Lately, I’ve been throwing a lot of shit against the wall trying to get something–anything!–to stick. My career isn’t soaring, my personal projects aren’t clicking, and my wife-mother-sister-friend skills are wanting. It’s not for lack of desire.
Maybe it’s my diet, because my shit should be stickier. It really should.
I worked hard and took what I thought were a few steps in the right direction, but the results are slow to reveal themselves. I set an objective to be better today than yesterday and to try to make tomorrow a little better.
In the meantime, I’m taking a hard look at my intentions and desired outcomes, to see where things went off track…or if I was on the wrong track to begin with.
At least there’s this:
While making an honest effort to improve my photography skills, I came across a golden nugget of goodness to share with you.
I joined Instagram in the early days, in summer of 2011. This wasn’t my first photo, but I think it was the second…maybe.
Either way, the original had a frame that did nothing to enhance the photo, so I cropped it out for this flashback. Along the way, I learned what not to add and that some photos look best without a filter.
My feed was full of babies in 2011 and when deciding to take it public, I deleted those precious shots. I still have them on a hard drive somewhere, but they aren’t organized and I don’t know where to begin to find them.
Now, there is an easy way to archive your feed, so that you never have to worry about where to locate your photos. It’s called Instarchive.
I wish Instarchive was around from the beginning of Instagram. I’d have an easy to access archive of those sweet baby memories.
You do have to grant the site access to your photos, but they deliver your entire feed to you in one neat downloadable zip file, albeit it with Facebook’s crazy complicated file numbering system that you can choose rename…someday.
The chance of me doing that is very slim, so I packaged what remains of over 3 years of 1:1 images into a short film. I love that Instarchive sends the photos to you in a First-to-Last format so they can easily be imported into a movie making app.
I’m no Steven Spielberg, but here’s my edit as my feed looks right now. A few shots are going away soon:
I know it’s just a bunch of little squares–I’m a little square–but it’s good to see that in at least one area, I’m making some progress…getting closer to where I want to be everyday.
There is still so much I want to learn, to improve upon, to grow from…I never want to stop!
So I’m off to throw a little more shit against the wall and you know what? I’m going to keep doing it until something sticks because I may not have sticky shit, but I do have stick-to-itiveness.
So there is that.
I wanna know: What’s your tried and true recipe for sticky success? What do you do to be a little better today than you were yesterday? What are you going to do differently tomorrow?
Here’s to being better squares,