Challenges Day 1

Sorry, my post is late. I had it almost ready to go and then I locked myself out of my computer. It’s fixed now.


Day one productivity challenge and minimalism.

Writing wise, I’m still working on the second half of that goal. Being distracted by SNL. The 10 minutes this morning went by fast! I felt like I’d hardly started when my timer went off. Might make that goal a bit longer if the following days feel the same.

The cover letter goal is near finished. It’s been written and edited with prep for email. I still have to send but have a couple loose ends to tie up. Will send out along with my other cover letter later. Art wise I promise you I made something but it goes along with my cover letter. I don’t want to share it since it’s directly related to the companies I’m applying for.

Minimalism goal achieved! I decided to get rid of this writing fiction guide. I use online guides so this guy has been gathering dust below my bookcase.



Mondays are for Updates

I think I’m going to do life updates on Monday nights for the next few weeks. It’ll help me see where I am and remind me to pay attention to how I’m feeling. So here’s my updates on this burnout recovery.

I’m starting to feel better. I’ve been getting a lot more exercise and fixing my bedtime should help. It’s also the start of the Booktube-A-Thon 2016 tonight so I’ve been getting some reading in. Although not much between PokemonGo & actual work I’ve been a little distracted. I have some plans to just read tonight so going to get that going. I also have a hand me down and better camera with good video so I plan to be using that tomorrow. Look for some video experiments soon. I still need to get a tripod so I can’t promise said video experiments will be stable unless I can find a way to stick it on some books.

I am also finally getting some actual work done. The last few weeks have been the type of busy where I feel like a lot is going down, but isn’t necessarily productive work. I’m trying to be really adamant about what is productive. I think that is where part of my stress is coming from. I’ve been doing a lot of busy activities and not prioritizing work that is actually productive towards the goals or work. So now that I’ve really narrowed down what is important and what I need to say ‘no’ I hope that it’ll get a lot easier. I’m finally getting back on track, slowly, for some class homework. I’m working on making sure my todo list is actually checked off rather than full of arrows and notes saying “do tomorrow.” This has been a good Monday for focus and clearing my head.

I’m also doing my best to work on my minimalism goals. So really going through the items I have by either trashing or donating them. I’m definitely looking for what things are adding value and what’s just existing to exist. I’m not doing the best job because I did go to the flea market the other day, but I’m at least trying again.

I’m also working on getting my freelance jobs more together as I continue with my main job search. I need to find a better income source other than just the one off job or two so I’m teetering about just going for something part-time. I’m trying to figure out something that won’t stress me out too much, but that I can still save some money up for. But things to figure out tomorrow. I need to go to bed and get some more reading in!



Goal Checkins

Time for a 2016 Goal check-in/status update. Been awhile since I’ve looked at them and tracked my progress. Below is a reminder of my goals below, some have changed a bit.

  1. 12 Animations, one per month to get better at animating
  2. Improve storytelling by doing 365 days of stories on a blog.
  3. Minimalism
  4. Find a design or mograph job.
  5. Read 52 books this year.
  6. More videos on Youtube.

Animations have been on pause recently since I spent a long time really trying to finish up the School of Motion projects. Now that it’s done I really just need to get that reel of them together and post it for you to see.  Also I need to rework a few scripts as well as do some concepting. Since I haven’t been animating outside of the homework I’ve been focusing on analyzing other animations.

Which leads into my Storytelling improvement goal via this blog. I would say that my goal is still ongoing, but has taking a pivot towards Animation Inspiration. Although not traditional storytelling the analyzing has been helpful in making sure I keep improving. I would like to see myself really bring back in the creation part though. Meaning creating stories from my own ideas rather than just finding them and analyzing. The blog in itself is still going swell since I’m still updating every night.

Minimalism is going okay. I’m not getting rid of a lot of things, but I am trying to make sure I bring in only things that are of value. This has helped me from buying really useless items just for the sake of how pretty they are. So still working on this. The objective is to pair down to most essential items when I eventually move for a job (hopefully soon.)

Job wise I’m on the hunt for some interesting internships and jobs right now. I’m reworking my website again for it and doing some other things for it. Hoping for something mograph/animation related!

Reading is going slow…I realized today I’ve been sucked into the Netflix bubble. We have it till May for a couple shows my sister needs to watch for her homework. Today my mother forgot to renew it so I was locked out for the day. Oh my god, I didn’t realize how much time I waste on it. I kept going to Netflix when bored only to realize it was the 5th time I’d visited the site in the past half hour. Need to start replacing it with reading.

