I was honored to be a part of this amazing effort to shed some light on what great things are happening in the New England Food system. This video highlights the people we met and showcases the passion they have for bettering our lives through Food. Enjoy!!
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2015 is here and I am going to take a week or two from the beginning of the year to reflect on what my 2015 goals should be. 2014 was one heck of a year, with some tremendous highs and some really big lows. In effect, it was just like the journey of life, up and down, full of twists and turns, with everything in the end working out the way it should be -- Which is a great segway into two of my favorite expressions, words that I try and always live by, but sometimes fail to heed...
I was never not going to be here
Live like a child
These two expressions have formed the basis for my life the past several years, and as we move into 2015 I am committed to once again embracing the true spirit of their meanings. First and foremost, we are where we are, and all is perfect in that which simply IS. Second, if we could all go back to that wonderful joy we had as kids, found in the most mundane of ways, well then wouldn't we all be much happier and more at peace.
On New Years Eve, I danced and twirled and spent time photographing this lovely young girl as she was lost in the world. Her joy was infectious to all that watched and it reminded me that all is well and that all is as it should be and that in the end, just Live!
Happy New Years to all -- I will be back in a couple of weeks with a plan for the year, and some much needed changes in the site.
Whatever you do; however you choose to do it; Life is way to short, so live like a Child
How often do we let the seeds of self doubt keep us from reaching our fullest potential? I read a quote today that talked about how intelligent people are held back by fear and doubt. I know that as a creative soul, and as a sensitive soul, doubt and over thinking are the two greatest impediments to my reaching for the stars.
I vow, from this day forward, to consciously be aware of these self doubts and these internal fears, and recognize that they are simply manifestations of my own mind.
I love this quote:
"You have to perform your own visual signature, you cannot get anyplace imitating the work of the people you admire" -- Ralph Gibson
It is a theme or a message that I struggle with all of the time. Not so much in that I am trying to imitate anyone else, but that I am often concerned about what others think to the detriment of what I see. A subtle shift, but one that can have the same affect on your creative work.
It can cause you to photograph in a way that is not true to yourself and your own vision, instead playing to what you believe others want. I believe that this can have the same detrimental impact on your personal vision as what Ralph was talking about. A subtle difference, but still an impact on the purity of your own work.
Below is the interview where he talks about this and a few other things.
May each and every one of you find the inner strength needed to follow your dreams and live your passions -- for it is only then that we are free and truly LIVING our lives.
Happy New Year
I talk about it quite a bit, the path of life. It takes us to unknown places no matter how much we try and control it. Right now I find myself a bit busy, not getting out on the bike or even out on the water in the Yak. A few moments here and there behind the camera, but definitely not enough to fill my soul...
Yet the path keeps on moving, it takes us where it will. There is no controlling the path-- I can't fight it, just gotta go with it, see where it leads, where it ends.
You must never stop believing in yourself. You can be whomever you want to be and you can do whatever you want to do. Simply believe! 1800 miles, solo paddle up the inside passage. Seattle to Alaska.
Nerves, anxiousness, peace, excitement.... I am stoked about returning to the wilds of AK. A place that 4 years ago single hand idly changed my life. No delusions that it will be the same or as profound as before, but still.. The promise of peacefulness, the essence of my travel, brings a warmth to my inner being. The ability to silence the voices and commune with that which I treasure so much, Mother Earth. The silence of morning coffee or the silence of the trail. Wheels spinning, paddle strokes gliding, feet treading -- it does not matter how I travel, but in the simple act of propelling myself forward I find much peace. The world is clearer to me; everything makes sense to me; my self doubts and my constant 'what ifs' and 'what nots' all fade away as quickly as the path that lay behind my two tires. My thoughts and needs become simple, and basic. Food, shelter, rest, movement -- those are the movements of the day. The sun rises and I wake, it sets and I sleep. The power of this simplistic daily ritual through time can not be comprehended until you allow yourself to be immersed in the act of human powered travel. I stood in the shower, one of my last for quite a while; hot water streaming over my head and down my back. I closed my eyes and felt the warmth of the water and the sense of peace as it wrapped itself around my body. A smile crossed my face as I got a brief glimpse of the days ahead.
My post written for Salsa about looking back at the past year went live today. In the post, I talk about life on a bike, the places it can take you and the people you meet, how traveling can change you as a person. These are all things that drive my wandering desire and that motivate me to keep moving -- but today, I want to transcend the world of biking and talk a bit about Life.
The last day of the year is always a good time to look back and to look forward. We as a people like to think about what is right & wrong with our lives; what we wish was different; how to change where we are in life, what we are doing in life, what we have in life, ... The list goes on and on. It is easy to take this time and reflect on what you perceive to be wrong, building a list in your head of all that needs to be changed, all that needs to be done differently.
I am here to throw out a different strategy for this annual end of the year ritual. What if we take the time to look back and remember, but instead of building that list in our head of what needs to change, we build a list that states all is right, all is as it should be. Now that line of thinking is sure to raise a few eyebrows but stay with me for a few more moments. What I am suggesting is that in order for us to find happiness and to find peace we must accept that what is, simply is. It is where we are in life because we can't change the past. Accepting this is crucial to finding a sense of overall peace and happiness.
Does this mean that we don't want the future to be different? Well, not at all, but what it is however is a subtle difference in how we approach where exactly we are in life. Looking back with regret and frustration cannot be a good foundation for building the future. Looking back in that negative way causes us to have internal emotions that are more negative than positive. If we can shift our way of thinking, so that we see that whatever is 'of the moment' as being right, then we can approach the future with a sense of hope and optimism.
I know for me, even though I deeply believe in these words, I still can struggle at times with the belief that my 'Now' should be different than it is. I must however stay true to my words, take a deep breath, and realize that living in the Now, accepting that the past, good and bad, is what has put me at this very spot in time, is the only way to lead a peaceful, content, and happy life. In the words of one of my favorite sayings:
"I was never not going to be here"
Do I want to do things that are different that where I am now? Well of course I do -- I have dreams and goals and aspirations of all different sorts. But the difference is they are all in the future, they are all within my control (to a certain extent, and a much different discussion....), I have the power right NOW to move in the direction of my choosing. NOW is the only time that I actually have any control of who I am, which really is the point of this post. The past is simply the moments of time that built the path that defines who we are at this very moment, nothing more and nothing less.
So, as we sit here on December 31, 2012, with the opportunity to look back and to look forward I say this. Look back at your year with a happy heart. The good the bad; the happy, the sad; these are all the things that make us who we are, and no matter what you think, one thing is true, you can't change them, you must just accept. What you can do is approach the future with a zest for living your life.
Live your life on your terms; make it what you want it to be. Do what you want to do without exception. Build a beautiful path for yourself so that next year, when we have this conversation again, it is even easier to smile at who you are.
Happy New Year with much Peace, Love, and Joy in your life.
Here is a quote that I hope will help guide my future thoughts, actions, and writings on this site. While gear is nice, and I want to share my experiences in hopes of helping others, it is secondary to the journey I am on; the people that I meet; and the lessons I am learning.
"The question is not where did the traveler go? what places did he see?" Thoreau wrote, "but who was the traveler? how did he travel? how genuine an experience did he get?"
Here are two videos that I have produced from the Spare Seat expedition down the Eerie Canal and the Hudson river. I hope that both videos help you to get a feel for not only the amazing waterways but equally as important, the awesome people that we met along the way.
That is my favorite quote from this most excellent video. Check it out and then run, don't walk, to your bike and go for a ride. Create your own most excellent path and make every day an adventure!!