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💩 = 🌱

Hey Friend 👋🏼, can you believe November is almost over already? I remember this time last year thinking the same thing and feeling a bit depressed over the fact that I had not accomplished many of the things I wanted to do that year. Has that ever happened to you?

This year has not been perfect, but I have accomplished more personally and for my family than I have in years. As the year comes to a close, a portion of my email will be dedicated to helping you create goals, start them, and stay motivated to finish them. If you’re serious about making 2020 your best year yet, I’m considering starting a private group for those of us interested in making next year amazing. Let me know if you are interested in something like that.

I had multiple requests for a copy of my Daily Log, so I created a page where you can download the template for free. Check it out.

On Feeling Overwhelmed

It’s easy to get overwhelmed these days. More things pulling at us than ever before, and it’s hard to process it all. One of the things I have started tracking in my Daily Log is the things that are currently overwhelming me. When I get overwhelmed, my wheels kind of just spin in place. It’s hard for me to make a decision and move forward. Are you this way? I sometimes get overwhelmed when I have to decide what to focus on and especially when I have something I wanted to finish, but it’s time for me to stop working and spend time with my family.

Later today, I am going to start calendar blocking. Calendar blocking is the practice of planning out your entire day, so you know what to expect. I have tried this before, but it didn’t last because I didn’t dedicate myself to making it work. Using a task manager has worked well for making progress on projects, but blocking out my time will ensure I have time scheduled for those projects, so I am not scrambling to find time throughout the day.

What overwhelms you? When you are finished reading this share it with me in the comment section below.

Insights I’m Exploring

I was pretty busy this past week with client projects and publishing a few videos for State of Tech. During my time at the gym and while working, I listen to audiobooks and podcasts. When something interesting is said, I log it in my Daily Log. Sometimes those ideas inspire me to write a blog or record a podcast. I wanted to share a few thoughts with you from my Daily Log this week.

We must go beyond knowing to feeling.

You can know something, but for it to be real, you have to feel it. To improve my life, I have to do more than understand what needs to be done. I need to feel the “why.”

I need to be right because when I’m right, I feel safe.

This thought kicked me in the chest. I am much better now, but in the past, I always had to be right. It didn’t matter if it ruined the connection I had with someone. Being right made me feel safe because, as a child, I was often told that I was wrong. I’ve been practicing holding back in conversations to avoid having to make a point or appear superior to the other person.

When 💩 Hits the Fan

I had this thought about a common phrase we use when something goes wrong. When 💩 hits the fan, where does the 💩 go? Does it stick to the fan? Does the fan sling it all over the room? If life is the 💩 and we are the fan, what am I doing with all of the 💩 that comes my way?

I had this thought as a milk commercial was on the TV in front of me at the gym. The cow was at a dairy. Now I was thinking about 💩 hitting the fan and cow 💩. That’s just how my brain works 🤷🏼‍♂️

I thought about how farmers turn cow 💩 into fertilizer that is used to grow plants. So 💩 = 🌱

How can I take challenges that life throws at me and turn them into growth opportunities?

Did something inspire you this week? Share it with me, I would love to hear about it.

📺 New Videos This Week

State of Tech – Mobile Tech Reviews, Tips & News

The iPad Pro is a year old, and it looks like Apple won’t be updating it until the spring of 2020. Is the iPad Pro worth it? This week I published a video on the iPad Pro 11-inch model one year later and discussed how I have been using it.

iPad Pro – 1 Year Later Review – How I Use It

Upcoming Videos:

  • Massive iPhone 11 Pro Case Haul Review
  • Airpods 2 vs Powerbeats Pro
  • How to Make Your iPad Pro the Perfect Laptop Replacement
  • Boosted Board Plus vs Boosted Mini X

Subscribe to get notified when new videos go live.

Ditch Auto – Photography Reviews, Tips & News

I didn’t get anything new out on Ditch Auto this week but I am editing a few videos that will go live before the end of the month.

Upcoming Videos:

  • Canon 90D vs Nikon D500 – Which one to buy?
  • Canon 90D – 10 Settings to Change
  • Nikon D750 Review 2019 – 5 Years Later – Is it still any good?

Subscribe to get notified when new videos go live.

My YouTube Channel

I had been looking for a tool I could use to manage my work and life rather than having several tools that worked well but didn’t talk to each other. I found Notion, and for the past few weeks, I’ve been figuring out how to implement it into my life. I decided to put out a video sharing how I am using it. Notion is free, visit the Notion website.

How I’m Using Notion for Productivity

Upcoming Videos:

  • 7 Ways to Be More Self Disciplined
  • I quit drinking for 30 days
  • 10-Minute Rule for Overcoming Any Habit

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From My Resonance Log

Ideas, quotes, and thoughts that are “resonating” with me make it to my new Resonance Log in Notion. Here are a few from the past week:

“Even if you’re sure you can win, be careful that you can live with what you lose.” – Gary Keller

“You will get there when you are meant to get there and not a moment sooner… so relax, breathe, and be patient.” – Unknown

“What other people think about you isn’t about you. It’s about them.” – Unknown


🇺🇸 Writing From: Home Office

💪🏼 Current Challenges:

  • 20,000 Steps/Day for 30-days (Day 3 – Friend me on Fitbit)
  • No Sip November – No alcohol (Day 21)

📱 App of the Week: Notion

🎧 Listening: Brain Food Playlist on Spotify

📖 Reading: Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life by Nir Eyal

🍿 Watching: When a Korean kid meets an American kid for the first time – YouTube

➡️ More now


I’m contemplating starting a weekly newsletter for photography and technology, perhaps one for each. These newsletters would be a collection of news and tips with the goal of keeping you informed with what’s new and also teaching you something new each week.

If this is something that would interest you, please reply to this email and tell let me know.

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