One of my favorite questions is the one about “how do you define Success?”. It’s interesting no matter how little or how much “success” a person has had… and it’s a SUPER important question to ask of yourself! The answer to this question is loaded with information. If you ask it of yourself, you learn what’s really important to you, what you will and won’t tolerate, what sorts of tired old worries or concerns you can finally let go of… and what thrills you so much you leap out of bed in the morning, stoked to do more of it! It helps define what to spend time, energy and resources on now that’ll take you down the road of your own choosing. Choice is key!
If you’re a curious sort like me; passionate and committed to creating a life-worth-living, you genuinely want to know how people you admire approach this answer. I just never get tired to hearing it! It’s always completely unique to that person and likewise, tells me so much about them. Plus, it always gives me so much to reflect upon, as I continue to consider what I want to stand for and be about in my life.
I asked Scott Kelby this question… and divided it down into two areas: Business and Personal.
I literally only met him minutes before this Chat… but Dario Sattui may well be the most inspiring person I’ve met all year!
Dario is the great-grandson of Vittori Sattui, founder of V. Sattui Vineyards in the Napa Valley. He may have learned the vintner business from family… but his love of Medieval architecture is all his own!
Castello di Amorosa is the culmination of these two great loves…
One part 13th century Tuscan castle, one part world class winery.
ALL parts passion and holding to your vision!
Photography brought me to Castello di Amorosa… I was there with my friend Annette Biggers for one of her fantastic fairy tale photo shoots. We spent 2 days at the castle. The entire time, I was amazed by the love, the attention to detail, the extreme vision that went into this place. It made me so curious to know the person behind it all! I hadn’t even finished setting up for my Chats with Annette and Jennifer (MUCH more than a model!)… when in walked Dario. I scrambled to get set up enough to record him, because I wasn’t going to miss this opportunity!
Dario is an artist, a dreamer, a vintner, a visionary… but he believes in living those dreams and fulfilling them as big and boldly as you possibly can. The Castle is visual proof that this is possible… my Chat with Dario makes it perfectly clear why he was able to pull it of.
He’s is easily one of the most inspiring people I’ve ever met. The story of the 30+ years that it took to build the Castle is the thing legends are made of.
And yes, I’d only met him minutes before this interview… but I just knew he had Important Things to share with us from his amazing life journey.
And boy, was I right!!! 😀
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In keeping with our “awesome photographer” roll of late, I was SUPER stoked to Chat with Laurie Rubin!
She’s a Googler, award-winning wildlife and nature photographer and I’m delighted that she’s also my friend.
When it comes to animals and photography – you have never seen someone drop into “the zone” faster than Laurie when she’s got a critter in her photographic crosshairs. It’s an amazing transformation to behold! She’s so understated about her fabulous work… but I think you’ll agree with me that it’s pretty much jaw-dropping.
Laurie’s made a career and life out of photography… both with camera in-hand and as part of the NIK Software team that joined Google. There, she is part of a team on the cutting edge of some of the most exciting developments in photography today. Even still, home and heart is out in nature with her beloved animals. It’s all part of the inspired world of Laurie Rubin… who today, shares her photography, advice for young’ns just starting out, and the great humor and passion that makes her photo-awesome!
It was such a blast getting to do an episode of The Chat with Nicole S. Young! We actually recorded that one awhile back. She was one of my first intrepid friends to step up as I was still working out my format, flow and style for the show. Nicole is fearless – and she proved that by helping me my Chat project off the ground!
Later on in the summer, she and hubby Brian Matiash came up for a weekend with Kodak the Wonder Dog and joined me and my hubs Joe Dolister for some hangin’ and shootin’ fun. One of the places we went was the abandoned train tunnels above Truckee, in the Sierra Nevada mountains. They’re fun and spooky – and are full of the work of graffiti artists who change the wallscape up there on a regular basis. Here, Nicole paused for a pose!
Well, the moment has arrived! Welcome to the premiere episode of The Chat! WooHOOO!
Everybody was EPIC with the guesses they made about WHO the first guest would BE. THANK YOU!! And now…
For this auspicious debut, I chose a 2-part episode with a super star on the rise… who has a big vision about life, giving and the power of a dream.
Singer/songwriter/musician Daria Musk became a friend and inspiration in the course of the first two years on social netowrk Google+. We hit it off immediately and discovered that we share a similar outlook on life, philosophy and approach to our art. She’s a thinker, that one. And she’s so marvelous at putting it all into words – and music – that I wanted hers to kickoff the entire series. If you haven’t met Daria; you’re in for a treat! If you already know/follow/admire Daria: you’re in for a treat!
Two-fers are G+nius!
The Chat: Debut Eve. I’m listening. Waiting. Breathing. Feeling very still. This bird knows what I’m talking about.
Tomorrow: launch day. I’ve set it all in motion – there’s no going back now. That’s a good thing.
There’s only one last thing to do: see if you can guess the guest!
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Kelley Morgan, Portland OR
"A beautiful mind will produce beautiful results. And to say the least, yours is a beautiful mind! Thank you for your wisdom and your inner "speak," as they both produce true art from the heart …"
Joe Hudspeth, Prineville OR
"Thank you Karen. A wonderful story but only the tip of the iceberg, the bigger part below the water is all the thousands of photographers you have inspired to chart their own journey, I know as I am one of them."
"Karen, thank you for the wonderful two day post. Your insights are truly thought provoking. I have never been a teacher, nor will I ever be, but to see someone see the light is a wonderful moment. Thanks again."
"As usual, another terrific story. I’m glad I found you but I have to be honest. I didn’t find you on Google + but did on Scott Kelby’s “The Grid”. Thanks for the inspiration in both images and by the pen/keyboard."
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"Awesome story Karen — I loved reading about your life transformed. Of course I loved the photography theme and the geek in me is forever curious about the power of tech and the power of social platforms. But … for me it is the arc of lives transformed that inspires. Thank you so much for sharing. See you on G+ and in the Arcanum!"