Surviving Anything: Dry Grass

The start of my journey to survive anything.

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When it comes to finding happiness, photography brings me the greatest joy. Merging my photography into the products I can offer only brings it to a new level.

The “Dry Grass Square” design represents the beginning of this adventure. This image was taken when I first jumped back into photography in March. At the time, it was more important for me to break the barriers I had built up to keep from being happy and to just be comfortable with who I am.

I remember this day was the first time I had been in public in years and not felt completely uncomfortable and anxious. As my focus became capturing the story unfolding around me, I slowly dissolved into the background and the only things that mattered where contained to what was just in my view.

For a moment I was lost.

Then reality came flooding back in as I packed up and headed back to my car. However, I was different now because I had given in to my passion, and though my reality wasn’t any different, I felt better about my future and the hope I had been looking for was slowly being found.

This was the start of my journey to survive anything that life presented. I knew I was the only barrier to my happiness and changing my focus and my drive in life was the key to hope and joy.

Creating products with stories like this isn’t easy. Fear of rejection and misunderstanding has stopped me along the way, but only momentarily. It’s more important that these stories are shared, because I needed someone when my family broke apart but didn’t know where to turn. Now that I am starting to piece my life back together, I want to be there for someone else. I want to help people find hope and encourage them to survive.

I believe family is whom ever you choose to let into your life, and with a big family we can survive anything.


Item available at : https://survivinganything.threadless.com/designs/grass-and-sky-square-b-w-1/mens/sweatshirt

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Surviving Anything: Downtown Omaha

My choice to survive here and make this my home.

When I first moved to Omaha, Nebraska, I expected it to only be temporary. I was supposed to head back to Idaho to continue my education and then we thought maybe Missouri would be where we ended up. Two years later, I’ve come to except it at as home and am starting to look forward to growing here.

When my family life broke apart, I initially thought of taking my son to Los Angeles and starting fresh. I had a 24 hour window, where if I had acted, I probably wouldn’t be sitting here sharing any of this. But I felt keeping my son in Omaha would provide a better life for him and I accepted that this was going to be it for me.

Things started to change rather quickly once I agreed to stay. I was able to improve my work situation and found a decent apartment to move into. Now that I was no longer a “tourist” I started to explore more and really take a look at what I had.

Omaha has it’s charm. In the span of a half hour you can go from quiet country roads, through expanding cookie cutter neighborhoods, man-made lakes and into a downtown area rich with history. Being Mormon I also get to enjoy the close proximity of historical sites.

And so this is what the “Downtown Omaha” design represents. My choice to survive here and make this my home. I no longer worry about where I will move when my son moves out of my house. I dream of living in paradise but I know this can be paradise if given the chance.

We don’t always end up in the exact place we want to be. Adjusting to the flow of life and taking and giving chances to our circumstances is how we can learn to keep surviving anything.


Design available for purchase here: https://survivinganything.threadless.com/designs/downtown-omaha-square-b-w

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Surviving Anything: Under the Bridge

When you are a dreamer, you mind is always on the go.

Missed opportunities are my inspiration. Let me explain.

I started dreaming up this clothing idea only a few weeks ago. I started looking around and researching what it would take. I played with some designs and put myself in a really awkward place by trying to crowdfund, which I have no problem with crowdfunding, it’s just not my thing.

Then my parents came into town. It was a much needed break and honestly, I had planned on putting away my work and just wanted to enjoy myself. That didn’t quite happen.

When you are a dreamer, your mind is always on the go. Couple that with a photography habit and you find yourself constantly filming movies and organizing photo shoots in your mind. I was doing my best though to try and live in the moment.

Then my mom suggested I take out my camera and take some pictures. Now, sharing my photography is hard enough, but engaging in it in front of people is just impossible. That is until I gave in to my passion.

We were walking towards this bridge and the longer I stared at it, the more in love I fell with it. Fortunately for me, we had no idea where we were going and ended up right below it at a dead end. I felt my insides get all tense and I knew this was a moment I need to take. My camera in hand I took a few shots at what I hoped would be something worth sharing.

