Joel’s Journal – November 27, 2016

Joel’s Journal – November 27, 2016
Joel’s Journal – November 27, 2016

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114,888
114,888

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Upping the Ante

Entry #27

I figure if I’m going to keep this journal alive I may as well make it look nice. And thanks to my brother Daniel for the awesome photo. 

So, while I spent the majority of my day yesterday on the couch, I used some of that time rather productively to figure out how to design a new logo for these entries.

It may be something as small as putting a few things together on Adobe Illustrator, but I’ve never been technically creative like that. I’ve also just never had the technical skills to put anything cool together.

It’s an entirely new way to be creative for me. And with more than enough time to spare yesterday and a few internet tutorials, I was well on my way.

I was also feeling quite refreshed from a three hour nap that kicked out some of the jams left behind from being up until 3 a.m. yesterday.

It was about 5 p.m. When I woke up, leaving me more than enough time to get to my night assignment of covering the Oshawa Generals game. Or so I thought.

As with any other time I wake up, I indulged my bad habit of immediately checking Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for anything new. To my chagrin, I see on Twitter that the final score of the Gens game is 8-3.

Confused as to how that could be, I check again, and realize that instead of at 6 p.m. as usual, the game was pushed back to 2 p.m. due to the Grey Cup.

I slept right through it.

Seriously, I’m laughing right now just thinking about it. It’s a missed assignment, which isn’t good, but thankfully, I’ve got more than enough other sports content to fill this week’s sports pages with so I’m not too concerned.  The Gens got their asses kicked anyways so I didn’t really miss much, perhaps only a few good photos.

It’s my own fault for not marking the time in my calendar, but I’m not completely disappointed because I took the evening to focus on the blog and designing the new logo, something I’ve been meaning to do for a while.

There’s nothing really visually stunning about it, but it’s simple with a little bit of style, just like me, *wink*.

In between stints of editing and listening to some old school No Doubt, I watched some videos by my favorite vlogger Ben Brown. If you haven’t checked him out yet in the multiple other times I’ve mentioned his content you should go do it now and subscribe to his channel. It’s seriously awesome adventure/lifestyle/motivational content.

Anyways, in one of his old videos he mentions the old adage, “if you pick a job you love you’ll never work a day in your life.”

However, he says that’s not true because even when you do a job you love, it is really a lot more work because you actually seriously care about the final outcome.

It’s such a good point.

I love what I’ve chosen to do with my life, but there are days, and weeks, where things seem really heavy and all these passion projects just seem to pile up on top of each other, suffocating the one beneath it.

These past couple weeks have really felt like that. I think I see the light at the end of the tunnel though. It’s perhaps me just putting too much pressure on myself to succeed. And really it goes back to doing a job you love. If you love it so much, you’re going to care about it a lot more, which really ups the ante.

However, the reward is that much better.

Just gotta keep pushing.

Wow, that turned into a little bit of a motivational pep talk. Perhaps people need that on a Monday morning.

Thanks for reading,

J.J.W.