a journey of sorts…

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

Back from the (FREEZING) midwest.

Just back from Chicago and O-H-I-O in the past week. It was pretty awesome to see family and friends. I missed them a lot. The midwest, though extremely cold, was a nice steamy cup of homestyle goodness. Very soothing and welcoming. I know that I preach and throw a lot of philosophical jargon in your faces about making your home wherever it is that you rest, but the thing is, there are always those ties you hold on to from some previous location or setting. I am not dwelling on the past, but I do hold that certain place with a certain love. SO for just this once, I will shut my loud mouth and let you have your moment, your cake and yes, you can scarf it down as fast as you want. Before dinner even! For those of you I was not able to see due to bad weather, and/or conflicting schedules, I am sorry. Here are some great shots from the trip so you can pretend like you were there freezing your buns off with me. Enjoy. I will be making some crazy-mad changes coming up here in the next couple of months with the living situation, the travels to new, extremely far destinations perhaps, and some pretty awesome work opportunities that have come up. Keep it classy. But not pretentious classy. No one likes a pretentious a**hole who pushes their way through, trodding on the masses. Just be Ron Burgandy classy.

Stay tuned for upcoming updates on the new project and the new video.

Peace and love.
-Alexander Johnny

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Ttown for the holidays.

Hey y’all, hope your week is finishing up grand. Keep livin the dream and doing what you love. Looking forward to pushing some mad projects when I return to Denver. Catch ya later.

-Alexander Johnny

Chicago in the winter.

Sometimes, all a man really needs is to get away from the work that drives him. From all of the work that feeds his soul, but drives him. It drives and drives. And continues to drive. Drives him mad at times. It drives him to exhaustion sometimes. But it drives him towards the light. Taking a break from that to settle into a relaxing state of being, perhaps with a woman by his side, can be one of the most beneficial states I’ve come to know in my quarter century of living.

Take your days away from the screen, away from the desk, or from the work environment, and rest upon something real, or something in the present moment. Embrace that living, that existence, that breathes like the breath of those you keep close to you. That existence that breathes the fire back into your body, mind and soul.

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I’m sitting here in a Chicago cafe while the flakes fall outside this window seat. I don’t know much about this great city, but am experiencing its raw nature a day at a time until returning home to ohio, then back to my quarters in Denver.

My conclusive thoughts for you:
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Alexander Johnny

P.S. I am starting up a new series similar to my 30 day challenge that we did over a month ago. That was such an awesome trip in life to do that challenge so I have been getting this one in the works and am kicking it off with this message. Stay tuned for more words as this project takes form and becomes what it is.

Grounding.

How does one become grounded? Centered? Aware?

I am currently undergoing a lot of self-work and have been in such a state of flux, between feeling so grounded that I am completely aware of my present state, my path and what I am doing. But there are times where I completely lose that center, my center, and become caught up in the current’s rush that is reality. Such a heavy force. Like a mad river that does not stop to let you catch your breath and you are carried along with society’s plans as if to maintain the constant state of what is. But that is not what I want.

I have been in contact with some amazing people in the recent times who are both inspiring and a huge help to me on my path, while I have set down to help them as well. I am speaking in terms of the projects we have set out to accomplish and complete, in addition to on a spiritual level. The changes and realizations continue, but I am seeking help from others out there in terms of maintaining that state. If this post connects with you in any way or you are in a similar state and/or have dealt with and over come such an idea, I look forward to connecting more.

Be well.

Alexander Johnny Beat

To all of my people out there, you’re very, extemely good looking.

For those of us in my close proximity, the time for a new year is upon us. Some have already crossed the threshhold due to time zone differences, but hey this is happening right here so onward and upward. The holiday season is coming to a close. And that means one step closer to warm weather and summer. Mmmm. The beach.

While many share this day on the rage-your-face-off bandwagon, it is also share by many as a day to reflect, a day to start thinking anew, and a day of bright paths. Personally, I don’t think a day on a calendar in man-made time should tell me otherwise, but hey, society is hard to ignore sometimes. I do agree that this is a good time to do such pondering, but really, all of these changes and fresh starts can be made at the very moment you come across such grandiose awesomeness in that farscape that is your brainwave action. When you are in need of a state of change, and new energy, make it so. You have all the power you need. I am only using this most special of days to remind you of this idea.

If you’re wearing your party pants tonight, then be safe and if you’re celebrating in whatever other fashion outside of the pants issue, then do it well, and remember that your own changes and gains can be made as soon as you begin to seek them. Don’t hesitate. Unless of course that involves those literal glitter, skin-tight pants you’ve chosen to wear tonight for the new year…in which case I wish you would have hesitated upon making such decisions… (It’s okay, we all forgive you). James Dean didn’t stir an entire youth generation’s style in one day. But keep your chin up.

