Pushing Through/Be True

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As I explored Las Vegas I found myself off of the strip staring up at the Raiders stadium. My friend improvised his pose as I took this shot. I enjoyed the moment so this shot is special to me. I tried editing it many times but none of them felt right.

Phew! Working hard on being real with myself and putting my attention in the right places. I’m working on a project that is passing through the editing process. I finally completed two phases of my project and now all that is left is the design plus all the technical stuff.

Basically, decided to publish two books at the same time. They are not going to be photography books but rather they will be poetry books. I always wanted to be a writer with my name on the cover and spine of books. I’m going to be accomplishing that this year. Eventually I will experiment and combine photos with words but for now these two will be just poetry books.

I made a commit to myself to simply do as I please and work for myself. Thus this project finally started to see the light of day after so many days of daydreaming and talking about it. I don’t care for how well the books do, I want to simply fulfill my desires. Even if they bomb I will continue to publish books until I can’t write anymore or can’t take photos anymore.

That is my current goal at the moment and the one I’m focusing on with 100% of my attention.

Strive to be real with yourself as that is the only way to truly change.

Working While Working

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Always willing to take a shot even when I’m suppose to be “working”. Photography is a true love of mine and I’m always ready to take my shot. I over-edited this shot to try to see the end result. I obviously like it but I can see areas that I can improve like the floor and the walls closest to the subject.

Been working hard at my day job and not realizing how little effort I’ve been putting into my passions. I’m doing my best to incorporate more passion into my life while still getting a paycheck. Sometimes it’s tough as I’ve been getting overtime almost everyday. Even on my days off I just feel like resting.

I’m in the process of finding a new day job and redesigning this site. I’ll be dedicating more time to myself even as I’m on the clock. I experienced this at my last job but not going to allow myself to just float through life doing more work for others than myself. It’s time for a change and less resting.

I’ve got a few projects on my mind that I will be fleshing out pretty soon. Stay tuned there’s more to come!

On my Own Path: No More Excuses

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The worst thing about me is that I never truly given my all to something. I was afraid to fail or that was never good enough. So I looked for excuses to use for why I didn’t pursue something wholeheartedly. Read an article about the UFC Jon Jones who is considered by many to be the greatest MMA fighter of all time. He used drugs and alcohol as his prepared excuse if he ever lost any of his fights.

Even a man on top of his career field felt the need to come up with excuses. I really don’t want to live a half assed life full of regrets to match the repugnant excuses. It’s not too late for me to switch things around. I am doing just that.

2021 is my year. I’ve already got rid of some bad vices but I still have a lot of work to do. I’m chasing the greatest version of myself. In this year, I won’t plan it out anymore. I will simply carve myself into the being I have always desired to be. I’m reading, learning, watching, and listening to the world around me. Learning myself and truly following my principles.

No more excuses! I have a roof over my head, food in my belly, a car to take me places, and a bed to rest upon. I have all that I need to succeed. I just have to embrace the fear and make it my b$tch.

I love photography and expressing myself. Both require me to explore the world. This year I will pursue photography and becoming the best version of myself wholeheartedly. I will not stop even when I reach my goals. I’ll simply sit down and write out bigger goals.

Here’s to a much better year!

-D

Focus

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Back after a short break! Was able to find some photos to edit like the one above. It’s a simple shot I took of an art installation project in San Francisco. We were looking for an exit but we ended up in art.

Was finally able to get some of my photos printed and I have to say that I truly love them. I like how my photos look printed much more than on a digital platform. It was cheap too, 22 photos for 6 dollars. Going to be having more photos printed and eventually publish a photo book. I still have to choose which photos to include with the first book. Will be releasing a poetry book as well but just like the photo book, I have to select what poems to include.

Will be getting creative in taking shots so I can upload here on a more regular basis. Hopefully I will be able to make some great shots happen.

Different

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I wanted to capture this subject but never could find a good angle until I took this shot. I like the texture but would go back and try to make a more interesting composition.

Had a semi-productive day. I sold off some of my shares in the stock market and holding out on buying anymore for a while. It’s tough to be patient but with the market how it is I’m going to have to be. Listening to top investors like Warren Buffet & David Tepper talk about being bearish which lead to my decision to hold what I got and adapt to the market.

Finally, finished reading The Prince by Niccolo Machievelli. It’s a very good political philosophy book that I would recommend to any one that wants to start a business or simply loves philosophy. My goal is to read 100 books this year and I’m at 18 right now. Next up will be No More Mr. Nice Guy by Robert Glover.

Was able to clean and organize my room some more. I have to re-design my desk which I’m struggling with. However, I’m trying to be more decisive and simply getting things done. Will be reading Marie Kondo’s “Joy at Work” to fix the work side of my desk.

I am proud to say that I have been able to fight off some doubt and stay the course. I’m working hard to battle my inner demons and improve my mind and body. Doing research on diets and exercises to maximize my time. I’ll also be studying video production and editing on top of photography and Japanese. I would like to direct films in some capacity in the future so I’ll be working hard to produce my own material.

Now’s the time for me to produce my own work and not expect to work half ass on the things I love. Will be disciplined and work hard towards my passions and hopefully have the life that I’ve always wanted.

Here’s to your success. Peace,

David

Plateau

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Bruce Lee street art I captured on one of my trips to San Francisco. It’s okay shot, I remember struggling to not capture the story next to the wall. I will try to level up my editing game and get rid of the parking meter.

