a journey of sorts…

"Rather than love, than money, than faith, than fame, than fairness, give me truth." – HDT

Month: May, 2013

Simple Stuff

This was exactly what I needed to hear today. I can appreciate that real connection that comes from real people talking real talk. Tyler feels it. I feel it. I hope you can take the words and let them affect you too. Don’t just brush them off. Thanks Jim and thanks Tyler.

One Web Strategy

Three quick bits of media to inspire and make you think.

Basically, getting what you want is most efficiently accomplished by pretending you already have it.   All of the time.
So, how do you like your steady flow of cash, abundance, and happiness, Jim? 

The Universe (mike dooley, tut.com)

Then a photo, then a video

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A problem? Or a challenge? (And a kind gesture to top it all off.)

In light of recent events, it seems the travels are going at a slower pace now. Consider this an incubating period. There are times when we need to be immersed in all that is new and learn from it, while other times we need to meditate on what was just learned, grow from it, develop that learning. This way the learning will bring you closer to your goals, to help formulate new ones, and above all else, become that much better of a person.

A problem or challenge that comes to mind when growing as a person is how much do you really allow others to affect your own path/goals? There is a constant bombardment. A constant judgement. I have recently received such judgement this past week. The person said that I am not working in a full-time job, so therefore I am considered “lazy” and need to get a job “like the rest of society.” They seemed to be saying that if they’re putting in all of this work each week to buy all of these “nice things” they have in life, then I should too, instead of bumming off of other people.

There’s a difference between working a job because it’s the accepted norm in society and you feel obligated to follow such a path in order to maintain the status quo and never see yourself veering from such a path.

OR

There are those who do work, whether it’s 40 hours, or even five hours a week, in order to have the available funds or skills to achieve what it is that makes them happy. I’m not talking about material goods here folks, but actual ideas, and experiences. The spices of life.

I do what I need to do in order to achieve happiness, not what society says I ought to do in order to fall in line.

(Alex steps off of soapbox.)

versatile-blogger-awardP.S. a friend, Owen, who happens to write a very intelligent and insightful blog called “A Mindful Traveler,” recently nominated me for the versatile blog award and proceeded to share this link. I had never read this specific letter before, but go ahead and take a look. I’m sure you’ll recognize him. The power of change against societal norms is not something unheard of in the past, yet people still treat new ways of thinking or living as absurd or wrong. That’s why we show them differently.

Here’s to knowing a bit more about the road beat that I am:
1. Everything I own is located here with me in a pack, on the road, aside from a few spare clothes, some musical instruments and books left back at home.

2. I do not think that enjoying one’s travels consists of running from lookout point, to landmark to other touristy icon as fast as possible, but involves a much slower process of getting to know the space your are in and the people who make it up.

3. I try to ask myself at least once a day, “what can I bring to this experience” instead of constantly expecting or thinking, “what will I get from this experience.”

4. I’d rather be silent and simple, than loud and overbearing, but sometimes it cannot be helped. (Working on this.)

5. My time management skills are not up to par lately. If you have any tips that’d be amazing and appreciated.

6. I am a creative being. The newest piece will be a photo suite for everyone to view my newest work. I don’t talk about what the work is. You’ll see it and you’ll know.

7. Lastly, this one is more so about all of us. Here’s to the one’s who face judgement daily, the ones who dream, whose ambitions know no boundaries. We are ridiculed and hacked down from our soaring heights by the ones still caught in the muck. You are me. I am you. We can all create the ideas and changes we want, not by talking about such ideas to those that bring us down, but simply showing them. Cheers.

These are several blogs I have recently followed who I have connected with in some way. These writers shared great insights with me, some shared laughter, and others a good memory. Take a look. They’re awesome people.

  1. dreaminginarabic.wordpress.com – Jolandi and I had a pleasant conversation the other day. Her adventures and dreams have taken her to faw away places. Go see what she’s up to.
  2. lorenaharper81.wordpress.com – Lorena has a loving heart and a kind soul. Her writing is intuitive and I am sure there is something on her blog you will connect with.
  3. aopinionatedman.com – Awesome blog. Just visit it.
  4. breakroomstories.com – I used to serve tables. This blog is an amazing window into the world on the other side of the table from the ungrateful customers who are NOT always right. Haha.
  5. dyandiamond.net – Dyan’s truth and guidance are great. She has offered me help along my path and is truly a great soul. Thanks.

Denver >> Escalante >> Back to Denver

Sorry to blow everyone up with a million pictures. Just had to get these off my chest, off the camera and out to the web. Bear with me.

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Ash an’ Addy

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We had a flat like an hour to UT. The spare got us all the way there and back. Insane.

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This and the next group of photos are of Grand Staircase National Monument in Southern UT.

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Some San Francisco action

San Francisco seems like forever ago. But here are some oldies but goodies that never got posted while in the midst of travels, rideshares and a whirlwind of everything else. We stayed with great people and thoroughly enjoyed the city.

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Dolores Park on a casual Sunday

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View from the secret lookout spot.

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Matt beastin’ the wall.

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A slackliner on a hilltop at dusk.

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Teaching Ro to walk with the bike.

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The Dictionary of Obsucure Sorrows

Thanks for this one Martina.

A lake in Denver

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Snapped this on the cell last night. Made it back to town in one piece. The blog posts will continue from here with many new photos in addition to an expanded portfolio section of photo prints coming up soon. Cheers.

Liebster Award. A blogger’s sign of thanks.

