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Dakota Adan



What do you love?
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In the end, we only conserve what we love. -Baba Dioum
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All the beautiful places I go to remind me how important it is to steward this beautiful planet well. But just like joy being the force that gets us moving, the answer isn't to frantically take on the world. I used to think so but I would get nothing done that way and just end up overwhelmed by the weight of the world. Ask yourself what you love and get involved there.  So what is it for you?
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Photo by @giuseppegiofre If you are not living in Joy, you are out of integrity with your soul. -Michael Beckwith #tigereyes
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I am so happy to be back with mama ocean!
Let's be clear about something, joy is so much deeper than happiness and so it's 100% possible to be sad and still have joy. Joy is a pervasive sense of well being. It is the knowledge that everything is alright, even in the midst of trouble.
I made the promise to myself on my birthday earlier this year that I would be led by joy from here on out instead of the fear of failure. It's a daily struggle to build it in as a habit but on the days when it goes well, I experience so much more freedom.
It all starts with asking yourself why am I doing the things that I do and getting VERY honest. And it takes a brave person to take the first step and admit it's because they are afraid. Afraid of what their parents will think, afraid of what their friends will think or just afraid to fail. But fear is the cheapest room in the house.
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Photo by my amazing friend and favorite picky eater @giuseppegiofre Shine like the whole universe is yours. -Rumi #tigereyes
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It was 1 o'clock in the morning and as exhausted as I was I couldn't help but pull over to look at the miracle above my head.  I live for those experiences that remind you how small you and your problems are.
When you see that many stars you realize that we do not float around in a sea of nothing but there is really so much good and so much light in the world.
Every inch of the sky is filled with it.
I could go across the world searching, but sometimes the most beautiful moments are when we simply look up. Your miracles are closer than you think. What's your big dream?
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You will have to work harder than you ever have, but if you can make that agreement with yourself you will be just fine. -@erinoutdoors
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I am so grateful to have friends I can call on for inspiration, guidance and support! If you haven't met Erin definitely check her (and her blog) out.
These journeys can be crazy and even without seeing the whole staircase we have to take the first step. And the more time I spend in the world, the more I realize if your dream is big enough for you to accomplish on your own it's too small.
You need a team, you need allies, you need friends.
If you are reading this thank you for being all of the above. Your support means the world to me! Tiger tribe! You are the one!!!
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I have a big trip coming up where I'll be out of the country for a minute and creating content in some brilliant places and I cannot wait to share it all with you! Leave an emoji of something you love ❤️ 🐯
📷: @taylorsaxelby
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To love at all is to be vulnerable. -C.S. Lewis
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Whether it's it's something you love to do, and it means putting yourself on the line to make a dream become real; or a person you could not imagine being without: to love is to be vulnerable.
Love is not the safe bet. But it is the only bet worth taking. Tolerance isn't about not having beliefs. It's about how your beliefs lead you to treat people who disagree with you. -Tim Keller #tigereyes
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I initially took this picture after being inspired by a beautiful portrait and wanting to just experiment with something really minimalistic in nature. Nothing flashy just me and a tripod in the desert. But seeing it made me really think about the communities that are being demonized in my own country.
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I don't really like making political statements, there are politicians for that. And my take on the state of the world is that we need less of the 24 hour news cycle and more love of our neighbor. But if only to let me small circle of influence know where I stand, I stand on the side of love and tolerance. Of conversation and camaraderie.
Gandhi put it best when he said With brave wings she flies...
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I may never be able to quantify how vast an influence my mother has had on me. She is the free spirit I was born into and wings with which I fly.
A genius of persistence, my mom still surprises me with all she accomplishes. On wings made for 3,000 miles she will fly 6,000, her strength hidden between the joy and the grace that is her smile.
My mom is my grounding and my springboard and the wisdom to know which I need. But make no mistake, she was never a flower tethered to the earth. She is a monarch, a queen, my mother; and with brave wings, she flies.
