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Creating Goals Worth Pursuing

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If we are truly interested in achieving our dreams and expanding our ability to make a difference in the world with what we do then we have to make time to make this happen RIGHT NOW. So grab a paper and pencil and get ready to start something amazing. No matter how busy you think you are, you have the ability to make time. The world will still exist tomorrow if you don’t do whatever “busy” to-do item you think is so critical today. Systems can be over-ridden to make exceptions, deadlines adjusted, impatient people will eventually calm down, law suits…

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8 Questions You Should Ask Yourself About Social Media

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About three years ago I decided to say adieu to my facebook page. I almost went to the extreme of deleting my account, but decided that perhaps down the road I might find some use in it. I went almost two yeas without logging into my account and then one day figured what they hey and logged back in, luckily, with a completely different perspective than I began with two years prior. Below are the questions that inspired my leave of abscense and my own personal asnwers at the time. How do I feel when I am using social media? I…

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Exploring the Urban Jungle

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Can a small town boy find comfort and fascination in a big city, or is such a person doomed to awkward discomfort because they are not a “city person”, they are not in their “element”? How limiting it is when we pre-define ourselves and our experiences and approach new situations and experiences with hesitation and negative predictions of how our experience will be. We may find that we can enjoy the city as much as we enjoy the wilderness, that we can enjoy this present moment in a human constructed environment as much as we can enjoy the present moment…

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Smog over Salt Lake Valley at dawn

Learning to See Clearly

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Sometimes we discover our greatest opportunities when we learn to sacrifice our immediate desires in order to follow our intuition. A big part of this is learning to move with the ebbs and flows of life and stop trying to control that which we have no control over, or that which only causes us pain and frustration when we try and control it. It means letting go and moving forward despite the pain and discomfort of the unpracticed and unfamiliar. Continually searching for new opportunities and embracing them when they pass our way. I learned to see more clearly this…

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Zion National Park Overlook

Zion National Park

By | Observations, Philosophy, Teaching | One Comment

Adaptation seems to be the name of the game when it comes to photographing the natural world. Even when the weather report cooperates it doesn’t necessarily mean that the weather will actually follow suit. For our short weekend field trip for the SLCC Nature Photography class we had hoped for a beautiful sunset, crystal clear night skies, and a glorious sunrise. Instead we got a sunset that was consumed by the shadow of giants, a hazy night sky, and an overcast sunrise. Disappointing to some, but full of possibilities for those of us who have trained our vision to see…

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Slowing Down

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The one thing I have noticed with the proliferation of the digital medium is what I refer to as “good enough” syndrome. We snap, snap, snap without even thinking and enjoying that which lies before us. The internal dialog may go something like this, “Should I snap it? I don’t know if it is really that great of a shot. What am I thinking, it’s digital.” Snap. Snap. Snap. And we head home with a massive collection of digital data, most of which will serve only to hog space on our hard drive. Consequently, that one great shot, may be easily…

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The Artist Statement

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I recently attended the Mountain West Art Conference and one of the workshops that was particularly helpful was “Know Thyself! Crafting and Engaging Artist Statement”. So here are a few tips for those who are undergoing the difficult task of writing up your artist statement: Describe WHO you are, WHAT you are, WHEN you are, WHERE you are from, and WHY you are Write about what you believe to be true about your work Avoid excessive use of the thesaurus. It’s hard to effectively communicate with words whose definitions you are unsure of. No more than a page. And with…

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