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Hey all,
I have recently been receiving a little more feedback and readership from the blog and was graciously nominated by blogger and friend Jeannie, the girl behind Metamorphosis of Letters. She provides original work and useful insights on life to peruse daily. Thanks again J.
If you follow the blog, or happen to stumble across it, thank you as well for reading. The blog is meant to be a learning and guiding tool, and part of a larger art piece that will take form in the future, but as for now, I document, I philosophize, I photograph and present this art to you in hopes you can get some form of help or guidance from it. Happiness is key. Your support and feedback is greatly appreciated and I urge you to take what you can from this artwork and proceed to transform your own lives and live happily.

I have to follow some rules governing this blog award. Those who will be nominated must also follow such rules.

  • First is to accept the award, post the picture of the Liebster Award on the top of post and say who nominated you for the award and list their blog site.
  • Rule number 1 is to list 11 random facts about me.
  • Rule number 2 is to nominate 11 other bloggers for the Liebster Award and list their blogsites.
  • Rule number 3 is to notify the bloggers of their award.
  • Rule number 4 is to ask the award winners 11 questions to answer when they accept their Liebster Award.
  • Rule number 5 is you don’t talk about the Liebster Award.
  • Rule number 6 you realize I just made up rule number 5 and 6 to be funny and you hopefully get the reference and laugh.
  • Rule number 7 is I answer the questions left for me by the blogger who gave me the award.

Eleven interesting facts about me:

  1. I would never talk to anyone when I was a toddler. Shyness?
  2. To supplement my extreme shyness in a very noticeable, but not purposeful way, my comfort was wearing a neon pink ninja turles ball cap. Inconspicuous, I know.
  3. My shortest relationship lasted a couple of hours. Playground love.
  4. I would much rather breathe in the air of a mountain’s presence than the pompous air of a city.
  5. My art is not for others to understand.
  6. I was an American consumer, blind to everything else, but now I have opened my eyes.
  7. I am not good at drag racing..
  8. I am good at listening.
  9. Also making pizza from scratch.
  10. If I had the choice to either teleport or fly, I would fly.
  11. I used to work at a roller skate rink.

11 questions I provided answers to:

1. What is the most memorable event in your life? The moment Adam, Rosie and I set out on our journey of this new life on the road.

2. Why did you join WordPress? I joined in order to create this blog, as a way to help show others my philosophies, writings and examples of new ways to view life.

3. What song soothes your soul?
This one. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ

Haha joking. I hope you watched that. You just got rickrolled.
This song actually soothes my soul, while at the same time invigorating it. Sigur Ros “Glósóli” watch the movie here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bz8iEJeh26E

4. Who’s your favorite teacher? Eckhart Tolle

5. What makes you happy today? A warm cup of coffee, and the freedom of the road.

6. Do you believe in God? I believe in the presence and existence of such a power. “God” is merely one word, of many, made up by us in order to define this higher existence. So yes, but I do not exclusively use that word alone.

7. What certain experience in your life that made you think you’re a lesser person? Anytime someone is angry with me. I feel at fault.

8. Do you always experience the so-called writer’s block. If so, what do you usually do? Yes. I turn the mind off, or decide not to write and go do something else for a while.

9. Do you like classic literature? Why or why not? Yes. It gives us a look at the author’s thinking in the setting they were in and how that affected their life, how they grew during it. It’s a learning process for me.

10. Who inspires you a lot to be a writer? My friend Nate once told me (the visual artist) that anyone can be a writer. They just have to read. Then just begin writing. My separation of writing and visual art became dissipated and the two ideas became one creative flow.

11. If you’re to dedicate one poem to me, what will it be and why? It’s not a poem but a quote, in regards to your dreams to do what makes you happy.

“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.” ― John Lennon

 

Blogs I nominated:

I have notified the authors I have chosen for the award as well, and they can answer the following questions however they wish. Congrats all. I chose your blogs because your writings have impacted me and offered me light at some point on my journey. Cheers. – alexander johnny.

Here are 11 questions for you to answer:

  1. Would you rather teleport or fly? And why? (I ask everyone this ha.)
  2. You’re handed a plane ticket that leaves in the next hour. Where is it going and what one thing do you pack with you?
  3. On the way to the airport, you find another ticket on the ground. Who do you take with you or who do you give the ticket to?
  4. What is one quote that changed your path in life?
  5. Have you read Rilke’s first letter in the book Letters to a Young Poet? If not, as a writer and creative, you should read the first letter, then get back to me with your insights.
  6. Do you enjoy the song, “Boogie Wonderland” by Earth, Wind and Fire? Well you should. This song gets anyone in a good mood. Give it a listen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_jLGa4X5H2c
  7. Do you focus more on your mind or on your soul? Watch Jill’s TED Talk. http://www.ted.com/talks/jill_bolte_taylor_s_powerful_stroke_of_insight.html
  8. Would you rather live in the country side or in the city?
  9. What is one book you recommend to others in need of a jump start to life?
  10. What time of day do you do most of your writing?
  11. Finish this sentence: “In order to be less fearful of what others think about me, I…” (what you would do, say, think, etc.)

The new changes have begun. Moving from farm towns, back to the city, then back to the wild.

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We have been making a lot of moves lately and have suspended work on the blog in the past month. New ventures and changes await as we’ve built up quite an extensive collection of photographs and knowledge along with experiences that are more valuable than a green piece of parchment with some guys face scrawled on it.

Appreciate this photo for it’s intimate simplicity and bliss. Or hate it. The true point of my art is that it is for my understanding and that you are entitled to your own judgement and in bringing your own experiences to the table when understanding it.

Let this photo be a sign of taking time in the day to learn a little more about yourselves. Go seek out a new experience or a getaway of sorts, if even for a moment, and let the moment soothe your endlessly buzzing mind. Good bye for now. -a

A close friend with a good sense for philosophy. Thanks for passing this on to me C.

FLYPAPER MEMOIR

“A person susceptible to “wanderlust” is not so much addicted to movement as committed to transformation.”

Pico Iyer

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