Ink.OfMySoul (VA Interview)

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  1. What prompted you to begin to pursue your art or your message?

There came a point in my life when nothing seemed to work out. The emotions inside my chest overwhelmed me and I couldn’t find a way to let them out. When I was in my teens I used to paint and sketch but as I stepped from my 10th class to 11th, I was told to opt for medical subjects and then all was left under the burden of studies. But I remember well that in 2013 I officially began maintaining my blog and started to write publicly. Writing poems was something that kept my emotions at bay, that kept tears at bay, that soothed my mind and helped me sleep at night. I was too tired of caging my emotions inside I needed them to flow out or maybe I wanted them to reach that one person whose presence and then a sudden absence triggered them out. This person has many faces; he was a friend, a stranger, a dream, my love. This is what prompted me to pursue my art.

  1. Do you think most young adults lack the passion to pursue their goals or do they not really know what they are passionate about?

Well I am of the opinion that there are certain people who get so entangles in their lives that they fail to know about that one thing they are desperately passionate about. And ultimately they fail to pursue their goals. There can be certain reasons either they remain confused or the society around confuses them.

  1. What things inspire you to continue working and learning?

There is just one thing that has inspired and will always inspire me to continue learning and working is the fact that life will always test you and that your emotions are ferocious monsters, they always tend to cross the line so you need something to keep everything at bay. And it’s not just you who faces these problems so you need to convey people a message, help them live and maybe your work can be their salvation.

  1. Who is your hero or role model? Why?

I don’t have a hero. But yes my role model is Maulana Jalal-ud-din Rumi and Khalil Gibran. When I first read the works of Maulana Rumi and Gibran I was mesmerized. The way they present love as a feeling is exceptional. For them love is the only truth in this world and that is what I believe in.

  1. Favorite color, animal, song, book, and quote?

I like black and light sky-blue.

I don’t have a favorite animal.

From all the songs I have ever listened to, there is just one song that never stops soothing me. It is a bollywood song: “Tose naina laagay piya saaware, nahi bus mae ab ye jiya saaware, muhabbat tow ek jawaydaan zindagi hai.”

(Translation: “My eyes are entangled with you, o my spiritual lover

My heart is not in control of myself, o my spiritual lover

Love is eternal/spiritual life.”)

Mathnawi by Maulana Jalal-Ud-din Rumi and Broken Wings by Gibran.

“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and right-doing there is a field. I’ll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass the world is too full to talk about. –Rumi

  1. What is one piece of advice you would give to someone who wants to pursue your same field?

Just one thing I would say, “If you want to do this and you want it above everything then go for it. When you are old and you have plenty of time to think about your last 60 or 70 years, the one thing that will kill you is the regret of doing something and wanting something. And this regret is enough to kill you before you actually die.”

  1. Why did you choose the brand name you go by?

“Inkofmysoul” is what my writing is all about, because I bleed the words on paper that my soul feels intensely.

  1. Where do you hope to take your brand in the future?

I want to take it so far that people remember me by my poems. I want to take it to a place where it starts affecting people positively and starts to be their salvation. Because words have the power to both tear you apart instantly and fix you again perfectly.


Aiman Peer is a poet whose Instagram account is run under the name ink.ofmysoul. Check it out for poetry of love that comes directly from the heart.

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AndrewJHarman (VA Interview)

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  1. What prompted you to begin to pursue your art or your message?

I’ve always loved to tell stories, it’s that simple really. I want my art, photography and film to tell a story, whether this is about politics or love or crime knowing someone has indulged my creation makes me excited!

  1. Do you think most young adults lack the passion to pursue their goals or do they not really know what they are passionate about?

I don’t think young adults lack passion, I feel that as a generation we’re far more aware than we were before about society and politics. I do feel that its simply a lack of direction, especially in the UK. In England there is a distinct lack of passion in the education system, that’s not to say teachers are letting people down I personally have many teachers that have inspired me, instead the system lets them down. We have a very structured way of learning that doesn’t encourage creativity, many kids just get lost in the system because it doesn’t work for them.

  1. What things inspire you to continue working and learning?

I’m inspired by the need for change. I feel our generation needs to really make a mark on the world in a positive manner otherwise it will be lost, this inspires me every day.

  1. Who is your hero or role model? Why?

My role model has always been my father; I’ve always respected and listened to everything he says.
The way Casey Niestat lives is also a huge inspiration to me. His “Just Do It” attitude has been my mantra when I discovered his work three years ago.

