Category Archives: Creative

Wanderlust Aspen Highlights

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We’re halfway through our Summer production tour with Wanderlust Festival.   Can you spot me in the video?  This marks the 5th Wanderlust video I’ve made a cameo.  Highlights include:

  • Filming an epic video with former Cirque du Soleil acrobat and crazy creative Danni Gutierrez in the Apsen mountain tops.
  • Interviewing pro snowboarder Gretchen Bleiler.
  • Learning to belay rock climbing on my birthday with Alli Gordon who then became our production assistant for Wanderlust Tahoe.
  • Having the production support from our good friends and fellow lifestyle entrepreneurs Katie and Malek. (Also featured above as the lovely couple in the gloriously expansive field).
  • Collaborating on a Kevin Paris music video with the inspiring acro yogis, Chelsey Korus and Matt Giordano.

Videos coming soon!

Shut Down & Restart: Why we need to hit the reset button

By | Creative, film | 4 Comments

Last month we went to Eeyore’s Birthday Party, a festive Austin tradition.  I filmed with my new camera—the Sony FS7, which shoots beautiful 4k slow motion.  Kelly and friends dressed up and happened to win the costume contest!  This short experimental video was supposed to just be a simple camera test, but thematically, it turned into something more meaningful. 

It’s been almost 6 years since I wandered into the woods of Zilker Park and discovered the interactive circus.  It was there that I met my wife Kelly for the first time.  In that season of my life, I needed the healing power of play more than anything.  I was ready to hit the reset button.  There’s something about festival that invites these kinds of connections.  We thrive on peak experience. 

I believe that finding space for rejuvenation outside the online noise and urban hustle is essential.  When we hit the reset button, we have the potential to be more productive, to find our focus. 

In just a few days, we’ll be hitting the road to go on tour with the Wanderlust Festival again, an event that blends the best of mindful living and ecstatic experience.  Yoga classes, talks, and exquisite hikes during the day, and soul-shaking music at night.  It gives us a chance to take a breath and reevaluate our intentions.  And it’s lovely backdrop and participants become the canvas for our series of short form documentaries. 

What kinds of rituals bring you closer to that sense of “shut down & restart”?    Do you do them often enough?  What are small ways you can bring them into your life each month? 

We’ve made a practice of integrating these things into what we do for a living, and never looked back.  Although sometimes we face major challenges, creating a built-in infrastructure of wellness into our “company culture” has made all the difference.  Our objectives look different than most organizations, and we like it that way.  From hiking down to the Greenbelt in the middle of a work day, to leveraging video services in exchange for free yoga classes—we’ve designed our work/life balance intentionally.  I’ve seen too many people burn out in our industry, heck, I used to be one of them.  I discovered that it wasn’t the actual labor (though exhausting) that drained me, but the nature of the content. 

Each month, we strive for more clarity on the kind of media that is most needed and fulfilling to produce.  Along the way, we seek to express ourselves, help others, and create community along the journey.  Thanks so much to all of our subscribers who offer us such kind words of support and join us on our video ventures.  We’ll be traveling all over the US this Summer, so if you’d like to connect and create we may be seeing each other real soon! 

If you’re not already a subscriber, please join the fun! 

(Listen to more music by our dear friend GLU!  He created “Shut Down & Restart” as part of his album Glubotic, recorded in a single month.)

You were Born to Bloom

By | Adventure, Creative, Food for thought | 3 Comments

There’s something special about this video.  Beyond the feeling it captures or the majestic field of bluebonnets, it’s the fulfillment of a vision.  Over five years ago, I felt called to begin making short poetic videos.  And for some strange reason, I pressed pause on producing these cinematic shots of expression.  Why?

First of all, I was afraid.  Because the ideas came from a deeply spiritual place, I suppose I had my guard up on revealing what was living in my heart.  The last time I shared a personal, visionary message to a larger audience, I let myself get shot down by just one critic.  One person who felt like it would be funny to shout “wake up already!” in the middle of my short film screening at a festival.  The story was about fleeting memories, and there was a long (possibly indulgent) dream sequence.  Even though the film won awards and was an awesome achievement, this moment scarred me.  Caused me to cringe and halt whenever I felt compelled to create something original.

“Born to Bloom” is a nice way to say F* that.  It’s an invitation to feel free to awaken the artist within.  That vulnerable ventriloquist too afraid to stand strong with their own voice (nothing against puppeteers, I adore them).

Furthermore, it’s a war cry for creatives to come alive and express themselves.

Why do we forget the reason for our existence?

How can we more readily embrace our inner light?

Where is the proverbial hoverboard that will help us navigate the path ahead with more fun, swiftness, and grace?

I go to battle with these kinds of questions.  They lie just beneath the surface, and arrive into my awareness when I take the time to write what’s on my mind (journal more!).

The exercises in the book “The Artist’s Way” certainly help, I highly recommend it.  But I must warn you–we often hide behind our healing process for too long instead of leaping forward and taking action.  This is where the magic exists.  Where we have to confront our fears more tangibly.  There’s struggle and triumph, and every emotion in between.    And it’s the ultimate medicine for the soul.  It’s why we’re alive.  We were born to bloom…

For me, that takes the shape of just going out there and filming things for the fun of it.  And that’s what we did with this video.  We invited friends to go frolic in a field with us.  And decided to weave that visual tapestry with some deeper personal inquiry.

