Moving Forward

I have just spent 15 minutes online, looking through quotes about family, moving, and traveling, all to find something that expresses my feelings towards venturing away from home. Something to go along with my new favorite picture of Poppi and Willow, because I know how much I will miss them. Then I had a realization. That’s the wrong way to approach this. My life, up until this point has been dominated by consumption. I have created some media, but for the past 23 years I’ve functioned as a consumer. It’s challenging not to be a consumer in this social media age.

However, those people are not me. J.R.R. Tolkien is a genius in many things, but he has never occupied my mind.  Neil Armstrong broke his bonds with earth, but doesn’t know the bonds I share with my own family. Facebook knows me only as well as I do. This move is an opportunity, not just to explore more of the country, but to explore more of myself. To find my unique self.

Then what do I think of moving away? I’m afraid of being so far from all of the people that I have shared my journey with so far. Afraid of losing my family, afraid of failing and not knowing where to turn. When I think of everything that I will miss by being 2,500 miles away, I’m overcome with loss. But my memories with my wonderfully supportive family will not be lessened by distance. I can never forget where I came from. I love each of them, and that cannot be reversed by the mile. Each inch westward I will push to make them proud.  I want to show my Poppi, Mimi, Dad, Mom, Sisters, my whole family what it is that I can do. What it is that I love.  But, first, I have to find out what I can do.

Each new major life choice is not only accompanied by repercussions, but by untold opportunity for wonderful adventures. Every unexplored road houses unfamiliar experiences. This is immeasurably exciting to me. The freedom to explore and mold myself in a way that I have never been capable. So I fling myself into the abyss of unknowing. Here I come, future. Watch out.

Street Photo Day ~ “2016-03-29”

So, since I had yesterday fairly free, I spent about 7 hours exploring some of Raleigh with Camera in-hand. These are some of my favorite pics. I’ve got a couple more that I really like as well, but those are being hosted in full resolution on my new photo portfolio.

SO, P.S. : I have a new site specifically for my photo portfolio, and you can check it out HERE!!!

Why not just Procastinate tomorrow?

Ok, so you have a project due next Friday. (Pro-tip: You don’t. Or you might, I don’t know your life. But let’s say you do.) You have an entire week to get it done. What is the first thing that you do?

  • Some of us (Group A) may make a mental note and say, “This task only takes a few hours, I’ll get it done later this week.” How does that work out? Next Friday rolls around, and maybe you need an extension.
  • Others (Group B) may mark the due date down in their calendar and schedule out some time to work on it next week. “I can get it done next week, starting first thing Monday morning.” The sun rises on Monday morning, and you think, “Oh, let’s just start on Wednesday.” Hope that works out for you.
  • Then there are those (Group C) who will take note of the due date, go home, and begin work on it that night. “If I get it done now, I won’t have to worry about it later.” Now for those of you that are actually in Group C, CONGRATULATIONS! You may not need to read on at all, but boy do I hope you do.

For most of us, myself included, I would guess that we reside somewhere between Groups A & B. But why? How has this actively helped us? We all know that procrastination is a stressful and less productive alternative to actually completing said task. So why, for the love of all that is healthy, why do we inflict the stress, the anger, and the GUILT of procrastination upon ourselves? Because we are creatures of habit. Habits drive us as a species, allowing us to get into a groove and operate more efficiently in the ways that we frequently do. If Procrastination is your habit, you can be damn sure that you will become an efficient procrastinator and figure out the best ways to avoid that project. How do we break that habit? Continue reading Why not just Procastinate tomorrow?