South of the Border!

I had the privilege this week of joining a great group of people heading down to Baja Mexico to build a house for a family who was in great need, and it was a life changing experience.

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It was a truly humbling experience and made me think about what's really important in life. In the United States there's a huge push on acquiring things, wealth, and a big focus on me, me me.

What I saw down there was a viewpoint that focuses on people and relationships, and I think it's easier to do that when there isn't as many material things around. If anything the best way to look at it for me is to start training myself to focus more on people in my life and not worry so much about the other things of life, and realize we are very lucky to live in a place where we can drink tap water, and have anything we want at our fingertips.

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Another great thing in Mexico is the food!!! Seriously the best tacos I've ever had, and there's some pretty cute puppies wandering around town as well. 

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All in all this trip changed my perspective and I'm greatful for the opportunity and experience. :)

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Adventures in Hawaii

This past month I had the opportunity to visit my good friends who live on the Big Island of Hawaii, Kona Kailua area to be exact. Having been to Hawaii over a decade ago, I'd almost forgotten how perfect the climate and vibe of this paradise really is. 

I've always had a similar magical feeling about Southern California along Highway 1, which to me is also peace and paradise all wrapped up into a perfect package, but Hawaii beats it and is now my ultimate vacation get away whenever possible. From the 85 degree perfect temperature, fish filled snorkeling along the coastline, to the lush jungles, and did I mention, NO SNAKES...It's tough to find anywhere that really sits on par with this eco system. :)

I brought as many cameras as I could fit into my carry on, and decided I would grab stock footage, as well as make a short film while there on my 5 day adventure. There's no light pollution in Hawaii, so the stars look out of this world. Camping on the beach, sleeping in a hammock and looking at the stars through the Kiawe tree branches, while the waves crashed on the shore all night seemed like something out of a movie.

Being a videographer has sent me halfway around the world, filming bands recording in England, documentary work in New Zealand, weddings in South America, Filmmaking in Asia, as well as work in many US cities. It's truly an adventurers lifestyle and I love it! There's an old saying that I fully embrace and live out each day..."Do what you love, and you'll never work a day in your life."

I'll leave you with this breathtaking sunset looking across the pacific ocean to Maui from the shores of the Big Island.  Mahalo friends!