WHEN YOU WANT SOMETHING WITH ALL OF YOUR HEART,ALL OF THE UNIVERSE CONSPIRES IN HELPING YOU TO ACHIEVE IT.
Like many people, I spent more time daydreaming and feeling anxious before actually finding the courage to pursue my true heart's desires. Being born in the Czech Republic, I had a smaller view of the world, which quickly changed when my family decided to drop everything and move across the world to the Hawaiian Islands.
I hated it. The intense change in culture and place at such a young age had me crying out for the simple life we had back at home in the Czech Republic. It was all stripped away from me.
Little did I know that this move to Hawaii would completely change the projection of my life. At 12 years old, I began surfing, which quickly allowed for me to fall in love with nature, and spend time in the midst of mother earth's untamed creation. Surfing had taught me many things, although one of the most important had been to continue pushing forward when the seas got rough, finding calmness at the end of the rough “white wash” waves.
Finding moments of stillness in the ocean, intuitively I wanted to play/create, and picked up my first camera at 14 years old, where I began documenting the oceans waves with a GoPro, and connecting with other creatives out in nature. It was beautiful.
At 18 years old, I gave up on my surf photography and believed it would never make me enough money, so I started chasing dough, fell in and out of relationships that weren’t serving me, and didn’t feel a deep sense of fulfillment out of what I was doing. I knew that there was more out there for me, but the “American Dream” had a different plan for me. My inner child just wanted to play, express, document with this natural gift.
Four years ago, at 21 years old, I got to a point in my life where I felt completely stuck. To be more exact, it was the most anxious period of my life so far.
During this time, I had learned my biggest life lesson of all. I learned that living to please others, and their expectations of me was never going to leave me feeling satisfied.
Anxiously, I was in Vancouver, Canada with a partner I couldn’t imagine myself long-term with, with no friends/family around me for support. I felt completely alone in my crazy thoughts, dreams and aspirations. After this anxiety began to suffocate me, I knew I needed a way out, and create change in my life. So I did.
I bought a 1-way ticket to New Zealand with the plan of relentlessly pursuing my passions as a content creator. I chose myself. After experiencing complete freedom for the first time, returning home was not an option for me. I spent the next 4 years of my life making many errors, and having a few major victories that pushed me. Through trial and error, I was able to grow an audience of over 2.8 Million+ followers across my social platforms, tell compelling stories, and inspire others to live as the best version of themselves. Best of all, I can earn a living doing what I love.
In the moments where I feel lost, I think back to that childhood dream that I had, and remember who I was before the world told me who I should be. In nature is where I feel at home, where I can express myself, live freely, and it’s where my story continues to take me. That being said, every story has a long version..