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I have a Kelly.

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Somebody asked me, “how do you do it?” Good question.  How do I juggle all these balls in the air?

Came at the perfect moment, because today I felt like I was really behind on things that matter to me.
I thought for a moment. I looked back on this epic journey I just returned from, only to hit the road again in a few days.
The simple answer:

I have a Kelly.

@yeskelly helps me endlessly. And she nourishes me in all the ways that restore my health when I am hustling.
It’s been a tough day. But there’s nothing like coming home to this woman. This weekend we celebrated 6 years together.
What a love, tested by trials and marked with miles of smiles all the same.

This photo was snapped at Burning Man by@danieldav_is –and this art piece still hits me right in the heart. When we are turning our backs on one another and suffering, our inner child, a deeper essence is yearning to reach out in love.
So grateful to be surrounded by a whole community of loving connection. The past few days being back in Austin has been beautiful. 1,000 yogis chanting at the capital, bringing rugged Texas Rangers to tears, and all the little moments in between that shake me awake. You guys got me gushing… Life is great. Everything is going to be okay. Reach out when you need help, and you will be supported. Even if you haven’t found your “Kelly” yet.

#burningman #austin #art #inspiration#motivation #love #greenheart

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The Highs and Lows of Life on the Road

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Are you a cosmopolite?

A cosmopolite is someone who is at home at any place in the world.  It’s the feeling that I aspire to in my travels.  And now that we spend half of our year on the road  filming new Greenheart.tv episodes, it’s essential we learn to adapt.  To land in each new place with a sense of connection.  Although we’ve only been on the road a couple months on this Summer’s road trip, we’ve grown through so much.  From ecstatic peak experiences, to the loss of a loved one.  Along the way, we’ve crossed paths with bears on 4 different occasions, in 4 different states!  Therefore, we are proclaiming this to be THE SUMMER OF THE BEAR!

The first lesson I learned so far this Summer: how powerful you become through the challenge of a climb.  As we navigate the highs and lows of life on the road, it’s the stories of struggle that make us stronger.  Our dear friend Nature Williams took us out for our first rock climbing adventure at Rumney in New Hampshire.  I thought I would easily ascend and find my way, but quickly learned that my upper body strength didn’t necessarily mean I would be able to muscle my way up.  On the contrary, I was too conservative in choosing my grips and barely made it a few feet on my first all-out effort.  Meanwhile, my wife Kelly was a natural!  She gracefully found her footing and used her flexibility to her advantage—making it all the way to the top of her first climb in no time!

roadI learned to be more adventurous on my second climb route.  An Aussie climber labeled it “totally jug-tastic” referring to the plentiful natural grips or “jugs” available on the ascent.  I balanced my body weight closer to the wall, and relied more on my legs.  The feeling of accomplishment when I made it 90% of the way was well worth the fear and exhaustion.  When we return home in the Fall, we hope to frequent a rock wall located only 5 minutes from our house in Austin!  As if we didn’t have enough hobbies already…

RoadWe’re lucky to land with good friends along the road.  Although finding a parking spot is sometimes nearly impossible (especially in Los Angeles), navigating the country in our family’s camper van has been a huge blessing.  We can camp out at remote hot springs, store all our equipment for video productions, and cart around a van full of friends for a shoot.

Campervan FullThe biggest unforeseen obstacle has been getting over the sudden passing of my dear grandmother Dorothy Rulapaugh.  Her friends knew her as “Dot”, and she was a powerhouse of a personality in the lives of so many.  We had just celebrated her 70th wedding anniversary with my Grandfather—what an achievement!  I’m so glad we made it out to Virginia to honor them, but I never expected to return within the month to attend her funeral.  She was the glue that kept our family together.  And now I feel a heightened sense of responsibility to keep in touch more, and let those closest to me know how much I love them.

roadI was buoyed up by the love and support I received from my extended family, including our traveling family that works with us as part of the Wanderlust tour.

This road trip has also been full of adventure.  Some of my favorite moments have been spent filming athletes that have become new friends.  Most notably, we have been filming with high-liners.  What’s that?  Quite simply, slacklining between two cliffs.  If you’ve ever seen the documentary Man on Wire, it’s pretty similar, but in some of the most exquisite natural environments.  We’ve been inspired by the courage and lifestyle of these guys and gals.  We’ll be integrating footage into a film for Wanderlust as well as our epic book trailer for entrepreneur Lewis Howes.  More on that soon!

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RoadOverall, we’ve learned that there’s virtue in experiencing the highs and lows of life on the road.  The challenge of a climb only adds character.  After seeing so many bears this Summer, I thought it might be a good idea to investigate the deeper meaning.  The Bear Totem is apparently all about strength through hard times, confidence, and leadership.  So fitting, as we are seeking to embody these values with integrity moving forward.

When I used to jump in my Grandparent’s camper van as a child, we’d always race to say “On the Road Again!” saluting Willie Nelson’s classic song, and signifying a new departure.  Now that we are traversing the country in a similar camper van, I can hear my Grandma Dot’s cheerful voice as I step behind the wheel, On the Road Again…

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Wanderlust Tahoe Highlights

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We had a beautiful time in Squaw Valley near Lake Tahoe filming for the Wanderlust Festival.  Some of our personal highlights include:

  • Filming a collaborative music video with Michael Franti and Friends.
  • Joining a group of extreme adventure enthusiasts rock climbing across Colorado and California with highliners who slackline across cliffs.
  • Interviewing base jumper and wing suit flyer JT Holmes.
  • Collaborating on an experimental dance film with Elana Meta and Akil Davis.

