when you choose to move forward in life, you’re going to make yourself vulnerable… Don’t fight it, it’s inevitable. When this happens, know that you have to be very tough to make yourself vulnerable – this relates to you on a professional, financial, spiritual and personal level… EVERYTHING is going to test you, whether it’s your new boss, clients, your own mind or for me currently the world of travelling and writing.
I am currently sitting on a porch in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia. It’s raining, it has been raining for 4 days, I crashed a scooter and tore flesh off my leg and cannot walk and I now need medical attention for a possible tropical infection. I recently got given the opportunity to write a lifestyle and travel article for a magazine… so far not so good, every major event I have wanted to document has been rained out, now I can’t even walk properly but guess what? do you think I am going to give up? do you think I’m going to run home crying to my mummy like a little bitch? hell no. I’m going to go out and tackle this article like a man, I’m going to punch Bali in the face and yell “NOT THIS TIME WORLD”
Why am I telling you this? because if I can still want to keep going after almost dying and having mother nature (the most powerful force on earth) try and stop me, then why can’t you keep going? comment below if you want to tell me what you’re facing right now and let’s figure out a solution to both of our trials for us in this period of our lives.
stay strong, stay humble and most of all… stay vulnerable.
– photographs from kuta, bali –
please don’t sit here
photographs featured were taken for FIVE MILE RADIUS, an architecture firm in Brisbane, AUS.
My best friend and his piers have started their journey on “the path less travelled” to accomplish their dreams of creating a “sustainable and renewable material based” architecture firm and that exclusively designs and builds models/structures/housing with only renewable and sustainable energy and materials.
first of I just want to say thanks to the handful of new followers VVOLFWOOD has received, I hope my stories, quotes and words have inspired you in some way to make change in you’re life for the greater good.
Right now I am sitting at the airport waiting to get a plane to Indonesion, Bali ( I know how bloody Australian of me… ) but I am not here to brag about my adventures so I hope it is not taken that way, I am here to talk about self discovery and how you can find things about yourself through hard work and dedication to your craft and dreams and also to touch on the concept of “luck” now, I may be going to Bali to explore a new culture, meet a beautiful American girl and paddle board around for a few weeks but I am also going there for an article on lifestyle and travel (my first true journalistic role) when I booked the tickets, I was worried about money/ my upcoming career so I decided to do something about that worry instead of just sitting on my old beaten up mitts. I started emailing every magazine in my area, in australia and outward, I must’ve sent around 70-75 emails to different places – I had two responses, one was a very polite “no” that ended up with me being kept on file because of taking this blow humbly with a “thank you for taking the time to reply” and the second was from a man called Greg. Now I am not going to give you his full name or the magazines name (yet) until I have completed the article and it is printed (I don’t like to talk about what I am going to do until I have finished usually) but the reason I am telling you, is because I now get to have a holiday AND work on my career AND see a fantastic woman all in one (not to mention the beautiful photos I will take and sell) I just want you to think about that, take inspiration from it and re-channel that energy into your own life. What can you do today to reach those goals?
Now onto “Luck” – Conor McGregor once said “hard work puts you in the places where luck with find you” and I agree, but when the opportunity comes… YOU HAVE TO SEIZE IT! and don’t let go of that slippery fucker until your mission is completed. This opportunity did not just fall in my lap by sitting there, no I stayed up late nights, working on my website, editing and taking photos, reading, learning, growing all for this single moment… and the universe replied with a “that’ll do lad” and gave this dog a bone and this dog is hungry.
Thanks for tuning in VVOLFWOOD pack, I’ll see you on the other side.
love and respect,
– used –
OJW here – I signed in today to ask you, are you on the right path? are you heading where you want to be in life? is your journey here helping you grow and challenge yourself and experience all you want to experience whilst here on your journey?
most people will say yes, and that’s great! (as long as you are not lying to yourself) but if you’re someone who is thinking “no, I am not” then I’m here to say – what’s stopping you kid?
And please, don’t make excuses while you’re here. Don’t fucking sit there and tell yourself its someone else’s fault or you have no money or you are this and that… look, a tree can’t be anything but a tree and a dog can’t be anything but a dog but as humans with have unlimited potential, so – please do yourself a favour and don’t sell yourself short and don’t make shitty excuses as to why you’re not trying to be a better person each and every day and if not for you, then do it for your family, do it for your kids or your spouse or your friends or you cat I don’t care… at first its going to be really hard, now you might think I am joking haha oh boy you’re in for a surprise. I’m here to tell you, that you can be somebody but it’s going to take hard consistent work to change your life but if anyone can do it, why not you?
now there are going to be people trying to put you down and these people will be some of the people that are closest to you, now these people do this because you remind them of what they could’ve become if they didn’t give up because it’s easy to be average, it is easy to sit on the couch and point the finger and make excuses for the fact that you are not who you want to be in life or what job you want or how you want to look or who you want to be with or what you want to see… so.. I’m here to say, I believe in you because you have something great within you, you just don’t see it yet.
thanks for reading, stay strong, stay humble.
with respect and love,
paths less travelled
Love what you do,
Love who you are,
Love your partner, your friends.
