Author: FrancoisH

Time lapse updates – my two 365-day projects

For three months I have been taking a 1 second video every day and a self-portrait. I can’t believe how quickly the year of 2019 is flying past!

Here are the links to my 2 365 day project videos.

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What I have learnt so far during the 4 AM challenge

It’s about 2 weeks into this challenge (waking up at 4 am every day), and this is what I have learnt so far:

1. You have about one extra hour per day
2. You substitute unproductive evening time for productive morning time
3. It gives you an opportunity to focus more energy on your career/exercise/passion projects
4. It calms work anxiety; you feel more prepared for the day ahead
5. You might sacrifice family time (danger!)

I will elaborate on these points once I have completed the challenge.
I encourage anyone who can’t seem to find the time for work/exercise/creative projects to give this concept a try. Even if you just have that extra hour a day to plan your schedule you might find that you unlock even more time.

4 AM challenge begins! Push-up challenge; achievement unlocked.

I completed my January push-up challenge! #happy

100 push-ups per day for a whole month is totally achievable. Muscles adapt to the exercise regime. I did a total of 3121 push-ups during the month and recorded most of it.

Did I gain a six pack? Hell no!

Did I lose fat? Hell no! I still look like a marshmallow!

BUT, my arms firmed up, my shoulders broadened a bit and my chest firmed up.

My body feels better, and that is all that matters!

I will/have posted the video of my challenge on Youtube (it is currently uploading as I am typing this).

 

So…. now on to the next challenge: waking up at 4 AM every day. As I am writing this, it is 4:40 AM on the 2nd of February – meaning that this challenge is already paying dividends in terms of me being more productive in my world of creativity.

I will be using the extra time in the morning to focus on the following areas:

  1. Getting ahead of normal work (checking emails, doing work, etc)
  2. Reading and writing for my Master’s mini-dissertation (I have a deadline of 31 Oct 2019, but I might as well complete as much of my mini-dissertation during this challenge)
  3. Doing some spiritual maintenance (reading, praying, etc)
  4. Exercising (weights, push-ups)
  5. CREATIVE WORK!! (idea generation, writing scripts, editing, etc!)

I am definitely most excited for number 5 above.

Let’s see how the 4am challenge goes!

 

2019 Challenges – January – pushups

So, 2019 has kicked off and we are almost done with JanuWORRY. We have received the January paycheck (hopefully you have!) and now we can start paying off some of that December holidaying credit card debt.

Some people have “new year’s resolutions” and some people don’t. I have a low success rate when it comes to new year’s resolutions, so I thought it would be interesting to try something different for 2019. The thing that I am trying out isn’t something that is novel or super unique – because let’s be honest, most of our ideas and spurts of creativity are in some ways birthed by others. There are things, people and events that INSPIRE us. So how unique can our ideas or creative projects really be, given that they are a reflection of the impression or inspiration that was passed to us through others?  Don’t get me wrong, I really do think that art and creativity are very important mediums and methods of expressing the way we feel and think about situations. Art can also be used as a tool to document a social or cultural state, or a tool to communicate certain things. I digress.

My new year’s resolution is to do a month-long challenge for every month of 2019. I will be documenting my challenges through videos, pictures and writing. I am hoping to post some of the experiences that I have had on these challenges on Youtube, and this would enable me to satisfy my yearning to produce videos/films/stories.

My January challenge is to do 100 pushups every day for a whole month. At day 26 (26 January) I am still going strong and have not missed a day of pushups. It is an easy exercise that requires almost no investment – all that you have to do is put in some time! I have filmed most of my sets and also a few of the thoughts that I have had whilst doing this challenge. I will be posting a final video about this challenge in early February.

I will have lots of time to edit my videos in February, as this particular month’s challenge will entail waking up at 4 am every single day. I want to see just how productive I can be by adopting this early-riser lifestyle.

So far my challenges for the year are:

  1. January – Do 100 Pushups per day
  2. February – Waking up at 4 am every day
  3. March – Run 5 times per week (minimum of 3km)
  4. April – No sugar or pizza
  5. May – Intermittent fasting
  6. June – Read a book every week (4 books for the month)
  7. July – Document the food that I eat
  8. August – Eat only salads for lunch
  9. September – No social media
  10. October – Run a 10km every week
  11. November – Draw the human face every day (self portrait perhaps?)
  12. December – Daily gratitude journal

In addition to the challenges above, I will be doing year long challenges, which include:

  1. Taking a selfie every day in order to stitch together an epic time lapse for 2019
  2. Taking a 1 sec video every day in order to stitch together an epic video of 2019

Let’s see how it goes!

 

Soli Deo gloria – IX

 

When the heart is absolutely torn

ripped apart by a hurricane of loss

When spirit falls in mourning

and darkness descends like night

 

It feels like the soul is empty

drained by heavy strain and pain

Is this really meant to be?

I bite bruised lip in shame

 

Life will drench us in torrents of rain

Life will pour out its buckets of pain

During the tempest the seed is fed

In the morning, colours of spring is bled

 

The reminder of our endured passion

Is that we are on eternal mission

Holiness, not happiness our creed;

The mantra of those by salvation freed

 

Your ways are higher than ours

Your understanding is higher than ours

We are infants trying to understand

what the glorious Creator has planned!

 

Seek healing in the house of the Lord

and He will envelope You with Love

that will fill your heart, until it bursts

 

11/09/2017