Unexpected Journey
Apps, music, and stories by Martynas Jocius

Reflection 1.2.2 Released

There are quite a lot of updates in version 1.2.2 that you might find useful.

  • Faster UI when switching journals.
  • Better looking checklists.
  • New keyboard shortcuts for saving and discarding entries: "Command+S" and "Esc".
  • New keyboard shortcut for opening settings: "Command+,".
  • Small bug fixes.

You can update to Reflection 1.2.2 directly from App Store app on your Mac.

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Beautiful Forest Creek in Winter

I've started the new year by visiting this beautiful forest creek, and it was a great experience. The creek was running through the middle of the forest, and I've almost accidently found it in last November. I saw a few small trouts back then, and that was promising. The creek had quite a lot of spots for trouts to hide.

This year we have a true winter here in Lithuania. The trip was great, and I've learned quite a lot about the water, and the shortage of my experience. Nevertheless, looking forward for the fly fishing trips, especially in early spring.

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A Short Thank You Letter

This is an experimental thank you letter that I've posted on Instagram using a screenshot of Reflection journal.

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Symbiosis: Minimal Ambient in Nature #5

Symbiosis is a close and long-term biological interaction between two different biological organisms. It forms between various species of trees and fungi, plants and insects, humans and gut bacteria. This is a very deep and fascinating topic.

Happy to share “Symbiosis” (2018) music video. 🎛🌲🍄🦉

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Epic Montana Fly Fishing Adventure

This is a documentary film created by a couple who decided to go explore their country.

I loved this film so much because it is well produced, full of amazing fly fishing moments and it shows how we can plan an extended vacation time to go explore our own lands that are full of wild magic if you dare to seek it.

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Climbing a 3200 Year Old Giant Sequoia Tree

Global deforestation is a giant problem. Almost everyone agrees that it must be solved as soon as possible. But almost no one seems to know how to do that.

National Geographic writes:

"Deforestation is clearing Earth's forests on a massive scale, often resulting in damage to the quality of the land. Forests still cover about 30 percent of the world’s land area, but swaths half the size of England are lost each year."

"The world’s rain forests could completely vanish in a hundred years at the current rate of deforestation."

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Everything Is My Family

A wonderful album "Everything is My Family" by the Chrystal Fighters must have been inspired by Rainforests and their shamans. Just listen what they are singing about. For many days I wanted to share this song with you. It inspires and lifts me every day!

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How to Make Extra Time for Experimental Projects Using Precisely Engineered Morning Routines

It was 5:55 AM. My alarm clock rang, as it always does at this time of day. I got up quietly and started executing a very specific set of actions: I went to the kitchen, turned on the kettle, went to the bathroom, came back to the kitchen and poured myself a Pu-erh tea with boiled water. Then I sat down to meditate for 20 minutes using Transcendental Meditation technique that I practice since 2011.

After meditation, I got my tea from the kitchen, turned on a relaxing music track on my headphones, and started journaling. It's not easy to describe that amazing feeling that comes when you connect the vibes of an early morning, good tea, beautiful music, and writing about things that matter.

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Yerba Mate, its History, Biochemistry, and 11 Incredible Qualities

It’s 8 p.m. I’m sitting at my computer, listening to music. I’m writing an article about what literally inspires me every day – the yerba mate plant. I’ve used this plant for thirteen years, and it’s time to share my experiences with you.

In about three hours, I will be going to bed, but I’ve just downed a full cup of mate, which is rich in caffeine. When I go to bed, I will fall asleep in 1-3 minutes, and the heavily toning tea will not disturb my sleep.

How is that possible?

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