Gold Coast, QLD.

Update for everyone. Well, a bit of a major one in terms of careers. I am soon going to be leaving Gold Coast, the place I have come to call home for the past 7 months. It's been hectic, fast-paced, arduous and beyond exhilarating. Everyday was different and new here, though at times work could be a bit of a burnout. Hospitality work always is. But I have kept up some design work and will be releasing a new book soon with the help of my fellow collaborators in True North House Publishing.

Alexander Johnny Beat, the brand, is going to be taking a drastic turn in career change as I set down photography and art, not completely, but in priority. I am shifting gears into my true passion, which has always been since first picking it up seriously at age 12, music. 

I am heading out from my Queensland home here to travel for a while longer over in New Zealand. It's going to be an insane trip, full of surfing some of the finest swell south of the hemisphere, exploring volcanoes, sifting through natural hot springs, skydiving over glaciers, visiting long lost relatives and driving a campervan/freedom camping throughout the whole journey. I hope you'll get to see some of the journey and experience with me through the photos and video to come. 

I'll see you in the U.S.A.
In the meantime, a few photos as a sort of salute to this gorgeous land. 

-BEAT


Thursday. 8.21.14. Bundy.

1:10 pm Thursday
8-21-14
On the Fram

 

It's a cloudy day today. Other than that the weather has been real nice. I'm living on the boat now after booking it out of the hostel asap. They treated people like numbers there. Like total Shit. Need to call them and give them a piece of my mind. We are still on the slip. All work is nearing completion. Some more painting all over the hull, installation of a new hatch on the front, top deck and then organizing all of the gear inside once everyone begins moving in this week. It's been nice living on the boat. Different from what I'm used to. This sense of relying on others to contribute and support the living means on the boat is different than my normal M.O. of working on my own and getting by without much support. This trip is similar to the road trip but on a much more closed-off level. We are not constantly moving to new areas just yet. One girl, Signe has arrived and is also staying on the boat so we are at 4 now, with the complete 6 coming in this weekend. It's definitely going to be cozy. I've been sifting through the freelance work that's come up and have mostly tackled it. Final versions will be underway soon for select sculpture. In the meantime, Suzanne had her check up today for her wrist so we'll see how that goes. Not sure if the trip will be set back or not. If it's not, well then the life at sea will commence. I have decided not to pursuit the bar job as I am spending much of my days working the boat for living and an extra week stay on it. Joy. We'll see if I redeem that or not. I've gotten some good money from Larry at his farm and will be going back tomorrow morning for the day since he called me and asked me to come back. Hopefully we aren't shorthanded. Never fun. I am setting my sights on the Gold Coast/Surfers or Byron bay after this. I met a guy who used to manage bars there and in Brissy and he said to let him know when I get back from the boat and he would set me up with a job. Badass. All it takes is talking with people sometimes. So I'm pretty much set to go to work after I'm back in town and will be desperately needing the cash anyways.

All in all it has been a busy past couple of weeks. I am trying to maintain my workouts but they have moved from daily to more every other day as I was doing so many hours at the farm and then worked the boat and freelance. Busy. Been To the gym a couple of times so that was awesome. Definitely not a waste of my money. Will be attempting to maintain daily workouts while it at sea. Very simple routines like before, that I can perform on the deck of the boat such as body weight movements and such. The fitness is really keeping me a sane person, as usual. Without it, my energy levels plummet and I become a lethargic being who lacks any sort of drive or motivation. I urge all of you to look into developing your own fitness routine as a way to bring out the best self you can be. Not for narcissistic reasons, like many attribute to fitness, but as a form of discipline and structure in a life that is often pretty insane. Your body will thank you. Others will thank you for the motivation. Your mind will thank you for its newfound clarity. Your time management will thank you. Your sex life will probably thank you. (Just because you're in a relationship doesn't mean you should just slack off. Your partner will appreciate it. I'm sure. You will thank you. Just sayin'. Along with that, comes a solid eating regiment that should not be called a "diet." That word is WAY to loaded with negative connotation in the American society. More on food and eating for healthy lifestyles later.  

Looking forward to filling you in more soon. 

-Beat

An old post before I left on my trek over a month ago. Some deep thoughts here, watch out!

This was a previous entry I wrote up while preparing to leave as part of a personal journal I keep. I found this one after browsing my files and thought it quite unique in explaining myself while on the cusp of what is new and unknown to me. I hoped to share it with you to get a better idea of the madness that goes on up in my noggin'. 

-Beat


2014 - 06 - 23
Monday 9:24pm
Mom’s house

 

Men cannot understand truth because they cling to self, because they believe in and love self, because the believe self to be the only reality whereas it is the one delusion - James Allen from The Way of Peace

 

So it would seem the travels have begun once more. I have learned from the past year that staying in Denver was very necessary for many reasons, and yes, I could have stayed longer and in fact tried to do just that. But it seems that I was meant to move on. Or at least, I’d like to believe that. I made my decision to leave the city and have sold off everything. I have a backpack with a few possessions, some camera equipment in it, and some clothing. I am traveling light, and also have my saxophone with me to continue my studies. My travels are taking me out to the Southern Hemisphere where I’ll be traveling the coastal regions of Australia. First, by way of car with a group of other fellow travelers. This meet-up with them will be the start of my next journey, the next chapter. This is all made possible because of a new form of connection my generation has grown to love: social media. I am able to collaborate and connect instantly with others across the globe at all points, any time of day. The thing is, with this technology, it has made my travels much smoother and worry free, having the ability to know and depend on others by first being able to form friendships and connections with them before even being in the same physical space. Therefore, transitions into new spaces become much more simple and adaptable right away through help of the other travelers and locals met.


There is a website called couchsurfing.org. This website in particular, combined with Facebook, has been the most crucial of social media sites in forming these connections and transitions while traveling.