- Simply posing a question is not enough to create conversation.
- A change of perspective makes a world of difference.
- Wrestling with hard things makes us strong. Questions bring answers. It's in seeking that we find.
- Mystery yields intrigue, yet what greater fascination it is to be known.
- Every day of life is a sprint within the marathon.
- In the strife for perfection in the little things, don't lose sight of what matters most.
- Don't be afraid to follow your own path, but choose your steps and companions wisely.
- Life is not a binomial.
- Feelings don't define reality - they simply augment it.
- Sleep is easy. Rest is hard.
- Community cannot exist within the walls of invulnerability.
- The greatest challenges in life are often the most rewarding.
Sunday, August 2, 2020
Well guys, I...we... someone...
It's Day 100 of #100DaysofHannah and #100DaysofBlogging!
Which means, that, as soon as this post is finished, I will have successfully blogged for 100 days straight.
In any case, I thought, what better way to end this 100 day challenge than with 100 lessons learned over the last 100 days.
Let's get to it!
*After writing all 100 lessons, I've decided to take the top 10ish lessons and list them at the bottom for those who really aren't interested in reading the whole list.*
1. Creating consistent content is really hard.
2. It's incredible how many more views you get when someone else shares your content.
3. But, most people are only interested in that post - not the other 99.
4. I have no idea what content other people are interested in reading.
5. It's really fun to try to sum up an entire post in one word.
6. One word titles with four labels really don't draw viewers.
7. Social media is a much less effective than I anticipated.
8. Flowery endings are beautiful. They also take a crazy long time to write.
9. Mornings (when it's not raining) are arguably the best part of the day.
10. Simply posing a question is not enough to create conversation.
11. I have no idea how to build a community.
12. Or write content to attract the community that I wish to build.
13. There are few greater challenges than trying to write a new daily challenge (and remember all of your previous ones).
14. Posts seem way longer when you're writing them than when you're reading them.
15. I get excessively obsessed with things impressively easily.
16. Life is amazingly cyclic. I guess that's why it's called a life cycle?
17. I still don't have self-control mastered.
18. Playing by the rules and coloring within the lines is not my forte.
19. It's really easy to freak out about the little things. A change of perspective makes a world of difference.
20. Make a list of your unfinished projects. Or topics. So that way you don't have a random "Part 1" that is never concluded.
21. Wrestling with hard things makes us strong. Questions bring answers. It's in seeking that we find.
22. Play you.
23. Feelings don't define reality - they simply augment it.
24. My family - immediate, extended, quasi-adopted - is incredible, and I am so blessed.
25. When words fail, music speaks.
26. Life without vision is a trip without destination.
27. Sleep is easy. Rest is hard.
28. Phone calls aren't quite as bad as I make them out to be.
29. Running is safety, but good does not equate to safe.
30. Community cannot exist within the walls of invulnerability.
31. Life is not a binomial.
32. I get things wrong.
33. The most beautiful words are not always the most powerful.
34. Other people are awkwardly avoidant too. Thank God.
35. Don't be afraid to follow your own path, but choose your steps and companions wisely.
36. Home is a person, not a place.
37. 12 cups of coffee per day is too much for Hannah to handle.
