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why would you go to mars?

Legacy, Abandonment & Giving Up

Mars One is a non-profit organization with the goal to establish a permanent human settlement… on Mars. In 2018, they are sending their first unmanned mission, and in 2024 they are planning on sending 4 people every year. Even more, they are now running a contest to identify the first 4 people to send. This is what the mini-documentary above explores.

What is so fascinating to me is the WHY? behind each person’s explanation. Of the people interviewed in the documentary, you hear a spectrum of reasoning. One person wants to leave a legacy, another it’s a further exploration of freedom, and yet another is ready to throw in the towel on the current situation on planet earth. The gravity of this situation is so intense because this opportunity to go to Mars is a ONE-WAY ticket. These people will never return.

When asked if people who are willing to do this are “crazy”, one contestant responded in the following manner…

“Define crazy. Crazy is the unfamiliar. Crazy is the different person. What is crazy for people?
For me… my sister is crazy for having her dream to be to have kids and have a husband and grow up and die.”

We all have a unique set of influences that formulate our decision-making and rationale. I think a good way to understand what yours is about is to ask yourself the question… Why or why not would you make the decision to go to Mars and never return?


If your conclusion is to go to Mars, you can apply to be one of the Mars One Astronauts HERE

mars one astronauts

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left roasters coffee

left roasters

I recently crossed paths with my friend Propaganda — hip hop artist / coffee aficionado. Scratch that.. his love for coffee has actually advanced him far beyond the “aficionado” status to now being an authority. He along with his business partners have started Left Roasters – a high-end coffee roastery leveraging direct trade coffee to make the best blends.

If you’ve followed this blog for any length of time you know that people pursuing their passions and chasing their dreams is the greatest source of my inspiration. I just ordered my first bag and I can’t wait to receive it.


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travel diary: big sur, ca

Amy and I celebrated 6 years (SIX YEARS!) of marriage the end of August and we generally like to commemorate our anniversaries with a trip, because why not? This year we flew up to San Francisco, rented a car and drove the awe-inspiring Highway 1 the entire way home to Newport Beach, CA.

I had driven this glorious stretch of coastal roads just once before in the the opposite direction, but it was a first for my wife. Thanks to suggestions from a lot of really great friends (and some random Facebook commentators) we had plenty to do and see. A few of the highlights:

I highly recommend a visit to the area if you’ve never been.












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big wednesday at the point

(via Almond Surfboards)

Newport Beach, CA – August 27, 2014

Last Wednesday (why is it always “Big Wednesday”?) saw one of the biggest swells Newport Beach has experienced in the last 20 years. Aside from the sheer size of waves, the more exciting part proved to be their shape and ride-ability – leaving some to draw comparisons with Pipeline in Hawaii.

While I can’t speak to it’s relativity to the world renowned break on the north shore of Oahu, I can tell you that my wife and I watched from the beach on Wednesday morning, jaws dropped. It was one of the most impressive swells I have ever seen, and it instilled in us a further appreciation for where we live, as well as a healthy fear of the power Mother Nature holds.

Thanks to Thomas Green for capturing this Big Wednesday at the Point in Newport Beach.

big wednesday at the point

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vsco x krochet kids intl.

Building something beautiful together.

Last week at Krochet Kids intl. we released a limited-edition collection of beanies with the company that makes one of my favorite apps – Visual Supply Co. (VSCO). Most people know them for their digital tools that make your Instagram photos look amazing (even when you’re not a great photographer, like myself) and their ubiquitous hashtag #VSCOcam.

Over the last year, I have got to know another side of this San Francisco based start-up. This is a group of people who are truly committed to a vision that is far beyond photography or its supportive digital tools. They are about honoring artists, and they don’t take HONOR lightly. One manifestation of this is their Artist Initiative, where they have pledged $1 million to fund artists and their creative projects.

Similarly, in our VSCO x Krochet Kids intl. collaboration they did an amazing job honoring the women we work with in Peru and highlighting their stories. If there is something that I respect, it is brands (or people for that matter) who know themselves and are committed to standing for something bigger than their personal gain. I think this is why we got along so well.

Keep an eye out for more to come from this partnership and start using VSCO now if you are not already. In my opinion, this is a company worth backing.


VSCO x Krochet Kids intl.

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