eaten alive or not

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So, how many of you watched Discovery’s Eaten Alive two-hour special on Sunday night? As I am sure it was only a handful, I will give you a brief recap. This nature documentary had a  special focused on an expedition by wildlife author and conservationist Paul Rosolie in a remote location of the Amazon rainforest to locate a green anaconda named “Chumama”, which is believed to be the world’s biggest. The special was also to feature Rosolie “entering the body”, hence the name of the show: EATEN ALIVE, of an anaconda by intentionally feeding himself to it—protected with a custom-designed suit.

You might be able to tell through my distressed attitude that Rosolie in fact, was not ingested. Now, I am not saying he didn’t try, it was pretty evident from the footage that he tried, but with a name like Eaten Alive I want to see some action. Myself along with, dare I say it, thousands of people lost total faith in Discovery.

Sorry for the spoiler alert, but there was not eating going on during this series. Rosolie made sure the viewers were invested in the Amazon, his team and the anaconda but I think he forgot about himself. Rosolie took the bullet and didn’t think about his career and what this was going to mean for him once the show aired.

Let me leave you with this quote Rosolie said in an interview with NJ Advance Media, “I don’t care if you’re upset I didn’t get eaten by (an) anaconda. A, I tried, and B, there’s a chance for me to do work with the Discovery Channel and bang my drum about the dangers [to the Amazon], and I’ll do that.” Now knowing that, at the end of the day do you respect Rosolie more for taking this opportunity? Do you have less respect for Discovery for leading us on?

the most wonderful time

#SharkWeek

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I feel like I shouldn’t have to explain what Shark Week is, but I will for those of you who live under a rock. Shark Week is an annual week long programming block on Discovery Channel which features shark based programming. It originally premiered shark-week-245x300on July 17, 1988. Held annually, normally in July or August, Shark Week was originally developed to raise awareness and respect for sharks. It is the longest-running cable television programming event in history. The coolest part about Shark Week is everyone gets into it and the programming is always news.

Elle offers the chicest choices for dressing for Shark Week and bar’s participate in special promotions as well. If you are a shark lover like me, this week is not different from how you live the other 51 weeks of the year, but for some reason it is. To me, Shark Week is about the awareness rather than the hype. Enjoy this week and watch a little promo about sharks, you might learn something.

magic

will happen

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If you read one thing today, I hope it is this. I hope the following picture really hits you hard. I hope this photo grabs you at the shoulder and shakes you. I hope this is your wake up call.

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We are given the opportunity at one life, make it magical. Remember, life begins at the end of your comfort zone.

exploration & discovery

amount of a full life

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Matt asked me to write a guest blog about traveling. I couldn’t be happier to do so, because traveling is thrilling. The chance to travel, I will always jump at. I carry my passport and have the essentials on me at all times. If an opportunity rises where I could leave the country this moment, or get in a car and go—I would do it. I don’t want anything holding me back. If an adventure is involved, count me in.

With a huge international trip on my horizon and at my fingertips—this is a huge challenge for me to write about. The cursor is blinking at me, taunting me because nothing can keep me sane much longer. I need to get on that plane and I need to go. My production levels are plummeting, and I am sure that is evident to everyone, I digress.

Traveling, it’s one of the most thrilling things we have the opportunity to do as humans. Exploring and going on adventures are an incredible part of our lives. Traveling is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.  Traveling makes you challenge yourself, and it pushes you to your limits. It gets you out of your comfort zone, and gives you perspective. Whether you are traveling for education, long lasting relationships, to see the sites, learn a language and/or taste food you’ve never dreamed of, you will have a new experience along the way.

The travel bug has always been with me. Ever since I was a kid I loved exploration and adventure, I would stay out late, read books and ask millions of questions. I was thirsty. Nothing seemed to help quench my thirst. I wanted more. I knew the only thing that could truly quench my thirst was discovery. I needed to discover things; it didn’t matter if it was a new cuisine, new people, architecture, or stories.

I love being submersed in a new culture. Being in a new place is totally different than seeing it in pictures, or learning about it. Just like you can read about ­­­___(fill in the blank here)__, or talk to people about it—it is far from the same as the experience. Once you experience it, it has a personal meaning and it changes you. It changes who you are. When you are hiking on The Great Smoky Mountains, dipping your toes in the Adriatic Sea, or standing in the Sistine Chapel, you are filled with wonder. You are filled with awe. The moment is absolutely captivating and it’s unexplainable. The moment gives you perspective on your place in the world. Sure, you feel infinitesimally small, yet at the very same time, you are an irreplaceable part of something so much greater than your ego (which is hard for me to grasp).

My friends, traveling isn’t always fun or easy, but it’s worth it. We spend 12 hours lost in the Louvre, countless dives at the Great Barrier Reef, and the view from the top of the Empire State Building is breathtaking—these are the moments that lost luggage, an overbooked hostel, a lost car reservation and a delayed flight are totally worth it. We travel because we need to, because the distance and difference are the secret tonic of creativity. When we get home, home is still the same (and it always will be). But something in our mind has been changed, and that changes everything.

I leave you with this, go at least once a year to a place you have never been before.