38. It's good to use lights if you want your neighbors to know that you exist (and not park in your driveway).
39. Thoughts are better with friends.
40. It's easy to be afraid.
41. Blogging is 8000 times better on real computer.
42. Life, in general, is easier with a real computer.
43. System76 is the best.
44. Linux, while confusing, is pretty. Sorta like life.
45. I really don't speak computer.
46. Being reunited with my piano is the best.
47. You. Are. Enough.
48. Telemedicine isn't perfect.
49. The mentality of "work" is much more exhausting than the act of working.
50. Time is a valuable commodity. It's a pity we try so hard to waste it.
51. Writing 100 lessons is really hard.
52. My brother is the best.
53. Except I have two. The other one's pretty awesome too (he just isn't prominently featured in my blog posts).
54. Blogging from your phone is less than ideal.
55. But that won't stop me from doing it.
56. I still don't know what the future will hold.
57. I apparently have an aversion to this number, considering I skipped it in the blog.
58. I shouldn't make promises of goals that I'm not sure if I want to keep.
59. Love is a gift, not a merit. Freely given, not earned. Unconditional. Undeserved.
60. Haiku's are my favorite.
61. In the strife for perfection in the little things, don't lose sight of what matters most.
62. Don't quit.
63. Writing papers is frustrating.
64. Procrastinating doesn't actually make everything better.
65. Sometimes the stress isn't worth it.
66. Endings are weird.
67. So are beginnings.
68. These are crap lessons.
69. My family home is really pretty.
70. My hair look(ed) like an orc from WoW.
71. Describing games is really hard.
72. Some of the best peanut butter cookies EVER are made with 3 ingredients.
73. I really don't like recipes.
74. I also don't like decisions.
75. Hamilton is a pretty legit musical.
76. So is Dear Evan Hansen.
77. There's a keyboard shortcut to put in hyperlinks.
78. Making space is hard.
79. So is making decisions. (Did I already say that?)
80. Relaxing is less about stopping and more about changing.
81. Every day of life is a sprint within the marathon.
82. "Turn about is fair play" is not everyone's mantra.
83. People don't actually believe the "do unto others as you would have them do unto you" bit.
84. But it's better if I left some things unsaid.
85. I like wayy too many songs to compile a comprehensive list of them.
86. Sourdough bread is awesome.
87. And even more fun to make.
88. But it's probably not worth having 6 jars of starter in the house at the same time.
89. Reality is complicated.
90. It's really not worth writing 100 lessons. Ever.
91. Books, and beer, are better with others.
92. What I think is important is clearly not what everyone else deems important..
93. Or interesting.
94. Quality is better than quantity.
95. Nothing is permanent in this wicked world, not even our troubles (Charlie Chaplin).
96. Mystery yields intrigue, yet what greater fascination it is to be known.
97. I have so much more to learn.
98. Different isn't wrong, it's just different.
99. To try and fail is better than to never try at all.
100. The greatest challenges in life are often the most rewarding.
For those who wanted to skip to the end...
I guess that's it folks! Thanks to all those who joined me on this 100 Day journey - y'all are awesome!
Til next time,
Question of the Day: Now what?
Challenge of the Day: Come up with a list of things you've learned recently!
Saturday, August 1, 2020
As it's day 99 of #100DaysofHannah and #100DaystoOffload, I think I'll just post links to some of my favorite posts from the last almost 100 days as a bit of a recap of where we've been! Enjoy!
*It's sort of bugging me that there are only 19, but I don't feel like going through all my posts again to find one more, so it's gonna be fine.
Question of the Day: What was your favorite post from the last 99 days?
Challenge of the Day: Trust.
Friday, July 31, 2020
Day 98 of #100DaysofHannah and #100DaystoOffload...
Considering it's been over a month since I did my last tech update, and that I spent most of the day recording/otherwise working with tech, I suppose that's a reasonable post for one of my last official days on this blog.
Where to begin.
Last time I discussed tech, I was just learning some of the basics of my new linux build, and had only recently begun to work with Ardour/my audio interface/mic/midi keyboard controller.
I would love to say that I now am fully versed in everything that linux has to offer, however, that is 100% not the case.
Let's start with the build itself.
I honestly don't think that I've made any huge advances with running the operating system itself. I still haven't spent a lot of time learning, well, really anything, about the source code or how to manipulate it. Which means that whenever I run into difficulties that are beyond my skill-set, I still have to speed-dial my older brother for assistance (like I did today. Thanks, Justin!)
I still appreciate the aesthetics of the system and its general functionality. I'm even more grateful to have a full set-up from which to work (especially considering my current daily routine).
Now onto music.
I've been spending a lot of time working on the musical side of things recently. From arranging, to practicing, to recording, editing, and mastering, the music half of my build has had a significant amount of use, which means I'm learning new things most every day.
Recent ardour advances:
- managing plugins
- adjusting inputs
- reducing system latency for vocal recordings
- exporting files
- (very basic) mastering techniques - aka adding reverb
- editing midi input (to rewrite portions as necessary post record)
- eliminating excess components that hog memory
- rerouting outside plugin
- transferring audio between recordings
Like I said though, I still have loads to learn, but I'm still enjoying the process, and loving having the ability to make music from my home (for the first time in several years, and relatively efficiently for the first time ever!)
If you're interested in reading the rest of this conversation, click the links below!
You Can Tech If You Want To... Part 1
You Can Tech If You Want To... Part 1
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