Just over the cliff in Santa Barbara

“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.”  – Joseph Campbell

There are a few of you out there that know what I mean. I can see it written between the lines in your Facebook posts, Flickr streams, and Twitter feeds. There seems to be a great pilgrimage to happiness going on all around me…..and I like it.

Trust me, its easy to get caught up on the wheel. The treadmill, the hampster wheel, the rut…..whatever you prefer to call it. Its easy to get on (or in) it. I know it well. In the never ending pursuit of “stuff”, we can easily get sucked into this endless cycle. Lived it for a few years. Not a fun place to hang out for to long. The real trick is how to get out!

Here’s an image I created from one of those little journeys “out” for me. After an event we were illuminating in California, I decided to head off where the wind took me ….. to follow my own bliss and bring back a part of the beauty I found as I captured a bit of the California Coast. This was from just over the cliff at the Bacara Resort we were working at. Looks like I didn’t have to journey too far!

I was listening to a recording of a call between Brendon Burchard and Paolo Coelho last night. Paulo has a new book coming out about his recent trip on the Siberian Rail. His story is quite fascinating. Did you know that he didn’t even wright his epic book called the Alchemist (a MUST read) till he was into his 40’s? They touched on following your bliss for a while and I could relate of course.

There are those times that its easy to get lost. In a good way I mean. Playing with your kids (or dog), painting, traveling, photographing, connecting with a friend, researching a marketing strategy, reading a good book…….when time means nothing and you are living….following your bliss. If you are lucky, these times can happen when you are working too. After all, you spend so much of your waking hours in the pursuit mentioned above, it would be a shame not to marry the two.  In fact, I was just talking to my daughter about this the other day. To at least find small pockets of this blissfulness in your work is a must. Of course, I don’t think she really gets it yet. I hope it sinks in though……

I’ve been pretty lucky for the most part to have found a place to enjoy this bliss in my own carreer. Sure, it got a little unbalanced for a while, but I think I am back on track. Getting my own company back on a “seasonal” track and focused on a “project based” business model was what I always intended it to be….thus allowing me to create in a few other areas of my life “outside” of the special events space.

Finding those moments of bliss……where time has no meaning…..is worth looking for. Having spent several summers backpacking Europe in my mid 20’s, I think I was tuned into that. I may not have known it at the time, but I was definitely tuned in.

In this age of social media, I must say that it’s great to see so many understanding this basic concept of life…..to enjoy the journey. My Facebook stream is full of positive people embracing change in their life to follow dreams, pursuits, and passions that may have for one reason or another, been shelved for a while. The artwork I see shared on a daily basis on my Flickr stream is a great example of  the creative spirit at work. The clips shared by so many on Youtube and Vimeo are but a small slice of the beauty that surrounds all of us.

I’d like to share a clip now and then from some of these artists at work as they work as they live their dreams bringing back some of the beauty that really does surround us all (if you take the time to stop and look for it.




Time Escape from Eric Kessler on Vimeo.

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