Stay humble, Stay strong… and never give up.
regards – OJW.
Why I am take pride in being humble;
I wanted to talk about why I like to finish my posts with “stay humble” or “love and strength” and frustratingly indulgent niceties and the like, it’s because even though I don’t have following (yet) I want to show everyone the importance of positive impact you can have on other people, even for just a moment. A few simple words can put a complicated mind at ease sometimes, for me changing the lives of others is the most important thing for me in life… not money, cars and a nice big house (those are rewards in my opinion although not success) so what is success? what does it ultimately entail for people like myself – and hopefully my viewers too – for me it is the magnitude of positive impact you have on the world, whether its the environment, your cause or just on the people around you in every day life, such as family, friends, co-workers and even people you may dislike or not care for.
so what is success for you? and when was the last time you remember having a positive effect on something or someone? -whether you loved them or not.
Change is not necessary, but evolution cannot be fought. So… why should you want to change and want to help others transition with you? because strong people don’t put others down, they lift them up.
Stay humble, stay strong and be better than you were yesterday… also stay safe, but don’t pussy foot it either haha.
here we go
U N D E R
I took a stroll down Burke street in the city I grew up in, I fondly remember holding my mothers hand while crossing the tram ways and walking the grungy graffiti’d streets/ train stations of Melbourne city.
Seeing a city I once knew so well in pieces after a mad man created chaos in the hearts and minds of others so recently was difficult. I just want to take the time to tell the story of another city with a bleeding heart.
We seldom forget how lucky we are to have our siblings, parents and friends safe in their beds at night away from the things that go bump in the night. Let this be a reminder that we as a people have suffered, and so have others – Don’t be so quick to judge and don’t be so afraid to help others (emotions are scary but what I have found is that happiness is often on the other side of fear)
I have a few photos from one of my last days in Melbourne this trip, a rainy Monday morning, speckled with pitter patters of grey dots falling from the skies, accompanied by buskers in the street and dingy little cafes that made me miss my lover’s warmth like a cold hand misses the touch of another’s (if you’re reading this, you know who you are)
So please, sit back or stand close and enjoy some stills of a washed out alley way and a few musicians just trying to get by while expressing themselves…
oh and while I am here, Don’t forget to be kind to yourself on your journey here, looking back is hard but only when you have been looking back at the same place too long – keep moving forward, Don’t be too afraid to love again and most of all be kind to each other.
Love and strength,
A S C E N D
Melbourne graffiti artist/model Audrey Graham was in hosier lane painting on the friday morning I flew into burn city, she was super cool with a camera in her face and later said “you can post them as long as I don’t look fugly”
don’t worry I posted them anyway haha check out her instagram @primal.tendecies shes pretty laid back and has chill vibe about her.
hope everyone is doing.
stay humble, VVOLFWOOD team leader OJW
ps… If no ones in the restaurant eating it’s for a reason (don’t ask)
M E D I O C R E
– boujee –
dot dot dot
I snuck off in the early hours of the morning to catch a plane to Melbourne…. shhh don’t tell my boss…
I arrived back in my hometown this morning at about 9am to escape the heat of Brisbane, a brisk walk along the river, camera in hand (only got stopped by one tourist to take their photos… fabulous)
I hope everyone is doing well in the new year and I hope you enjoy these photos, remember to stay focused on your goals and don’t stray from the path no matter how tempting it may seem, it is by far a lengthy trap awaiting to stop you from reaching victory.
stay humble, OJW – VVOLFWOOD
F#@K fitting in
S T R O N G
make or break
welcome to VVOLFWOOD’s first ever post, OJW here just saying thanks for stopping in if its your first time. I hope you enjoy my content/adventures.
If anyone can find wisdom, inspiration, passion or something in themselves by reading this, know that I am with you, know that you my brother or sister are not alone in the world. Everyone has dreams (if they don’t, then sorry kid… time to start dreaming) so don’t you ever, let people tell that your dreams are not valid. Look for more ways to do better today – not just within yourself and your own life, but for other people that you encounter on your journey here.
May you find peace knowing you’re not the only dreamer, not the only adventurous soul, young in heart and mind.
Stay humble, stay inspired.
OJW – VVOLFWOOD creator.