Stop Being So “Strategic”

Today got quite busy and ended with a few episodes of Newsroom that got me off track from writing something worth wild. So this one will be very short.

Stop be strategic, because you are saying you have found a way to manipulate people.

Instead be thoughtful!

That was said by John-Erik Moseler at a recent Arts Roundtable I attended /spoke at Newspring Church. It’s something that has really stuck with me since Oct of last year. I know you can break it apart and discuss how you may disagree with the first part of the statement. But I implore you to read the entire statement a few times and really meditate on the word thoughtful and see where it takes you.

I’m praying it digs deep in my soul during 2015.

Top 9 Films from 2014

Yesterday I listed my Top 9 Albums from 2014. Today I share my favorite films from last year in no particular order. Last year I was able to watch a love of movies, but honestly lost track of what I actually watched. This year I’m hoping to help remedy this problem by using the Day One journal app to log each new movie I see with a little help from Launch Center Pro + Day One Templates.

Top 9 (In No Particular Order)

  1. Fury
  2. Interstellar
  3. Guardians of the Galaxy
  4. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  5. Gone Girl
  6. The Lego Movie
  7. A Most Wanted Man
  8. 22 Jumpstreet
  9. Captain America: Winter Soldier

Top 9 Albums from 2014

Last night Kirsten and I rang in 2015 with some of our closest friends (Tom, Martha, Daniel & Brenda) over a very interesting & funny card game. Then this morning as we sat around watching Harry Potter 6 & acquiring a new possible addiction I like to call Crossy Road I started to think back on 2014. I know your thinking that is what I was supposed to be doing the last few weeks of 2014. Well, it has been a little busy and I will be spending this week looking back on 2014 and preparing/planning 2015.

So my first thing to do in regards to looking back into 2014 is share my favorite albums from the year. So below is my Top 9 in no particular order along with three honorable mentions. Each one has links to that particular album on Spotify. But you can also subscribe to a Spotify playlist with all twelve albums by clicking here.

I would love hear your Top 9 as well or at least one that I am missing by commenting below or letting me know on Twitter.

Top 9 (In No Particular Order)

  1. Broods – Evergreen
  2. Damien Rice – My Favorite Faded Fantasy
  3. Coldplay – Ghost Stories
  4. Elevation Worship – Wake Up the Wonder
  5. Elevation Worship – Only King Forever
  6. Propaganda – Crimson Cord
  7. Lecrae – Anomaly
  8. Johnnswim – Diamonds
  9. Phantogram – Voices

Honorable Mentions

Currently Listening To:

 Damien Rice – My Favorite Faded Fantasy

Top 5 Websites I Visit Weekly

There are two things that I love to do when I open up my laptop. One is to interact with beautiful well made websites. Websites where a lot of time was put into the typography choice and the user interface (UI). The second is when different types of content is displayed well and easy to discover related content. This time I just wanted to share with you some simple links to my favorite websites that I read on a weekly basis that meet this criteria.

  1. The Great Discontent – (TGD) is a magazine featuring interviews on beginnings, creativity, and risk
  2. 99U – 99U is a site dedicated to bringing “the action-oriented insights that you didn’t get in school, highlighting real-world best practices for making ideas happen”
  3. Ted.com – Ted is “a platform for ideas worth spreading” where written word and videos help share these ideas
  4. The Sweet Setup – Sweet Setup states that they “enjoy spending an inordinate amount of time and energy to research, test, and find the very best apps”
  5. Signal & Noise – Signal & Noise is brought to use by Basecamp and it’s staff where they dive into a little bit of everything

And those are my top 5 go to websites right now for inspiration and learning. What about yourself. If there is any I missed please leave a comment below and let us all know what we may be missing.

Be Present Today

I discovered one of my favorite artist who goes by the name of Propaganda a few years back. He along with his record label (Humble Beast Records) created a video you may have seen titled G.O.S.P.E.L. that introduced me to him. The reason I love listening to Prop is he writes challenging lyrical content that hits on subjects that most artists will never touch on. He also delivers good quality hip hop, which is a rare find these days in my opinion.

Propaganda also is one incredible spoken word artist. That brings me to the video below that I heard originally on his “Excellent” album as a bonus track. I believe this was delivered at a Catalyst event in Atlanta, GA. I wanted to share this video with you just in case you haven’t seen it/heard it yet. It is one that needs to stick with me way more often.

He told me a love story
Of a woman born before him
He said I new her before and at the moment of conception
Their was an eternal connection
And although I didn’t know it then I’d fight for her affection
It’s this war we been waging since day one of creation
And only when you lose her do you learn to appreciate her, like even
When Im with her, Im itching to get rid of her
And she only gives you one shot, blow it and she’s gone
And I took advantage of her
Thats why Im telling you this
Son, you can’t rusher or slow her down, you better keep here on her side
She will slip through your fingers
Like sand her name is Time
And she told me a secret
She said multitasking is a myth you ain’t doing anything good just everything awful
And she begged me to stop stretching her thin and stuffing her full, and stop being so concerned
With the old her and future her, but love her now
Her presence is Gods present, and you should be that, present

Currently Listening To:

Crimson Cord

Writing In 2015

Each year many begin their year with new years resolutions. Around my church we and many others across the nation start their year off discovering their “one word” for the year instead of the long list of resolutions. I partake in both due to my personality and drive in specific areas. But before I move on here is a brief synopsis about the My One Word movement:

“My One Word” is an experiment designed to move you beyond this cycle. The challenge is simple: lose the long list of changes you want to make this year and instead pick ONE WORD.

This process provides clarity by taking all your big plans for life change and narrowing them down into a single focus. Just one word that centers on your character and creates a vision for your future.

I’ll be writing about My One Word more (if the rest of this post takes root) over the next month.

On top of preparing to pick my one word for 2015 I am also going through key areas of my life to pay attention to in 2015. These “goals/resolutions” I will do my best to filter through my one word during the year. But before I post all my goals I needed to write this because one goal is to write way more publicly (here using Desk.pm) and privately (using Day One app). I have been reading a lot from John Saddington and really enjoyed reading his post on why he blogs daily since 2002. In the middle of his post he writes:

And it’s the “public” aspect that’s been the most fascinating part of my writing journey to be sure. Writing publicly requires me to practice self-control, discipline, and solicits nuanced behaviors from me that are neither natural or easy to come by. But I believe the consistent act of putting thoughts down on (digital) paper has helped me innumerably become a better communicator, in every form, and a more critical thinker of important (and not-so-important) matters.

That has challenged me to begin writing. He even writes:

…the only thing that I’ve really got going for myself is the fact that I’m consistent; I write 1-3,000 words (at the minimum) every single day, publicly…

This is good news for me because there are many times I have felt like I had something but not enough to hit the publish button. I hope this changes over the next few weeks & months. I don’t see myself posting daily like John does, but I’m going to shoot for it.

Currently Listening To:

 Cozy Evening Playlist

Laugh, Think & Cry… Jimmy V + Church

Jimmy V’s speech is my favorite speech of all time (behind Martin Luther King) and has been challenging over the last year for me. And and it came up again the other week as I was sitting through one our services at PC3. I was taking notes on my phone and evaluating during our 9:00am service when Jimmy V’s three points during the beginning of his speech at the ESPY’s came to mind…

When people say to me how do you get through life or each day, it’s the same thing. To me, there are three things we all should do every day. We should do this every day of our lives. Number one is laugh. You should laugh every day. Number two is think. You should spend some time in thought. Number three is, you should have your emotions moved to tears, could be happiness or joy. But think about it. If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that’s a full day. That’s a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you’re going to have something special.

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