Monthly archives December 2015

Photographic Projects

Weels Photo

Brooks Jensen shares whatever is on his mind. Questions, insights, problems, inspirations, books — bits and pieces about the creative process and life.
Here is one of many I liked. It’s about photographic projects. What if we make a photos about service, idea, thought, observation, feeling sensation or story. For example, a photographer had a passion for photographing “hats”- whenever he could find them. At the end, his collection was printed into a beautiful small book. The audience for this book were not another photographers but people who like hats. Book was presented in a section about clothing and sold out.
The idea intends to rich out people who are not interested in photography. So, stop making photos for other photographers. Because it’s like being director of a film and make movies for other directors.
It makes me think…kind of not what I intend to do it, too.

From Brooks Jensen podcast: LensWork

The four agreements:

Stairs photo

I would have to agree and sign-in under the four agreements of James Altucher:

  • Be impeccable with your word. It means if you say something, do it. If you feel like you have to lie to make excuses, then just do not say anything at all.
  • Don’t take anything personally.
  • Don’t make assumptions. If someone is upset at you, for instance, who knows what is going on in their life. that you have no idea about? Be curious. Ask questions. Be simple about finding out the truth in a situation before you jump to any assumptions.
  • Always do your best, then guaranteed you will do exactly the job you need to do.

  • From James Altucher book: “Choose Yourself!”

Are Your Environments Inspiring Or Expiring You?


Environments are stronger than willpower because they work on you 24/7. In life, we can be clear in our values and design our environments to express that values. When we feel resistance or low energy, it is because we work against our values. Focus on these: happiness, health, wealth; put your happiness first every single time. If we are not doing what inspires us, we robbing yourself from vital soul energy.

Re-train your brain and re-train your body to set up your environment to win. Eating better means not to stock your fridge with junk food.
Say “no” to everything that does not take you toward your goals. Say “no” to clutter and everything that is in conflict with your bigger purpose. Sometimes you do not know what you want because you have so much what you do not want.
If you do not know how is your office should look like, take out everything. Ask yourself what do you want to do in this room. Make a list of everything that distract you. Ask yourself: “ does this spark joy?”. Finally, bring back only what would help you to accomplish what you want.

Thoughts from Unmistakable Creative Podcast – Designing your environment for optimal performance and creativity with Jim Bunch

Marie Kondo book: “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up”

We are not free until we decide where we are moving toward

Beach picture

I do not beat myself over a failure. I treat all business or relationship as a project. I use lessons I learned from each project (not tied-in into results so much) to make better decisions in the future.

“There is no wrong. There is what is.”


2 circles:
The pain comes when you confuse these 2 circles.
The only reason we feel disappointed on first place is because we created a story of what we think happened. What about when things go well? Again, it is not good or bad; it is just opportunity that show up. There is what is and just our interpretation drive the feeling. I separated myself from the good or bad interpretation by awareness or changing interpretation.

Freedom is an empty concept like an empty room. You can clean up what you do not like it, but it does matter until you fill up this space with something you like it. For example, I might want to be free from this job, oppression etc; it is easy to identify what we want to be free from. Elimination of pain or struggle it is not freedom. But it is just a awaiting vacuum. You are not free until you marry what you going toward. We are not free until we cut off the chain that keep us in place and sprint toward the destination we want to be. Freedom and growth are completely linked. We are not free until we clearly decide where we are moving toward.

People are confused by the value and time. They operate as if they are to be compensated for their time and effort. No one cares how hard you work on something. In the marketplace, it does not matter. What is matter is a value you provide. So, you can enhance the value you provide and money will follow the value.

Thoughts from Unmistakable Creative Podcast – Defining freedom in a way that saves you with Ryan Moran