Jared White
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Mental Health and the Creative Freelancer

A few years ago I realized I was suffering from acute depression. It was affecting my work and my quality of life. Today, I am doing much better, but I must remain vigilant not to slide back into old patterns and negative mindsets. As a creative freelancer, there are certain pitfalls which can have an adverse effect on my mental health, and that's what I talk about in today's episode. NOTE: you don't have to be a freelancer to appreciate today's conversation! There's a little something here for everybody. :)

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I’m back from hiatus and currently in post-production for the next episode of The Jared White Show. Trying out a whole new topic: dealing with mental health struggles (depression, anxiety, etc.) while working as a creative freelancer. I know a lot of you have similar challenges, so I hope this episode will provide some insight and food for thought as you work on your path. Stay tuned…

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MKBHD got a sneak peek at the latest Surface hardware over at Microsoft Labs: the Surface Neo along with its smaller sibling the Surface Duo. These devices won’t get into consumers’ hands until “Holiday 2020” so this is definitely future tech. But, judging from the video showing how they look and function, I’ll go on record saying this is the first “foldable” design that gets me excited.

I don’t think the Samsung Galaxy Fold or any of the other smartphone designs with foldable screens we’ve seen thus far make any sense. But Microsoft’s take here of a small tablet that becomes a big tablet with the dual-screen design and 360 degree hinge is very interesting. Now I kinda want a dual-screen iPad Pro mini. 🤓

▶️ Watch MKBHD’s YouTube Demo of Surface Neo

#Microsoft

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Ooo boy…. On a whim, I tried watching A Simple Favor starring Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick (streaming on Prime or Hulu), and man, that ending really and truly sucked. But more than that, it only served to underscore just how shockingly good Barry is (HBO series).

Both are dark comedies with thriller elements, but every episode of Barry feels like a work of art. A Simple Favor is nothing more than a botched popcorn flick.

To Bill Hader, Sarah Goldberg, and Alec Berg, I say: well done! The quality of your work puts many high-profile Hollywood films to shame.

#movies #tvshows

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All the places a car can’t go make the Pearl District a joy to walk. I’m always on the lookout for those hidden paths and courtyards when out for a stroll.

#portland

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I can’t believe I captured this image. It looks like something straight out of a travel brochure.

Really, the credit goes to Silver Falls State Park though—one of the most beautiful places I’ve visited yet in Oregon. I can’t wait to go back in the spring when the volume of water going over the falls will no doubt be much greater!

#oregonexplored

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We’re all told we need to say No to the things in life that aren’t all that important or meaningful to us in order to say Yes to that which truly matters. But what if you HAVE NO CLUE what is most meaningful to you? What if you are in the middle of a creative slump, an “existential crisis,” or just a transition to a new season of life? Maybe there’s room to give yourself permission to say Yes to that slump, that crisis. Make space for your indecisiveness. Try a little bit of this, a little bit of that. See what sticks. See what resonates. I’m going through this process right now!

Season 3, Episode 2

Essential Life with Jared is a vlog series all about Portland, the Pacific Northwest, and the philosophy of essentialism. It’s about finding your own way and never walking somebody else’s path. It’s about living a life that’s most meaningful to you.


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Simple Praxis

Essays which echo the broader movement of progressive Christian writers and thought leaders—heralding a return to the empire-challenging social justice movement which was the hallmark of Jesus’ ministry and of his disciples.

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INTERSECT

Published by my web software company Whitefusion, INTERSECT features articles about supporting the open web, security & privacy, UI/UX, and Ruby programming.

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Yarred

My alter ego as a producer of synthwave, chillout, and thematic electronica. Yarred combines cutting-edge DJ-style live groove production with classic keyboard playing on analog and digital synthesizers.

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