My first creations of the day

I read (or heard) once from Tim Ferris that he tries to start each day by creating something. He mentioned that taking inputs either from email or social media can often leave you drained the rest of the day. I can’t find a quote anywhere on the internet but just know that a) that’s basically what he said and b) it sounds like something he would say so you’ll have to take my word for it. Regardless, in late 2019, I made it a goal to start each day by creating something. Currently, as of writing this (mid-May 2020) I do not have this habit down perfectly. Often it’s not the very first activity that I start my day with but often it’s the first thing I do during my workday. As of writing, a common pattern is to check social media when I first start my day, which is a habit that I am trying to break. Also, shout out to Derek Sivers for inspiring the idea of publically publishing these creations. I was listening to an interview with him on the Yo! Podcast with Rob Hope and poking around his website when his ‘now’ page concept caught my attention. 

Explore the collection

Below is a collection of my first creations of the day for the past few months. I am going to try the reasonable goal of publishing 2-3 per week. You will find designs, code, writing, photography, & anything else I deem “creative.” I will skip some days for reasons of privacy to my clients, personal projects, or my friends and I will often omit personal information. Feel free to explore the collection and hopefully it continues to grow.

A portrait of some friends riding bikes

A portrait of some friends riding bikes

I went for a bike ride yesterday and snapped a few photos at the top of the trail as we were watering up and preparing for the decent. The evening light up in the meadow was incredible and made these portraits really pop. I am still blown away with how easy it is to...

A warm-gray color palette for TailwindCSS

A warm-gray color palette for TailwindCSS

I was working on some new designs for my portfolio website last week and I ran into a limitation with the CSS framework I was using. I want to use Tailwind CSS on this site and it comes with a number of awesome default colors that utilize some awesome color theory...

A concept for a new portfolio

A concept for a new portfolio

I took a quick stab at a new UI and design theme for my personal website and portfolio (the site that you're on right now). I wanted to experiment with a few things: 1) a warm-grey color pallet to continue to include my signature orange accent color, 2) a mix between...

Keyboard shortcuts to aid my forgetful mind

Keyboard shortcuts to aid my forgetful mind

I use a few important tools for communicating with clients in my freelance work. A separate email, a Google Voice phone number with a separate voicemail, and a Calendly account to schedule meetings and calls. All of which, I can never remember. So every time that I...

Unconventional UI Design

Unconventional UI Design

I did a quick Sharpen prompt this morning after a few client phone calls and email responses. The prompt was to create a scheduling app for Tupac Shakur, the infamous rapper. It's a super fun prompt and I definitely had a smile on my face the whole time. I went for a...

An ode to camping by yourself

An ode to camping by yourself

Over the weekend I made a mad dash to go camping by myself. I have been having a very stimulating few weeks with all the quarantine madness and I needed some alone time and quiet space. I drove out to some areas that I have been eyeing up on the map for hunting and...

A new place to publish my creations

A new place to publish my creations

I read (or heard) once from Tim Ferris that he tries to start each day by creating something. He mentioned that taking inputs either from email or social media can often leave you drained the rest of the day. I can’t find a quote anywhere on the internet but just know...

Portraits of some friends moving away

Portraits of some friends moving away

I had the opportunity to jump out on a lunch ride with some friends on a quick loop here in Bozeman. Luke and Jenna are moving to Arizona this weekend and they're great at posing for pictures, so I snapped a few of them at the top of the decent. I got a new hip bag...