Thank you for being awesome and let’s rollout the rest of 2013 here strong, while looking to the new year with a curious and driving expanse of energy. To all of my believers in self and soul, let this be your time. I’m making it mine.

Happy new years to all of you and to all my friends and family I did not get to see over the holidays, I miss you a lot.

Peace and love, be calm and strong in the storm. Live wild and free in the light.

Alexander Johnny.

P.S. As we look to the new year as a time of change, I too have hopes and dreams. While having this blog up is not necessarily my main dream, I do feel it has become a great channel for me to share and help, and while not the most searched term on google, I hope that it brings you a little insight into your own life, while being a window into my own. My point is, if you are seeking desirable and necessary change, and have studdered on those few initial steps, don’t hesitate to talk to others. Ask me. Ask your role model, your guide, your life coach. Reach out to those who seem to have an understanding or who simply give off that vibe of action or happiness you seek. Surround yourself with those who will support you, not being you down. It is not selfish to act in this manner. Seek out your life.

P.P.S. here’s a plate of nachos for all you NYE glitter pants party goers to salivate over. I’ll bet those look tasty huh? Sorry, couldn’t help myself.
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In the city of Denver

It has been a couple of weeks since returning back to the city. The holidays are coming up for everyone here in the U.S. among other countries of similar religious and cultural ceremony. With that, you can always count on consumerism bringing out the crazies and their shopping wars. Black Friday is a horrible day and should not be in existence. Is all of that junk you NEED to buy really worth all of that chaos and stress? I’ll go ahead and answer that question for you, “Nope.” Anyways, hopping off of the soapbox there, and getting to the point.

Being back in the city has not been a simple transition, though I have to say it has its comforts, such as the huge, warm meal my buddy and I shared as soon as we got back to Boulder from the frozen tundra that was Utah. The best part was, getting back and then that week, being slammed by a massive cold snap here in the western U.S. With bone-chilling temps pushing well below zero for a good week, and plenty of ice on the roads, schedules and days were set in to a state of madness as well. I was completely caught off guard when that said cold left my recently purchased car unusable due to a clutch problem from frozen transmission lines. On the coldest week I’ve ever experienced here in Denver to boot. Let me tell you, Utah really pushed my cold tolerance to a new level, but after walking through this week of cold to get around the city, really pushed that tolerance to new roofs, on top of helping me realize why I shelled out a few bucks for the truck in the first place thankfully.

The best news was that I had a guy from the shop down the street to help me get it back up and working, marked with a solid handshake between two men and a feeling of gratitude in my heart. Awesome-sauce. Thank you to the hard-working and generous people like him that are still around in this world spun in a web of money-hoarding and greed. You’re not going on anyone’s “good” list this year with that type of behavior.

I have begun bartending at a new taco joint by my place and the training was sucking up so much of my time I reserve for doing my own creative work. It was so draining. Is this what normal people feel like going through life? Wake, eat, work, sleep, repeat? Ugh. Makes me cringe. Working for the man. Not my drink.

Anyways, I have set up schedules with those jobs that serve the man in such a way to thankfully have my own time to explore my writing and continued music/art practices in order to help spread the love.

That is the main goal and purpose of this letter, to inform you of that successful feat I have accomplished. At least, I feel accomplished about it.

Until next time.

 

Enjoy this photo I have touched up from Utah of my buddy, taken by yours truly.

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-Alexander Johnny

The silent return.

Hello to all brothers and sisters,

I am happy to say that I returned this weekend from backpacking in the wilderness of Utah. It has been weird not posting photos daily for all of you, but I know you made due and kept on. The trip was an escape from the city and quite an adventure. Completely cutting out from tech for a while was exactly what the doc ordered and I gladly accepted. It was blisteringly cold, but the land was scenic and gorgeous, presenting views not often seen in this desert landscape, due to a thick fog layer that hung lazily over us for days. Both wet and saturated, the air slipped through our protective clothing and created a difficult living experience but we were able to experience rare views not many get to witness, with the odd weather, as we stuck it out for the week. I hope you enjoy the photos to follow, as we made our way through the wild canyons and desert plains. We came across artifacts from western cowboys of the ’20s and Native Americans, slot canyons that gave us trouble breathing while sliding through, and an amazing feeling of connection to the natural.

