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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.

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.)

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.

As far the rotations, for the first time in Paul’s NBA 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.

Tuesday night, the opening night for the NBA 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 MVP last year). Paul had nothing to lose by going here. All upsides.

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.


Getting Things Done (a lot of things)

I want to talk to you about being productive. The tools I use matter to me (I use OmniFocus), 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, Getting Things Done.)

1. Brain Dump

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.

2. Projects

Every idea and task added to my inbox most likely has an end-goal, meaning what does finished 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.

An example project would be:

Clean out closet:

  • Get bags
  • Go through clothes
  • Go through other items
  • What to donate?
  • What to throw away?
  • Anyone I know want this?
  • Put bags in garbage
  • Put bags in car
  • Bring to friend
  • Bring to Goodwill

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.

3. Context

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 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.

4. Review

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.


Rinse and repeat. This isn’t something you do once. I’ve been practicing GTD 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.

I hope this helps get some of your projects started, and ultimately free your mind for new things.


What I Have Is Enough

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.

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.

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.


Your Single Season (and the Gift of Today), by Chelsea Verdin

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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 guest post, where she recognizes the differences between the two.


Elisabeth Elliot once said:

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 real” living were around the next corner. It is today for which we are responsible. God still owns tomorrow.

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.

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.

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?

Of course He does. He not only has your paper of interests, but He helped you write it. He sat with you going, 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, 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.’

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 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.

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.

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.


Teach Me How To Doodle - Week 2

What’s your dream job, or what do you want to be when you grow up?


Monthly Recap (September 2017)

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.

Blog

Small Groups


Loud: Without Ever Saying A Word (Tee and Mug)

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.


The Unfollow Button

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.

My point is this: YOU 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 ALL you have to see. And if you ever see something you don’t like, guess what? UNFOLLOW BUTTON. 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.

Let’s continue: if you like Popeyes, and Dominos, and 10 other food places, and they’re that important to you, you literally can ONLY see that ALL day.

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.

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.

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.

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.

That’s a life hack that will enhance your day in every way.


Cellular Apple Watch

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.

  • For health: tracking movement and monitoring heart rate.

  • For communication: messages and calls.

  • For time management: calendar and todo lists.

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.

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 AirPods.

  • Phone calls and Apple Music will go directly to my ear, without me ever having to reach for a phone.

  • Siri will always be a command away (and because of the W3 chip inside of this new Watch, Siri actually speaks out loud again).

  • Maps and directions would all happen from my wrist.

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.


Ice Cream Tee

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Mugshots and Coffee Addictions

My day has three key points, with similar breaks in between.

  • Oh great, it’s breakfast. I’ll fix some coffee to start my day.’

  • HashtagLunchtimeCoffeeTime!’

  • Almost time for bed, think I’ll fix me another coffee.’

Cafes, drive-throughs, church, work: it’s become an all-day process. Coffee is either with me or waiting for me. At home, to say that I’m a minimalist, I’m also a coffee-hoarder. I didn’t even know there was such a thing, until I started organizing the kitchen in my new apartment.

The first step is admitting (I say this while taking another sip). I had my own little intervention, as I laid everything out in the open: I counted an Expresso machine, an old-fashion-dripping-pot, a Frenchpress, an electric kettle, a coffee grinder, an Areopress, a Keurig, 50 K-Cups, creamers (powder ones, liquid ones), fresh beans, filters, half bags of old coffee grounds, caramel flavored Latte foam—and the list keeps going.

A year ago, my friend mentioned that, one day, we should open up our own coffee shop, and it’s as if I’ve been preparing the inventory for it ever since.


Teach Me How To Doodle (Week 1)

Last night was the first week of Teach Me How To Doodle. 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.

Here’s their doodles:


A Gym

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.

  • Creative Minds: 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.

  • Basketball: 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.

This is a vision that’s been on my heart, and this is me speaking it into existence.


Patreon

Before

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.

Now

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 Patreon. A Patron is someone who contributes $1 a month to the things I build.

One dollar: 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.


Kassie’s Canvas: a guest post from Kassie Voisin

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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. Follow 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.

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.

