Why do we desire a path to run on?

I asked myself this question while I was on a run earlier this week, “Why do we deeply desire to be on a path?”

If you can picture this, I was running across a field in order to get to the hard mud path that everyone runs on. Here is an image to help you imagine what this scene looked like.

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I have never had such an intense desire to be on that warn down path before. I have run a lot at this place called the “Boulevard” and I will be honest, I usually dislike running on the path. There are so many roots and mud holes from all the wear and tear it receives from runners. I usually desire to run through the field, forging my own path and feeling like a true explorer, if I was to be honest. :)

Right now in life I desire for things to be known: my future, the job I will be doing once I graduate in two months, and to know the city my fiancé and I will be living in once we get married in less than three months. There are many questions a senior in college receives from friends and family and I have a deep desire to be able to answer those questions. I think by being on a path, one knows where to go. By being on a path one can see whats coming, maybe it’s a hill which are difficult, but you can prepare for them since you see them. One can also see the downhills, where you can gain speed and relax the body in order to prepare for the next part of the run.

I know I am speaking in a lot of symbolism right now, but God speaks to me in visuals. While I was finishing up my run I saw this scene.

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It was absolutely gorgeous. A bright, white tree shining in a forest that was so dead and dark. I later came upon a verse that perfectly describes this scene and my experience that day. It’s from Isaiah 42:16,

“I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.

Its moments like these that the Lord is screaming out to me and saying, “I love you son. Trust in me. Though you may be blind, I will guide you along a path that is already put down before. It is good, and it is for you Chase.”

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Fantastic Video Fridays: Episode 9

Hope you guys had a fantastic Thanksgiving and are overly stuffed from all the leftovers today, I know I sure am. Before you watch this video, make sure you are not hungry or about to eat because it has the potential to ruin your appetite, but it’s worth it. Just in a matter of 5 days it has accumulated over 650,000 views. Without further ado, here it is.

Why did it go viral?

Doritos has managed to produce some really great advertisements, especially for the Super Bowl, which is coming up very soon. They always manage to creatively throw in a lot of humor into their ads and this is the main reason this video has gone viral. People like to share funny videos via social media and Doritos has managed to push the limits on this video once again.

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Making Tough Decisions

You know those moments in your life where you feel like some decisions are just more important than others? Well I faced one of those decisions last week and have finally come to a decision. This decision was whether or not to continue on with offering videography for weddings.

If you know me at all you would know that I have a huge passion for videography. And so it only made since to start shooting weddings, because well lets be honest, if I could do something I love and have a pretty decent income at the same time, that’s not a bad option. I quickly realized this wasn’t true for this situation.  When I videographed my first wedding a few weeks ago, I was trying to convince myself that I really enjoyed it. Even a few weeks after the event, I was trying to say to myself, this is worth it, it’s videography and I love videography, so I have to love shooting weddings.

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I had this “aha moment” the other day while cramming for a final presentation in one of my classes. I love videography, but I don’t love wedding videography. I know your probably saying “that was your aha moment”? Sorry to disappoint in the simplicity of the answer, but I had somehow misguided myself from this truth. I realized that this statement is okay, it’s actually a really good thing for me.

So what I am getting at, is what simple truth in your life are you misguiding yourself from seeing?

For me, I want to live a life that does not lead me to do a job I am not passionate about and I almost made a huge mistake in going down that exact path because of the financial benefits wedding videography offered. I am not giving up the wedding industry all together because I still absolutely love photographing weddings, but as far as video goes, I am giving that part up.

Hope you have a great Thanksgiving!

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A Huge Announcement

Hey everyone! I just wanted to let you know that I just recently (last night) proposed to my girlfriend of 5 years and she said yes! We couldn’t be more excited and have been waiting for this day for a very long time. I promise there will be a time where we will tell the whole story in a just a few days but until then, enjoy a snapshot from last nights proposal.

