In this episode of the Proof of Life podcast, Katie and Berin talk about understanding your own motivations, and placing needs and wants into context. Katie explains the connection between her art and her academic pursuits. Berin discusses contextualizing this podcast between being an American who loves Finland, and being a resident of Finland explaining US culture to non-Americans. Special Thanks Pertti Ankkuri Petri Nurmi Gary Weller Support Our Patreon Berin’s Blog Katie’s Instagram

At the start of any project, whether it’s a creative work, a major household reorganization, or setting up a new bullet journal, I create a magna carta. This is an idea adapted from No Plot? No Problem, the “bible” of National Novel Writing Month. You sit down with a piece of paper and make two lists. The first is all of the things you feel a good novel needs — what you enjoy reading, basically. The second is a list of the things that you don’t like and want to avoid in your own work. It’s really a brainstorming exercise, but it becomes a touchstone that you can refer back to as you’re writing your novel. It’s similar to some[…]

If I have one big button that gets pushed on a daily basis, it’s people doing things that they know will result in harm to others. Sometimes they don’t care; they’re not suffering, so it isn’t their problem, even though they could choose to not cause pain. Too often they set out to hurt people on purpose, because it makes them feel powerful to do so, or feeds the cancerous hate residing within them. This willful infliction of misery includes everything from terrorism to bullying, but there are so many iterations of this concept it’s maddening. Systemic bigotry, which strips humans of their dignity and respect. Pseudo-meritocracies that determine who is and isn’t “worthy”, in order to deny necessities like food,[…]

In this episode Katie and Berin talk about things people think that aren’t based on factual information. They discuss why being a creator is a real job, no matter what some people might think. They go over how some folks are beginning to feel the unforeseen consequences of Brexit. Finally, Berin makes a point that in a functional democracy, the notion of what is and isn’t a right isn’t fixed, and can be changed through legislation. Special Thanks Pertti Ankkuri Petri Nurmi Gary Weller Berin’s Blog Katie’s Instagram

Keeping a journal is something that I’ve done for years. It started when I was in art school and always had a sketchbook with me. Inevitably, I started writing other notes in it because it was handy. That practice expanded into a commonplace book, where I wrote down ideas for stories that I wanted to write. When I entered the corporate world, I graduated to a Franklin Covey planner, which my employer cheerfully paid for. Upon leaving that life, and unwilling to pay big bucks for a “system”, I started playing around with my own formats. That’s what ultimately led me to join the cult of the bullet journal. Now I write it down, get it done, and better manage[…]