I've talked about being a lifeguard before. It's neither hard or easy. It's quite stressful at times in fact. Especially when you're working with someone you know you can't rely on. I can proudly say I am not one of those people. I make it a point to be reliable and work my best. If you need… Continue reading Being Reliable Goes A Long Way
I started my portfolio project 21 days ago. At first, I had no idea what I was going to do for my project. I'd seen a lot of other people's projects and read a lot of ideas. That was when I talked to Marisa Renee Photography. I told her I would contact people and search… Continue reading What I’ve Gained From My Portfolio Project
Sometime this week last year I graduated high school. I didn't know where I'd be in a year but I definitely wasn't expecting this. It's been a really fun journey blogging every day for the past fifty days. When I started I didn't even think I'd make it a week before I ran out of ideas.… Continue reading 50 Days Of Daily Blogging
So, over the weekend I've been filming for a new pitch video. It started out as a pretty big elaborate thing. As we started filming I saw it wasn't quite realistic so we made a few changes. I'll share it here once it's done! I think it'll be fun even if it is fit into… Continue reading Filming A New About Me Video!
I was at my little brother's Awana award ceremony a few nights ago. Awana is an "international evangelical Christian nonprofit organization. The mission of Awana is to help reach kids, equip leaders and change the world for God." -Wikipedia Anywho, while I was there I just happened to be wearing one of my favorite Sonic the… Continue reading I’m Getting Old
My little brother is a pretty special guy. He's only 11 but he understands that hard work will get him what he wants. Like most kids, he plays video games. When the Nintendo Switch came out he really wanted one. The only way he can get one is to save up for one. He's not… Continue reading My Little Brother The Businessman
A few years ago my parents bought a piano from someone. I told them it was an expensive purchase that no one was going to use. Turns out I was crazy wrong. When we moved it into the house it wasn't long until I started playing it. Yes, the one kid that said they weren't… Continue reading How I Relieve Stress
I'm always doing something. I don't ever have any moments where I'm not doing "something". I've been feeling pretty off lately. The people around me have taken notice too. I don't really know how to pinpoint it and what's wrong. I'm just not in a good mood. I'm tired of everything and I just want… Continue reading I Don’t Feel Like Doing Anything
Last Friday was the Independence Charter Academy's graduation. There was a total of 30 graduates! Two or three of my friends were among them so it was awesome to have gotten to be there. We got there an hour early to set up and make sure the camera's settings were good. Yours truly got to be… Continue reading Portfolio Update: Graduation Done
I don't know what it is but I've never slept well. I can get tired and the second I hit my head on the pillow ideas just start flowing. This can be a good thing and a bad thing. Good because I've learned to keep my phone ready on the memo app. I'll be laying… Continue reading Bed Time Snooze
Dear Mom, Thank you for believing in me. Growing up we both know I was a big scaredy cat. I didn't have any faith in myself when it came to anything. I wouldn't try out of fear of failing. You told me every day though that you believed in me and I could do it… Continue reading Dear Mom
I'm really tired of scrolling down seeing articles or videos that are titled "ToP tEn LiFe HaCkS". It's just plain annoying. Mainly because hack isn't even the right word. People overuse it the hack and take it WAY out of context nowadays. What does hack even mean in the first place? Well, all it takes… Continue reading Stop Calling It Life Hacks
I love checking out my website stats to see what is working and what's not. Some posts get more views and some don't. Using your stats is a good way to finding out what is getting people interested in reading what you've written. These are my stats since I've begun blogging a little over only… Continue reading Uncharted Territory
We were asked to make a demo flier for the school showing our services. I had a day to make it and I'd never made a flier before. I'm not really all that creative either so I wasn't sure how well it would come out. Before I had even begun creating the flier I had… Continue reading School Graduation Update
When I started off blogging I really struggled with what I was supposed to write about. I had 30-days ahead of me and I knew I needed to tackle this in a smart way. I started off with writing as many ideas as I could onto a notepad and hoping for the best. This worked… Continue reading The Creation MindSet
My local church's pastor reached out and contacted me today. He said he had a job for me and that he'd pay me for my time. The job is that one of their computer's hard drives is failing. They'd like me to go in and take the data from one and port it to another. Easy… Continue reading Dreams Or Your Future?