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Happy Mother's Day mom. I love you. If you have a talent, use it in every which way possible. Don't hoard it. Don't dole it out like a miser. Spend it lavishly like a millionaire intent on going broke. -Brendan Francis Behan #tigereyes #spirithoods
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We suffer more from a lack of courage than a lack of talent. How often do we look around and believe our gifts will come up short?
Thing is, that is not for you to decide. Your part in this great story is to begin the work. Let the outcome take care of itself.
Pick up your camera, take your paint brush in hand, hold the pen steady and begin.
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P.S. if you haven't seen my latest vlog it's up on my YT channel! What keeps you motivated? One word! Go!!! The only way to live is to accept each minute as an unrepeatable miracle. -Storm Jameson #tigereyes
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I took a full day yesterday to simply practice celebrating the miracles in my life.
I rested as much as I needed and did not work for a whole day. I ate foods I love, listened to music I love, put on clothes I love, and went out and did things I love.
Hustle culture is the popular way of today, but sometimes we have to remind ourselves that we plant, we water, but we are not in complete control.
Taking a full day not to work, but to simply celebrate joy is like playing chicken with the fear. Staring down the anxiety that drives us to frantically work longer/harder/faster If we wait until we're ready we'll be waiting for the rest of our lives. -Lemony Snickey
@explorefairbanks
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This is true of pretty much everything worthwhile I have done. And I guarantee the moment you step out you will find yourself laughing that you hadn't sooner.
A bucket list is not meant for when you're retired! And a dream is not meant for when all the conditions are just right!
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Seeing the auroras in Fairbanks was the first bucket list item I accomplished where I realized the things I wanted to do in life had no real barriers. The only barrier was me.
So just do it! Go big, dream huge, live free.
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Huge thank you to @fountainheadhotels for hosting me! And to @spirithoods for keeping we warm! To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, draw closer, to find each other, and to feel. That is the purpose of life. -Secret Life of Walter Mitty
#spirithoods #explorefairbanks
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If you haven't seen that movie I highly suggest you watch it. I just watched it again and it still reminds me of the adventure I want my life to be.
But something else that struck me about the movie this go around was the comedic genius. It had me both inspired and laughing and we cannot forget joy as primary part of any adventure. Even to just get this photo I cannot help but laugh at the happy circumstances that allow me to call an adventure like that Thee are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. -Albert Einstein #tigereyes
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Feeling all sorts of gratitude this morning. This is the same balcony that was my ticket to see the northern lights. And taking a moment to just bask in the memory brings the joy full circle.
Gratitude is the secret. To move from a place of thanks and a place of joy is not both the best way and the only way to operate without being burned out.
My gratitude journal has been the common denominator between my lows and my highs (no need to wait for life to give you what you want before you give thanks). And while I don't think journaling is for everyone (I don't even find journaling beneficial half the time). Staying in a posture of appreciation makes minutes into moments and every moment, grace. ~
Thank you to @fountainheadhotels for the amazing set up and being my base camp for operation Fairbanks! Not fulfilling your dreams will be a loss to the world, because the world needs everyone’s gift. –Barbara Sher
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Most people think paradise is somewhere with palm trees and an oceanfront view. But it's a big wide world out there and If you widen your search you will find places you never even dreamed. And when you can step out onto your balcony to a view like this, you know you're in paradise.
These are the moments I dream about. And while a camera never does it justice, sharing it is my love letter to the earth and my act of gratitude to the God who made it. These moments give me perspective and if only for the short minute I catch you scrolling through your feed, I hope they inspire you like they did for me.
That thing you are dreaming about is your gift to the world. Don't leave the party without giving it away.
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Thanks to @fountainheadhotels for hooking me up with a balcony with such a sweet view! Don’t wait. The time will never be just right. -Napoleon Hill #explorefairbanks #tigereyes #spirithoods #fauxfur
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So here's the thing, regardless of what it looks like, I am still having to re-convince myself of this everyday. I'm a professional procrastinator watching the stars waiting for them to align. But as soon as I go on one of my crazy adventures I regain perspective and the regret/worry over all the things I could be missing out on at home just fall off.
