Create a life of inspiration.

The best thing for me to do is forget about my need for inspiration and go out and live a little more. Get uncomfortable. Live some other art. Travel. Walk the earth and get into adventures. I believe pretty strongly that this sort of thing comes from deep inside. So it requires some shake-up. Ironically, for me, getting inspired is ultimately about forgetting about looking for inspiration, because in that mode, you’re always judging. And when you’re judging, you’re not nearly as open to some inspiration that might crack you upside the head. Escape and engage.
—  Chase Jarvis

If the way can be deviated from, it is not the true way.


How To Make Your Dream Come True

What does your success mean to you and what are you willing to do to get it? Are you prepared to embark on the life-long journey to acquire that which you seek? Or do you like the romantic idea of telling yourself you have a dream and “one day” you’ll make it happen.

You might be able to fool everyone else into thinking that you’re working but the universe knows energy - not words. If you actually want it - you have to put in the work, the time, the dedication and the hustle. That means staying up 1 more hour when you want to sleep, missing out on social events & “chilling”.

If you want it that badly - it won’t matter what “everyone else” is doing because you know what you want and you’re not willing to stop until you get it. This is how the billionaires and pro athletes got to where they are - they worked and never stopped.

There are 2 main things I’ve learned along my success journey: 1 - you can always work more and 2 - you can always learn more. When you know these to be true nothing else gets in the way of your success because you know the journey of growth is never-ending.

Tony Robbins, Gary Vaynerchuk, Tim Feriss, Chase Jarvis, Lewis Howes, Elliott Hulse, Tai Lopez, Roberto Blake, Evan Carmichael - these guys have put in the work for decades to get to the top of their industries. Your idea of success may not be theirs - but their lifestyles definitely translate to all of our journeys when trying to be successful.

If you want that dream to become reality ask yourself one question - am I working enough to create the success I want? If you have time to compare yourself to others or time to be bored or worse - time to complain - your dream is going to stay in your mind and never become a reality.

Actions make the dream a reality.

Peace & positive vibes. 


Chase Jarvis must be my favorite, inspirational contemporary photographer if not all time favorite. The way he works with his models and and his outlook on life is truly inspirational. take for example this video of Chase having to use a Lego camera instead of a DSLR he take it in his stride and is constantly up beat about any difficulty.


Chase Jarvis, Lego Camera - DigitalRev TV. (2011) Uploaded by DigitalRevCom. [Youtube] Available from: <> [Accessed 10 February 2013].

05. Capture

Find your thing and do that thing better than anybody else does that thing even if you think that thing has no value because I promise you that it does. And I promise you that other people will see this value too. [Chase Jarvis]

I promised a friend once that I’d make her something nice. She celebrated her birthday two weeks ago and I thought it would be the perfect time. I know it’s late, but a promise is a promise. I hope she likes it!


ShieldShock One Shot- “’cause you matter


Darcy’s expression was a mix of awkward shyness and flirtatious pride as she turned his way and put one hand on her bare, cocked hip. “Well, hey there, Cap.” She waved to dissipate lingering smoke and forced herself still.  Hiding would feel cowardly, however unexpected and semi-public this situation was.

While they’d been seeing each other for a little over a month, and had perfected the passionate art of making out as they inched maddeningly closer, Steve hadn’t seen her… naked…. until now.  

Steve scanned the astrophysics lab, breathlessly seeking the source of the explosion that had ripped through the lab floor seconds earlier. He’d raced there and slammed the door to pieces while suspended in a state of horror and heartbreak.  Curtains were gone, allowing more light than usual to shine into the space and the wafting smoke.  Cloth that had covered the seats on Jane’s stool  and Darcy’s desk chair were gone. Smoke stained the ceiling (something he wished more rare), and both women had windblown hair and stood there naked as the day they’d been born. 

Seeing no apparent danger, he forced himself to meet Darcy’s eyes.  “What happened?  I heard…”  He was proud that his voice didn’t betray his emotions. Terror and adrenaline settled as other feelings began to rise. Darcy’s lush, dreamy curves were nearly enough to bring him to his knees.  It took Herculean effort not to babble.  His mouth had gone dry and his fingers itched to explore her soft strength- even as his heart rate settled almost back to normal.

Chin up, she padded closer.  “Jane…”  Darcy glanced towards the corner of the room where Jane Foster hid behind a file cabinet and waved at them, “apparently did something wrong in her calculations and exploded our clothes and stuff.”  Her lips shifted to a pout a piece of metal underwire clattered to the floor in front of her feet.  “Damn it, Jane!  That was my favorite bra.”

A meek, “sorry” drifted across the room.

Steve protested in darkly-amused mock horror, “not the black lace!”

Darcy nodded mournfully, “yep.  You seemed to like it last week, so I wanted to wear it for our date tonight.  I hoped it might finally look good on your floor.” She fluttered her lashes playfully.  

Steve swallowed hard as he stared at the forlorn piece of metal.  He let out a harsh breath and blushed mightily. “It would’ve.”  Will crumbling, his gaze traveled heatedly up her legs… and further.  His breath caught audibly. “So beautiful, Darcy.”

Darcy’s lips curved to a smirk as he crossed to her and his fingers curled over her naked hip and around her shoulders to pull her against him. He uttered a wanting noise in the back of his throat.  She felt then that he was trembling, so she shushed him, soothing, “Hey!  It’s okay.”

His voice was thick with emotion.“That explosion… I was scared I’d lost you.”  His long lashes brushed against his reddened cheeks. “I don’t want to lose you, don’t want to lose our chance.  I’m crazy about you. I’ve been taking things slow ‘cause you matter.  But now, I want to stop taking it slow… ‘cause you matter. I’m sorry if that’s inappro…”

Darcy put a finger to his lips, nodded, and hummed softly as she leaned up to nuzzle his neck and jaw with her nose and then kiss Steve on the lips. “Don’t apologize. Good thinking. Jane’s gonna let me have the afternoon off now, aren’t you, Jane?  Steve- go get us lab coats next door and then you and I can go to my place while Jane obsesses over what went wrong.”

