Motivation

Spent all day hanging with the fam. It was fun. I was in no way productive as a result, but family time is always important. We bought our Christmas tree, went to a craft market, and found gifts. Since I didn’t do any work today I now have to make up for all that tomorrow. Need to get some sleep and wake up early to work. Especially since I got another idea for an animation project…I have so many on my list, but time and money are killing the mood! Guess that’s why I’m applying for the Adobe Creative Residency. Would be amazing to just work on these head animations forever and ever without worry.

If you’re in need of a good motivational video watch as Gary Vaynerchuk calls a bunch of his fans. Even just watching 10 minutes gets you pumped to get some hustle on! I know I’m inspired to make tomorrow fantastically productive! Gonna get some good rest so that I can get shit done!

 

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Updates

Welp rebranding progress is stalled. On the other side of the productivity stick, I finally backed up my computer files, deleted a ton of photos I didn’t need, and updated my computer OS from Snow Leopard to Sierra. Quite a fun and big change I’ve been procrastinating on for the last two years. Six full hours of updating. So fun…so fun. #sarcasm

Spent the earlier half of the day planning for the Adobe Creative Residency proposal. I’m thinking I’ll do some Christmas and/or end of the year mographs for the examples of what I want to create. Still trying to narrow down the main project I want to get done, just know it’s motion design. Too many ideas for animations popping into my head and I find myself adding more every time I open a word doc or notebook. Consulting friends about the projects I have and trying to decide.

Other news is lots of crazy startup things going on and finding/making gifts for the 25th is getting hectic. Still working on getting my schedule together. I need to make one and stick to it. On top of that some internship applications opened so I’m working on applying for those at the same time. Just need to go to coffices more frequently. The other day I didn’t make it to one but I did work at my kitchen table so it helped break up the monotony. Tomorrow I’ll be going into town which helps with time management. I’m always more mindful when I have a schedule to keep.

Still obsessing over the Yule Log  videos and music. That looping music is perfect for concentration. I’ve had that on every time I start working. Although while waiting for all the updates I spent a lot of time writing in my notebook and playing games. I wanted to get some animating in but updates. Plus my Cintiq is acting up. -cry- I’m just thankful it’s still alive. I’ve had it since my junior/sophomore year of high school…which was 6+ years ago. Still painful to know that it’s old and surprised it’s still alive. Cross fingers it makes it to 2017.

Time to get some reading in and sleep. Excited to get some work done tomorrow!

~Kendall

Missing This

I miss this blog too much to miss another day. -cry- I tried to soft ban myself until I had updated my website, but decided to do a rebrand. This has resulted in a much larger and longer project than the ban is meant for. On the other side of this, the ban was to motivate me into being productive…which…didn’t work so well.

Aside from extending a 4-hour project into a 1-2 week long project, I’ve taken up Neopets again. This comes at a bad time as I am heading into the rebrand and trying to finish all the projects I started this year. Thank the creator of Citrus, without you, I would be wasting a lot more time playing Hasee Bounce and collecting lint jelly from the not-so-secret jelly world on Neopia. I would also be tweeting more about how unproductive I am being and the woodpecker that is knocking at my second story window. The cat wants to eat you, please stop, Zorro knocks over my lamp and BB8 toy every time you try to eat a bug.

In other news, I am still taking on the three goal challenge I started. I keep adding more tasks which make reaching the end goals more difficult. Working on scaling back the ideas exploding and being realistic with what is accomplishable in a day. I find myself underestimating how easily I get distracted. Hence Citrus, planning, and focused goals.

I do better when I know what I want to accomplish and why. I’ve been having difficulties creating a new home page, about me, and organizing my portfolio. I attribute this to waffling on the target audience. I keep switching between targeting freelance clients and hiring managers at motion design companies. I know there is overlap, but I’m struggling with that focus. It affecting the brand image I want to create. To the point where I want to split into two websites, but I don’t. Even writing these thoughts makes me conflicted. I’ve been working on different strategies to figure out what I want. Will do another one tomorrow morning and hope my head clears.

Updates will come soon. I will be posting despite not finishing. The writing help clears my head and reminds me to keep making progress instead of letting the failure consume me. Plus, you keep me accountable and excited to show off process.

Thanks for reading!

~Kendall

Booktube-A-Thon | Challenge Day 3 | Book Title Slip In

So this is the culmination of just having fun creating something different. I learned a bit more on how to use Audition, although I really don’t have an ear for this kind of stuff so I can’t really say I know how to use it well…but the point is that I learned something new. I also was reminded of how much I love photomanipulations. Been awhile since I’ve done that. All in all good creative day. Have a few more things to work on before bed tonight, but for now celebrating the wins of my day!

Question for you! What did you do today that you’re proud of?

I’m proud of finishing this Challenge Video and still having extra time in the day!

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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!

Night,

Kendall

Day 1 – Cat & Late Night Ideas

For some brilliant reason I decided that I wanted to do 30 Days of Motion GIFs at 10 PM at night. Hence the lateness. I’ve been slacking on my animation goals so here’s me forcing myself to animate more. Simple one to start off with, especially since I started off so late at night.

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Now I need to go to bed since I have to wake up early. I’ll probably do an Animation Inspiration tomorrow along with my 30 Days of Motion goals.

~Kendall