So I have a little project I've been working on during quarantine. But before I go too much further, I need some feedback! The project is a resource I want to put together to help a certain demographic with Scripture memory.
I would seriously appreciate feedback from anyone and everyone, and feel free to answer as few or as many questions as you have time for. Most specifically I'd like to get feedback from:
Click below to take the survey!
I recently read the book Three New People by Brian Miller. Here, in blog post format, I'm going to recap some of my major takeaways from this interesting read.
This is a strange time to be posting this particular book review, since now we're all in quarantine, but the principles will still apply when we return to normal, and there are ways to be connecting with people even now (we just may have to be more creative than usual).
In this day and age, we may be more connected than ever, but we're also more disconnected than ever. We may have hundreds of friends on Facebook, but never have a meaningful conversation or just ask how someone is actually doing.
Loneliness is an epidemic. Studies have shown that loneliness has the same impact on mortality as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.
On an average day (not during a quarantine, of course!), the average person meets three new people. This could be the barista who makes your latte, the cashier at Target, or just a person at the park walking a cute Corgi. What would happen if we made those brief interactions actually mean something?
These are a couple of practical things that the author, Brian Miller, suggests.
Finally, remember that something meaningful can come out of any "chance" encounter. Maybe taking just an extra minute to go above and beyond the required interaction will make an impact on that someone's life.
Final review: ★★★★★
(On a side note, there's a little word that I've come to love. Fika. It's a Swedish word that, when translated, means something to the effect of "a coffee and cake break" - except that fika is less about the literal consumption, and more about the good conversations happening over that cup of coffee or tea.)
How did 2019 disappear so fast?! Every year I can usually pinpoint one particular highlight from last twelve months, something that was especially unique or impacting for me. This year I was involved in several exciting events, for example being part of the Motion University team involved in filming the Ellerslie promo, and working on the set of Wheelchair.
But the biggest highlight of my 2019 by far was the Minnesota Joni and Friends family camp. The experience was not at all what I was expecting… this was my first time at the event so I didn’t really know what I was getting into. I went with the intent to give, but rather took away so much more than I could ever have imagined. I went thinking I would stay on the sidelines, get my job done, go home and move on to the next project, but at the end of the week I didn’t want to leave and am already looking forward to going back this coming year.
This next year, go do something out of your comfort zone. Who knows, it might change your life.
So, I did a thing, and now Dakota Life has an email list! I don't plan to use it often except for special announcements, such as a cool sale, brand spankin' new product releases, or sharing a peek behind the scenes of the Dakota Life process.
If that sounds worth the price of typing in a name and email, join the list! You'll receive a coupon code to the shop just for signing up.
... no, it's not what it sounds like.
At the beginning of August I had the opportunity to fly down to Texas for one awesome week to work on the set of a short film, Unwanted.
Not only were the cast and crew great to work with and get to know (it was my first time working with any of them), but it was a real privilege to be part of bringing this true story to life.
Watch the trailer below, and stay tuned for the official release from Ignite Visuals in October!
My role on this project was the First Assistant Director. During pre-production, I worked with the director, Josh, to come up with a schedule that fit all the scenes into four days of shooting, and didn't conflict with the availability of actors and locations.
Once we got to set, one of my main jobs was keeping tabs on the daily schedules, adjusting anything that changed throughout the shooting days, and making sure we were at least close to getting each scene done on time.
It was a really good learning experience for me, since it was my first time as a 1st AD, I geek out over spreadsheets, so working on the AD team has been my preferred role for a while now, and it was fun to experience a different side of that position this time than previous projects I've worked on.
I hope I get to work with this team again soon on another project! I'm excited for the release of the finished film, it's going to be good.
Are you participating in NANOWRIMO this year?
My problem is always trying to remember what word count I'm supposed to be at on a given day.
So, with that in mind, I present to you, the NANOWRIMO 2019 desktop calendar! Each date has a smaller number beneath, indicating your target word count for that day.