And that is how the “Under the Bridge” design started. It was another break in my walls of suppression that keep me away from happiness. I didn’t miss that opportunity like before. In fact, just minutes before, I was laying out excuses to keep my camera stashed away.

Ultimately, those few minutes under this bridge changed everything for me. I accepted that crowdfunding may be my best route. I kept these designs in the ready for what I thought was a long wait and a practice in patience.

Part of surviving is accepting your situation for what it is and moving forward. You keep your mind focused in reality and you push into a course you feel confident in. For me, this led to discovering a better and simpler way to accomplish my dreams.

Now I can bring you three amazing designs, that represent exactly what I want to bring to the table.

Powerful things happen when we start living for our own happiness and it’s in happiness that we can survive anything.


Design available for purchase here: https://survivinganything.threadless.com/designs/downtown-omaha-square-b-w

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Surviving Anything: Being A Mormon Missionary Part 1

It’s time to dive into my project and get things going in the direction of progress. In my first video for this series I talk about Mormon culture and the affect it had in my life and in the decision I made to serve as a Mormon Missionary.

My hope is to get another story of hope out there for those who are struggling with similar feelings and don’t know what to do. This is my opinion on this and I of course hold no authority to decided for anyone, the actions they should take in life. I just know that if I had a story like mine to listen to when I first came home, it would of been a lot easy to keep positive and keep moving forward.

 

Babies, Tears, and Cuddles

Being the parent I feel most comfortable being is important.

Before my wife and I separated, we were using the “cry it out” method with my son.

I am going to be honest, it was never my favorite method. It caused me to stress over his safety and well being. When he cried he would get very hot and sweaty and it worried me that he was passing out more from physical over exertion then from being tired.

Now, I want to be clear, now that we are separated, I don’t know what methods my ex-wife is using with my son, mainly because communication with her all but nonexistent. But I have not heard of any problems.

When I moved into my own place, I found it better for both my sanity and his safety to just pick him up when he cried. I knew he was in a new place and I was severely stressed and tired and having to try and wait out him crying wasn’t working.

I quickly realized that it was faster and easier for him to fall asleep if I held him for a few seconds and then placed him back down. Usually it took only one trip into the room and he was fine. Some nights are harder then others. And sometimes I do still let him cry it out if I feel overwhelmed.

Basically, I found what worked best for us and then adjusted. As a parent I have that right. I shouldn’t feel scared that other parents will judge me for my decisions because they aren’t the parent of my child.

I feel like I’ve created a stronger bond with my son by showing him I am going to be there if he cries. This is a benefit because when I need to get ready in the mornings, I know I can leave him in the crib and he will be fine. If he needs something he lets me know and he knows his needs will be met. At least I hope that is what he is learning.

This all fits into just trying to survive in our new situation. For the most part, he is parented similar between our homes. But there are going to be differences and thats okay. He will learn that dad does things differently then mom and he will build that bond individually with both of us.

I am glad, I learned to be okay with doing things the way I need to in my home. It has made it so much easier to be a single parent. We have a schedule and he follows it to an exactness. The only real issue is wake up time. Sometimes we make it all the way to 6:30 and sometimes its 4. But for the most part it works out.

Thats my “surviving anything” moment of the day.


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QOTD: One question?

April 27, 2017

“What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?”

-Robert Schuller

I would stay home and work. That is my honest answer. I want to work from home and though my business may someday allow me to do so, the very thought of working entirely for myself is terrifying.

It would be so worth it though.

So… What would you do?


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QOTD: Better late then Never

April 26, 2017

“Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential.”

-John Maxwell

This right here, is the one that is changing my life.

After posting this to my Instagram account today, I realized that I wanted to be the successful person. In order to do so, I needed to change my thoughts about the things that I was scared of doing and just do them.

So I started a campaign on Bonfire and I am actively pursuing my latest idea of selling t-shirts with my own designs.

I don’t want to promote it to much here, I’ll write something about in a bit, but I do want to express how much my life has changed from actively reviewing one positive quote each day.

Now, I know I don’t post about it each day, but I am working on changing my methods a bit to make it easier to bridge the issue.

So that’s my QOTD and I have to say I really like this one.


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