Redesigning My Approach to Music

I have loved music for as long as I can remember, but for most of my life I've never considered myself a musician. Every time I've tried to learn how to play an instrument it would only last a short amount of time and I never really got over the hump of playing something fluently. My experience with music was always a mixture of pleasure and frustration. After moving to Norfolk this summer I decided to redesign my relationship with music and learn how to play the guitar from scratch, going back to basics and revamping every aspect of my

Life Is Short—Do What You Love

When I was halfway through college I stopped and wondered: What was the end goal? What was the destination to which we all were bound? I stopped and looked into the tunnel of my future and saw a college degree that hung in my office. I saw a job that paid my mortgage, a house that kept my stuff, and an endless pursuit of more and more stuff. In that moment I made a choice. I decided that I didn't want what the world had to offer. I wanted to find myself, and in that treasure grow. I dropped out

10 Steps to Becoming a UX Designer

When I first set out to become a User Experience Designer, I had no college degree, and very little money—but I had a burning desire to learn and incredible life experiences. I had no roadmap for the journey that lay ahead, but I set out with all my heart, mind and soul and never looked back. This is the roadmap I wish I had from the start. These steps should provide a high-level overview for anyone interested in what it takes to become a UX Designer. 1. Understand & Articulate Core Concepts The most important task when approaching a

Knowing Your Self: A Priceless Asset

All throughout our lives we're given stacks of information and deadlines to deliver. We have essays to write and lists to memorize. Everything we know is tested and evaluated. Much of our identity derives from external validation that comes from knowing stuff and being good at applying it. Know and Accept Your Self What if we stopped chasing after external validation and started investing in knowing our selves? What kind of realizations would arise? What kind of jobs would we have? What kind of world would we live in? Recently I had a friend tell me ”You're becoming a

The Case for A Learning Framework

The ability to learn is the most important skill of our time. If your life depended on learning a language or a skill—how would you do it? Would you approach the problem of learning with tools you learned in a classroom? I wouldn't. School never taught me how to learn. School taught me how to obey. As a result, I dropped out of college. I embarked on a journey to learn how to learn. What is Learning Framework? I have been constructing a learning framework in order to help me learn. Using this framework I have learned new languages