Happy New Year Friends!

Happy New Year Friends!
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Here's some things that happened this month

🎉 Happy New Year!

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I hope everyone has had a lovely entry into the new year. I hope everyone had a lovely festive season and that everyone had some good times with family and friends… or alone if you’re like me and caught Covid-19.

So far, the year has started pretty well. It’s been quite productive with all the projects I’ve been working on at the moment. I’ve got a lot of awesome things planned for 2022, so stay tuned.

Follow me. Check me out everywhere. haha just kidding, do whatever you want. I’ll still love you :)

🎬 The Movie Newbie

I’ve got The Movie Newbie podcast back running consistently and smoothly again. It’s so fun to be back on the show with the guys too.

For the month of January, Oli took over and set the theme, Film Noir. I was super excited for this one and it did not disappoint. We reviewed three AWESOME movies, and also had a really great convo about playback speed and watching things at a faster speed.

I sometimes do, and the guys hated it, but idgaf hahaha

We’ve also got something crazy brewing for February. We will be bringing in another Film master for our next theme, James Cameron. And to mark this special event, we’re bringing back the guests for all three episodes. For the first movie, we will be watching Aliens and will be joined by the amazingly talented Aalia and Joseph Lanius, both of whom work in the film industry as producers, writers and more. We will then be joined by Oli’s partner, Neringa for the second instalment, a classic romance (and female gaze?) film, Titanic. Finally, we’ll be welcoming back our first ever guest on the show, my housemate and good friend, Federico Mastropietro.

It would be great if you can review our podcast on whichever platform you use.

pls 5 stars okay, thank u

📹 YouTube

The YouTube project has also been really fun recently. I’ve started to really improve with my video editing, and my idea of what I can do with a camera and in post-production has changed the type of content I want to produce.

I started off the month with a roundup of what my goals were for 2022

Then followed it up with a video about my favourite travel applications at the moment

📚 The Book a Week Challenge

So far, I’ve managed to read/listen to a book a week for the entire month and surprisingly, I’ve enjoyed it quite a bit. It’s actually surprising how much you can read when you put your phone down.

Foundation - Isaac Asimov

This book was an interesting sci-fi collection of short stories that were put together. As a fan of sci-fi, I thought this book was okay. There were parts where I found the plot to be stretching a little thin, and other parts where I was completely lost. I recommend it if you’re REALLY into sci-fi, but if you’re not, then don’t bother.

Rating: 3/5

Atomic Habits - James Clear

This was a great book. I can’t believe I haven’t read this before, because for pretty much the entire read, I was nodding my head in agreement. I highly recommend this book to anyone that wants to build more positive habits in life, whether it be personal or professional.

Rating: 5/5

Flow - Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

I finally got to reading this book after putting it off for a very long time. I had read sections of the book before, read a lot about the idea of form from other people, but never really got to the full thing. Now, after finishing the book, I believe that this has to be compulsory teaching in schools. I wish I had known about this growing up because it would have helped so much in life.

Rating: 4/5

Story Worthy - Mathew Dicks

The final book for January was Storyworthy, this is definitely going to be one of those books that I’ll read again and again. The way the author delivers information in his storytelling style is perfect and just keeps you hooked throughout. The use of examples to illustrate how to learn storytelling is the way I like to learn and this book was perfect with that. I feel like I’m a “not-so-great” storyteller and I’ve always thought that it was something you had, not something you can learn. Now I know differently, and hopefully, I can take what I learned from this book into my creations in the future.

Rating: 5/5

February is going to be another great month! And Happy Lunar New Year/Gong Xi Fa Cai for those celebrating Chinese New Year 🧧🎊!