When I was homeschooled I never stopped doing school. I don't mean that in an "Oh, I did nothing but school and had no social life". No, I mean that in an I would binge my school kind of way. Much like most people binge Netflix I binged school. I'd get bored with school and… Continue reading I Guess I’m Writing For Another 30 Days
So, this wasn't really expected. We've been recommended to a local school principal to take pictures of the school's graduation. If we can get this it would be a big thing for us. I think it would really get our name out there. The graduation is next Friday so, I'll probably have another update soon… Continue reading Portfolio Update: School Graduation?
So, I actually finished my 30 days a few days ago but here I am. Truth be told I was going to stop after the 30. I wanted to stop after the 30. I wasn't going to stop completely, I still want to blog just not as intensely. I did have a lot of fun… Continue reading 30 Day Blogging Challenge Wrap Up
Sorry for the slightly unrelated picture I thought it was cool. Anywho! I wanted to help some people today so here's my help: When you breathe you only get about 26% oxygen. What does that mean for you? Well, when we breathe we don't even use all that oxygen. We use about 10% leaving us… Continue reading Mouth Breathers Vs. Nose Breathers
I kept hitting a wall that I couldn't get past. Photography is such a tough game. Everyone has a photographer already or doesn't need one. It's such a common profession now. Similar to Miley Cyrus I'm ready to come in like a wrecking ball. I'm talking to my church about doing a special deal for… Continue reading Jesus Is My Homie
I am always on the lookout for new technology to discover. While I may not be able to afford most of the cool products I find it's still nice to drool. A few days ago I stumbled upon TAP. TAP isn't quite a normal keyboard.. or really a keyboard at all. It's made to replace your… Continue reading Tap: A New Way To KeyBoard
So, over the past two weekends, I've been doing lifeguard training. You have to recertify every two years and this is my third and hopefully final year. I train with the rest of the new guards who are training to past the test. Being the only returning guard who's taking the class a lot of… Continue reading I Almost Failed
You're the worst kind of people. I mean it too. I'm not a big fan of movies in the first place. I find them to be an absolute waste of time but to each their own. Something I don't like though is if I'm actually going to go watch a movie I want to go… Continue reading Dear People Who Spoil Movies
I have recently had the song Escape stuck in my head. If you don't recognize by that name then you'd know it by the famous lyrics of the song. "If you like Pina Coladas, and getting caught in the rain If you´re not into yoga, if you have half a brain If you like making… Continue reading Do You Like Pina Coladas?
Whilst trying to get someone to let us do their pictures I ran into a slight problem. Competition! Another photographer had offered to take pictures for my potential client. Our prices were cheaper but theirs came with prints in the package. I made it clear that even with the discount price the other photographer was… Continue reading Competition!
My Portfolio project is building a client base for a freelance photographer. I'm also discussing prices with people and convincing them to go with my photographer. It's been an interesting experience so far. I've had a lot of fun with it, but nothing feels better than someone who's actually interested in what I'm selling. I… Continue reading So It Begins
So, I was writing a blog post while I was on the phone with my girlfriend. She was reading a book so there was no communication between the two of us. We were just kind of sitting there on facetime enjoying each other's company in silence. What does any of this have to do with… Continue reading Blocks of Cheese
It's April 23rd and I sent in my deliverables on time. Now my next step is to begin month 2! Month 2 is all about me building up my portfolio. I'm accomplishing this by helping an amateur photographer. With a client base of zero, it is my job to help build them up. I will… Continue reading Beginning of month 2
Well, I sent in all my deliverables early Saturday morning. The not so funny part is that I had everything else together the third day of April. The Deliverables were picking an area to explore(Sales, Marketing, Operations, and Technical), writing my top 3 skills blog, Hi, I'm Toby video and my placement survey. You see what… Continue reading Month One!