Exploring Fairbanks was a perfect example of that perspective shift. Don't get me wrong I love my life in LA, but I was made for flights and adventures. And an experience like seeing winter give way to spring, or the northern lights in all their glory feeds this gypsy soul.
Sometimes all I have is a day, or maybe a weekend to fly to the top of the world and watch miracles dress the sky. Or maybe you only have an hour here or 30 minutes there to do the things you love. Take them. Grab those moments by the seconds, steal those memories by the minutes. Because your life is already in flight, cruising at 60 minutes per hour.
Wouldn't you prefer to remember it at the end than imagine what it could have been? The real risk is doing nothing.
-Denis Whitley
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I've been running all around Fairbanks Alaska, taking advantage of the extra hours of daylight, but this quiet moment at this beautiful hot spring gave me a chance to bask in the gratitude and joy of being in this adventurers' paradise.
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There are a million things in the world that I want to see, and do, and experience. And when I think about them all it can become overwhelming and I end up not doing anything as a result of the mental pressure. But here are two reminders (mostly for myself 😆 but I thought I would share).
One: Doing nothing solves nothing. Take a risk, take a chance, take a step, take a trip. And see where it takes you.
Two: You've got this. Whether it's finishing that book, applying to that job, checking that something off the bucket list, you don't need anyone's permission but your own.

Do more. What's your spirit animal? #tigereyes #spirithoods #fauxfur
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I am tremendously excited to be working with @spirithoods while on my trip to Alaska. They make beautiful faux fur (100% fake fur) coats, hoods, and blanks.  But what makes this company special is their commitment to honoring the animals which these hoods emulate. 10% of every purchase helps protect endangered animals. And as you probably know from my work with the elephant sanctuaries, that is a cause that is near and dear to my heart. So before anyone sees these wonderfully made items and leaves a strongly worded comment; we are on the same team.  I love the nature and all of its creatures in it.
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You were born with wings, you were not meant to crawl through life. -Rumi
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A wise friend once told me, The most incredible thing about miracles is that they happen. -GK Chesterton #tigereyes
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Let's be real, we all have some vision of what our life The beauty of following your heart, is that there will never be a regret that you tried. @glographics #tigereyes
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First, if you haven't checked out this girls blog definitely get into it! And if you're reading this make sure to spam her page with the 🐯 emoji to show some love from the tiger tribe!
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Second, I am so excited for my adventure plans this year, and the closest one being Aurora chasing in Alaska. In every trip I take and every adventure I go on, I aim to share pieces of this beautiful place we all call home. On my trip to see the monarch migration, friend's I made laughed when I explained that I was there because it was something on my bucket list. I was decades younger than anyone in the group and it was determined I was too young to have a bucket list.
But the point has never been to wait until life has passed you by to experience it. And I certainly do not want to wait until I am in the twilight years to do and experience all the things that take your breath away.
I live for the moments that remind you how small you are, that kill the ego and allow your soul to bloom.
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Ish is about to get crazy guys!

Dakota began his performance career at the age of 18 as one of the youngest members of the professional hip hop troupe: Culture Shock Los Angeles.  As a live performer, Dakota took to stages around the country in that time and eventually moved on to perform with  Disney at the Disneyland Resort, with the Bollywood Company Karmagraphy and also with the newly formed performance branch of Muse Dance Company.  Besides live performances, Dakota has been featured in Music Videos for Viennie V, Ryan Adames and Gina Starbuck as well as on national television, on shows like ABC Family's Bunheads, the MTV hit show America's Best Dance Crew and the Vegas Callbacks of So You Think You Can Dance.  All this while creating a name for his own creative movement at studios around the country, and at top dance schools like the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at UCI.  After having danced with top brands in the industry like Adidas, Disney, Vans, Warner Brothers, and Reebok, Dakota made the move from his hometown of San Diego to Los Angeles where he has begun a career modeling, acting, and writing as a reporter for Entertainment Scoop.


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