And I drew it on my analog notepad. And for once in a long time, a long-term vision has developed and I now have a clear strategy of how to achieve it. And I will succeed in that.
A photoshoot with all bells and whistles. Now it is time to get planning and get the shi* done!
Chris here and this is a secret I let you in on today. I am usually a person who does not like change – which is bad and dangerous – do not be like that!
And I am a creature of habit. So I usually hate change! Again, bad bad bad! So recently I decided that being uncomfortable is actually a good thing as it means that I am in a situation where I learn something new, broaden my horizon and grow as an individual. and without being uncomfortable I will never move on.
So far it has been a few days and it has been great so far. Live life to the full and do what you want to do. I think it is time to take a risk – and be completely out without a safety line.
Who is in or who opposes this?
When I would talk to a friend or anyone in the past my vocabulary would be very much different to what I am using today. Changing my vocabulary has not only helped me to sound smarter than I really am but in fact, it has helped me to broaden my horizon and has helped me to gain a bit of more knowledge. And sometimes it makes you feel better and a bit more creative.
Yes, it might just be a psychological thing, but it totally works! At least to 90% for me. Why not give it a try for yourself and let me know? Evolving and using proper language and eloquent words will change your life. Go and check it out.
OK folks here is a statement of fact – and this is a fact that I did not want to acknowledge up until right now. This fact is that I am not patient and am not focusing my energy on things that matter.
What do I mean by this? I mean that for some time now I have been a YouTube junkie watching hours of, sometimes meaningful and oftentimes non-meaningful content. These hours ladies and gentlemen I am not getting back! And for anyone of you out there here is my tip against that.
Just as you would train your body aka muscles etc. in the gym so you can train your memory. Fair enough it is still early stages for me and I am not speaking of success here! The road is long but I get up 78 times if I fell 77 times before. It does not matter. So what did I do? I read this article (Tim Ferriss – I love you! Purely for your content OK? – https://tim.blog/2014/07/16/how-to-learn-any-language-in-record-time-and-never-forget-it/)
You know what? Reading this text really required my utmost attention is usually I would just skip through a text like that not appreciating the content produced. I would not have the patience and would just give up and say “it’s OK!” where it is not OK. In our society fast is the way to go. Read a book? Nah, let’s use audible. Ok ok, this is a bit cheeky but you know what I mean, yeah?
So after having finished this interesting article I am proud of this and will repeat this exercise of calming down and taking my time to read more. After all, reading stimulates more than just dumb watching a video.
Epiphany of the day. A good old notepad is better than Google Keep or Evernote for me to get my thoughts sorted, analyzed and mapped out. I honestly was refusing to believe this, but some of my digital notes are fragmented on so many sites and services that finding them appears to be a major PITA. Do you know this feeling? You look for something, but where the hell is it?
Evernote? Google Keep? Box, DropBox, GoogleDrive? Or maybe on this folder that I created some months ago using a tag that made sense at that time but now returns no results? Yeah, that is me as I walk this planet. And let me tell you what, it “just ain’t working for me”. I figured out that I love the analog system that is writing stuff down on a piece of paper and be more actively involved in thoughts and – well it just feels that the things I write down are more meaningful than something copied or typed on the computer.
It is a bit like shooting film. Shooting film is a whole different experience that one cannot explain, you need to experience this for yourself. My tip is to buy any used analog camera 35mm film and start shooting, or use an old film camera you have lying around and experience the fresh perspective on things you gain.
Getting out of the fast-paced environment and maybe comfort zone makes a refreshing change.
Anyway that was a wee sidenode, here am I sitting writing down the way I want to go from now on. And this is how the start looks like.
As promised here is another post on my blog, and I am getting in the hang of it. I also decided to not abbreviate I am with I’m etc. as I like it better that way and it makes it easier to read.
Before I continue I want to say a few things that helped me or are at least helping me at the moment to find my mojo. For one there would be the amazing Tim Ferriss and fearless (https://tim.blog/fearless/). His Youtube channel and blog have certainly inspired me to do something and to start creating content. Also thanks to this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDcB13UdssU
It certainly started to click in my brain. You know, when you feel that you are stuck in limbo it can be super duper hard to get out of this situation, and in this case this means full steam ahead and write it off my chest, or, fingers, in this case. So welcome, you’re officially part of my journey to full self rehabilitation as an artist and I hope that soon I can present some of my relaunched work here that will blow you away.
Right now I am writing this on an Oolong Orange Green Tea at a Waterstones store somewhere in the North East. My current setup comprises of a
- MacBook Pro that has been with me for 5 years and still going strong, touch aluminium
- A BlackBerry Z10 – yes, for real. Great phone and gets the job done
- A notepad, a traditional fully analog one and a pen
Here is a photo of the setup
Happy blogging times. Stay healthy and creative.
When it comes to share my work, well-selected work of my photography, which is a mixture of urban, landscape and black and white I made it very hard for myself. Well, in fact, I did not have the balls to go all in one of my favorites. That is Photoshelter. Photoshelter is an amazing website and the commerce options are second to none.
However, since doubt (I hate this word and I should become fearless) had me switching from a trial of PhotoShelter to Smugmug, did not like the setup and options and finally, at least for now ended up on shootproof. Website link for those of you interested is http://christianheld.shootproof.com
Feel free to check it out and let me know your feedback. I promise any criticism will be hugely appreciated. So fire away.
What do you do when it comes to display your work? Do you go all in at once and dash out a monthly fee or do you try to keep it free? Let me know, looking forward to hearing from you.