Sunday, November 30, 2014

I WONDER AS I WANDER



i am tormented with an everlasting itch for things remote.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

LIFE LESSONS



men are meant to be more
than the shadows of each other




embrace it. change it. improve it. make your mark upon it.

my grandpa has always said,







i can feel life in my blood.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

LET'S DANCE



somehow i feel like this completely encapsulates an overwhelming number of the emotions currently present in my life.

intense frustration acts as a building block to arcane beauty.
chaotic choreography bred by mad motivation. 

hey life. let's dance.


Monday, September 22, 2014

WHEN I GET OLD



age isn't important. it's what you're doing at that age that's important.

i've done a lot of digging lately. not the kind that gets you dirty (although, if you aren't careful you can uncover things you meant to leave covered for good, and for good reasons, too.) but the kind that still gets you deep. and as you go deeper you begin realize that life, at it's base, when all of the dirt of the hole that now engulfs you is no longer obstructing your vision—

you realize that life is meant to be lived.

and that, with time, life will naturally bring you to live and experience new things. as time passes so do opportunities, experiences, music, art, films, jobs, books, and maybe a lover or two (if you get lucky.) so when i get old, not only do i want to look back and smile at where i've been, at what i've done, and at who i've become, but i want to be proud and optimistic of where i'm going, of what i'm about to do, and of the person who i'm becoming.

when i get old, i still want to be clay. all day.
for the rest of forever.


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

CHALK ART, FULL CIRCLE

So who wants to see what I've been up to lately? This was just about the biggest, funnest, most intense project I've ever worked on. And it was a blast! I had such a good time working on this with different stake leaders. It was done for the youth session of stake conference that I've been talking about. We filmed the whole thing with two different time lapses, an aerial drone, and had a few people on the ground taking shots. We're in the process of piecing the whole thing together into a 2 minute video that we'll have the youth share with friends across the world. Hopefully it will strike up a few conversations about the gospel! Check it out: 


































Here's the original finished art. I slaved over this thing during downtime! It says:

We believe...
...in second chances.
...that God still speaks to His children.
...that miracles still exist.
...that life has a purpose.
...that He lives!
...that we all make a difference.
...that our potential is limitless.

The idea was to share the major doctrines in simple statements that a majority of people could connect with and say, "me, too!" I'm really happy with how it turned out!

I've come to understand that when we use our God-given talents to accomplish his design, things just work. And they work beautifully! The best things we can do in life seem to revolve around the things that we're best at doing. And we're all the best at something in life. The trick is finding out what that is!

Elder Ellis