Every two years you have to get recertified for lifeguarding. This is my third year guarding so, I'm up for training. It's a 50-hour course through the red cross. We go over things like C-spine, CPR, first aid, and how to make saves. It's a lot of hard work but a lot of fun. In… Continue reading The Truth About Being A Life Guard
Summer is coming and pools across the nation are opening. The local pool I work at opened last month. In California, the weather has been pretty bipolar. One day it's super hot and windy, the next it's super cold and windy. When I say windy I mean tornado weather but we don't get tornados. Alright,… Continue reading Here Comes Summer
I've lived in a few places throughout my life. I only remember living in Colorado Springs and Southern California though. I can't even remember the few other places I lived. There might be one or two other places. The reason I bring this up is a lot of people have never moved in their life.… Continue reading What To Do If You’re Moving Out
School is almost out for the summer. Memorial and 4th of July sales are coming. The question on a lot of peoples' mind is what kind of work laptop they should get. Now I could just give you my "top ten" laptops, but with how fast technology advances you're better off educating yourself. So, I'm… Continue reading Integrated Vs. Dedicated
I thought making a website would be pretty cool. I took a class back in high school on web development. I learned how to make my own web pages through a notepad. I never thought I'd actually have my own website someday. I'd thought about making a website before but I didn't really know what… Continue reading Hello World
Do you remember a year ago today? I do. I remember every detail of it. Feeling sick all morning driving to you. Praying to God PLEASE DON’T LET IT BE AN OLD MAN amongst many other things. I remember us texting each other from the bathroom feeling like we were going to throw up.… Continue reading Do You Remember?
I have never been a fan of writing. When I told my family, I was doing a thirty-day blog challenge they looked at me confused. You? Write every day, for thirty days? Good luck. You see, I didn’t even start it on purpose. I had to write a blog post for my top 3 skills… Continue reading How I Accidentally Started A 30 Day Blog Challenge
As we've discussed before video games have some of the most inspirational music on the earth. However today I'd like to bring up fan creations of some of these songs. There are so many different variations to choose from when it comes to this. I honestly didn't know where to start. I eventually settled on these… Continue reading Top Six Video Game Fan Remixes.
Disneyland is the “happiest place” on earth. Millions of people dream of getting to go someday and visit all their favorite Disney characters. This is the story of my family's journey to Disney. Back in 2009, my dad got out of the army and we moved to California. I didn’t really want to move to… Continue reading Our Journey To Disneyland
Koji Kondo is considered the modern-day Beethoven by many people. Back in 1984 Koji was hired and brought on to the Nintendo team. He's worked on dozens and dozens of games, all the way from the original Super Mario, Star Fox, and The Legend Of Zelda. Starting out before getting hired by Nintendo he'd worked on an… Continue reading Top Six Songs By Koji Kondo
The year is 2018 and information is at the tip of your finger. Social media has been an awesome way to keep in contact with old and new friends alike. Even meeting new people across the country or maybe even across the world is possible. Popular platforms like Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, and Twitter allow you… Continue reading The Problem With Social Media
Like many fine people, I live the spicy life. The only problem is what started out as love for something soon became an addiction. At first, I was putting hot sauce or spices in my food. Then I was putting both. I had become a monster pouring and devouring spicy food every meal of… Continue reading My Spicy Food Addiction
Something I’ve mentioned and haven’t quite talked about is my computer Diana. Yes, I named my computer after Wonder Woman. It was late November 13th, 2015 (I was still 15 at the time) and I’d decided I wanted to build my own computer. I was inspired after going to my uncle's house a few days… Continue reading How I Built My First Computer
If I asked you what kind of music do you listen to what pops into your head first? Would it be something like pop, rock, country, metal or maybe even pirate metal? Yes, pirate metal is a thing and it’s exactly what you need in your life, but I digress. I personally listen to all… Continue reading Video Game Music That Makes Games Come Alive
It was only 8am and I was already wishing the day was over. I'd been woken up by my mother telling me I needed to get ready for work. I moaningly told her she'd woken me up too early and I had an alarm set for 8:30am. She'd told me that my father and sister both… Continue reading The Time I Was Almost Late
Have you said thank you yet today? I bring this up because I’ve noticed a lot of people forget to thank the people that help them. I can’t tell you how many times especially with restaurants that people look at me with complete surprise when I say thanks. What does that mean as a society?… Continue reading Thank You.
I’ll never know what it’s like to be in a class room. I did all my school since kindergarten on books and then from around 4th grade on computers. I even stopped needing my mother’s help with my school after around fifth grade. All my life I’d seen all the kids walking or driving in… Continue reading I Graduated So Now I’m Like Smart And Stuff?
I know what you’re thinking “Wait, did he just tell me to get rid of my game consoles?” yes, yes I did. Before you start freaking out “Toby, why would you say something like that?” “Toby, you just talked about yesterday how video games could actually pay off for you” I know. Let me explain,… Continue reading Dump Your Consoles