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Thoughts from a lazy Sunday

Morning ☕️: Ever since going out on my own and starting my own company it never fails...

A client contract comes to an end, and that ball of ice drops in my stomach. Will they extend my contract another year? What does that contract look like? More? Less? How much hustle is needed to take make up the difference? Holy shit, I have a mortgage!! 😱

It’s always this unique blend of excitement and doubt. I know I always put my best into my work and I also know that my best is occasionally not good enough or is simply something my client no longer needs. Both outcomes are just as likely (especially in my head).

One thing that’s resonated with me though, after almost 5 years of freelance work is this: trust the process. So far I’ve been extremely fortunate (and let’s be honest - being a white, male-identifying IT professional - overtly privileged). I’ve worked hard and continue to build this one person operation. I’ve built the foundation well, now I need to learn to lean more into this business I’ve built. To trust that I still have something of value to give whenever or however I am invited to the table.

Take nothing for granted. Stay nimble. Stay humble. But also learn to lean a bit more.

Looking for excellent “no-kill” mouse traps? 🐀 ❤️ 🐁

We’ve had incredible luck with these: Catcha 2 Piece Humane Smart Mouse Trap.

We recently moved into an old house and we love it here. However, old houses have old problems… and guests. Yep, we get occasional mice. We no longer have a cat and, after trying a cheap humane solution from Home Depot, we tried the above traps and caught 2 little fuzzy midnight marauders in less than 24 hours after setting them.

That got us through the fall and winter until we had another little guy (that loved fruit) venture into house this week. I set the traps again and boom, he was sitting there in the morning.

Helpful tips from a novice trapper:

  • Peanut butter is the best bait by far.
  • Instead of setting the traps around food. We’ve had the best luck setting them around obviously travelled areas. In other words, if you find mouse droppings in an area that doesn’t contain food inches away, place your trap there. Not sure why this worked the best. I’m guessing less distraction? 🤷🏻‍♂️
  • The packaging often mentions this but, it really does help to drive the captured mice a few miles away from your house. If you have some woods or a park nearby that’s perfect. You might even get a knowing nod of appreciation before they scurry away to live their best life. ☺️

So if you’ve been failing to find humane traps that actually work, give these a shot. They are well made, re-usable, easy to clean, and reasonably priced. That and it’s felt great to not have to kill or severely maim these little buggers.

So. Let me tell you about this guy.

It’s been a week and, when I close my eyes, I can still hear the sound of tires rolling over 1000’s of miles of pavement.

Months ago, Justin asked if I’d be interested in going on a road trip through the states of South Dakota, Wyoming and Montana. At the time, we were still officemates at our local co-working space The Mothership (previously Mercury Studio here in Durham, NC) and I remember immediately thinking “Hell yeah!”. But there was also a wee bit of trepidation too. To date, I still remember Justin talking about a similar road trip he had taken before (that time by himself) and how much he got out of it, and I didn’t want to potentially deprive him of another similar experience merely by being present. Also, while we were office mates and got along awesomely, being stuck in a car for the first time for hours on end could be a catastrophic social experiment to our already great friendship if it went poorly.

He said not to worry about it, and I already know that I worry about unknown shit too much anyways. We bought plane tickets, rented a car, and… it was amazing!

I don’t think I’ve ever been on a journey that was so charmed! Where I witnessed so much. Where “failures”, big and small, were consistently rewarded with something greater a few hours later. Where we were “randomly” approached by so many decent and genuine people, and were gifted with their stories.

I think we both often felt like we were being led, rather than choosing our own path. It was a site to behold and it was tough to watch it end.

So yeah, this guy, Justin. I want to thank him.

Thank him for taking a chance on myself and our friendship, leaning into it, and trusting that everything would work out fine. Thanks for the laughs, the stupid memes we created (that’ll never get old), the conversations, the lessons, your friends and acquaintances (that housed us and had incredible recommendations), Wounded Knee and witnessing it with me, the support, the patience, your process, your craft… all of it (and it’s a hella long list).