I realize I’m not so attached to how others may receive this video.  The reward was the process.  The art was in the action.  I can still smell the fragrance of thousands of Texas Bluebonnets.  The rush of chasing the sun as it set along the hill country horizon.  These are the moments I live for.

Want to see us make more videos like this?  Better yet, wanna be in our next video?  Let us know!  Share the love by submitting a comment below.

Hilarious laughing mob overtakes Whole Foods!

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On April Fools,  Greenheart.TV and LoveATX brought together a bunch of folks to participate in a Laughing Flashmob in Whole Foods.  The intention:  make the whole floor explode with laughter.  Did it work?  Watch the video!   We warmed up in advance on the roof, expanding our lungs, and learning how to laugh for no apparent reason at all.  The laugh mob carried on for 10 whole minutes!

 

Do you suffer from Insomnia? Here’s a cure…

By | Creative, Food for thought, health, productivity | No Comments

Insomnia is often creative energy not being acted upon.  In this video, Jefe explains some of the ways in which you can cure your insomnia while also utilizing those extra waking hours.   Consider your insomnia as a gift, granting you the time to bring ideas to the next level.  Once you apply that alert energy, you may find that you’ll sleep more soundly.

Here’s some quick tips: 

  • Work on your to do list at night, not in the morning.
  • Turn off your computer or television screen at least an hour before bed time.
  • Utilize that time to flesh out creative ideas.

 

M.I.A.'s Drummer

M.I.A.’s Drummer is freaking brilliant! | Class of Creativity Podcast #5 with Kiran Gandhi

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By a beautiful synchronicity, I ran into M.I.A.’s drummer, Kiran Gandhi, at SXSW 2015.  She turned out to be a super fascinating soul, and agreed to meet up and have a creative conversation for the podcast with me. Listen to this one very carefully, as she represents a unique blend of wicked smart (she’s attending Harvard Business School MBA Program!) and wildly creative (watch a video of her drumming and get hypnotized).   Read More

Making My Wedding Dress | A Metamorphosis

By | Creative, Sewing | 2 Comments

As we come upon the one-year anniversary of our wedding, I realize I never shared the story of “The Dress”.

I made my wedding dress from scratch.  Deep in my bones, I knew I had to.  I had to explore whether I was courageous enough to disregard my internal and external critics, and strong enough to live up to the emotional weight of the task.

Ultimately, I wanted to take my creativity to the next level.  They say your wedding dress is the ‘most important dress you will ever wear’.  What a grand challenge!

I love the meaning of confidence- to confide in oneself.  

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EFT Emotional Freedom Technique Tapping

Tap into your Creative Power with EFT

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Let me get vulnerable for a moment…Sonya Sophia MADE ME CRY. Listen to find out how she used EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), to help me TAP OUT excuses, and focus on deeper self-care to do my life’s work.

In the second half of this Class of Creativity Podcast, you’ll get the chance to actually experience the healing power of EFT/Tapping (starts at 25 min mark). Discover what it is, and how it can radically resolve your emotions and set you on the right path.

You’ll LEARN:

  • How EFT Tapping literally saved her life
  • Why Peace on Earth is an inside job
  • Giving yourself permission to quit…for a couple hours at least.
  • The struggle to live a higher standard of wellness as a healing artist
  • Navigating the field of negative thoughts,
    and “how to love your gargoyles”
  • The importance of learning new things, not letting technology limit your vision
  • The heart of all Self-sabotage
  • How fear of quitting creates lack of self-care
  • How taking a break helps you become more productive
  • How to identify what really motivates your thoughts and actions
  • Natural process of discharging stored stress through gas, laughing, and crying is essential (even farting).
  • The risk of working too hard: how we must make time for family and friends!
  • The value of vulnerability: I shed a few tears in this episode.
  • Give it all you got, you came to this world for a reason
  • The root behind not asking for help.  Hint: School programmed us
  • How down time influences our DO time
  • Building play into your business schedule
  • The reason for R-E-S-P-E-C-T
  • TAP into your POWER
  • How to confront an endless giant to-do list
  • The secret to staying focused and inspired
  • How finding the courage to live your purpose totally changes your life
  • How to release fear of your own success

I first discovered Sonya Sophia at Burning Man, where she led a whole tent filled with artists through this incredibly uplifting process.

Sonya Sophia is a Healer, Teacher and “Love Activist.” She is an expert EFT facilitator and visionary leader in the healing arts. As a workshop leader, a guest speaker and a festival presenter she has brought Tapping to the lives audiences and online viewers for more than a decade. Sonya Sophia has taught EFT (also known as Tapping) in the UK, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Germany and all over the U.S. sharing the benefits of EFT with hundreds of thousands of people. She especially loves teaching at transformational festivals like Burning Man & The Rainbow Gathering where crowds of “Cultural Creatives” gather to Tap it out with her. Sonya Sophia is the founder of The Sophia School of Living Arts and hosts The World Tapping Circle – an ongoing global self healing broadcast providing Healing for Humanity. Her mission is to facilitate the flow of love on earth and to help us create a happier healthier world.

www.sonyasophia.us
www.worldtappingcircle.com

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