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.


Kassie Voisin

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.

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!

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!

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.

Last year, POV Magazine reached out to do an article on my paintings, another huge milestone for me in my career:

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.

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!


Monthly Recap (August 2017)

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, stitches and soreness included.

Wellness Center Flyover Tour

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:

  • I wrote about the five changes to my site. 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.

  • I wrote about being an NBA fan.
  • I wrote about depresssion.
  • I reviewed the Amazon Echo Dot.

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.


Five Changes

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.

So I asked myself:

  • What could be done better?
  • How can I simplify the process?
  • How can it run smoother?
  • How can I add more joy and value?

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.

Here’s the five changes I’ve made:

  • Network: a minimal recap of the noise. 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.

  • The Loop: a new song every day. 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.

  • Fan Club: for those who want more. 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.

  • Mailing List: real conversations with the people that care. 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.

  • Consulting: I’m here to help. Just let me know. Writing, blogging, iPhone assistance, Password management, Backing up photos, and whatever else you might need — if you need help with something, my new Help page (or my About page) has a schedule button at the bottom. We’ll get together, and I’ll help you solve whatever problem you’re currently having.

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.

I hope you like the new changes. Join the mailing list, and let me know which one’s your favorite.


Vic Mensa - The Autobiography (Review)


The Kendrick Conspiracy: ToC (Video)

This video breaks down all the internet’s conspiracies about the album, and the second album that is rumored to arrive on Easter Sunday.

Damn, Nation = The Other Color

We’ll find out in a few hours.

(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.)

Update: I’ve tested it out. You can too.

  • It was written and mixed to be listened to in both directions.

  • My new theory is they’ll release a new album tonight/tomorrow, but it’ll be the same songs, in the opposite order.

  • The album will be called God.

  • Duckworth starts it off, and Blood ends it.

  • When you listen to it that way, new concepts pop up, like DJ Kid Capri yells: we gon’ put it in reverse!” Kendrick tells the origin story, and with Blood” as the outro, this is where he dies.

  • Nothing is confirmed yet, though

Update 2: looks like this second album theory isn’t happening, despite all the clues that internet found. Either way, I enjoy the investigating.


Self Control” and Nights” from Frank Ocean’s Blonde album

Here’s two of my favorite songs from Frank Ocean’s new album, Blonde. 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 Nikes” and Futura Free”, two more of my favorites).

Here’s a link to the album.


Radiohead - Man of War


Kill Jay Z (Music Video)


The Loop: 013. Keep Chasing After Your Dreams

https://youtu.be/wurTZ56biNg

Day 13 from The Loop.


Welcome to iPad: the five apps I download first

I’ve been testing iOS 11 lately, and because of that, I’ve been erasing my iPad every week and starting from scratch. It sounds scary, but I’ve started to enjoy the process of starting over. It gives me a chance to curate what apps I actually need. Because of this process, I’ve learned how little I need all the apps that I considered important. What I considered necessities before, looking back now, were distractions, keeping me from the apps that I should be using.

Welcome to iPad

Welcome to iPad is the screen you see before seeing the home screen for the first time. The only apps on here are the ones that come on the device. It’s time to begin adding my essentials.

Ulysses

Ulysses is always the first app I download (there’s a 14-Day Trial if you want to check it out). It’s my mind. It’s my site. It’s where any thought, any lyric, any blog post, and any story, goes. It’s all synced with iCloud, so as soon as the app is downloaded, all of my words are there waiting for me.

Things

Things is my second app downloaded. It’s my task-manager. It’s where I game plan for the day, with current projects, as well as a big picture view of what’s coming up in the future.

1Password

1Password is my third app downloaded. It could’ve easily been my first, depending on what information I needed that day. It’s where every password I use is stored. It’s where I put any secure information that I don’t want anyone else knowing.

Tweetbot

Tweetbot is my fourth app downloaded. It’s where I get all of my information (news and things I’m interested in). It’s the app that gives me every idea to write about. It’s 7 years of hand selecting people and sites to follow. I’ve come to trust this list more than anything else on the internet. It’s critical to my day.

