How are you spending your time? ➵ [Going through clips I’ve never used and wanted to create something that reflects a motto I try to live by — not to let money control my life too much but focus on how I spend my time in life.] ➵ What is one thing about your life you want to shift your time away from to focus on something else more fulfilling?
Less than 2 weeks and I’ll be returning back to the boats for 5 months at sea! I’ll be sailing around the Med and visiting some of the places I’ve come to love while working as a photographer for the past 3 summers on yachts. This year, I’ll be taking on a new role while exploring fresh creative endeavors on various mediums, and I’m excited to show you these incredible destinations in a different way. What would you like to know most about living and working at sea or the islands around the Med?
We started the Tongariro Crossing by waking before 4am. I was groggy but looking forward my 5th attempt to do the hike. This was the farthest I had ever been and it was just the beginning, given previous times were canceled due to weather. There was no guarantee of completion, but at least I was finally there. One foot in front of the other, one step at a time — that became my mental motto much later in the day as my feet started to fail me and my new unbroken boots began to shred my ankles. But in this moment, as the twilight darkness gave way to dawn light and the steel-blue valley flooded with a molten glow, you could feel the very soul of the earth flowing over your body like electric currents on your skin. There were many moments of realization like this — about nature, your being, time, what matters and what doesn’t, being in the moment, mind over matter, pain and pleasure, heightened senses, and about how lucky it is to be alive to experience this. To experience everything. Life is step by step, day by day, moment by moment — it’s not a rush to get to the finish but THE RUSH of feeling the journey in between beginning and end.
“The mountains are calling and I must go.” - John Muir . . . . . #purenz #purenewzealand #mountainstones #iamatraveler #cnntravel #bbctravel #travelchannel #thecoolmagazine #places_wow #nz #newzealand #wildkiwitours #macpac #sonyalpha #bealpha #optoutside #hikrlife #thelostlife #lostbutfound #ecotravel #awakethesoul #ournaturedays #ichosetowander #adventureculture #destinationearth #bewild #liveoutdoors #roamtheplanet #wanderfolk #mountcook
A Māori warrior performs the haka at a welcoming ceremony at the Tamaki Village outside of Rotorua. It was an absolutely fascinating and surprisingly authentic experience, as I had my doubts going in about experiences like these. The people of the village were so genuine and passionate about their culture, and even though it was a recreation of an original Māori village, everything felt real. Because it is real. If you go to New Zealand, I implore you to dive into the Māori culture whenever you can, and learn as much as you can, because that is the soul of New Zealand that was overlooked for so long and is still fighting for rightful representation. Places like these, where the Māori people perform songs and tell stories and show you ways of life, that was one of my most memorable times in Aotearoa.