I’m Working Hard and Loving It

I include a lot of my thoughts, feelings, and routines on a roadtrip to teach at the Monterey Bay Birding Festival. I talk about my growing conviction that this kind of work is part of my mission in life. I am working to build this mission into my own career and my own way of contributing to the world. This video is dedicated to Robert Laws and John Muir Laws my mentor. And even though I did not know Robert Laws personally If it weren’t for him and the lineage through Jack, I would not be half way as far along the path that I am on.

Wanting to BE good at something gets in the way of BECOMING good at something

Here is a short examination of a pitfall when learning any new skill. With a few easy exercises in your journal and a couple of useful resources you will be better prepared to deal with this common trap.

Our culture mostly values having skills while it mostly ignores the process of learning skills. The slow, repetitive, and often painful learning process of the beginner  is not as sexy as the virtuostic performance of the master.

To become great at anything you most learn to love the slow, repetitive, practice. You must learn to reframe the nervousness, the discomfort, and the uncertainty as excitement, challenge, and opportunity.

Stop Procrastinating!

I was so excited to share these two resources that I had to make a video about it right away. If they can help me with my procrastination and motivation issues I think they can help you too! Keep them on hand. More energy than coffee.

New videos every Friday, at the least. Depending on how much I procrastinate.

A Peak at My Latest Journal

Come with me as I peruse the pages of my last journal, sharing drawings and peppering the video with rants about the benefits of journaling. One journal usually spans three to five months of my life.

Another Thick Book To Help You

Here is another resource book that is useful to have on hand when you need some motivation. In my review I explain what it is, what it isn’t and how to use it best.

New Videos go up every Friday.

My New Bag Baby!

Today is a great day. Not only did I receive a an awesome bag in the mail from Tom Bihn but John Muir Laws just announced the Nature Journal Safari for 2019! Woohoo! A combination made in heaven.

Watch the video below to see my unboxing and my initial impressions of the Maker’s bag by Tom Bihn.

Thanks to Tom Bihn Bags in Seattle for the awesome work that they do and sending me an awesome product to test in the field!

I’m still hoping to get support and test products from Stillman and Birn Sketchbooks, Exofficio underwear, Four Sigmatic, Patagonia, Merrell, and REI on this upcoming expedition. If your company has a product that you want me to test please let me know.

For more about the bag check out the Tom Bihn website below.

The Maker's Bag

Setback or Opportunity?

Follow me in this video as I explain some of the ideas that have emerged while I’m dealing with recent surgery to my wrist. As an artist, writer, and nature journaler, any setback to my dominant hand is a big deal.
On my website I  share what I’m going through right now, my learning process, and my own personal challenges. As usual, email me if you have any interesting experiences or ideas around this subject matter. If you find this video helpful or valuable please share it with a friend.