March 28, 2018No Comments

Van Life Essentials: 5 Ways to Improve Your Conversion

I'm a total list kind of guy. Whether it is a simple to-do-list, a packing list, or a van life essentials list.

I think lists tell you a lot about an individual. They represent someone who relies on structure, who has an organized thought process and is a visual thinker. For me, if something is written down on a list it will get done.

So, whether you're someone who functions by making lists or if you are someone that keeps everything in your head, it's important to remember we must do whatever works best for us. Because finding the tool that helps us grow is essentially one of the most important things in life.

After some thought, I've decided to put together a van life essentials list for anyone interested in taking on the van life or maybe you're just generally curious about what goes into a van conversion.

The five essentials to van life are:

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February 27, 20184 Comments

Van Life: the Truth, the Lessons, and the Desire

It seems within the last couple years van life, camping, and adventure have become the big craze.

From an age I can only remember byways of pictures and stories, I've had a pretty solid appetite for the outdoors. Coming from a family of six raised in Northern California, weekend camping trips were always in sight.

Adventure has always been in my blood.

But, there's more to where it all rooted from. My father, often spending his summer days in Aptos, California, decided to purchase a van. It was around my father's early 20s he commandeered a Chevy G10 short wheel based van.

Equipping it with all the goodies, AKA enough supplies to survive near the beach for a few nights, this is when the desire for adventure began in our family. Not long after, he sold the van to his brother (my uncle) to pass on the knack for adventure.

My uncle was immediately captivated by the van life; he would eventually buy a 1980sVW Westfalia in my early days. It always caught my eye - the style, the rhythm of life, the surfboards in the back; I was always inspired by what he was doing with his van and where van life was taking him.

I vividly remember begging him to let me check it out at every family gathering. Although nothing changed since the time before, the fascination seemed to grow each time.

Well, that fascination is still growing.

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October 23, 2017No Comments

48 Hours in Yosemite

Departure: 4 am Destination: Lower Pines, Yosemite, CA

 After camp was set up, through the woods we went

 Some miles later, we arrived at Vernal Falls

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October 10, 2017No Comments

The Beauty of Two: Using Others to Strike Motivation

What would life be if it was only you that existed? I could write a whole novel on that, to be honest. However, that is not why I'm writing this today.

Actually, what I want to explain is, well, the exact opposite. Life with others is pure beauty and bliss. Receiving energy from something, or someone, besides yourself is what I believe to be a true driving force with a lot of mines and your accomplishments.

This week I realized how we need to remind ourselves not everything can be done alone. No matter the determination we cultivate within our mind, sometimes we just need another soul.

Sometimes, we just need two - me and you. Us and them.

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October 3, 2017No Comments

The Truth About Time: Do We Have Enough?

Have you ever just sat and thought about the idea of time? I am sure you have. It's safe to say I do this on a daily basis. Life just seems to completely revolve around time, all across the spectrum.

Time for happiness. Time for loved ones. Time for ideas. TIme for passions. The list could continue on indefinitely, unlike, well, time.

However, there is a certain point in our life where we can actually let go of the idea of time. We can literally not have a sense of it, and I believe it's the most comfortable moment anyone could ever experience.

I have found, over the years of my creative work, when I am creating a piece of work that I am completely invested and indulged in, I find myself in a moment of bliss. I find myself in a moment of bliss that involves no energy toward "time." Ah, refreshing.

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September 20, 20171 Comment

Have You Thought About Embracing Your Insecurities?

“I worry there is something broken in our generation; there are so many sad eyes on happy faces.” - Atticus

It seems all a bit too common that we all live in the shadows of our insecurities. Whether these are obvious to those that surround us, or they are the ones that we keep hidden deep down, they restrict us from reaching greatness.

It is time for us to embrace our insecurities. Little against the norm? Yeah, a bit, but who said it would hurt? Not I.

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September 11, 20171 Comment

Jealousy or Inspiration: Which Will Be Your Guide?

*Inspired by my curiosity for the jealousy within my own life*

I think it is safe to say we all tend to compare ourselves to others more often than not. From our passions to our successes, and even our happiness. It seems we're all a bit jealous of each other, right?

Well, that just depends on your perception of this situation.

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September 4, 2017No Comments

Ventures Far From Home

Searching for a change of pace, we flew over to Spain for a break of routine  Quickly, we reconnected with friends; meet Charlie and Hayley

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August 21, 2017No Comments

More and Less

More creating

Less consuming

More inspiration

Less hopelessness

More expression

Less judgment

More compassion

Less malice

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August 14, 2017No Comments

Fear or Faith: Which One Will Be Your Master?

As humans, there are different chain reactions that can trigger different things within our minds. Starting with a stimulus and ending with the release of chemicals, we are able to actually feel all of this. Although we experience multiple feelings, there are not many that can dictate the totality of our life, but a couple.

What are those? Ah, I am glad you asked; fear or faith. These are the two feelings, or external forces, that can actually dictate the way we live our life, subconsciously slowly becoming our master.

What is fear?

When we sense fear, our brains go into a mode of defense and uncertainty. Slowly, fear holds us back more than we could have ever imagined. We lack from moving forward as there is a heavy influence from these external forces. Read more