Long story long: I've had websites for years, either for a creative purpose/pursuit or, to be honest, simply for the sake of having one - mandatory for my generation I guess. This time around, the site serves first and foremost as a portfolio for my photography. However, at the same time I want/need it, to also serve as a creative playground. A place for me to explore different creative endeavours.
A few weeks back, the production company that I'm a part of, Part II Productions, launched their new website. For every team member, there is this small, but hilarious paragraph, appropriately called "Unprofessional bio".
Mine said, amongst other things - "natural writer"
Please note that I'm in no way capable of confirming that statement, but it kind of got to me though. I DO enjoy writing, but I do it way too rarely. This blog will hopefully change that. I find that the process of reflection accelerates when I write - additionally writing, for me at least, generates ideas as I'm typing.
"Under an Arctic Sky" by Chris Burkard and his crew. Right of the bat, this just needed to be at the top of this post. On Instagram stories I had been watching Chris Burkard travel around the US screening his adventure documentary "Under an Arctic Sky". Finally, while on a road trip through Switzerland and Italy with @espenvalverde back in July, Burkard announced his Europe tour. Together with a couple of other Danish instagrammers, @jonastogo, @danielsjensen, @okilde, @espenvalverde and my good friend Daniel, I went and saw the film at the Palace Theatre in Copenhagen. Wow. Completely stunned throughout the entire experience. The film really got to me, especially on the train ride home, and made me realise that shooting and producing such films is ALSO something I really want to do in the future. Burkard in himself is such an inspiration to me, and when it comes to capturing moments and framing shots, he is the absolute master of his craft. The film combined with the behind the scenes presentation and Q&A afterwards, made it a perfect night.
When I first got into podcast I felt a little lost in relation to where to start. I knew the names of a few different shows, so I looked into their episodes - lost again. Accordingly I decided to start where I never would have - with an episode that provoked me, a statement I disagreed with or with a topic I couldn't relate to - I dug into From Monk to Entrepreneur: How Andy Puddicombe became the modern voice of Meditation and Mindfulness. Ever since, I've been totally hooked on podcast and listen to them whenever I can; when cooking, driving, running errands, working out etc.
Top 5 podcasts I've really enjoyed this month:
- From Long-Shot to $50 Billion Empire - Bill Rasmussen
- Ray Dalio, The Steve Jobs of Investing
- Mental Performance, Work-life Balance, and the rise to the top - Maria Sharapova
- Airbnb's Joe Gebbia: The Intersection of Art & Business
- Brendon Burchard: High Performance Habits
*The list above features links to the corresponding blog posts - I recommend looking up the episodes on the Podcast app on your phone.
This book was recommended to me by my cousin Nic who is quite an inspiration to me when it comes to business. I bought it a long time ago, forgot about it, and recently found it and dove right into it. Yvon Chouinard is the guy that founded Patagonia Inc - the company you might know from their adventure apparel, bags and accessories. The title appealed to my straight away as of, despite being a total rookie at it, my love for surfing.
Amazon brief: Yvon Chouinard-legendary climber, businessman, environmentalist, and founder of Patagonia, Inc.-shares the persistence and courage that have gone into being head of one of the most respected and environmentally responsible companies on earth.
Because it's Nike. Despite the pronunciation issue (Nike like "bike", or Nike like "Nikey" - someone settle this!!), it's an incredible brand, that is perhaps as well known around the world as Coca Cola. Personally I never really consider any other brands when it comes to sports apparel - I always go straight for Nike. Their philosophy and attitude towards an active lifestyle and sports in general just really appeal to me.
Dont take my word for it:
"A refreshingly honest reminder of what the path to business success really looks like ... It's an amazing tale" Bill Gates
"The best book I read last year was Shoe Dog, by Nike's Phil Knight. Phil is a very wise, intelligent and competitive fellow who is also a gifted storyteller" Warren Buffett
@danielsjensen and I took a drive up to northern Zealand to an area called Heather Hills. More than anything we just needed to catch up, but obviously we brought our gear too. Such a great evening; shooting photos, hotdogs and awkward dancing at a gas station and, oh yea, I crashed my drone into my chest right before we left...
October is right around the corner, and I can't believe that we're already this deep into 2017!