Fantastical

Fantastical is my fifth app downloaded. It’s my calendar, the only calendar app I’ve used for many years. The ease of use, aesthetics, and the powerful text recognition. Just typing Lunch on Friday at 12 at Olive Garden” would turn into a calendar event titled Lunch, with the location being Olive Garden, date being this Friday, and time being noon. Type a sentence like you’re texting a friend, and it turns into a complete event.


Work Ethic

https://youtu.be/h_COs45mnXo

Day 4 from The Loop.


The Power of iPad and iOS 11

Apple just released some videos explaining what’s coming in iOS 11. It’s game changing.

Dock

Multitasking

Hands

Files

Pencil

Scan


I’m Co-Leading Two Small Groups (Fall 2017)

  • Teach Me How To Doodle (And Dinner): Every other Sunday, a group of us will be getting together to cook dinner (Heather) and attempt to doodle (me). Join here.

  • No Tellin’ Tuesdays: Me and my friend Janea will be leading a group on Tuesdays. We couldn’t decide on one thing to do, so we’re doing everything. Zoo, camping, picnics? No tellin’. Join here.


The Black Keys, An Old Speaker, and The Future (an Amazon Echo Dot Review)

It woke me up at 5am this morning. As I climbed out of bed, I said, Alexa, play The Black Keys Radio.” I started making my bed with music playing low in the background. Before showering, I grabbed my 7 year old bluetooth speaker and turned it on. The Echo Dot instantly connected to the speaker, and The Black Keys was jamming in the bathroom. When it was time to leave for work, I turned off the old bluetooth speaker, and the music continued playing low on the Echo Dot, right above the headboard of my bed. I left for work.

I just came home for lunch, and The Black Keys was still playing in the bedroom, as background noise. I preheated the oven, put the pizza inside, and then told Alexa to set a 15 minute timer. I turned on the little old bluetooth speaker, The Black was jamming again, as I washed dishes. Before finishing the last dish, the timer went off. I dried my hands, and pulled the pizza out of the oven. The music continued. I’ll be leaving for work in a few minutes, and The Black Keys will still be performing all of their songs, as they wait for me to return home.


Ulysses Is Switching To Subscription

I use this app every day to write, so without a doubt, I’m signing up. My blog is ran through this app, and all the books I’m attempting to write, are organized in here as well. The app is free to try now too, unlike before, so I recommend giving it a try.


NBA Fan

I’m writing to clarify how I view the NBA, which is less of a fandom now, and more of an obsession. Each team that I’ve become a fan of, I obsess over every little detail. And thanks to NBA League Pass, I get to watch many teams, and more importantly, I’m not limited to just the local team (Being forced to be a fan of whatever the local team is, seems to be backwards thinking, and limiting ourselves to the broad range of the global society we have with the internet. Nothing is local anymore, unless you want it to be. I prefer to follow things all around the world).

If it hasn’t been clear who I’m a fan of in the NBA, just search my site to see. Spoiler: it’s Chris Paul. Chris Paul has only been on two teams in his NBA career (Hornets and Clippers), and now three with this upcoming season (Rockets). When Paul left the Hornets, I stopped watched them. When Paul was hurt on the Hornets, I didn’t watch them until he came back. Same for the Clippers. I don’t bounce around to whatever team is winning at the time. I simply follow Chris Paul.

Besides Chris Paul, I was a fan Iverson with the Sixers (Claxton, Hill, Snow, Mutumbo), and I was a fan of the Kings (Webber, Bibby, Peja, Divac, Jackson years). Before that, I was a fan of Michael Jordan. I was too young to understand all the details, but I remember staring at the television while the other kids in the house were doing kids things.

I never got the chance to watch Magic, Bird, Dr. J, Wilkins and all the legends play night after night. If I could’ve, I’m sure I’d obsess over a specific player the same way I do Paul. We have the luxury of following these athletes better than ever. I can stay in the comfort of my home and never miss a CP3 play, and since he’s been in the league, I’ve done just that. Never. Missed. A. Play. True definition of an obsession. If I can go back in time, I would do the same with Michael Jordan, John Stockton, and Steve Nash.


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