  1. Favorite color, animal, song, book, and quote?

Orange or Red

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Songs, there are too many! Top three?
Jamie T – Crossfire Love
Tiny Little Houses – every man knows his plague; and you are mine
Pink Floyd – Time

George Orwell: 1984

“Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, setup a life you don’t want to escape from”

  1. What is one piece of advice you would give to someone who wants to pursue your same field?

Just don’t give up, ever; no matter what. You’re better than resigning to a job you hate.

  1. Why did you choose the brand name you go by?

At the minute my brand is just myself: Andrew J Harman. I like my name, I feel like it’s easy to remember , although I’ve always wanted a nickname!

  1. Where do you hope to take your brand in the future?

I definitely want my brand to have a point. Not to say it’s pointless at the minute but I suppose right now it is only a memento mori, reminding me I need to do some work! I want to make a difference in people’s lives. I want to fulfill a purpose, that’s when I’ll truly feel alive.


Andrew Harman is a British photographer and creative based in the North East, aside from photography he is also very passionate about creating short films and moving-image art pieces. He is very passionate about the natural world and enjoys camping, hiking and exploring the coastline where he has grown up

Timberline Outdoors (VA Interview)

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  1. What prompted you to pursue your art or your message?

Timberline Equipment Co. was born in a spark of ingenuity and passion. As a 15 year old, I was always looking for ways to make a little bit of money. By chance, I found a website that sold many different wholesale items from Chinese manufacturers. I placed an order for 100 wire saws and soon had them for sale on eBay. As I did this, I was able to make money, but it was missing something. There was a lack of that ingenuity and passion I mentioned earlier. I thought about how I could create something that was living, that had values, and had a spirit. Thus, Timberline Equipment Co. came into existence.

  1. Do you think most young adults lack the passion to pursue their goals or do they not really know what they are passionate about?

I don’t think that many young adults lack the drive and focus to pursue certain goals, I think it’s just a matter of knowing what goals to pursue. Many students focus purely on academics, which is fine and all, but they don’t branch out to pursue other interests. There is a certain paradigm that exists where young adults are expected to do the “student thing”. Everyone has a thing to pursue. They just don’t know where to focus their drive.

  1. What things inspire you to continue working and learning?

I’m inspired by the desire to make what I do the best that it can be.

I’ve learned how to motivate myself by success and failure. When I am successful, it’s great, and it provides me with more drive to do what I need to do. However, failure is a motivational factor as well. It is the reason that Timberline is constantly improving.

  1. Favorite color, animal, song, book, and quote and why?

Color: Green – My favorite color can change a lot, as it is really something reflective of my mood.

Animal: Mountain Lion – One of the most majestic animals I can think of. I love its aspect of elusiveness. Good picture of mountain lions are hard to find, because nobody can ever find them.

Song: Take It Easy by the Eagles – This is a song that reminds me to just take it easy. There’s nothing in life that should be overwhelming to the point of stress or frustration. This song helps to remind me of that.

Book: I probably couldn’t give a single favorite book, but I love reading historical books, as well as books pertaining to interesting topics pertaining to things such as economics, psychology, music, etc.

Quote: “The mountains are calling, and I must go” – John Muir – As overused and cliche as this one is, I still find in it a sense of adventure and ambition.

  1. What is one piece of advice you would give to someone who wants to pursue your same field?

If I were to give someone advise who wants to pursue the field I work in, I would tell them to never give up, and don’t expect it to be easy.

There are so many “get rich quick” schemes out there that make eCommerce shops out to be like money growing trees. Don’t be fooled by this, you have to work hard.

  1. Why did you choose the brand name you go by?

I chose the name Timberline Equipment Co. after a careful consideration of what this name might mean. I knew I wanted the word “timberline”, as this instills a sense of adventure and beckoning into nature. I also wanted to convey a sense of ruggedness. That’s where “Equipment Co.” comes in.

  1. Where do you hope to take your brand in the future?

In the future, I would like to build up Timberline to a shop that many people love. I want them to know that they can find what they want and trust that they will be treated fairly.


Carson Grose is an avid outdoorsman and entrepreneur. He combined these two aspects of his life to create Timberline Equipment Co. He has a strong sense of morals and virtue, as well as a drive to get done what needs to be done.