I am looking forward to continuing my portfolio now that I am back, but with much more of a focus on the experience and the goal setting, as opposed to sitting in front of the computer non-stop. Keep an eye on upcoming posts as I will keep the photos active on my continuing journey, but with a slower pace than the daily photos, as I intermingle those with other interesting writings, philosophies and lyrics. Peace and love. -Alexander Johnny

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30 Day Challenge – Day 30

With it being the 30th day of the challenge, marking the end of this series, I hope you are as excited as I am for the next chapter, and are able to hold back the anguish over such a sad moment… but don’t worry, because I’m certainly not done taking photos. The photos will continue, but in a more scheduled rhythm through the week. Same goes for the lyrics, which will be intermingled in with the photos, and along with other posts and updates as we branch away from the challenge and into the new.
The challenge, being difficult in itself, was very much a learning experience for me and an extremely progressive time for me in my work, my work flow, my process and my personal moments to really sift through and feel what it is I am talking about. I am so happy to have gone through such an experiment and am already going to be looking at further ways to challenge myself like this in different areas of life. If you were around and able to follow a majority of the art, I hope it was beneficial to you in some way, whether inspiring, something to laugh at, to think about, to change your outlook/perspective, etc.
Lastly, I would like to point out a funny syncronicity of the dates that we fell upon with this challenge’s end. Not having planned out the dates in any way, because I merely wanted to start the challenge as possible, the end of this 30 days meshed perfectly with me leaving tomorrow to go into the wild Utah for a week with a good friend of mine to hike the backcountry.
Pretty crazy how that happened. With that being said, I am pumped to get out of the city and in to some wilderness to achieve some well-earned peace of mind and clarity.

In closing of the challenge, I have a been running around the city nonstop to make this work happen, and in doing so have sacrificed a lot of time away from the apartment where I pretty much go only to catch some shut-eye. Do I call it my home? I most certainly do. Thing is, as I have touched on the theme of “home” before, and am bringing it back up because of the minimal amount of time I have hardly spent in my own physical home. My home, exists in many different fashions, in many different places and with many different people. It is not really the physical walls and roof that make up a home for me, but is moreso a state of being and existence. A level of comfort and peace with one’s own self where they can really be content in any given situation. Now don’t take this literally and assume I am going to walk into the next applebees I see, throw my shoes off and start ruffling through the fridge for a midnight snack. Although that’s not a bad idea… anyone else hungry? I am home with the idea that things change, people change, situations and problems come up, but building up your own solid foundation within is key in helping you to really go through life with a unique confidence and ability to adapt with ease and grace. Your comfort factor from such graceful presence in this whole scheme is going to give you that smooth transition of a home-like state wherever you find yourself. There is physicality to the home along with home being a state of your own self and how you connect your soul to all else.

I am home.
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Thanks again y’all for keeping with it. If you follow this blog I’m sure take your burgers like I do, with a good smothering of awesome-sauce. We all know who the sauce boss is here though. In order to give you an idea of my coming travels and the amazing pictures you will experience, I have myself exploring the wild Yosemite below. Yes, I was in Yosemite adventuring with only a tshirt and no that is not a hanging photo. Sheesh give this guy a break for dreamin a little bit. Peace.

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Be sure to look back at the previous postings to view other photos from the challenge. Peace and love.

30 Day Challenge – Day 29

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You can put a price tag on the cars, all the fake food, the brands, even the stars. What you won’t see priced is my soul, deep down, my true life. With that I touch the sky. See me drive by. They all wonder why they can’t bring me down like every other guy. They got all the numbers, corporate stats and commercial crap, but it’s easy to see through those lies. This is my life. -Alexander Johnny

Be sure to look back at the previous postings to view other photos from the challenge. You can follow the daily posts via twitter as well with #30DC on my profile @alexjohnnybeat. Peace and love.

Instagram: alexanderjohnny

30 Day Challenge – Day 28

30DC day 28

There comes a time, a very moment, when every man or woman realizes, perhaps not fully, but to the slightest degree, his or her potential. The willingness to achieve that potential and his or her own dreams can be made into a reality not by simply waiting on it, but by being proactive and living life openly. Proactive to the idea that yes good things are meant for us, but we don’t just sit on the couch until the pizza delivery man brings you a large pepperoni with a side order of awesome. Sorry y’all, you’ll go hungry waiting on that one. Openly with the idea of being honest to his or her self and to others, knowing that others will cherish your raw openness and thank you for it.

You will make sacrifices, you will have ups and downs, you will fall, step up, take charge, lead, but also listen to others. You will smile, laugh, frown, cry, live up, live down, low, high.

Breathe.

Persevere.

Once you realize that life is difficult at times, the simplicity is called down. Bring it baby. I make a damn good pizza if we’re being honest here. The delivery guy can save his car some miles and his breath. Face the light. Peace. -Alexander Johnny

Be sure to look back at the previous postings to view other photos from the challenge. You can follow the daily posts via twitter as well with #30DC on my profile @alexjohnnybeat. Peace and love.

Instagram: alexanderjohnny

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