Producing a series about living is ironically hard to do when you’re so busy out and about living.
I remember Winter vividly as it feels about twenty minutes ago. It was fun, long and I chose to start the move into a van. In this episode there’s a couple of months crammed into one episodea s a lot of my time was ties up with a van build. Heeeeere you go
As for what’s coming well I can assure you the weather and action turned on from November which is where I’m up to.
With round 1 & 2 now completed over the weekend at Tauranga and the editing well underway (I’m writing this for a bit of a break), I start to compare everything to last season.
2017 was the the first year of covering the Nationals and I didn’t know what to expect. Overall I was super stoked on the series and smashed plenty of buttons to keep the content flowing in a timely fashion. Are these clips the absolute best from the series? I’m not going to say yes but that are damn near good enough! Click the video below
Some photo highlights which you can dig through the full galleries on my Facebook page
The start of what may have been my favourite event of the series.
$5 Thundercat rides were meant to be taken easy. These two got to experience a flip and a free shirt for their troubles.
Preparation is key.
This crew is pretty important to the whole operation.
As for 2018 the first videos aren’t far away so stay tuned!
Boat launching your drone can be a wonderful or horrifying experience depending on your results. Having had more than my fair share of launch and lands I thought it was time to put something together about how I do it, by myself.
Now obviously with someone helping this process is quite a bit more simple but all of the tips can be simplified if you have a “catcher”. The full video is here
Here’s my most important things to consider.
Battery. Battery. Battery. Take your time and do your normal checks.
Consider the compass if you have plenty of steel around.
Work out which way you’re drifting.
Give yourself time to launch and land.
I prefer to drift into the drone on landing rather than steer the drone into the boat.
Would like to do a few more of these so will see how we go!
It’s no surprises to see sharks at the beach. I spend half my life in the water and see plenty. Sometimes they steal my fish.
Yesterday during our late arvo surf we spotted a few fins and realised they were Hammerhead sharks swimming around so the drone was deployed and this was the result
I estimate I saw about 10 of them all ranging from 4-6ft in length and were all out the back of the waves except for a coupe that we saw in the whitewash when we were surfing.
Yo can see the proximity to the waves here.
I will try to keep everything updated with information as I get it as I will be doing a little research on them. This is no reason for alarm as they are there every year and aren’t interested in us humans.
The road to self employment is a piece of cake and everyone should do it.
Now that I have your attention I will come clean, That first line isn’t true. For most anyway.
Self employment for me is about a dream. Not just a boring business that I copy and paste a how to from others. It’s about creating what I view is my dream life and living each day as I want to. This isn’t at all easy.
Last week we shot to the Far North to help my parents with their little slice of rocky roaded self eployment. You can find Saturday here
They have had easily enough of their own problems incl that big shed burning down but boy, what an amazing process for the produce.
Sunday morning we were up and looking to score a feed (thumbnail hints as to how it went)
Back to self employment. As far as my dream goes, in my mind I want to go skim, surf, spear, run my brand and shoot content all day.
The complications arise when you actually have to make a few bucks from these things because life is expensive. One thing I’ve always had from the start is product to sell and I’m always looking to expand this. Selling is hard but when it’s your own product but boy, it’s satisfying. Anytime someone wants to fork out their hard earned cash on something I made makes the pursuit of the dream worth it!
Producing content is much harder than selling product as it requires far more of my time invested, for much less income. If I wasn’t so passionate about it, I wouldn’t be doing it. For some reason I love it!
Oh and on a sales orientated pitch you can sign up to my mailing list here.
About 95% of what I do I find quite fulfilling. My work is certainly that, my hobbies (which I’m trying to make into work) are fulfilling and the people I spend time with add to all this.
I don’t buy into the fact that we all need to go to uni and have boring careers all our lives. The race to “get ahead” when no one knows what they’re getting ahead of.
As a country our mental health statistics are shocking and you only have to look around to see how our physical health is looking. Divorce is what… 50% or so?
Basically what I’m getting at is fulfillment is what makes me tick. Am I a great example? Probably not. Do I reaaaaally enjoy what I do and want to do it more? Yes! Below is an example
I will target a group here for an example but if you’re into your 30’s and doing nothing but working, eating pies and drinking every weekend away…. You. Need. To. Go. Find. Fulfillment.
Put a list together of all those things you’ve always wanted to do. You need to get your own physical and mental wellbeing into a good place where you want to get up. Your social circle needs to add to this. Your partner, if you have one, needs to encourage this. YOU need to.
If you don’t you’ll be let wondering what could’ve been and no one wants that.
Anyway, I’m off to the Far North in a few hours and if you’re looking to sign up to a mailing list then sign up to mine here.
Sunday the 29th of October was my first night out in the wild. By out in the wild I mean not living in a conventional house.
The van build has gone pretty well for a first attempt and it’s turning into one of those “shoulda done it years ago things”. As far as what I’ve learnt so far is that there’s no real drawbacks. There’s some mild inconveniences, but nothing I would consider a drawback. I’m writing this parked up by the Omaha Boat Ramp in fact.
Last Saturday was a great day. I got back out in the water after a injury and moving stint! No solid fish but was a cracker of a day!
Sunday we awoke by the water and set about competing with each other
So far the van is warm, dry and has been more rewarding than I thought it would be. I’m going to be uploading some New Zealand specific videos on the campervan/ tiny home/ mobile living scene regarding showering, biodegradable soaps and chemicals, general living and a full van build (when it’s actually finished).
What does a home mean to you? Is it a home or just a house? Maybe you’re only there to lay your head at night or maybe you spend all your time there, bored.
I’ve always loved the idea of a Campervan. Recently as I pulled up to a campsite in the rain, on the coldest weekend of the year I really wished I had one.
So here I am, it’s time. I’m chucking in this paying rent thing we do (well the bulk of it anyway), bought a van that I’m fitting out and I’m on the move. I don’t really have a plan, this is no Summer move or a two year thing, it’s just a move. It could be and probably is a business move as I want to build more so it’s much like the property market, just smaller. It’s also going to be my mobile office where I can edit, upload and produce all my content from while not being at my desk at home.
Check out the intro video here
As for vehicle specs, it’s a 1998 Fiat Ducato 2.5 turbo Diesel. Straight enough especially considering the year and has plenty of room. I’ve been waiting a few weeks to start advertising this as I didn’t want it to affect anything at my current residence which now that I’ve given my notice, it doesn’t matter.
As I delve deep into this life I will fill you in on the details and I’m documenting it all.