Thank you, Aspen

Snow in the spring?!

Yes, snow in the spring.

As someone born in April, I’ve become accustomed to experiencing rain during my birthday. It’s never bothered me because, well, it’s spring and everyone knows that “April showers, bring May flowers”. Though, for the past few years, I’ve opted for locales that experience little rain and have more sunshine to offer.

However, this year, I’ve challenged myself to break away from the familiar and step forward into the unknown. Uncertainty used to scare me because well, it’s unpredictable. But, having grown more spiritually, I’ve accepted that all of life is uncertain. Nothing is ever guaranteed and that can be a beautiful thing.  Having said as much, this year, I decided to enjoy my “Earth Day” in Aspen, Colorado. I’ve been to Park City, Utah a couple times and absolutely loved it. It’s something special about scenic mountains, small shops, and wildlife. Aspen has always been on my radar and this past week was a full circle moment for me. Not only did powder white snow cascade from the sky and create one of the most picturesque landscapes I’d ever seen, having my loved ones with me, made the experience even more worthwhile.

Life is precious and yes, sometimes the downs feel horrible, but whenever you have an up, I know that it has to be savored. I love that I can look back a few years and could only dream of experiencing the things I do now. Staying committed to your path and trusting yourself to navigate through your obstacles and find your way, is audacious.

Aspen, thank you for your majestic beauty, positive vibes, and warmth. We felt the love.

Until next time,

Von

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Rest Easy, Zeke

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There are no words that I can offer your mom to make this day feel any better. I pray for her, and that even in this shocking moment, she’s able to find peace, comfort, and the solace that she needs.

Zeke, you inspire me.

May you have a smooth transition into the afterlife. Watch over your mom. Rest, easy young fellow.

Von

2017 Reflections

This has been one adventure filled year. From roaming the streets of Paris, sipping Iceland’s waterfall water, and getting my #splish on at Afro Punk, it’s been one wild and spontaneous ride.

I have traveled more this year, than I ever have in my life. Toward the last couple months of the year, I was literally flying from one coast to another. Sometimes for business, other times for pleasure. Traveling has always been something that I enjoy because it allows for me to experience new cultures, foods, and sights that aren’t as readily available in my own backyard.

Additionally, I’ve done a ton of spiritual work this year. One of the things that has been tremendous in my development, is being more thankful. You’d be surprised how well you can condition yourself to look for the good in life, when you practice it daily. I’ve kept a glass jar, filled with notes about different things that I am appreciative for having. Tomorrow, on New Years Eve, I will take some time and read and reflect on them.

Dueces 2017.

Upward.

Onward.

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Have a Safe Halloween

Today, marks the first day in my life, where I will actually be dressing up for Halloween. Growing up, it was forbidden in my household because we were devout Christians and this day wasn’t one that we really acknowledge.

Tonight, I’ll be dressing as one of my favorite legends, Rick James.  I’ve decided to don his attire as a symbol of recognition for his unwavering contributions to music, daring fashion style, and that fact that Rick James was unfuckwitable. He had a touch of confidence that would not relent, even under the scrupulous headlines and lack of true recognition that he deserved for his artistic contributions.

I’ve always gravitated toward the counter culturists, because deep down, I’m one. We don’t defy the standards set by society just for the sake of doing so, but from my perspective, we do it because we don’t feel liberated by following the crowd. The beat of our drum, just sounds too good to ignore.

Cheers to new memories, good friendships, and new experiences.

Be safe and enjoy your Halloween.