</p></li> <li><p>My new theory is they’ll release a new album tonight/tomorrow, but it’ll be the same songs, in the opposite order.</p></li> <li><p>The album will be called God.</p></li> <li><p>Duckworth starts it off, and Blood ends it.</p></li> <li><p>When you listen to it that way, new concepts pop up, like <span class="small-caps">DJ</span> Kid Capri yells:<span class="push-double"></span> <span class="pull-double">“</span>we gon’ put it in reverse!” Kendrick tells the origin story, and with<span class="push-double"></span> <span class="pull-double">“</span>Blood” as the outro, this is where he dies.</p></li> <li><p>Nothing is confirmed yet, though</p></li> </ul> <p><strong>Update 2:</strong> looks like this second album theory isn’t happening, despite all the clues that internet found. Either way, I enjoy the investigating.</p> “Self Control” and “Nights” from Frank Ocean’s Blonde album control and Fri, 25 Aug 2017 05:33:16 -0500 <p><img src="//" width="1600" height="900"></p> <ul> <li><a href="">Self Control</a></li> <li><a href="">Nights</a></li> </ul> <p>Here’s two of my favorite songs from Frank Ocean’s new album, <a href="">Blonde</a>. The depth of these songs are what stand out to me. It’s many concepts, melodies, and even vocal pitches, all rolled into one track. One line could be talking about one subject, and the very next line is talking about something completely different. The speed of the tempo might not be fast, but the train of thought is racing. These type of moments are all over this album, but these two tracks point to it the most (others from the album that do this is<span class="push-double"></span> <span class="pull-double">“</span>Nikes” and<span class="push-double"></span> <span class="pull-double">“</span>Futura Free”, two more of my favorites).</p> <p>Here’s a <a href="%0A">link</a> to the album.</p> Radiohead - Man of War - man of Fri, 25 Aug 2017 05:33:11 -0500 <div style="width:0;height:0"> </div><div class="videoContainer" style="padding-bottom:56.25%"><iframe src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></div> Kill Jay Z (Music Video) jay z (music video).md Fri, 25 Aug 2017 05:33:06 -0500 <div style="width:0;height:0"> </div><div class="videoContainer" style="padding-bottom:56.25%"><iframe src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></div> Macklemore - Kevin Feat. Leon Bridges (Music Video) Fri, 25 Aug 2017 05:33:05 -0500 <div style="width:0;height:0"> </div><div class="videoContainer" style="padding-bottom:56.25%"><iframe src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></div> The Loop: 013. Keep Chasing After Your Dreams[studio]/the loop- 013. keep chasing after your Fri, 25 Aug 2017 05:18:21 -0500 <div style="width:0;height:0"> </div><div class="videoContainer" style="padding-bottom:56.25%"><iframe src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></div> <p>Day 13 from <a href="/loop">The Loop</a>.</p>