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Day Trip to Porto’s

Kelly and I decided to visit our favorite Cuban bakery, Porto’s. It’s worth every bit of LA traffic… which is sayin’ something.

Camera: Sony α7 III
Lens: Sony FE 50mm ƒ/1.8


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Life Technology

Build a Daily Journaling Practice with Day One and TextExpander

The benefits to journaling are vast and largely personal. I enjoy looking back occasionally to see what I was up to a year or a few years ago. Mostly though, I use my journal as a place to talk about my feelings and more importantly, talk through my feelings.

Day One has helped me journal about my life since 2012. While my usage of it has changed over the years, the constant has been its involvement in helping me chronicle my life.

It all starts with a straightforward TextExpander snippet. Day One seems to have support for templates, but I unfortunately haven’t figured out how to create them from the Mac app.

Screenshot of TextExpander
Day One supports Markdown, so I format my template accordingly

I’ve modified the standup format to ask three questions:

  1. What did you do yesterday?
  2. What will you do today?
  3. Anything else?

That’s not a ton of information, but this is working for me right now. I find that the biggest barrier to regular journaling is the expectation of detail. Sure, some days you’ll have lots to say. But let’s be honest here, sometimes life is boring and instead of writing nothing, this template lets me highlight the small things in life it’s easy to forget.

Screenshot of a journal entry in Day One
The final result

Whether the information you want to capture is more or less than mine, I hope you’ll at least give journaling a try. It’s been extremely helpful for me.

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Life

Say No in Style with Decline

Let’s be real: saying no can be tough. These brilliant stickers made by Alyssa Guerrero and Timothy Buck will help. Not only are they cleverly worded, they happen to be well designed too. If you’re a fan of physical stickers, Alyssa sells a few those too.

Decline is #1.99 on the App Store.

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Life

‘Create What You Want’

This video from Peter McKinnon really inspired me today. 2019 was kind of a bummer for me creatively. I didn’t post videos, and for a large portion of the year, this blog was silent.

For too long I’ve worried that my interests don’t all really fit in one place. I—like most humans—have a vast array of interests, but I had this nagging feeling people wouldn’t be interested in my stuff because of my lack of focus. That’s nothing but a creative barrier, and I appreciate Peter helping me realize that.

I’m a creative person and what brings me joy and happiness is to create, and that’s what I plan to do.

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Life

2019: My Not So Year in Review

It’s that time where everyone reflects on the past year. I love it. I’ve been writing my yearly retrospective since 2013. But this year, I don’t want to.

2019 has been a year full of transitions, some more difficult than others. Don’t get me wrong, there’s been plenty to celebrate. I have a new job at BuySellAds that I love, I successfully fundraised more than $10k for Bokeh, and Kelly and I made a cross-country move back to California.

Frankly though, much of this year is too personal for me to talk about publicly. I mean, y’all know I like to be real here, but some things I don’t wish to share.

2019 was the year my fake self died. 2020 will be the year my true self rises from the ashes. I’m a Phoenix baby, and nothing will stop me from taking flight.

I wish you all the best in 2020, dear reader. May the force be with you, always.

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Life

Hurricane Dorian Was a Climate Injustice

Bernardo Ferguson writing for The New Yorker:

And so, a plea: oh world, oh every country, oh citizens of everywhere, the stakes are unreasonably high. Please donate money to the relief efforts. Send supplies if you can. Offer up your vacation time to visit the Bahamian islands that weren’t affected. Bahamians will use every drop to recover, rebuild, to start anew. But because there are people buried beneath the rubble of their own homes, it is perhaps time for all of us to get angry. The burdens remain uneven: what happened in the Bahamas was a climate injustice. We owe the Bahamian people at least our anger, at least our action. Recycle. Carpool. Become tender with the Earth and the resources that it affords us. Consider what impact your food choices have on the environment at large. Turn to face the industries that currently have us careening toward an awful future. Bahamian lives, and the lives of the Caribbean at large, hang in the balance.

Read this immediately.

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Life

The San Diego Zoo

With our recent move to San Diego, we were really excited to go to the San Diego Zoo. Kelly had never been, and I was so young the last time I’d gone, it was as if I’d never been either. We had an amazing time.

Camera: Sony α7 III
Lens: Sony FE 50mm ƒ/1.8

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Life

US Coffee Roasters

By absolute coincidence, I noticed Alex Carpenter create this excellent site of coffee roasters on GitHub. The site breaks down roasters by state, gives you the physical address, and the roaster’s website. Turns out, there are some local roasters I wasn’t aware of and am now eager to try. If you find your favorite roaster is missing, open an issue and suggest it.

Unfortunately, US is baked into the name, so I’m not sure he’ll support international roasters at some point. But if you’re in the US, and you love buying coffee straight from the source, you’ll love this site.

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Life

La Jolla Cove with The Prados

Our dear friends, Felipe and Abi visited us for Memorial Day weekend. We had such an amazing time, and one of the many things we did was visit La Jolla Cove.

Camera: Sony α7 III
Lens: Sony FE 50mm ƒ/1.8

Kelly at La Jolla Cove.

Abi looking out onto the ocean

Sea Lion tanning in the sun.

Abi and Felipe at La Jolla Cove

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Life

Those Who Share, Receive (Or, How to Get Noticed or Get Work)

Colin Devroe:

These two examples are just the latest proof that if you put stuff out into the world you will receive attention or work if you are seeking it. It may take time. Sometimes even a long time. But it will never, ever happen if you do not share.

I’m touched to be mentioned in this article, but it’s good advice. Interestingly, I hadn’t made the connection that Colin makes about my own story. I vowed to put these insecurities aside, and without even realizing it, I am! Putting myself out there by building Bokeh is brave and I needed the reminder.