Journaling: Past, Present and Future

I started journaling again almost exactly 2 years ago after a 10-year hiatus.

My rebirth as a journaler grew out of an immense need to find a better way organize my life. Planners didn’t work any better for me than a stack of notes/list and a digital calendar did but I had convinced myself that a journal was just a place to jot down thoughts and feelings. A friend told me about the Bullet Journal Method and after learning more about it, a light-bulb clicked and I discovered that journaling was exactly what I needed to be doing.

In the home stretch of completing my 2nd book, I have been reflecting on what I have accomplished in the last 2 years. Having calendars, notes and lists in a book that I always carry around with me has made an incredible positive impact on my life but my journal has become so much more to me than just a place to record information. Journaling is a way to work through ideas, track goals, store mementos, take down stray thoughts, take notes while reading, make future plans and more. Accessories like colorful pens, washi tape, white out and a glue stick are just some of the tools that have allowed me to take ownership over the style of my journal in a way that I was never able to in the past. Experimenting with elements like page design and lettering techniques is a fun challenge but I have also liberated myself from that nagging feeling that my journal has to be “perfect”; sometimes a hastily scribbled list or a whole page or two of unstyled notes is the perfect thing.

It recently occurred to me that it would be fun to post some of my journal excerpts on my blog so that I can share my work with others and spark discussions from my posts. I will start this crossover content sharing with the “ribbon-cutting” of book #3, but in the mean time I would love to receive comments from you about your journaling background and process, tools and accessories you recommend, and any experience you may have with sharing your content online.

Hello Sunshine

What do you write when it’s been too long since you’ve last posted something? The update is that things are mostly the same, but samely awesome. I’ve been trying to find ways to allocate my time better so that I can keep in touch with people I care about on a more regular basis. That and trying to re-prioritize things that I spend time on so that I can focus on the things I really want to do instead of always talking about how I don’t have time to spend on them.

That’s mostly it. Continuing on with the status quo..mostly…

Capturing Mini-DV footage through Thunderbolt

A project I am working on right now involves the following workflow:

Mini-DV (playing back on a DVX100BP) -> Firewire -> Thunderbolt -> Premiere Pro

My Macbook Pro does not have a firewire port, so I devised the following chain of adapters to capture from the camera:

- Apple 4 to 6 pin FireWire cable

- Elago 6 to 9 pin FireWire adapter

- Apple 9 pin FireWire to Thunderbolt Adapter

Lots of connectors but it works!

Super excited to make this work and even more excited that camera control in the editing software still works even though I adapted to Thunderbolt.

Ask for What You Need…Then Ask Again.

The Baggage in QuestionI discovered last week that a hotel charge that had not been listed on my final bill at checkout – a baggage storage charge totalling over $100, mind you – had finally posted to my account. I say ‘finally’ because, although I had been given a receipt for the charge when the luggage was delivered it to me, I hadn’t accepted the charges/signed the receipt and it could not be found in any records of the charges made to my room (which I was so nervous about, I had diligently questioned the front desk about twice during my stay). Regardless of whether or not the charge was ‘fair’ (it wasn’t), I was pretty perturbed to see it suddenly appear on my credit card statement almost a month after my hotel stay.

Do not fret, faithful readers, I have a happy ending to the story: it only took a about a half hour of my time talking it over with the hotel’s billing department to get them to remove the charge and restore my satisfaction and pleasant demeanor.

A simple reminder that you can’t always get what you need unless you ask for it.