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Consolation Prizes

Last year I ran the Warrior Dash with exhilaration and excitement. It was even more amazing than I though it could be. At the end of the event we all were awarded medals to show the accomplishment. While the physical gratification is great I started to think about what did I do with that medal?

To be honest, I don’t really care. As I get older I’ve realized that there are a lot of physical things you will acquire in your life. A lot of things that can be too easy to tie sentimental value too.  But that’s just it. It’s just a feeling it brings to you and only you. It’s a trigger for a memory you’ve created in your head. Whether good or bad a memory that will often last or linger. 

For some reason I’ve always wanted to have consolation prizes for the things I’ve done, to show others that I can do this or I’ve done that. While there’s a right time for these, most of the times it’s unnecessary. I don’t need to collect things to show a memory. I need to be a better story teller. If not told through words, through pictures and video. That’s what makes a memory real. 

All of these physical things collect dust and take up space. While it feels internally good to share something that has sentimental value, it’s just a thing to most others. Instead, tell vibrant stories and bring that moment back to life.

If not, go somewhere with someone and create new memories, new stories to share. Rinse and repeat. Make more memories, not collect things. 

Breaking Lines

Find it. Define it. Cross it. You’re an amazing creation of nature. You have an imagination that can create things beyond our wildest dreams. Every day. Yet there’s too many that live within the constraints and normals presented before us, never testing our dreams. Fuck that. Do something. I think it’s important, no, critical, for us to have a life worth sharing, a tale of a story for the grandchildren. It’s moments in life when you break through your comfort lines and became disruptive, that’s when you truly stand out. Good for you. Your life is defined by these moments.

You ALWAYS have an option. With passion, you’ll find a way. Don’t like your job? Quit. Like that girl you met the other night? Contact her. Think yoga’s gay? Try it. Why fear the unknown when you can explore it? Live it. Please, please, please, I beg of you, never loose your passion, let it drive you, even if it’s into unchartered territories, better yet, when it is in uncharted territories. There’s that crazy Apple commercial about “the crazy ones that think they can change the world, do”. I think it’s time more people get “crazy” and smell the flowers that define their dreams. I want you to find that insane fire in you that lifts you so high, that excites you, that makes you believe in the impossible, and do it. Damn it, there are no excuses, just justifications you creatively come up with to keep yourself safely with your comfort levels. That’s bad. The problem with this is you’ll never truly live, hell, you’re just dying. 🙁

Want to be happy? Want to make a difference? Want to truly love? Do something you wouldn’t normally do and learn from your exploration. It’ll feel weird, uncomfortable, awkward maybe, but I guarantee you’ll have a story, and a new appreciation to a different aspect of life you didn’t know existed. Shit, it may even open your world to something you never though you’d do. Congratulations, you’re defining new lines. Stop for a moment and think, the most amazing memories you have are the ones when you were disruptive, out the ordinary, weird, awkward, uncomfortable. Smile. Life is a gift. Make amazing memories, stop dying and start living. Break some lines.

Converting Words

I think the quip “actions speak louder than words” is one of the most underrated, overlooked piece of advice anyone could receive.

Words are a peculiar thing. For words are nothing more than a medium for us to do one of two things; share history or create a representation of promise and hope. This is a huge problem. It’s a problem because too many of us believe in the words we say or hear and not what they represent.  Yet, it gets even worse than that! When we use words we use them in the form of a language, so that someone else can understand.

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Inventing Stars

On a clear night, I see stars. Actually the emitting light from stars. Ohhh stars.  Massive, luminous balls of plasma intensely held together by gravity. Aggressive and volatile by nature in it’s real time, but so eloquently mesmeric and tranquil in sight; inevitable truth and a reflection of a forgiving effort. Let me see if I can elaborate this thought…

A light-year. The only measurement of distance that relates to time. That is because the distance is related to how far light takes to travel in one year. Given that most stars are light-years away, the light that you see in present day, on a clear night sky, was actually created 2, 3, 5, or possibly 10 years ago.  A star at the time the light was created was aggressive, chaotic, and agitative, yet years later the beautiful radiance of that star still shines. Its the original hard work that its beauty pays itself off… (more…)

Passion

It’s not the number of roses, its the number that matters. It’s not the location or time that matters, it’s the right setting. It’s not the right kiss, it’s the moment of embrace. The moment when boredom becomes non-existent, addiction is exhilarating, and happiness is sincerely within. This is passion. Unfortunately, the most overlooked, lost, and euphoric part of life that so many seem to have forgotten its true meaning, its true feeling and heart.