The title of this post was inspired by a Bruce Lee quote. “There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.”. I find myself struggling with developing a fitness plan plus a career in photography and writing. I am still working hard to discipline myself, I have to change my diet and start exercising regularly before it’s too late.

I’m not going to allow myself to stay on this plateau for long. Going to be investing into a new diet plan and weights to improve my workouts. I’ve been thinking about buying a bike but there were no options at my store as people have been buying them like crazy. Will have to get back to practicing boxing as well. The key will be sticking with a new diet even when I’m at work.

I realize that what I want to do in life is going to take a hell lot of effort and hard work. I have to fully commit myself and pursue it everyday no matter what. I have to get it through my thick ass skull that I need to get uncomfortable and work. Nothing is going to fall on my lap. The time is now or I’ll forever regret it when I lay on my deathbed.

I wish you all success and a good time,

David

Home

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Was in Chinatown when I looked up and saw this street sign. Felt like a little piece of home. It’s a simple shot that I feel has a decent composition.

Did a lot of work for my E-Bay side hustle while being able to take my motorcycle out for a long ride. In the morning, I made sure to check my stocks. So far so good, it’s up and down a lot but right now its steadily going up. Wasn’t able to find time to read the investing book but before I go to bed I will crack it open. Will also continue Joy at Work and try to read The Promised Neverland.

Made some key decisions today that I won’t share until I follow through with them. Each one will change my life either way. Also I thought about where I want to go and how I want to get there. Set a deadline to achieve these goals and if I fail then I’ll have to do something else. All it’s going to take is effort and hard work and maybe a little passion infused with luck. Now I have to get to it and start paving my path.

Enjoy your life,

David

Better

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Me and my friend were willing to get lost in San Francisco. We turned down a random street and found this very decorative street showcased in this shot. There were a lot of beautiful quotes and artwork all up and down this street. However, the thing that stood out the most were the tents and the homeless. I really love San Francisco but it truly does have a problem. Anyway, this shot is just to showcase some of the beauty and some of the ugly.

Crashed very hard after work so I wasn’t able to get a whole lot done. Was able to read the first chapter of Marie Kondo’s book “Joy at Work”, review ed Katakana, study some stocks, edited photos, and updated social media. Tomorrow, I will do my best to read the first volume of “The Promised Neverland” and continue Joy at Work.

Anyway, I took the time to read some of my previous posts and would like to say sorry as there were some many mistakes left in them. I felt bad, I realized I wasn’t putting my best foot forward. I have a hard time reading anything that I wrote as I always want to do better and tighten it so much that it may just explode. From now on, I will make to sure to read my posts before uploading them and edit them to my satisfaction. I want to make this website about of my career and it is a passion of mine, so it’s my duty to truly create quality content.

Thank you for your patience and your readership. Peace,

David

Everyday

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Street shot in the beautiful yet ugly city of San Francisco. I like the scaffolding in the shot and the shadows. My friend was gracious enough to let me take his photos the whole vacation. It’s a simple shot that I made on the move. Hopefully I have a chance to take another shot like this in the future.

Got a lot done today, was able to read “All You Need Is Kill” By Takeshi Obata which was way better than Edge of Tomorrow. The story is darker and edgier as well as well drawn. Going to be reading volume one of “The Promised Neverland” tomorrow.

Studied a lot about investing today. Finally understand what the dividend yield and volume mean. How to do research or if you should invest in a certain company. Didn’t read the book today but will be able to tomorrow. Just watched a bunch of videos on the subject and found some good YouTubers to follow. Will try to learn more and do some research on the current stocks I own to see which ones to keep and which ones to get rid of as soon as I can make a profit.

Been doing push ups whenever I think about a bad habit of mine. Today, ended up doing 66 push ups and I have 15 more to do. Something simple I’m doing to try to curb bad habits. Working so far, so I’ll continue it.

I am working on a new domain in order to start a lifestyle blog and transferring this domain name under a different site so I can run it as a portfolio. I’m raking my brain on it but I’m not coming up with anything so I’ll just sleep on it and try to come up with some names tomorrow as life through my eyes was already taken.

I have the 4:30am shift tomorrow, so I’ll end it here.

Have a good night/day,

David

Perseverance

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A shot I took after accomplishing my mission of walking from Japantown to the beach. It was basically a 2 hour walk and afterwards we walked back. My legs were done afterwards we hit up Japantown and walked back to our hotel. It was brutal day but I have a bunch of shots to make up for it. I really like the atmosphere of this shot especially the fog and the crows.

Had a more productive day than normal, however, I could have pushed myself even further. Was able to finish “Dissolving Classroom” by Junji Ito, The Garden of Words by Makoto Shinkai, and The Gods Lie by Kaori Ozaki. So I was able to make some time for reading. Going to try to read “All You Need is Kill”, and “The Innocent”. I will continue Marie Kondo’s book as well as an investing book.

Besides that, went on a short motorcycle ride and ordered delivery from Panda Express. Played Dead by Daylight, Moving out, NBA2k20, and beat Sly Cooper 1 for the second time but the first time on the Vita. Invested some more as well, my investments are looking pretty good at the moment hopefully that’s a good sign. Got to make some time to crack open that investing book and watch those investing YouTube videos that are just being ignored in my watch later list.

Tomorrow, my focus will be on investing, photography, video, health, education, and Japanese. Will be reviewing Katakana and Japanese grammar, investing more in the stock market, reading, and exercising. Might even try to get back into yoga.

Gamble on what you are good at and love,

David