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Joel’s Journal - Entry #152 - 3/31/2017

-5 Minute Read-

Seriously though, can you believe it? We’re already through one quarter of 2017. Three months, gone, like the snap of a pair of dry fingers.

Previously, this thought would bother me, gnaw at me like that bothersome spot in the middle of your back you can’t quite reach when you get an itch, or that feeling that you could have, should have, and would have done  more if you’d just had the time. I used to think like that a lot.

Now though, I find I’m not thinking like that anymore.

Let’s rewind.

2017 didn’t start as I’d hoped, especially right out of the gate. I may have indulged in a little two much of the bubbly stuff and ended up wasting it in the toilet (twice).

*Shakes head*

Yeah, it wasn’t the most glorious, heroic or life-changing opening to a new year. Trust me, there’s nothing less glamorous then hanging your head over the toilet in a dark bathroom, waiting for what you know is going to happen to happen.

Not pretty. I’m not much of a heavy drinker.

Moving on.

This year, I didn’t make any big resolutions. If you read my 2016 Wrap-Up, I mentioned that the key to my happiness, I’d discovered, was doing what I loved, and doing it well (sound familiar?)

So, that’s what I’ve been doing in 2017, that, and a fuck load of work.

That’s the difference. In year’s past I would talk a lot about doing this project or writing that or taking this photo or going out to that spot and getting that shot, or starting to make videos.

All of those things, previously, were things that I would think about, and justify not taking action by telling myself I do enough now and there’s more time for that later.

I would also find a small reason not to do something and use it as a big roadblock to my ambition. For example, I’d tell myself, “oh, just wait until you get a new lens”, or “wait until you go on another trip to start writing on the website again, nobody wants to read about your boring life.”

There’s always (and always will be) a reason not to do something. The harder thing is finding the drive and the will to push by those reasons and do it anyway.

For me, this journal has had the BIGGEST impact on my productivity. Sure, sometimes it’s a pain in the ass at the end of the day, I’m tired, getting into bed and I don’t feel like coming up with something to write about. Other days it’s easy and I just crush out the entry in no time, so there’s a healthy balance.

It’s this daily mandate of posting that has opened the door for me creatively. It’s got me constantly thinking about new things and new angles and new ways and processes for sharing my life and my STORY with you the reader that it has carried over into the rest of my life. I find I’ve got more energy for work and my brain is firing like crazy with motivation and the determination to take on every task that crosses my desk. It’s an awesome feeling.

It’s fucking crazy though, and I curse here because it is such a mind boggling concept for me. I always thought that to make myself more productive and find a way to make this website work, I needed to take things off my plate and focus on the things I was already doing. However, the answer was actually ADDING something, this DAILY mandate of creation that constantly keeps my brain firing and thinking and just plain old kickin ass all the time.

It makes sleeping a bitch some times, but, meh, there’s tons of time for that later.

I hope the year so far has been great to you and I hope that you continue to do what you love and do it well.

Thanks you so much for reading,

2017 Highlights

That’s a Wrap - 2016 Style

That’s a Wrap - 2016 Style

To be totally honest (and a little selfish perhaps), 2016 was FUCKING great for me, and I’ll tell you why.”

Quiet, Cozy Nights with M

Quiet, Cozy Nights with M

“Despite that, these calm moments with M, where I can just look at her and not have to worry about anything else, they’re what I’ve been looking forward to each day.”

 The Best Day of the Year

The Best Day of the Year

“Right now, I know what you’re thinking, it must be a New Year’s resolution or something, and you’d be kind of right. However, I don’t like the word resolution, I’ll just refer to it as something I’m doing. Resolutions automatically have this connotation that they’ll take all year, or you have all year to complete them. Well, this is something I’m doing, and I’m doing it right now. Plain and simple. Make it easy on your brain, if you want to do something, just go on and do it.”

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