So, I set the intention of being a supportive, positive, motivated, energetic, passionate pixel to make inspiring imagery with all those I come in contact with directly, & indirectly by those who come into contact with somebody or something I've touched & changed - by land on an adventure, by flow in the ocean or in the mountains, or by hand as we lead each other through this journey of life.
It seems that I am way too often pulled into clutter; whether it’s mentally or physically. I live in a glamorous, busy city and work in a fast-paced job. My mind is constantly yanked in every direction, at every single minute. It rarely ever gets a chance to rest. Finding and keeping simplicity amidst it all feels like a war on my curious and easily distracted mind.
The place that is known for being one of the most dangerous in the third most populous metropolis of Brazil, is changing. Pedreira Prado Lopes – the first slum of Belo Horizonte, capital city of Minas Gerais State – famous for its drug dealing spots, is starting a new business. Pedreira Shopping Fair is a communitarian shopping mall aimed to give entrepreneurs an opportunity to thrive outside the criminal path.
Which is why it being imperative to see the little ways in which the sun reflects its happiness and changes the way it lights up your sky. Focus on one thing for as long as it marvels you, and when that becomes the “norm”, sit and watch closely again, close enough to find that little something else that simply amazes you as you’re allowed to be in its presence.
I, we, hear it all the time, "When I get promoted I'll be happy," "When I'm making more money things will be perfect," I just need a boyfriend and life will be sweet," "If I just lose 10kgs I'll be happy." But will you? Will you really? We live in this world kind of half here and half in the future, and that's probably putting it nicely, as for a lot of people life exists just over there, a week from now, a month, a year, not half the time but all the time.
Finding meaning, satisfaction and that thing, or things, that make our souls sing are crucially important for our health and happiness, but it can prove as difficult to find as the loch ness monster. We all crave a life that is engaged and vibrant, that is full of passion and fulfilment but how do we find it amongst all the noise?
Being present, and being able to relax free from distractions, is an amazing gift not only for ourselves but for others too. Being present in each moment allows us to be a better partner, friend, brother, sister, parent, teacher, coach, teammate and child. By exploring life it allows us to connect with ourselves and in turn foster a strong and robust relationship with ourselves.