Monday Starter : 75

What I’m learning:

  • To be patient.
  • To say “no”.
  • To practice more gratitude.
  • To slow down.
  • To write.
  • That things don’t have to be perfect.
  • That family is everything.

What I’m reading: The Saturday Paper. My sister gifted my 15-year-old son a subscription to the print edition of this newspaper for his birthday. Side note, my son, is a bookworm, can read very fast and loves politics. I find it engaging to read, and it has a good choice of topics filled with high-quality writing. I hardly really the “regular” paper, ie. The Age, nowadays and spend more time listening to podcasts and The Saturday Paper. I had never heard of the term “narrative journalism” until I encountered this publication.

What I’m working on: I’m thinking about shifting my photography business away from weddings and portraiture or finishing it up ultimately. I will still be open to shooting weddings, but it will only be for people and events I want to shoot for. In 2020, I started pivoting my paid work towards digital content, training and event management. Let’s see where this goes. I haven’t “practised” enough photography for myself and created work that I’d consider “personal work”. This needs to change.

What I’m watching: Love, Victor on Disney+ (Hulu). I’m pleasantly surprised by this show. It might look a bit lame at the outset, but the series is groundbreaking given the platform that it’s on and the target audience. The acting is consistently good (particularly from the kids) with clever writing and genuinely funny one-liners. The characters can be over-the-top and aspirational, but that doesn’t matter. I’m going to ignore the fact that the “kids” in the show are 15 to 17-year-olds living slightly unrealistic mature adult lives. It’s moving and painfully relatable, and I wish this show was on when I was growing up.

A quote I’m pondering on: “Who you are is defined by what you’re willing to struggle for.” – Mark Mason

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