Steve kissed Darcy hard and did as he was told so quickly that she laughed with delight and turned to her friend.  “Okay, boss lady.  You’re forgiven.  I’m gonna have JARVIS chase you out of here in a few hours.  Remember to eat and sleep later.  I’m taking tomorrow off, too.”

Steve was back, tossing a lab coat to Jane and wrapping Darcy in the other as he pulled her against him.  “Good thinking, Sweetheart.”  He hugged her again.  “I’m so grateful that you’re okay.”  His mouth snapped shut, wanting to save other words for a more private and relaxed moment.

Mischief gleamed in Darcy’s expression.  “You should probably check me over carefully, just to make sure.”  She wriggled against him.

He grinned and hugged her more tightly.  “Thoroughly.”

As Jane buttoned her lab coat and waved them out, Darcy laughed and kissed Steve again. “Thoroughly sounds good.”


10 Things Successful People Don’t Do

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The best way to cultivate success in your life is to observe how the people who you look up to live, act, and handle their own lives. Studying the habits of successful people helps us follow the same path for our own version of success.

Success comes in many forms and doesn’t equate to just money — these successful traits and habits can translate over into any pursuit that you want to thrive in.

The first step in becoming successful is to find someone who’s already successful on a similar path. As an example, I follow a few individuals for guidance on success: Gary Vaynerchuk, who in five years, took his family business from $3 million to $60 million a year in revenue; and Chase Jarvis, who created the world’s largest online teaching platform for creative skills (Creative Live).

All successful people maintain the mindset that being successful is a marathon and not a sprint.

We’re all aware of certain habits and tendencies that successful people share, but what about the things that successful people don’t do? These things can be very revealing about how we conduct our own lives and path to success — do you do the things listed below? Read on to find out …

Here are 10 things that successful people don’t do:

1. They don’t speak negatively

Whether it’s about themselves or their competition, successful people stay determined on all levels. You’re only as powerful as your thoughts, so it pays to stay upbeat, positive, and motivated in not only the words you speak, but in the thoughts you think. The most successful people have a killer sense of self-awareness and personal empowerment — because if you can’t be your biggest fan, why would anyone else want to?

2. They don’t allow for distractions

Success is largely based on the amount of time you put into your craft, because anything that distracts you from putting in the hours will prevent you from reaching your goal. Successful people understand that their craft is the priority and make arrangements to ensure they aren’t distracted — whether that’s muting your cell phone notifications or scheduling a set time for meetings, phone calls, etc.

3. They don’t forget appointments

From checking email, work hours, time on social media, and even down to taking a shower — everything is scheduled. If you feel overwhelmed by your workload and you aren’t getting enough done, dedicate a block of time to one task. Writing down and scheduling out your daily to-do’s will help you feel more organized, which in turn will reduce stress and help you feel more productive and capable of reaching your goals.

4. They don’t watch what others do

Successful people are focused on what they are trying to build — they keep their eye on the prize. When you watch the competition, you playing the comparison game instead of focusing on your own unique path to success. And when you try to emulate what others are doing, you risk losing your originality. Successful people follow their own intuition and stick to what feels right for them, regardless of what other people think or say.

5. They don’t live on social media

Social media is great and can be used for networking and growing your brand — but it can quickly become a major distraction and time drain. Successful people know the difference between using social media effectively vs. endlessly scrolling through feeds to make themselves feel busy.

6. They don’t complain

Complaining indicates that the individual has time on their hands and in a successful person’s life there is no such thing as “free time.” Therefore, if you want to be successful, check yourself. Are you complaining? If so, see that you could be using that time to change your situation instead of reinforcing the idea of how bad it is. The universe is always responding to what you are putting out — if you complain about your life, you will be given more to complain about.

7. They don’t fall out of balance

Balancing your work time with downtime is essential to avoid burn-out. Of course, there is always more work that can be done, but it’s important to acknowledge that you need time to step back and decompress. Down-time is important to reconnect with yourself — whether it’s exercise or rest, or a weekend away. Maintaining a strong work/life balance is a great way to avoid burn-out and stay motivated.

8. They don’t focus on lack

Successful people are grateful for what they have and practice gratitude to attract more of what they have into their lives, as opposed to focusing on what they don’t have and wishing they had more. It is imperative to your success that you practice gratitude throughout your journey so you stay positive, motivated, and also able to recognize (and celebrate!) all that you have to be grateful for.

9. They don’t skip celebrating

Successful people understand the importance of celebrating small victories. When we’re first starting out on our journey, it’s easy to want to jump ahead the end results or the final outcome. Yet this sets unrealistic expectations which in turn increase our risk of feeling defeated. Instead, map out your goal for success one manageable step at a time. Once you accomplish a step, take time to celebrate your success! Then move on to the next step feeling capable, confident, and ready to take it on.

10. They don’t give up

Successful people only became successful because they refused to give up on their dream. They got to where they are by being resilient — this means pushing forward despite not seeing any immediate results. This means doing the same thing day in and day out without losing enthusiasm or needing to see some short-term gain (revisit #9). This means keeping the mindset that being successful is a marathon and not a sprint.

Here’s a bonus tip — successful people know that there is no such thing as an overnight success. They know it takes time and dedication to get to where they want to be and they keep this in mind when they are hustling while others are partying. Thank you for reading and we hope you’ve found some value here and that these tips help you along your journey to success.

Peace & positive vibes.

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