Two weeks ago, my friends and I went to Baler for the weekend. It was a quick getaway from the daily grind. I also upgraded lenses the night before the trip and I'm so amazed at the quality of the videos. The built-in image stabilization DOES make a huge difference. So happy! <3
After six years, I finally bought a brand new laptop! It's a 13" MacBook Pro with Retina Display, early 2015 model, with the highest of specs available in store (not the customizable one that you can order directly from Apple, unfortunately). Quite frankly, my first choice for a laptop is the latest Apple Macbook Pro, the one with the touch bar, but I had to reconsider due to lack of USB port and memory card slot. The world is simply not yet ready to embrace the USB-C port, methinks.
Anyway, since I have a new laptop, I have spent the past few weeks downloading and installing apps that I consider as a necessity. As a multidisciplinary designer and blogger, I simply can't live without these apps:
Adobe Creative Suites
No designer is never without Adobe apps installed on their computers. Since I mainly focus on graphic design, illustrator, and videos (for my travel blog), I have installed the following: Photoshop, Illustrator, Lightroom, InDesign, Premiere Pro, After Effects, and Acrobat (PDF viewer)
If you're switching from Windows to Mac, Paragon is an absolute must! What the app does is allow Mac users to have a read/write access to NTFS partitions.
As much as I like Apple's built-in media player, QuickTime is not compatible with a lot of video codecs. VLC, on the other hand, is a free app that can playback almost any video format for free and with the right equipments, you can also play ISO files, record live TV, and listen to online radio.
Trend Micro AntiVirus
Although Macs are not susceptible to viruses, it's still nice to have one. The Trend Micro AntiVirus is the only AV that I've tried that works. Subscription isn't free and costs $20/year, but that's hella cheap when compared to other antivirus software out there.
I try my best to follow a very strict folder organization and this app is a game changer. What the app do is rename a batch of files with just one click. Totally useful for those DSCxxx.jpg photos!
Grammarly is the world's best grammar checker, I swear! It's a browser extension that will help you improve your grammar, vocabulary, and spelling. No more mistakes when sending those important emails! ;)
Five goals for 2017. Sounds realistic, right?
Goal #1: Become a better storyteller.
Plan of Action: Share my story. Don't be afraid to be vulnerable.
I don't know how I'm going to achieve this but I know it's a crucial skill to learn if I want to take my craft seriously. I know that I have interesting stories to share, it's just a matter of allowing myself to be vulnerable for the public eye to see.
Goal #2: Read more books.
Plan of Action: Read a few pages before going to bed. Read whenever I'm bored or idle.
In line with my first goal, I also want to read more books to improve my vocabulary and expose myself to how established writers share their stories. I aim to read at least 12 books this year, that's one book per month. We're halfway through January and I'm already done with two books.
Goal #3: Learn something new.
Plan of Action: Enroll in a few classes. Watch videos online.
A perpetual life goal. I really want to learn a new language and motion design. I aim to achieve either one of them by the end of the year.
Goal #4: Less travels. More art.
Plan of Action: Create something every week, if not every day.
Less travels? *gasp* It doesn't sound like me at all. I love traveling, I can't stop thinking about it, but I also want to focus on other things that I am passionate about. I'm not saying I won't travel this year, but it won't be the top priority for now.
Goal #5: Stop undervaluing myself.
Plan of Action: Stop undervaluing myself. Believe in yourself.
One of my biggest flaws is that no matter what I have managed to achieve, I always feel incompetent, that I'm never good enough or talented enough. If I want to truly succeed in anything that I do, then this kind of mentality needs to end now.
How about you? What are your goals for this year?