Eevryday.Perspective (VA Interview)

  1. What prompted you to pursue your art or your message?

What prompted me was my lack of a purpose. All my life I had grown up doing performing arts, so singing, dance, and theatre. I then found the groups of kids who were into the same thing, and I saw I wasn’t really cut out for it. Since then, for about four years, I didn’t have anything I really loved to do. I enjoyed taking pretty photos, and once my parents saw them, they motivated me to put them online somewhere. I found that by finding the beauty in the muck of everyday life, I was able to brighten the world around me.

  1. Do you think most young adults lack the passion to pursue their goals or do they not really know what they are passionate about?

I feel like that’s a classic dilemma many people are caught in. With a world where we have so much access to everything and get things handed right to us, many people have found they don’t mind lacking hard work. But it takes hard work to get what you want. And if you don’t know what you’re doing, there’s not much that you really can do than expand upon your current talents and then go discover new ones.

  1. What things inspire you to continue working and learning?

Whenever I see a photo that makes me want to write a story I’m inspired. I want to hear about why that picture came to exist. What real life beauty could have inspired this snap of perfection?

  1. Who is your hero or role model? Why?

My number one hero in photography, is probably Sawyer Hartman (@sawyerhartman), due to his deep thinking, good eye, and the excitement he gets from doing what he loves.

  1. Favorite color, animal, song, book, and quote and why?

I don’t really have favorite colors, but I have favorite color combinations. I like black and white, then red, orange and yellow, then blue, purple, and green. And countless more.

My favorite animal would probably just have to be dogs. 🙂

My favorite song changed all the time, but I love “Goner” by twenty one pilots.

Favorite book would probably be the first Harry Potter book.

My favorite quote, ooh that’s a rough one. On my page I post song quotes on every post almost, and so I have so many good ones. I can’t even begin to narrow anything down.

  1. What is one piece of advice you would give to someone who wants to pursue your same field?

A piece of advice I would give is to not be intimidated. It doesn’t have to be permanent, you can experiment, and yes, there will always be someone better out there, and that’s okay. All artists begin as amateurs.

  1. Why did you choose the brand name you go by?

Everyday.perspective was actually just a name I came up with really quickly. I looked at the pictures I was taking and saw that I was photographing normal, everyday things, but from a different angle. I could alter my reality and make it completely mine. You could make your world beautiful if you just took your everyday perspective and changed it up a little bit.

  1. Where do you hope to take your brand in the future?

I have no clue what I want to do with my brand. I want to inspire others, make them feel something. Move them to tears, a smile, or an entirely different thought. Make them think. I hope to be able to reach out more and more and get a wider audience to share with.


Kiara Kovach is a young photographer, writer, creative, and all around expressive person who pursues many artistic mediums. She is driven by her desire for inspiration and to show beauty in day to day life for anyone who looks upon her work.

.Capturing_Beauty. (VA Interview)

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  1. What prompted you to pursue your art or your message?

I have loved photography ever since I can remember. When I was younger, I had this plastic yellow camera that I would carry around and take “shots” of whatever I could. However, I only recently decided to start an actual outlet for all of my photos last year. A friend encouraged me to try it. I thought why not, this way I can have a place for all of the photos that I appreciate and hopefully others will appreciate them as well.

  1. Do you think most young adults lack the passion to pursue their goals or do they not really know what they are passionate about?

I think that most young adults do not know what they are passionate about or what they should be passionate about. In our culture nowadays, there are numerous mixed messages about what people “should do” and what people “should not do”. Sometimes it can be hard for a person to really form his/her own idea or passion when there are so many other outside pressures that can influence a decision or desire. As I write this, I really do hope that Vast Awareness can be an outlet, a place where people don’t have to worry about what other people may think of their passions and dreams. Hopefully, it will be a safe place for people to share, connect, and inspire others to live adventurously and freely.

  1. What things inspire you to continue working and learning?

The natural beauty that can be found anywhere and everywhere inspires me. I absolutely love to find a gorgeous place or setting and photograph it in its natural perfection. Secondly, there are countless stunning photography accounts on Instagram. Seeing all of them inspires me to go out and find something that I haven’t done before such as a different angle or perspective. It makes me want to capture those shots that make a person stop, really take in that photograph, and wonder how did that person get that? I want to be able to transport people to places or perspectives that they might not [normally] go through my pictures. This is what inspires and encourages me to keep working and learning.

