Tell us about the creative projects you work on.
I publish 1 sketch + 1 quote + 1 essay each weekday on a specific topic to challenge and inspire people at Adventures In Life. The purpose of this newsletter and blog is to help people find meaning and reach their aspirations one small step at a time. I’m translating some of them into YouTube videos here.
I’m working on a new community called Creator Campfires. My goal is to connect creators with fellow travelers who can support them at any stage of their journey. I describe it in more detail here.
I’m also working on a book of sketches, quotes and essays about Stoicism. I hope to produce others in a series about meaning, motivation, continuous improvement and other topics I write about.
What went into the decision to start including original visuals with each edition of your newsletter?
The visuals came first. I sketched them on an iPad initially, but discovered Jack Butcher about a month in. I was fascinated by the simplicity of his visuals, so I started experimenting with a simpler form of my own in Figma. That was the ticket.
I did something similar soon after with writing. I was initially focused on long-form articles, but after joining Ship 30 for 30 early this year, I found writing and publishing about 300 words a day (now weekday) worked better for me.
Simplifying and taking smaller steps has resulted in well over 100 essays and slightly more visuals. I’ve been prolific so far this year!
How do you come up with ideas for your visuals? Do they come before or after you finish writing?
These days I write the essay first. As part of writing, I select up to a handful of quotes to help illustrate the topic. One of those quotes ends up being headlined. I then create the visual based on the headline quote.
What tools do you like to use for creation and publishing?
I use Figma to create visuals. I use Obsidian to write and link my essays with my notes. I use Notion to track my workflow, statistics and a record of both what I publish and where I publish it.
Is there one image you are particularly proud of?
This is a tough one! I would choose the one included in this essay.