Youtube is going better. I made vlogs for my spring break trip to New Mexico. The thing is when I got back I realized I don’t like vlogging that much. I’m up for trying Booktube again, but I need to get on my reading goal for that.

This is a reminder to myself to get back on track. Stop watching Netflix. I’ve been derailing my focus as a result. Also, I needed a reminder of what my goals were again. I’d lost sight of the reading one which kind of impairs the goal for Youtube. Gonna have to make sure I do more monthly checkins. The checkins will help remind me to get back on the path and stop wandering/watching aimlessly.

How’s everyone else’s goals/New Years Resolutions going? Start new ones, give up, or pivot any of them?


Milestone Checkin

Today I thought I’d do a bit of a check in on my goals for the 2016 year. We’re far enough in that I can see which ones I’m neglecting and which ones I’m carrying on with or need adjusting. If you don’t know the goals I have the short version below.

  1. 12 Animations, one per month to get better at animating
  2. Improve storytelling by doing 365 days of stories on a blog.
  3. Minimalism
  4. Find a design or mograph job.
  5. Read 52 books this year.
  6. More videos on Youtube.

Below are my quick thoughts I wrote down.


Animation wise I’ve decided to half my goal of 12 this year to 6. (Only if I get really far behind will I lower it to 4.) It’ll be a lot more manageable and it’ll give me the freedom to pad. I’ve been running into the issue of not knowing what I’m doing animation wise so it takes a little longer to learn and then perfect. I also feel a little guilty for not finishing the Snackadoodle one, but also wanting to double up efforts on my mental health idea. I would rather make these viable portfolio pieces and try to understand the mechanics of animation than just make for the sake of quantity.

So, my main goal, the Storytelling habit with this blog is going quite well. Aside from posting a bit late in the evening sometimes and that single day where my internet was being off kilter I’ve kept it up. Like I said in the illustration, I am running into the issue of getting a little off track. I think some solutions to that are to pick some running themes for the month or week and keep within them. It’ll help me organize topics all around. It has been helping that I have picked specific days for the animation goal updates.

I had another goal which was Minimalism. So far rather than reducing the number of items I have I’ve only gotten more, and many of them serve no purpose other than I like them. I’m tempted to try this again later in the year. I want to reduce some items so that if I move–which I’m sure I will in the near future–I don’t schelp along useless items. Also the idea of really being intentional is good practice. I think I need to get back to reading The Minimalists blog. It’ll help put me back on track a bit towards minimalism, and remind me to be more mindful of the items I keep and bring in.

Design job wise I have an amazing contract job with Food on a Truck! It’s been amazing so far working with them and I’m really enjoying it. Even though I love it, I know that I want to be working in the motion graphic industry sooner than later. So as the year progresses and I finish up School of Motion’s Animation Bootcamp I’m continuing my search for mograph & animation jobs and internships. I will make title credits for a living. I will.

So reading…I’ve been slacking on this one. Part of the reason I’m failing that minimalism goal is I keep buying more books. The problem is that instead of reading these books I’m just getting more. This is not helpful.  I’ve decided to start a daily habit of reading for 20 minutes every day. I’ve been in a bad reading slump, one that even Harry Potter hasn’t pulled me out of, so it’s time to start a daily routine. That’s always been the most helpful thing for me, so routine here I come!

And last, but not least, my Youtube goal. I’ve loosely decided that I want a minimum of 2 videos a month, if not more. Biweekly is a good goal considering that I have limited amount of time to film and edit. I’ve been doing reasonably well with the filming aspect for the goal, but finding time to edit has been a challenge. I have a backlog of tags I’ve started for booktube and footage created, but it’s all moot if I don’t post it. So, like the reading and storyteller habits, I’m going to start a routine. Every Tuesday is video day. I just need to upload a video to my channel. You’re welcome to watch my progress, but my videos are still improving. I’m still a bit iffy with the idea of talking to a camera, but that’s half the point of starting the channel. I want to get more comfortable with being on the screen and to stop hiding behind it. It’s weird ’cause I like my voice, but I tend to freeze up in front of the camera. Oh well, you have to start somewhere.

Feel free to keep up with my yearly progress on these goals. I’ll do these checkins every once in awhile to see where I am and what I need to alter. How’s everyone else’s goals going? Are you still keep up with your resolutions? Or did you get off track and need to start again? Let me know via a tweet or comment!