©2014 Nikita Gross

©2014 Nikita Gross

Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.
— Steve Jobs

Plants and my iPhone

I love surrounding myself with plants.  I enjoy the beauty they add to my home and for me, it's a treat taking care of them.  Watching a tiny plant grow and change gives me a weird sort of satisfaction.  I talk to my plants, most have names like Big Bertha and Wild Child. 

Recently scientist have discovered plants have an intense way of communicating with each other.  They can warn one another of danger from pests.  They can then prepare for an attack by emitting toxins.  Fascinating isn't it?  

This past weekend I took a walk through one of my favorite parks.  I stopped a couple of times to take pictures of some of the freshly bloomed flowers and buds with my iPhone.  When I got home I played with them with a few of my favorite apps.  An hour later I had some pretty cool images.  Here are a few. 

American Sioux Indian Story

© Nikita Gross

© Nikita Gross

The creator gathered all of creation and said,

"I want to hide something from the humans until they are ready for it. It is the realization that they create their own reality". 

The Eagle said, "Give it to me, i will take it to the moon".

The creator said, "No, one day they will go there and find it".

The salmon said, "I will bury it at the bottom of the ocean".

The creator said, " No they will go there too".

The buffalo said, "I will bury it on the great plains".

The creator said, " No, they will cut the skin of the Earth and find it even there".

Grandmother mole, who lives in the breast of Mother earth, and who has no physical eyes but sees with spiritual eyes said, "Put it inside of them".

And the creator said, "It is done!"

-Author Unknown



"The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has ever been before."


I stumbled upon the first video via my facebook feed.  I was immediately obsessed.  Kawehi, the artist behind the video is talented beyond belief.  I think what draws me in most is her drive and attitude.  Nothing makes me more happy than seeing people put their heart into their work.  I admire the determination it must have taken for her to get to this point in her career.  It is inspiring.  Visit her YouTube page for more videos.  

Kahil Gibran Broken Wings

That year is like a mountain peak in my life, for it awakened knowledge in me and made me understand the vicissitudes of mankind. In that year I was reborn and unless a person is born again his life will remain like a blank sheet in the book of existence. In that year, I saw the angels looking at me through the eyes of a beautiful woman. I also saw the devils of hell raging in the heart of an evil man. He who does not see the angels and devils in the beauty and malice of life will be far removed from knowledge, and his spirit will be empty of affection.....Love is the only freedom in the world because it so elevates the spirit that laws of humanity do not alter its course.
— Kahil Gibran, Broken Wings

I was browsing half price books when I stumbled upon Broken Wings by Kahil Gibran.  I read it in a night, and it left me in tears.  Though it is a tragic love story, it makes you really appreciate love.   It's the one feeling that inspite of the pain we know it can ensue, we still long for it, live for it, and give it freely with no regards because the pleasure it fills our lives within so much greater.  In the book he tells the story of  meeting his one true love, how it opened his eyes to a new world, and how it tears him apart not being able to be with her.  His eloquent way of writing puts you right there with him, feeling his pleasures and pain.  In my life I have known deep love and lost deep love.  Both impacted me in a way I will never regret.  This book is a beautiful read.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.     

Staying Strong

Nature loves courage. You make the commitment and nature will respond to that commitment by removing impossible obstacles. Dream the impossible dream and the world will not grind you under, it will lift you up. This is the trick. This is what all these teachers and philosophers who really counted, who really touched the alchemical gold, this is what they understood. This is the shamanic dance in the waterfall. This is how magic is done. By hurling yourself into the abyss and discovering its a feather bed.
— Terrance Mckenna

Strangers Kiss

This one tugged hard at my heart strings.  Film maker Tatia Pllieva got 20 strangers together and coupled them up.  She asked them to kiss.  What happened next was beautiful.  Watch here.  

Joe Rogan Podcast

I am a die hard listener to Joe Rogan's podcast.  I listen to it all night while editing photos.  It's always educational and funny and for me it's like hanging out with friends.  This episode is one of my favorites.  Joe and his guests Aubrey Marcus and Robert Greene really get into the process of  finding what it is in life you are meant to do through a lot of hard work and experiences.  

One of my favorite quotes was from Joe, he said "you can't make steel without fire".  They discuss how people are looking for instant gratification, but you must go through lows to really appreciate the highs.  I couldn't agree more.  If you work hard, and dedicate yourself to whatever it is you want to do, what truly makes you happy, your work will reflect that and you will feel more fulfilled.  But, it won't come without the work both on yourself and your skills.  That's the part many people want to skip, but for me this is the most important part of the process.  It's here that you grow and learn.