Surviving Seattle: The Weather

Seattle is known for a variety of things, but first and foremost is the seemingly constant drizzle that looms over the city for weeks at a time. Instead of forcibly huddling inside, this author suggests taking advantage of the Japanese technique Shinrin-yoku (forest bathing) as a “simple way to relieve stress, anxiety, depression, and improve overall health.” The Emerald City is home to numerous urban forests like the Beacon Food Forest with plenty of walking trails. This is a great way to pass time for people like Chris McChandless, who liked to roam around and explore by walking.

The perfect thing to combat a cold Seattle rain is the warm “long-simmered goodness” of soup. A good soup can be made with simple, everyday vegetables that you can find lying around any fridge or pick up easily at any supermarket. Once you saute the vegetables in a post, use stock or let the vegetables become caramelized. Then add water along with spices and seasoning. Boil it for a bit, and then let it simmer. This is good for people like Chris McCandless because it’s so adaptable for anything that you have in the fridge.

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2017: The Year of Transparency

2017 looks to be a big year for me on several fronts. While the Paw Print Media family of sites is growing substantially on all fronts, I want to focus attention to both this site and on YouTube/Instagram.

This year is the year of transparency and that is going to play a significant role into all three of the aforementioned platforms. Relatively long-form posts like Christmastime Sadness where I can just freely express my thoughts are going to become the norm here on this site. I’m not going to promise any sort of consistency immediately but I am aiming to have a new post once a week right here.

I’ve been eyeing YouTube to grow for a while now. My personal account was set up over 10 years ago, and while this is only my second full year of running the revamped Andrew Okwuosah channel I’ve been looking to grow the channel’s audience substantially. Here’s how I plan to do it.

The channel was initially built on delivering short, digestable highlights as I play games. While I’ll definitely still be doing that for games like Rocket League and Madden, this format will be modified somewhat for new games on the channel like NBA 2K17. For that game, I’ll be providing a semi-weekly highlight reel featuring the best moments of my slightly taller alter ego in his quest to dominate the association. Paw Print Media’s YouTube content will also be expanded in the New Year, with a focus on creating easily digestable content.

Of course, series like On the Road will continue in full force like they have been supplemented with coverage on Instagram Stories. The goal here is to share moments with intimacy and immediacy. Consider this as a behind-the-scenes look at the story behind the montage.

I will also be rolling over my goals from last year, since I clearly failed miserably at those.

Let the year of transparency begin.

 

Recapping 2016

To say 2016 was a bit of a downer is an absolute understatement. I won’t go into depth on what I’m sure has been in the back of most of our minds over the last few weeks.

Not to brag, but 2016 was a yuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuggeeeeeee year for me personally. Paw Print Media had a record-breaking year on all fronts with record viewership on both Paw Print and GameSentral. YouTube was pretty solid as well.

Unfortunately, I fell flat on both of my goals for the year. I read a grand total of six books throughout the year and posted a total of  314 posts this year.

Thanks so much for the support this year, and on to the next one.

Christmastime Sadness

First of all, happy holidays to you and those you love. I hope it’s going a lot better than mine.

Let me explain: It all started last Labor Day. I finally worked up the confidence to confess my love for my long-time crush. I didn’t get laughed out of the building, but it was a clear rejection. 

Since then, I’ve felt wallowing emotions that just seem to flare up every now and then for some odd reason: walking past a couple in makeout bliss at school, watching the Fault in Our Stars, and of course the nightmarish seasons of prom, homecoming, and Valentine’s Day for a high schooler dealing with post-tramatic love disorder. Today is definitely one of those flare up days.

I don’t know what will fill the gaping black hole in my heart, but I do know that my love for Ayeillie is without a doubt the strongest emotion I’ve felt in my 16 years of existence.

Seattle 2016

As you might’ve seen on my social profiles, I spent this Thanksgiving in my hometown of Seattle. It certainly was a true homecoming for me, as it was my first visit back to the Emerald City in 15 years. Below are some of my favorite photos from the trip, as well as my On the Road episode of the trip:

The Grind

I’m just coming off of one of the busiest stretches of my life, between preparing for the AP test and helping put together a special section for the Tribal Times, while still covering the latest developments for Paw Print Media. In fact, this post has been put off since January.

During this stretch, I’ve noticed a few things about myself. My energy levels slumped as I struggled to figure out what to prioritize, but once I found that winning combination, I was locked in.

For me, my advice for getting through the grind is to find your flow, stick to it, and watch those tasks evaporate. You’ll be happy you did.

2016: The Year of Refinement

2016 is here, and with that comes the traditional rush of New Year’s Resolutions: ways to improve in all aspects in their lives to prosper and make this “their” year.

Like most others, I too have resolutions for the new year. Welcome to the Year of Refinement.

Process Refinement

In 2015, I probably worked more than I ever have before. From school to journalism to producing videos on YouTube, 2015 was a big year for me, but I want 2016 to be a time where I focus on refining my process for producing content to be more efficient and have more time to relax and do activities like watching TV/movies and playing video games.

Writing

2015 was a big year over on Paw Print Media, with GameSentral having its biggest year yet and the launch of AutoSentral.

In 2016, I want to focus on continuing to grow AutoSentral and the rest of Paw Print Media’s sites, along with posting more often (I really slacked off throughout the second half of the year as school became a priority.)

Meanwhile, I’m going to retool this site. For one, I am cancelling both Photobomb and Awesomeness. These series will live on over on my Twitter and Instagram feeds respectively, but it won’t be on a predetermined schedule. This site will be a place where I vent and write long-form personal content on a weekly basis. For me, this allows for a site that’s more open and flexible rather than confined to the series that began to blossom here.

Goals

Here are some of my goals for 2016. Expect full recaps on these towards the end of the year.

  • Read 25 books.
  • Write at least 500 blog posts.

Alright, now let the year of refinement begin!