Archives For February 2012

I do not say what now in a “bring it on sort of way” I say what now in a well, a “what now?” contemplativa sort of way.

I have been blogging off and on since my freshmen year of college (2005) with some extreme vigor and some extreme laziness (there was a period of lost years where I did’t blog at all). This blog has evolved from different names, different directions, different thoughts, and different ideas, but it has always been a place that I can express myself. For that I am grateful.

I can honestly say that blogging (and twitter) has led me to where I am today. Where I live, my job, my wife (working on that), and my writing ability have all been shaped greatly by the simple task of starting a blog. This little blog allowed me to do free-lance web design for a year and a half, it has allowed me to go to conferences, it has even given me the chance to speak at conferences. It truly has changed my life. For that I am grateful.

But I do not want to get so caught up in the medium. My blog is my medium, it is not me, but simple a tool that shares a piece of me. Since it is my medium it has grown with me over time and has shifted in use from year to year. It has simple been my little travel companion that gives me an outlet to share my thoughts. For that I am grateful.

I write this 1000 post in a contemplative mood over the 25 years of my life on earth. It is fun going back and looking in the archives from 2005 or 2009 and seeing what I was doing, things I was thinking about, and music I was loving. It seems like time has sped up with every published post I submit, but as I look back over the last 7 years of blog post (see the lost years of no blogging above) I cannot help but be excited for what is to come. For that I am grateful.

The theme of this blog as always been about dealing with patience, talking about the struggles of life, good music, and finding mentors. I think I will always be discussing these types of subjects for the rest of my life. I hope we can discuss some of these one day soon.

Thanks for joining me in this journey.

*kyle

Gaining inspiration from my friend Jared Erickson I decided to create my own iPhone lockscreen wallpaper.

I have been preaching two messages to myself lately:

GO

DO THE WORK

I need this daily reminder.

Download here.

 

On your iPhone, download it here:
Do the Work
Go

*kyle

I think I know something about the human race that most have not figured out.
We do not do well with space.

I’m not talking about the outerspace.
I’m not talking about hardrive space.

I’m talking about our own personal space. The space of our time.

Humans do not do well when we have tons of open space.

How do I know this?
Because I use to have all the space one could ask for.

About five months ago I was a free-lance web designer who was single, lived alone, and had no responsibilities. I didn’t have a boss, I didn’t have any time commitments, and I didn’t have a set routine. I had the space to do whatever I wanted.

I say about five months ago because that all changed when I decided to take a full-time job. Suddenly my space decreased to the size of my studio apartment. I had very little.

That one shift, from free-lance to full-time, taught me the idea that we do not do well with space.

Think back to the last time you were free to do whatever you wanted to do for a minumum of two hours. What did you do with that time? If you are like me, all the plans of accomplishment that you thought would happen within those hours didn’t happen.
In fact you probably at one point said “where did the time go?”

This idea of more time is often the myth that most people buy into. If only I had more time to do blank. If I just had a couple more hours in the day I could get blank done. The idea of more space is often the very thing that subtracts from doing anything at all.

When I lost my space of freedom everything changed.
I had to get more creative, more focused, more intentional, and more dedicated to the things I wanted to create in my space of time.
This shrinking of space that took place in my life caused me to “cut the fat” of my work and start producing the meat of what I wanted to accomplish all along.

So you say you are busy, that you do not have any time, well I guess you are one of the lucky ones that now has the ability to do your best work in the little space that you have.

Charles Dickens said “There is never enough time to do or say all the things that we would wish; The thing is to do as much as you can in the time that you have

Like most humans we all struggle with the space of time, but only you can control what you fill your space with. The opportunity to work on this space could be the very thing that allows you to accomplish more then you could ever imagine. It all comes down to how you choose to see your space of time.

This post was inspired by the Luminous Project. Luminous is an event in Nashville for creatives on May 9-11, 2012. To find out more, check out luminousproject.com. You can use the promo code ‘luminousLOVE’ to get 30% off the ticket price.