Day Off

When James asked me if I wanted to go Kayaking on my day off, it sounded more like work to me. I’ve never been the out door person but he kept instigating it would be fun.

coffee The beginning of any good trip start with coffee. There’s this little place in Newport called Alta, probably the best coffee in town. Newport is always very chill and no one seems to be working. This is the best place for a workaholic to relax.

Kayaking  When we made our way to kayak I was a little worried it would be a lot of physical work. The guys joked that Gus would be the one doing all the work but I knew I could keep up if I tried. I found being out in the water was very relaxing, looking at the blue sky, hearing the birds.

food After, we cleaned up and asked the owners of the kayaking company where there is a good place to eat, they recommended Eat Chow. We figured we would try something new and check out this new place.

the beach  After we drove around town to  Huntington Beach and walked around. It seemed like everyone in town was outside enjoying the sun too.

shopping  Since we live about 40 miles away from the beach we knew that traffic was going to be bad. We hung out and shopped a little at The Lab. They have cute vintage stores and of course an Urban.

Days off – they’re the greatest! Now back to work 🙂

Australian & New Zealand travels

A dream of mine for years was to go to Bible College in Texas.  After things didn’t work out because of finances I went to design school and studied video editing and graphic design.  Even in the midst of my new-found passion as an artist, I still never forgot my desire to go to Bible College.

After much exposure to some of Hillsong United DVD’s that documented a youth movement in Sydney, Australia, I began to do research. Turns out it was not only an amazing church but a Bible College that offered a course in TV and Media.  It was the perfect place for me.

There I met some amazing people and had some great opportunities. I volunteered for their large conferences as a camera person and assistant. The moment they found out I had some background in video editing and design I was asked to be apart of the youth video team.  There I became a faithful volunteer and later was asked to do some paid jobs for albums and weekly church services. This is my demo reel of the work I did. Things were making sense as to why God had me wait things out and go to school first.  My passion + my faith and love for Him was going to come together for my = destiny.

Almost 3 years later since I called New South Whales home, my life has changed and I have grown dramatically as a person.  I recently went back for a visit. Here is a video I edited together of some of the fun moments I had with my Australian and New Zealand Friends.

In New Zealand, it felt like time stopped. I no longer could hear the clock ticking. We came across the most amazing greenhouse at one of the museum.

When we were out getting lunch I found a little book store which had the most unique books I ever came across. If I was alone I would have spent a few hours in this used book store. Looking through all the rows of books I found a book of poems that caught my attention, I knew this would be perfect for my collection.

The best part of going back and visiting friends was seeing how much they changed and grew. I was also able to see how far I came along, and how much this place was no longer home for me.

On the last day I went to the Harbor and said good bye to the beautiful city, I knew I wouldn’t see it again for a very long time.