This is a pretty simple design to copy to use for yourself, or if you really want this particular copy, you can download this exact design via Etsy for $1. If you want this design but with a different picture, let me know and I'll see what I can do.
Have fun writing this November!
Congratulations to all the 2019 graduates! You made it! A special congratulations to my little brother, Landon. It may have felt like forever, but you've made it to the next exciting chapter of your life.
The look on her face when she opens that rare piece of real mail... that’s why this campaign is starting.
It’s not too often that my Grandma opens her mailbox and finds anything other than ads or bills. Watching this made me realize just how meaningful a piece of snail mail, even a postcard, can be.
This is too often the case, especially for elderly or disabled who may not have family who can regularly visit and who aren’t often able to get out and about. Opening a piece of real, handwritten mail can become the bright spot in their day.
Thus, the Sending Love Campaign was born. Choose someone you know who fits this description, and be the bright spot in their day by committing to send them one card a week for a month.
Do this and share your Sending Love story! Post a picture (making a card, writing a letter, at the post office, etc) on Instagram using the hashtag #SendingLoveCampaign and tag @dakotalifecraftworks!
Let’s do this!
At the end of April I had the opportunity to be 2nd AD and BTS photographer/videographer on the set of Wheelchair, a pro-life short film.
That week on set reminded me why I enjoy film. It's not the cinematography and the beautiful lighting and the intensive set decoration, although I do enjoy the creative process.
I enjoy film because in that world, I've found a community of like-minded people that I can relate to in more ways than any other group of people I've ever found before. Since my introduction to film in the summer of 2017, I've grown more than ever before in so many ways - in my personal life, in my spiritual walk, in my relationships, in my business skills, and yes - in my video skills as well.
I'm so thankful for such an amazing group of people and I can't wait to see where God leads in each of our futures!
I was never a podcast fan... until this year. But thanks to a few specific friends and a few specific interests changing, I'm now quickly becoming a dedicated listener.
I've been learning how handy it is to have something to listen to while doing work that, while it doesn't require me to be thinking about what I'm doing, also requires me to be looking at the thing I'm working on. I can't watch anything while doing this type of work, so having something to listen to keeps my mind busy and keeps me from getting bored, not to mention maximizing the use of my time.
Another reason I'm beginning to love podcasts is the variety of information I can learn in a day. If I don't have time to read a book, I probably still have time to listen to a podcast. Especially if I do it while I'm driving, working out, or even drawing.
Now, down to the purpose of this post! My current favorite podcasts. After the first one, they will be listed in no particular order.
This was the show that got me interested in podcasts to begin with. A friend introduced me to it while carpooling and I'm hooked! I've listened through the first season and I can't wait for the release of the second season. Hosted by Paul Hastings and edited by Zach Fowler, Compelled is, in their own words, "Real people, telling true stories of God’s compelling love in their lives." They've interviewed an NFL Super Bowl champion, a former abortion clinic owner, and many more. The podcast is informative, engaging, and, well... compelling.
Who Would Build the Roads?
This podcast was hosted by Josh Taylor and Kevin McCreary, and aired through 2018. I've recently been listening through all the episodes and it's been super interesting! They approach politics from a non-partisan position, balancing a view of limited government with biblical principles. It's been fascinating and thought provoking, and I would definitely recommend it!
Prager U is the one-stop-shop for all things conservative. Featuring a variety of speakers and topics, Prager U is consistently an educational listen.
Renewing Your Mind Minute
It's a minute, literally a minute, of recordings from R. C. Sproul covering a variety of topics. One minute every few days is such a small commitment it's easy to keep up with.
The Dave Ramsey Show
Financial advice from the best in the business! Dave Ramsey approaches money from a no-debt, biblical standpoint, encouraging people to live like no one else, so later they can live and give like no one else.
The Ben Shapiro Show
Frequently updated with new episodes about politics, culture, and recently, the problems with Endgame. *braces for lashback*
So, that's my current top favorites list. Have you listened to any of these? Agree or disagree with me on any? Any suggestions from your own favorites list? Comment below!