We should do it again sometime. :)

So. Let me tell you about this guy.

It’s been a week and, when I close my eyes, I can still hear the sound of tires rolling over 1000’s of miles of pavement. Months ago, Justin (@justincookphoto ) asked if I’d be interested in going on a road trip through the states of South Dakota, Wyoming and Montana. At the time, we were still officemates at our local co-working space The Mothership (@mothershipsightings , previously Mercury Studio) and I remember immediately thinking “Hell yeah!”. But there was also a wee bit of trepidation too. To date, I still remember Justin talking about a similar road trip he had taken before (that time by himself) and how much he got out of it, and I didn’t want to potentially deprive him of another similar experience merely by being present. Also, while we were office mates and got along awesomely, being stuck in a car for the first time for hours on end could be a catastrophic social experiment to our already great friendship if it went poorly.

He said not to worry about it, and I already know that I worry about unknown shit too much anyways. We bought plane tickets, rented a car, and… it was amazing! I don’t think I’ve ever been on a journey that was so charmed! Where I witnessed so much. Where “failures”, big and small, were consistently rewarded with something greater a few hours later. Where we were “randomly” approached by so many decent and genuine people, and were gifted with their stories. I think we both often felt like we were being led, rather than choosing our own path. It was a sight to behold and it was tough to watch it end.

So yeah, this guy, Justin. I want to thank him. Thank him for taking a chance on myself and our friendship, leaning into it, and trusting that everything would work out fine. Thanks for the laughs, the stupid memes we created (that’ll never get old), the conversations, the lessons, your friends and acquaintances (that housed us and had incredible recommendations), Wounded Knee and witnessing it with me, your support, your patience, your process, your craft… all of it (and it’s a hella long list). We should do it again sometime. :)

Late to the party here but…

If you’re in Raleigh NC, the #YouAreHere exhibit at the NCMA is absolutely worth the hour or two investment.

Late to the party here but, the #YouAreHere exhibit at the NCMA is absolutely worth the hour or two investment.

Evidence of a Road-trip Excursion Exhibit 2: Lavina, MT

Evidence of a Road-trip Excursion Exhibit 1

Am I the only one that is driven batty by the fact that there still isn’t a “delete” option in the slide-in notifications for Mail on MacOS? That seems like such a no-brainer.

Brief stop in Lavina, MT… 🇺🇸💀

Installed the first public beta of Mojave on my 2016 MBP last night.

I know, I know… not a wise move for one of your main computers. I have back ups though and a good amount time at the moment, so I thought I’d play.

Believe it or not, this was the first public beta I’ve ever had a serious issue with. Upon boot up, it would show the progress bar (with my profile photo) and simply freeze at the very last second. Progress bar full. Left it for 20 minutes a few times. It never made it to the desktop.

Tried several reboots and disk diagnostics (disk was fine), and the only thing that solved it was a reinstall from recovery mode. Nothing was lost locally and, all and all, it’s a solid release as far as I can tell. Still gotta kick the tires for a few more days though.

I know everyone and their Mom has been posting these types of tales but, for me at least, I find them immensely helpful when I am stuck between a rock and a hard place. So I figured it couldn’t hurt to post this up for reference.

It’s a beta folks, if you don’t at least expect issues like these, you’re walking willy nilly into field of bear traps.

By far my FAVORITE part of coming home… 😏😕

Don’t mind us, just passin’ through.

Making our way back to you babes… (also Billings, MT ✈️ ) 🚗

Some B&W’s from time spent in Glacier. Winding down a road trip is always bittersweet. Especially one like this.

Yeah… so… this happened. #montana 🐂🐄

Hands down, the most beautiful thing @justincookphoto and I have seen on this trip was #mountrushmore. #zerovisibility #SoBlessed

#HappyFathersDay to a man who’s always had my back and always nurtured my creativity from day one. Wish I could say I inherited all this handsome (and those dope sunglasses 😎) but at least I got your sense of humor. Love you pops!

Some B&Ws from a thoroughly awesome day one on the road.