Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Living in the Clouds

Ok...so...my biz partners often tease that they bring me back to reality because I do tend to be overly optimistic about projects and things and in all honesty they are optimists too and I love that. I love living that way.

Although recently I've realized that I've possibly spent a bit too much time trying to convince people of how great it is to live this way and not enough time growing with and enjoying people who are already live this way. I'm not into the debates and unfortunately there are some people who will not choose this way of living and when I'm around them a lot I see how it affects my own attitude and my own life. So I decided to make an immediate change in who I spend time with and where my thoughts go.

The last couple of nights I've gotten into bed and started laughing because of how excited I am about life and how surreal my life feels. I think it feels this way because I'm consciously making the effort and taking the time to grow and focus on how I can make positive changes in my own life and hopefully in others lives as well.



This morning I woke up quite literally in the clouds. Can you believe how beautiful this is. My house is just above the layer of fog that rolls into Santa Barbara sometimes and it feels like heaven.

20 comments:

Nathan Sawatzky Photography said...

Beautiful DJ...I'm so happy that God is blessing you so richly for being such a blessing to so many other people!

Rodolfo Arpia said...

Man, this is insanely beautiful... I gotta leave the San Gabriel Valley... I'm convinced.

You and people like you literally changed my life not long ago... I'm still in the process of adjusting my attitude towards a lot of things but I feel many many times better than the way I felt a little over a year ago. I don't think you remember one of my first post on OSP but it was titled "A blessing in disguise...?", well, it was ;-)

As I embark on this new journey of sharing what works for me I'm starting to feel what you describe and it's really weird, fortunately the positive beats the negative ALL the time.

Keep living in the clouds. Cheers!

Jasmine said...

Note to Self : Move to Santa Barbara ASAP.

Shannon McFarland said...

You are such an inspiration!!!!! Keep living in the clouds, & don't let the negative bring you down...AT ALL!!!! Go to bed laughing every night, & wake with a smile of anticipation & excitement of what the day will bring....EVERY SINGLE DAY!!!

STEVE DePINO said...

DJ your place rocks

Shannon said...

gorgeous! I cannot wait to come visit :)

Daniel J. Watkins said...

That's awesome. You have been tremendously blessed and you also a very humble person -- a great combination! :)

Daniel J. Watkins said...

"are"

(I'm always leaving out words...dang ADD...)

Emmanuel Spéciale said...

Génial ! C'est Superbe !

Ginger Murray said...

Optimist = perfect trait for an entrepreneur! You have to have to think positively about the huge ideas you get, otherwise, they wouldn't happen! Sounds like you and your business partners are a perfect balance for each other. Isn't that awesome that God created so many different gifts so that when we work together, amazing things happen?

I woke UP laughing the other day...
I had a dream that I attended one of your seminars of some sort and I apparently left to use the restroom at the time you took a photo of the crowd (like you do), and I got back and I was like, "WHAT? He already took it??" I was pretty downtrodden about that (in my dream). So I woke up and giggled about how silly that was. Those freedom club videos have me thinking big, even in my sleep, thanks to you:) You are affecting lives in a positive way, no doubt.

documentit said...

The bigger they get, the harder and faster they fall. With every quick rise comes a correction eventually.

Ginger Murray said...

For the optimist, a couple optimistic quotes:
Psalm 1:1-3.
Joshua 1:8.

You are a blessing who is being blessed.

Megan Stichter said...

dang, didn't even notice that this morning. don't have nearly as cool as view though... I am stuck looking AT the Riveria all day:)

place is looking amazing from the pictures!!

Nathan Sawatzky Photography said...

Thanks for the comments on my blog slideshow today, it really blessed me! Have a great week!

kennykimdotcom said...

Sigh... that view is gorgeous DJ. can't wait to visit again!

Michael Costa said...

Those clouds were amazing today!! I saw them this morning as I was taking my morning walk over the hill by my house that takes me to santa barbara city college. I usually have an awesome view of the ocean, but the clouds completely covered them up today!! :)

I feel really free too. Is it because Santa Barbara is the most awesome place in the world to live - or because our job as photographers rocks?? We're so blessed... :)

xo,
Anna

GARYFONG.COM said...

WOW is that where the poker table was? That room has changed so much! It looks awesome!

David BRENOT said...

Beautiful DJ, you leave in a fly ???
today time is the same one at home, but I am the clouds below ;-)

Jill Higgins Photography said...

I feel like I live such a blessed life too. And I have to say that part of that is due to photography and the joy that it brings me and the freedom that is has already provided me. Thank you DJ for starting OSP - it has been a blessing.

Ruby said...

ibDave, Love your attitude towards life! And btw, that view from your home is gorgeous. :)