  1. Who is your hero or role model? Why?

Every summer, I attend a Christian camp for a couple of weeks. One year, I had this amazing Austrian counselor. She was the most generous, caring person I knew. As luck would have it, she was my counselor for the next 3 years. Through those years, she led me to the Lord and taught me what it really means to be selfless and caring. She was funny loving, willing, and patient. She taught me to enjoy the little things in life, and how to truly be joyful. I have her to thank for who I am today.

  1. Favorite…?

Color: Mint blue
Animal: Horses
Song: 7 years by Lukas Graham
Book: Waterfall by Lisa T. Bergren
Quote: “We are all broken, that’s how the light gets in”. – Ernest Hemingway

  1. What is one piece of advice you would give to someone who wants to pursue your same field?

Be confident in your abilities but don’t be afraid to ask questions.

  1. Why did you choose your brand name you go by?

I chose my brand name “_capturing.beauty_”because I wanted a simple name that would wrap up what I wanted to show. It was originally “capturingbeauty101” but I altered it a while back because I wanted a change. In hindsight, I wish that I had stuck with my original one because it sounds a bit more unique. However, my current brand name still entails what my account is. Capturing beauty wherever and whenever I find it.

  1. Where do you want to take your brand in the future?

I want to be able to share the beauty of nature and whatever else may catch my eye with others. I do not use any filters on my photographs, because I think nature is beautiful just the way it is in its natural state. However, I also do not have anything against those who apply filters to their pictures. I have seen countless photographs that have been edited and look stunning. Secondly, I want my brand to feature that one does not have to have an extremely expensive name brand camera to photograph amazing pictures. Most of my pictures are off of my phone. Only recently did I start experimenting with my sister’s older Canon camera, but my phone is still my go-to camera. Thirdly, one does not have to go to remote, exotic places to capture a stunning photograph. It’s all about finding the beauty that’s around you and the perspective.


Based in the upper Midwest, Lily Cerar has been enjoying photography as a hobby for the past couple of years. She describes her style as “natural” and loves the beauty of the great outdoors. Some of her other passions include; playing soccer with her traveling team, competing with her high school’s nordic team, and snuggling with her three cats at any given moment. Cerar can be described as motivated, athletic, and caring. She enjoys the simple things in life and loves to share whatever catches her eye on her photography account

CCL Productions (VA Interview)

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1.) What prompted you to really begin pursuing your art or your message?

Growing up I had a crappy childhood, and one of the ways I would escape my problems is I would watch movies. I thought it was so interesting how movies had a hidden moral message or meaning behind the story and how that message would somehow help you better understand the world around you. Anything from “There’s no place like home” from the Wizard of Oz or the message about taking a chance from Good Will Hunting. I pursued film-making because I think it’s possible to teach people a valuable lesson while keeping them entertained.

2.) Why do you think many young adults lack the drive or focus to pursue a certain goal?

I think teens lose interest because it either gets too hard or people don’t support them or both. When I made my first film, and we were about two and a half months into filming it I lost the excitement and enthusiasm to finish it. It wasn’t until I posted a final trailer, and I got such a positive response that my team and I got the courage to finish the film.

3.) Do you think everyone has their “thing” to pursue?

Everyone is interested in something otherwise life would be dull. Regardless of how minor or strange people think someone’s interest is, there is always something for someone and that’s what makes people unique.

4.) What things inspire you to continue working and learning?

I keep making movies, because I love telling stories either new and interesting or a classic spin off of an original. It’s fun how much variety there is for story-telling and what new and interesting things you never would of thought of. You definitely learn as you progress.

5.) Favorite color, animal, song, book, quote and why?

Probably blue.

An elephant maybe because they are big and beautiful creatures.

I enjoy the intro song to Swiss Army Man because it has people come together to make music.

My favorite book is probably Lord of the Flies by William Golding because it shows true loss of innocence.

My favorite quote is a tie between “There are no two words in the English dictionary more harmful than Good Job,” from Whiplash or “Yeah, maybe we’re all ugly. Ugly dying sacks of shit and maybe all it take is for one person to just be okay with that,” from Swiss Army Man because they are just so good and true to life.

6.) What is one piece of advice you would give someone who wants to pursue the same field?

The best advice I could give is the same advice given to me. Try to make as much of your own work as possible because A you will slowly get better and better, and B having a lot of experience is good for job opportunities. If you ever feel unenthusiastic and want to quit, don’t.You’ll never know what you can accomplish if you don’t take the first step.