We can’t wait to share all these videos with you soon!

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!

Camera man slacklining with a Sony FS7

Finding Balance in Work & Play

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TOP PHOTO: Jefe Greenheart slacklining with a camera at Wanderlust Snowshoe 2015.  Photo by Sasha Juliard.

We all aspire to it, but why is it so hard to achieve!? 

Some call it a healthy work/life balance, but I believe there’s a lens with more depth to look through.  One of the chief reasons we feel off-kilter is because we are dramatically play-deprived.  Our society has substituted good old-fashioned recess with our friends, often in exchange for the concept of a “happy hour”.  We write it off as just something that happens when we get older, but that’s no excuse. 

If play is the ultimate prescription, why is it so hard to make time to seek it?

As a video producer, the hours are long and the work can be very stressful.  It’s not as glamorous as it seems, and without proper rejuvenation it can really take a toll on your body and mind.  Whether I’m out in the field filming something epic, or stuck in my editing cave—a simple practice of play even just a few minutes a day makes all the difference.  But very soon, my good friend Charlie Hoehn (author of Play it Away) and I are launching a play movement that inspires us all to get an hour of play each day, no matter your age (Check out The Recess Project).  Stay tuned for our launch coming soon, we’d love to invite you to our next recess!

I remember how play totally transformed my life a little over 5 years ago.  I was working in network television at the time,  and while I fully dedicated myself to an awesome career, my recreational life was seriously suffering.  That’s when I met my wife Kelly, who organized an interactive circus in Zilker Park with some friends.  That group changed my life.  I fulfilled a life long dream to run away with the circus with them touring festivals together.  The pursuit of a lifestyle of play has been an extraordinary experience, but it’s so easy to forget what nourishes me and brings me back to my center in the intensity of life commitments coming from every direction. 

Slackliner in Santa Monica

Jefe Greenheart Slacklining at Santa Monica beach 2014.  Photo by Jeff Liffmann.

That’s why I picked up slacklining.  To be honest, it’s become my preferred form of meditation.  I got bored of sitting on a cushion and closing my eyes.  What I’ve found in this moving meditation of walking on thin webbing and focusing my gaze on a tree has been nothing short of transcendent.  

And it only takes a few minutes on the line to feel like my etch-a-sketch mind has been shaken and cleared.  

One of the major reasons why we’ve fallen away from play is because we’ve lost touch with what excites us.  I remember the joy of a new toy.  The anticipation of discovering a new activity outdoors.  As a kid, I was gifted the freedom of riding my bike anywhere I wished.  Today, too many of us adults lose track of seeking novel opportunities that light us up. 

One of the coolest projects that Kelly and I do with Greenheart.tv is going on tour with the Wanderlust Festival!  We’re on the road with them now making films.  The experience is the perfect medicine for many of us, offering an experience to get outside the noise and be inspired by a mindful community.  And oh yeah, there’s SO MUCH PLAY!  Watch this short cinematic video that shows highlights from the first fest we filmed in beautiful Snowshoe, West Virginia.  Can you spot Kelly and I!?  If you can’t find a small thing to do that connects you with play every day, then maybe it’s time to go on an extended retreat and reclaim your playfully alive side…

A Nepal Tribute

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My heart goes out to the people of Nepal.  Just today another 7.3 earthquake hit Nepal with thousands injured.  This is two weeks after the devastating 7.8 earthquake that killed 8,000 people.

 

We made this video tribute from our recent trip to Nepal to share our favorite moments from the trip.

As we departed from Nepal in December, I told Jefe that Nepal now topped my list of favorite countries, but that I was relieved to be getting out alive.  I was referencing the terrifying driving around cliff-side blind curves and pursuing less than safe adventure sports.  Considering the recent Earthquakes and devastation in Nepal, my comment is sadly all the more true.

I love everything about Nepal: the people and their colorful attire, the language and how it flows off the tongue like velvet, the spice filled food, the historic bells ringing across the plazas, and the spinning of prayer wheels as people walk past temples with little murmurs of prayerful words.  You can feel the powerful energy in the air from the Himalayan mountain range, and the strong forces beneath the earth that create the majestic landscape.

The toll of the earthquake and aftershocks is so heartbreaking.  I see all those people, with friends and family, huddled together in the squares.  The same ones that Jefe and I walked upon not long before.  The historic buildings collapsed, waiting as a pile of rubble to be constructed again, if ever.  Still not knowing how many bodies might be trapped below.

Nepal is considered one of the ‘least developed countries’ on the Human Development Index.  The new government has been thwarted by rebellion and corruption.  It’s devastating enough when a catastrophe happens to a country with the resources to swiftly rebuild.  But here, aftershocks and rains blocked the search and rescue process for days; continuous fear of future earthquakes caused by the shifting still plagues the residents; the momentous task of rebuilding it’s city is an overwhelming burden to bear for a government that’s just struggling to provide it’s people with electricity, shelter, food, and water.

It’s amazing to see from afar the international community and local communities coming to Nepal’s aid.   I feel a sense of connection to the place, because of our recent visit.  I have family in Nepal too, who thankfully were not injured in the quake, and are there helping in the recovery.

Please consider making donation to the relief effort in Nepal.  Here’s a good site linking reputable organizations and what you should know about donating.

 

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