YouTube Video Posted! v1.0: Jethro Daniels: Trek for Mental Health Awareness

I gave birth on my forty-sixth birthday yesterday! This is the first video that I’ve produced specifically for my Sailing Novaturient channel. It has been a labor of love and I’m so excited to share it.

The first video I uploaded, regarding Missing Person at Risk: Victoria Todd, is a “special episode,” made for no other reason than to help Victoria’s mother and to begin learning how to use iMovie. Once Victoria has been found, the video will be removed from YouTube.

I’ve really enjoyed the process of learning how to layer video, voice, music, and graphics. It is so much fun that it doesn’t feel like work. I also have learned a new appreciation for what a creative and complex art form video production truly is. I hope that with my limited skills and resources, I was able to produce a meaningful video that will inspire others and help Jethro broaden his mission to promote mental health awareness.

Jethro says that when he watched the video for the first time, he had tears streaming down his face by the end. It made him cry — in a good way!

While editing the video, I learned some important lessons:

  1. Set the camera up on on a stable, sturdy surface or long-legged tripod.
  2. Film conversations in quieter locations.
  3. Look into microphone options to minimize wind and background noise.
  4. Less cross-talk and more structured conversation would make for much easier editing.

My next video “Aloha: Hello, Good-bye, I Love You” is already 90% complete. This episode will give you a much closer look at me and some of the huge changes I’m currently making. Just be warned… it is an emotional roller-coaster ride. I have cried maybe 50 times while editing it. I’m sure by the time I finish it, I will be able to watch the “good-bye” scene without tears. But not to worry. For me, the video ends on a very high note about a monumental milestone that I reached on Tuesday. It came much sooner than I expected, and it was not a consolation prize. It was a victory.

Although iMovie has its bugs and limitations, I intend to continue using it for another five to ten videos. It’s free, after all! As I learn the art of video production, it is my intention that each video I post is a bit better in quality than the last, and that the emotions you experience while watching my videos are richer, deeper, and the content is more informative, fun, and inspiring. My channel will be in a state of continuous evolution, as am I. I hope you are too. It’s fun to walk the novaturient path. (Sometimes a little scary too, but the fun makes up for it.)

If you or someone you know is on a novaturient path of personal transformation like Jethro and myself, please Contact Me. I’d love to hear from you. I’m on the lookout for new stories and new people to write about and film. Let’s show the world that change is always possible and it’s never too late!

Thank you for your love and support.

Keep going and keep growing!

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