7.) Why did you choose the brand name you go by?

I chose the brand name because it started with just the three of us. My two friends and I, since my maiden name is Custer, my friend’s name is Cappel, and my other friend’s name is Lozano it seemed simple to call it CCL.

8.) Where do you want to take your brand in the future?

I hope my brand inspires others to go for what they want to do. I hope that people get inspired to try new things, learn from their own experience and make something that impacts someone, anyone.


Tyler Grossman is a young director and film writer who hopes to pursue film school in the future. He runs his YouTube channel at CCL Productions and produces original short films all filmed and directed by him. Check out and subscribe to the channel to see more of his amazing work!

Mother Nature as my Muse

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I read a book once that talked about personality and why we act the way we do. One section of the book suggested that we are born with an innate level of introversion and extroversion that we carry throughout our life. The caveat was however that we are allowed a certain amount of freedom from that type of personality. Take, for example, an extremely introverted person. For the most part, they act with the tendencies of an introvert but, sometimes, if the situation is one that calls for it, they act out with the mind of an extrovert. Walking away from his ideal social state tires him however because it is against the normal flow of his actions. Then, like a rubber band, he is struck with physical and mental fatigue as he snaps back to his introverted lifestyle. According to the book, people have an optimum level of stimulation and acting out of it is taxing and stressful for the cognitive ability of the mind. Introverts tend towards soft music, reading, writing, and are not as socially adept as their extroverted counterparts. Extroverts tend to do well with loud music, multi-tasking, concert trips, and generally higher levels of stimulation.

In 1983, Howard Gardner, professor of education at Harvard University, proposed his theory of multiple intelligences. The seven proposed are as follows: linguistic, logical-mathematical, spatial, bodily-kinesthetic, musical, interpersonal, and intrapersonal intelligence.

After he proposed the seven types of intelligence, he updated his list by adding an eight; naturalist intelligence.

Now, this presentation of seemingly unimportant information pieces together and explains why I am an outdoorsman, and Nature is my muse.

Acting out of one’s personality is like using up a battery. One actually feels drained. This feeling is remedied by being reintroduced into your optimum stimulation levels and recharging.

When I go to the mountains or cruise around cozy mountain towns, I can feel my battery recharging. It’s a profound feeling where I am inspired by things around me and bid myself look deeper.

Like at the wooded cabin sitting streamside. With one eye I compose the photo and the mood of the house. I feel my hand scribbling the story of the person inside. A writer or photographer living in this cabin built for artistic freedom. What’s his real story? I wonder what the seclusion would bring to me. Would I miss my real world? Or find solace in the simplicity of running water flowing from atop snow-capped mountains.

Nature is so full and free and beautiful. Every action is purposeful and the more steps I take into the woods the further I leave behind the unintended chaos of my life.

When I camp, I awake with the sunrise and the drowsy twitter of birds. Not the screaming alarm and cars rushing and TV blaring at me the horrors and events of the world.

When I fish, I exercise that eighth of animalistic characteristics. I immerse myself and understand the living workings of y surroundings.

There’s no rush, no goal; when I am in the wild, I am in the present.

I think everyone needs a way to recharge. In our modern lives we operate under so much stress that it becomes normal to fear and live anxiously, to live in a constant state of unrest.

My hope for TheOutLife is you discover your charging station here. Nature may not be yours. But Mother Nature is my muse.

Vast Awareness

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Vast Awareness is born from the belief that there’s more to life than what most people see on the surface. It’s a promise to live life more fully and deeply, in order to grow a more profound understanding of the lives we lead. We strive to teach others, especially young adults, that they have a voice, a story, and a message to share with the world. This depth is achieved through active living, adventuring, learning, and any path to forming new experiences. We of VA welcome anyone to submit writing, photos, poetry, and art to be featured and discussed by a wide range of people.

VA is run with the hope that people are able to reach and interact with others who they might never reach otherwise. It was started by Kiara of @everyday.perspective, Andrew of @andrewjharman, and Lily of @_capturing.beauty_ along with myself as an area where people can share their work and further their own artistic goals. We heavily encourage interaction between members through commenting and the sharing of work.

We welcome submissions to become partners. Email the blog site “contact” page and tell us about yourself. If your personal style and beliefs align with the values of VA then you will be contacted through email to begin the questioning process. If you are not contacted then we were not able to consider you for partnership but fear not, you may still submit your works and art any time you please.

Welcome to Vast Awareness.