January 26, 2016

Guest post by Nicole Eddy. Get your own goals.

As you may know, I am a massive fan of YouTube. The fact that a person can independently create a masterpiece (or just fumble along as I do) and then publish it for the world to see is fascinating to me - and of course, I've taken full advantage of it on more than one occasion. Over the past two years or so, I've become rather devoted to watching a few channels in particular - Casey Neistat, FunForLouis, and Ben Brown - admiring the cinematography and storytelling in their own vlogs, and using them as inspiration for my own. Recently I discovered Nicole Eddy's blog - she being the lovely girlfriend of Ben Brown. She published a great post in August of this year, and has kindly granted me permission to share it here. (Thanks, Nicole!)

My simultaneously favorite and least favorite things about social media is that people can pick and choose what parts of their lives to share - usually the best parts, and that's all the public sees. I've done it (there are a multitude of things I left out of my video blogs last year) - I'm sure we all have. Sensible users of social media know how to distinguish between things that could or should be shared for the world to see and things that should be left private. She wrote about the hashtag #goals smattering the content of certain internet creatives, and how sometimes people just need to get their own.

Get Your Own Goals
by Nicole Eddy

 "The greater danger for us lies in not setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark." ~ Michelangelo

After not being able to ignore this 'trend' any longer of hash-tagging almost every picture with #goals, I feel like it is my responsibility to address the issue from where I stand on this, and fill you in on why it is disheartening to read those comments on not just my content, but comments on other influential people's content whom I follow.

Although receiving comments on posts that hashtag some sort of goals may be considered as a compliment as it means that something right is being done to portray an image that tugs on people's heartstrings, it is at the same time disheartening, when realising that for many people, the symbols that images represent on social media such as 'the perfect body,' 'the perfect relationship' and 'the perfect lifestyle' have turned into real life goals for many who blindly double-tap these images and retweet these tweets. As I said, this is a trend and I understand that for many, it is done in jest, however for a majority of people [who] leave these comments, I really believe that it epitomizes the goals that young, educated adolescents and adults are striving for in life.

January 11, 2016

frosty mornings.

Greetings, Hanlin Family!

These are my favorite types of mornings. So quiet and still. Frost glistens and grows away from metal like icy fingers, and exhaled breath plays in the crisp air for a moment before it disappears forever.

"Be still and know that I am God. I am exalted among the nations, I am exalted in the earth." ~ Psalm 46:10

The world is screwed up - that's not something you need to hear from me. And some people say "God isn't fixing [it]," mocking those who offer prayers for those who suffer, but I think they just don't understand what prayer is really about. Prayer has never been a substitute for action, but that's a rabbit trail I don't want to run down at the moment.

It's mornings like this that remind me to put everything down and be still every so often. It's mornings like these, especially after something like the recent events in Paris or San Bernardino, or what is constantly happening in the middle east, or when I'm just anxious for some indiscernible reason, that remind me that there is someone who still has control - someone who created this world and loves it and died for the people in it. In the beauty and the silence, He says "I got this."

January 6, 2016

a most grand year | 2015

2015 was a good year. So many wonderful things happened. I made a movie about it.

Happy, happy, happy New Year, folks! And thank you for your loyal readership. Y'all rock.