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There's been a couple of exciting developments in Live Unbound world this month included a possible book deal with NationBuilder. After my TEDx talk I was approached by them to write my story and the first thing that popped into my head was – really?? But it’s not all that exciting. I mean maybe I got a good beginning but that’s about it. The second thought was – okay why don’t I make it more exciting by going out and living the story I’d want to write. Definitely an inspiring thought that is now steering me in the right direction.
The old me would have stuck with that first thought. I would have held on as tight as I could so I would feel okay with saying no to a potential opportunity. Nowadays I’m fully aware that I create the path where my mind wanders. I try to stay conscious of where it goes because once it finds the perfect limiting thought then I'll remember it forever. I re-visit it every time I need an excuse not to do something I know I must do. I have a lot of these types of thoughts that I can’t seem to let go of. You’d think it would be easy to move past them but they become a part of you. So needless to say I’m not trying to create new ones.
I think Cormac McCarthy said it best – “You forget what you want to remember and you remember what you want to forget.”
Other than that I’ve been taking on lots of client work (how we fund LU vids) and adventuring on weekends (documented on instagram: @whereisyali)
Follow your fears & respect the dash!
May has been one of the most incredible months of my life. I gave a TEDx talk then set off on an intense road trip to shoot Go Seek. There were many ups and downs but it's not an adventure until things start going wrong, you ditch the plan and go with the flow of wherever life wants to take you.
Here is an excerpt from the video which will be out in a couple weeks »
Chase the version of me I want to be, stay on track by following the fear that holds me back.
Climbing up a setback, deep inside of what I lack, I’m stalling, running as fast as I can but feel like I’m crawling.
I tell myself take a break, relax, let what you lack be an empty crack, you don’t have to be whole to be intact.
But I’m not very good at lying to myself, I know I need to catch that uncatchable self.
I know that trying to be more than I am is who I am, I know that I’m in love with the never ending search.
It’s my drive, my passion, my thirst.
And it’s not because I’m never satisfied, it’s because I’m always satisfied.
Untied, fully amplified, learning how to glide in this bumpy ride.
This is my life commute.
It’s not the pursuit of happiness it’s the happiness of pursuit.
On May 1st we'll be taking a road trip to shoot "Go Seek" which is all about seeking experiences that challenge us, inspire us and remind us why life is so incredible. Email me if you have ideas on epic locations which are off the beaten path!
Also on April 19th I'll be speaking at TEDxUIUC about the Live Unbound journey. Never spoke in front of a large crowd before but it's a pretty good first to have.
Last but not least if you're an adventure photographer and want to connect with fellow creators and share your images then join our LU photographers group.
While shooting our next short Doc on skydiver Dan BC we met Brad Patterson who told us about his idea to re-create Paul Bonds 1980 human sphere painting (the poster in the beginning of the video). Brad came up with an execution plan and assembled an incredible team that nailed it on the 2nd attempt. Welcome to the world of 3D Formations! The options are limitless and the team will be experimenting with new techniques at Skydive Perris.
2014 was a reminder that a worthy pursuit is less about accomplishing the goal and more about the incredible life you’re given when you strive to accomplish it. I tend to set my goals much higher than I can reach and see what happens when I try. The hard part is to not be disappointed when you fall short and remember that you’re much higher than where you began.
At the end of the day we’re having a blast here at LU, dreaming up new ways to inspire and bring this incredible community together. We will most definitely live 2015 unbound because adventure is where we thrive. As a result every year, every day & every second is full of possibilities.
More funding from the I Do It For Her foundation just came in for the Dream Enablers initiative so apply now! We'll provide the winner with funding and encouragement as they pursue their wildest dreams. This is also how we find our next video subjects as you saw with our latest film "Follow Your Fears" so take a moment to share your story.
A couple days ago I released our new short documentary "Follow Your Fears" and since then it's been featured on dozens of blogs, licensed by GoPro, nominated for short of the week and Vimeo staff picks.
Creating it was a beautiful struggle filled with many unexpected hurdles but the experience is certainly one I'll never forget. Thank you Brad O'Neal for pouring your heart out without hesitation and putting everything on the line to make this happen.
It all started when Brad applied to our Dream Enablers program saying »
I am currently building a ramp in an attempt to be the first person to jump a motorcycle high enough to base jump from. This has been my dream since I was 12 yrs old, when I thought of the idea. Now at 26 yrs I'm still working on it and hopefully 2014 is my year! Actually the ramp is halfway built and sitting in my driveway lol. Just need outside support and this could be done in march this year.
He did wind up completing the jump in March and walked away safe and sound. Witnessing this process has been an important reminder that obstacles don't exist to stop you, just to test how bad you want it.
The more significant a journey is to our soul’s evolution, the more resistance we’ll feel towards pursuing it.
In the last year I learned that this resistance doesn’t stop when you make the choice to begin, when you choose to take that exit off the highway (as seen on "we live unbound"). You have to overcome it every day, sometimes every second and it almost got me this past year. For example my resistance would ask me questions like “What makes you think you’re worthy of being a source of inspiration? Don’t you think that’s a bit vain?” The beautiful thing is there is always an antidote to a doubt, I just have to take the time to find it. In this case it’s a simple line by Marianne Williamson, “Your playing small does not serve the world.”
I look back at the videos and writings I did this last year and wonder if it really hit the points that I was trying to make. I try not to care. All that matters is I didn't hold back and gave it everything I had. For this year, I have overcome the resistance.
Thanks for joining us and making 2013 such a remarkable year!
Lack of money often stops us from broadening our horizons and experiencing life fully. Live Unbound is starting to tackle this problem by launching “Unbound Experiences” which rewards our customers by giving them a chance to win an adventure of their choice. One that is outside their comfort zone or helps to overcome a fear. Learn more »
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