Well Hello there!
This is my blog. I hope to inform you guys on everything that is going on in my life. Whats happening with my Army life, my christian walk, and much more! Feel free to check back frequently as I hope to post 1-2 posts a day!
Well Today is my last day before I go to Basic Training.. I know God will protect me and provide me the strength to overcome and obstacle and emotional struggle! He is my rock and my fortress in him will I trust!
Well, Sorry I’ve been short on the post, I have just been crazy busy getting everything ready for my departure! Great news.. My evaluation came back and im all cleared to ship out! Look forward to this new adventure in life! I wont be posting on this page for quite some time due to me being in a complete communication block for quite some time. I’d like to ask for everyone to keep me in there prayers and I cant wait to do this!🙂
Over the past 6 weeks I’ve been working on some video work for an upcoming retreat at my church and been absolutely loving it! It’s challenging me as a designer, and individually, teaching me to be patient.
Often times I’m given a simple image or idea, and told to make something out of it. Generally I can deliver quite quickly but this go around it was by far the most challenging one for me. Its in a vector art style (completely opposite of my design style) and I had never really had a great amount of experience with it.
Its been neat to see how this project has been teaching me new techniques and how to better use my programs and resources, but it has also been teaching me the great life lesson of patience. Since the start of the project I was done with it. I was hitting creative blocks daily and struggling to come up with an idea and a concept that made me happy. I would trash everything I worked on the day before because In the morning it didn’t look how I wanted it to. This lead me to contacting a few of my friends and having them help me find an idea that I liked. This lead me to another 2 weeks of nothingness. Haha! Everyday was something new, changing colors, design, fonts, movement, etc. I was feed up with it. I took a 3 day break and came back to it. Re-energized.
This break really helped me clear out my head and when I returned to my workstation I quickly was working on all these different ideas! It was awesome to see something actually come together! 6 weeks ago I had a blank screen and now I have 5 full videos. Only need 1… but I like options!
Today I went back in and polished some of my sloppy work and really proud and happy of what I’ve accomplished! I know its no where close to were I’d like to be but, that just shows room for improvement and that I dont know it all.
This test on my patience has been a tough one. Daily wanting to give up and not being motivated because of how long its taking. I knew that it had to be done and I would be able to do it, but I was getting feed up with myself because I was unable to produce in the time that I want. I’m constantly trying to raise the bar for myself and this time I had to learn that sometimes that bar needs to be lowered before it can be raised.
This project has by far been the funniest one that I’ve done. Seeing the end result I’m happy with what I’ve done and it taught me a lot about different techniques and design styles! Looking to broaden my horizon and hopefully become a more well-rounded designer.
Ill upload some of my work to my portfolio page later on, after the chaos of this week has settled down!
9 The Lord will establish you as a people holy to himself, as he has sworn to you, if you keep the commandments of the Lord your God and walk in his ways.
This is by far my favorite bible verse because it is one that rings in my head everyday! It gives me the passion and the desire to follow him and all his commandments!
Been crazy busy and will be till the end of the month, so may be nimble on the posts but heres a quote thats been ringing in my head all day!
“I pray that none will be offended if I seek to make the Christian religion an inn where all are received joyously, rather than a cottage where some few friends of the family are to be received.” — attrib. Richard Hooker (1554-1600)
This has been something thats really getting to me, being a christian and given the command to spread the word (Mark 16:15-16).
And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.
I’ve been challenged that I dont make it like some “super group” that only VIP members are allow in. I should have my arms open ready to bring people and point them to Christ, joyously. Just a neat thing that I’ve been thinking about today!
Its funny to think about but im technically going to be an adult in 33 days. Wow. Im not 18, Im not ready, but its going to happen! Im excited for this! Finally get to make my own decisions, hang out with my friends whenever! Oh wait… Never-mind I’ll be working. Ya, Adult life seems great.
Although Im looking forward to this Im also very scared because its something new, I’ve never done this before and yes. Im scared. So far I think I have made a good foundation and really setting myself up for success, especially in this economy currently. Got a job, secured housing, have a plan for meals. Well lets just say the Army takes care of me! haha!
Im encouraged by this verse from 1 Corinthians 13:11
When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways.
Its time for me to grow up, and give up those childish ways I once had. Although some will stick around. I mean come on! Everybody still needs to bring the gameboy out for a minute or two! Its going to be neat what is ahead of me! I don’t fully know what God has in store for me but Im praying that my heart is soft and receptive for what he has planned! Its been a journey this year already and Im only 23 days in! Im excited!