Life Lessons


The Road is Freedom

Posted on September 4, 2014

  The beauty of the American Road Trip is that there's no wrong way to do it. At the age of 18, my first road trip became a milestone of independence and a right of passage. Over the years, the road trips I've taken have led me down a more spiritual path--one rooted in the idea of chasing the important things in life--inspiration, humbleness, and contentment. For me, the road is more than packed dirt, paint, asphalt, and ...

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Why Camping is Good for the Soul

For what it's worth, I considered simply writing, "Because S'mores." and calling it a day on this post. In hindsight, that may have been a smart move considering it's taken me two months to hit publish. Let's face it, we take nature for granted. I'm sure at one time or another, we've all thought something along these lines: Nature is, like, always going to be there. Plus, I follow some awesome photographers on Instagram so it's like I'm ...

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How to Tackle Your First Year of Photography

A friend from New Jersey asked if I could give her some advice about getting into photography. She had a few questions and wanted to hear from someone who had already gone through the experience of starting a photography business. Our conversation follows:   Nicole: Zackie! I have a question for you about photography. Is it difficult getting into photography? Understanding the cameras and all the photography gear seems like a ...

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3 More Things Creatives Can Learn From Athletes

Last Friday, I briefly recapped Dr. Bhrett McCabe's talk for the AAF Birmingham January Luncheon about the similarities between creatives and athletes, and importance of preparation and finding your flow. Despite the ideas being relatively topical, each piece can be broken down and analyzed. I highly recommend taking sufficient time to process and figure out if and how it can apply to your own life. I found these next few ideas extremely ...

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Making Time for Bigger Things and Finding Purpose

Yep, this post is about two weeks past due. As part of my 'things to work on in 2013' series, I decided to spice up the list with a controversial topic. I'm 25 and spiritually blind. Actually, blind probably isn't the right way to phrase it. I'm more put-off by religion than anything else. Religion in Alabama is a completely different animal. To understand, and as many of you already know, I'm from New Jersey where, in many areas, ...

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