Chase and Natalie Engagement

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Fantastic Video Fridays: Episode 8

I would say most people enjoyed the first movie of Anchorman, especially the character Ron Burgundy. It was an interesting idea by Conan O’Brien and his team to have Will Ferrell come on to the show and act as Ron Burgundy. Conan O’Brien has found great success in utilizing YouTube as a way to put highlights up from his show. This particular video has managed to receive over 700,00 views in less than 48 hrs. So here it is.

Why did it go viral?

This goes back to one of the reasons I said why Episode 4 went viral, and that was because of seasonality.  Due to Anchorman 2 coming out this Christmas, people are wanting to get their hands on as much information on this new movie as possible. The humor aspect of Will Ferrell also plays a huge role in why this video went viral. When anytime you can create a video that makes people laugh at their computer, it’s a job well done in my books.

Why do you think this video went viral? Let me know in the comments below. 

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Fantastic Video Fridays: Episode 7

Jean-Claude Van Damme is the star of Volvo’s new 10 series commercial for their all new Volvo FH trucks. Van Damme was the 6th episode of the entire season and has managed to top all of the previous videos. With the release on November 14th, the video has managed to receive over 8 million views in only 24 hours! So without further ado, here is the video.

Why did it go viral?

I think the main reason this video went viral is because of how unique it is. There is nothing else out there that can compare to this video. The location and music were also huge attributes into making this video go viral. Who would ever think about putting Enya’s song “Only Time” to this video. I would imagine this had to be an interesting conversation for someone to recommend to their boss, but it works really well for the overall feel of the video. Volvo has been quoted in saying that there were no wires or any kind of computer graphics during this stunt, which is simply amazing. My hat goes off to Volvo in creating such a unique approach in selling the new Volvo FH trucks.

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How to Have a Successful Blog

The fact of the matter is that we all want to be better bloggers. There is a very good chance that if you’re reading this post, you either have your own blog or wish you had one. The other day I read this crazy statistic that said WordPress has over 72 million blogs ever created. WordPress is a very popular site people use as a blogging platform.

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Just to let you understand that number a little bit more, the whole population of France in 2012 had only 65 million people. Needless to say, it may seem hard to get your blog to be the next big thing since there are so many out there, but here is my first advice, if that is your goal, please stop now. I know I jumped the gun on how to have a successful blog but this is where it all begins. Let’s get started with three unique ways you can create a successful blog.

1. Have a plan. 

There are too many people out their trying to create the next big blog. This isn’t a bad thing necessarily, but I can tell you that your already setting up your blog on the wrong step. Lets take a marathon for instance. You would never just show up on race day without training at all. Most people have some sort of training schedule to keep them on track in order to be able to run the marathon on race day. If you have never heard of the acronym S.M.A.R.T., you may want to start here in your goal setting. This acronym stands for:

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Your goal may be to have a million views by the end of the year on your blog, but if you have no plan on how to get there, it will be nearly impossible to reach that goal. That’s my first advice; have a specific plan for the growth of your blog.

2. Talk about things you enjoy.

If I created a blog on fashion, celebrity drama, or house decorating, I can tell you right now nobody would enjoy it. I mean maybe my mom would, but pretty much nobody else. I have very little interest in these topics, and for any writer it can be hard to write on topics you do not enjoy. If you can write about stuff your are passionate about, it will show through in your writing. Also, just be yourself in your writing. I hear it time and time again from bloggers that one of the biggest mistakes they made at first was that they weren’t themselves in their writing. Through this process they learned that once they started being themselves, their blog really started to flourish and it created more interactive readers on their blog.

3. Don’t let fear get in the way of your writing.

This is a big one for some of you out there. Even I have to admit that I sometimes let fear dictate what I write, or what I don’t write about. Maybe for you, your fear is preventing you from even starting a blog in the first place.There are many of my friends out there that need to have a blog, but they are letting fear get to them. So many people would benefit from these friends and the words they would put on their blog.

By having a blog for the last few months, there are many things I have learned, but these three are the most unique ways to improve your blog. This goes without saying one of the most important rules in blogging, which is consistency. Be consistent, have a plan for your blog, talk about things you actually enjoy, and don’t let fear effect what you write about.

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