In this strange world we live in, where so much meaning is lost or hidden from truth, its a sad excuse for a way to live. Nothing comes easy, we all know this, but we shouldn’t be afraid to fall, afraid to fail, afraid to lose. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, yet sadly enough, I don’t think enough people are willing to cheat death in this way. Too many look for the easy way out or an excuse for wrong, discomfort and hurt. The integrity of life is lost. I feel like we’re living in a world false, a creative void. (more…)

Ready. Set. Focus.

I have what I like to call “Entrepreneurial ADD”. Its not a matter of coming up with the ideas, but actually executing and following through. As I continue to do what I love to do, I’m starting to learn how to gain control on what I know and what I want to know.

I hate/love the fact that I am not afraid to jump into almost every business proposal thrown at me.  It’s great that I’m considered as a business partner, all the time, but now is the time to take a step back, control my tangencies and focus on a few core projects. I think over the past few years I’ve created a bottleneck of business ventures that time doesn’t fit for them all. Six months ago I got a big big white board and put it right above my bed so that I can project my work, my ideas and concepts. This thing has helped me over-in-abundantly.

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1Day

Days go by too fast sometimes, like water in waterfalls. Every drop of water is thrusted so repetitively over the edge, falling just like the last drop, but not even a second ago. Rarely, if ever, do you actually remember a specific molecule that is different than the others. Yet its consistent, it moves over the edge, falls upon gravity’s command and blends with its peers at the bottom below. Much like the days passing, its difficult to say my life is in progression.

In reality of it all, the truth of a waterfall is wrapped in aggression, force, and acceleration, yet is a mystic, beautiful, euphoric thing, much like life, as a whole, somewhat oxymoronic, but positively reluctant. That as I continue to grow as one (perpetually, unwillingly), it makes me a stronger better person.
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Unparalleled resplendence

Gravity is consistent and expected.  It’s also often taken for granted what gravity does for us. What it means to have a gravitational force that, without, would have never caused the apple to fall from the tree.  What’s obvious but a forgotten ubiquity is this same force that is continuously effecting me, is effecting you. Everyone is simultaneously being effect by the same force, that is evident. Yet, in a rare sometimes, there’s a new dimension to this force.

See this is where it gets interesting and exciting.  We all take for granted the force of gravity and never think about it from day to day, thats normal. Then this new dimension comes in.  Now there’s moments such as now that vividly accentuates a force upon you.  I feel connected right now, perpetually, that I really can’t explain the how’s and why’s about it.  I’m attracted, I’m pulled in, like gravity, in a new dimension. (more…)

SCREAML?ve

We talk, we whisper, we mumble, but to scream ignites.  It ignites passion, power and prestige.  I’m not talking about just any scream, a real scream.  To savor the air you breath in as it fills your lungs, releasing it with every emotion in you, to where you feel it from the depths of your toes to the echo above you.  It’s hard not to say that we all are holding something back, holding back what we think is right, what we think is wrong.  STOP holding back.  Breath in deep and scream, scream out that tension you have with in you.

If there’s one thing that one could not live without is love.  I’m not talking about lust, I’m talking about love.  The passion, the magnitude, the mystery of love.  The feeling that takes over you, when you become vulnerable to someone, to fall.  Real love is sui generis.  I don’t think it could be ever more transparent that music was made for love.  Music is a passion for expression and the ultimate expression one could express is love.  Love is simple.  (more…)

Hearts Burst…

This weekend was amazing, nonetheless.  Another successful event in the past.  Saturday night, I hosted an event, with my buddy Mike, at the Mirage for Valentine’s day, Hearts Burst Into Fire.  Everyone looked amazing and I want to thank everyone that came out and had the night of their lives for Valentine’s.  In the event of it all, as the night ended something happened to my cell phone.  Buttons refused to respond to pressure, which doesn’t allow me to answer calls, read txt messages or anything else that a button would do on my cell phone.  This means I won’t have a cell phone for 4 entire days.

Does it sound pathetic to say I feel this lost without my cell phone?  I mean we’re only talking 4 days, but wow, not having that sociability is something you don’t realize until its nonexistent.  Crazy how such a small device has such a huge impact on your life, how dependent you become on something.  (more…)