Life has been busy.
The second half of the semester always seems crazy.
We’re getting ready to welcome a baby boy.
We get a break for a couple of weeks, then school starts up again.
I’ve felt an urge lately to do more creative work. So I’ve decided to challenge myself to shoot something every day this month. I’ll shoot some video and the next day I’ll edit and upload it to Instagram and Facebook.
It’s been a better experience than I ever thought it would be.
There’s the expected stuff. I am always thinking about video, shots, cool ideas, etc. I feel like my creativity has almost been forced to come out more. Now not every day do I put out awesome stuff, but every now and then I feel like I make something really worth watching.
But there are more things I’ve noticed from doing my daily challenge that I didn’t expect. and I think they’re awesome.
I feel like I have a busy schedule, so adding more to it won’t help, right? Well, I’m not really as busy as I tell myself. It’s all about how I use my time. When I’m motivated and happy, I use my time better. Spending some time every day shooting and editing has given me motivation and it’s something I love to do. That drive and happiness has bled over to other parts of my life. I get more done, I do things I don’t want to do, and I even go out and shovel and extra driveway or two when it snows.
It’s added a bit of confidence, too. I love film making, but I hate how small I feel sometimes. For one reason or another, one of the biggest things that keeps me from doing passion projects is some voice in my head telling me I can’t, or if I did, it wouldn’t be any good. I have to kinda kick that voice out of my head and just do it. Again, not everything is amazing, but if I can make a video every day for a month, I should have no problem doing larger projects when my challenge is complete.
Above all, this challenge has really renewed my love for film making. I loved it as a kid, and I love it now. It’s a fun job, but it’s even more fun when I get to do it for my hobby as well.
Do what you love. Love your life.