Dakota Adan

What is the story of your life?
Someone asked me once the difference between when I take pictures and when I film.
To me both are storytelling, but one is about pulling the trigger right in the moment.
In either case, whether I'm searching for moments I've filmed or looking through pieces of captured time, one of my favorite parts of visual storytelling is getting to share it. I love when someone tells me I Adopt the pace of nature. Her secret is patience. -Emerson #tigertribe
Life simply moves at a different speed here. The phrase Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world. -Desmond Tutu
I am convinced we are not built for a 24 hour news cycle. The constant barrage of negative media simply cannot be wholly beneficial.
It's easy to become paralyzed by all the problems that the world faces. But this last week my best friend (@taylorsaxelby) invited me on a trip do a little bit of good with her @thisbar @clancycauble @bc_serna
It's a granola bar that's sold in the United States (you can grab one ok amazon, wholefoods or Starbucks) and for every bar sold a life saving packet of nutrition gets delivered to children in need.
I got to witness the lives affected first hand and believe me when I say, eating never felt so good.
And PS I learned that the nuts in the bar are pollinator friendly! If you don't know what that means feel free to DM for an explanation but basically it means my bee friends get to keep doing their thing! Heaven is under our feet as well as above our heads. -Thoreau
I always have this internal struggle between showing the beautiful corners of the world and a guilty feeling of what could happen if a place like this becomes overrun and mistreated by tourism.
Just driving to this remote little town is absolutely beautiful and takes you through cloud forests before landing on the shores of a lake surrounded by towering volcanoes.
But I feel so happy by what I found here in San Marcos. A balance between people and nature. A secret garden who's secret is not just in its external beauty.
What most people see is a beautiful place to lay their head, but what Lush hotel is doing in San Marcos Guatemala is brilliant.
Walls made from eco-bricks that solve a plastic problem, recycling grey water, reclaimed wood and glass, composting and proper waste sorting and recycling all while empowering the local communities who call this place home.
No matter where we are in the world, it is our responsibility to steward our corner of Eden.
Thank you to @lushatitlan for hosting me and my friends @taylorsaxelby and @bc_serna ! 
#lushatitlan The lamps are different, but the light is the same. -Rumi
Life continues to be one of those teachers that surprises me just as comfort begins to set in.
This week I had the privilege and blessing of traveling to Guatemala with my best friend @taylorsaxelby with a rag tag crew of filmmakers (@bc_serna) and social do gooder (@clancycauble).
It has been a long time since I traveled with Taylor and a lot of life had transpired in the time between. We took different paths and this made the growing pains of our friendship tangible in the Guatemalan air.
But love is a uniting force and friendship is a bond worth suffering for.
It may have taken a moment but I see we still shine the same light though the journey has taken us different routes and I could not be more proud to still call her my friend.
Thank you to @thisbar for opportunity to work alongside such brilliant humans doing work and telling stories of good.
Also side note! The brands I tagged @statebags and @bangsshoes are brands also committed to doing good in the world! @wakamicanada where I got my bracelet even supports women here in Guatemala! If you judge people, you have no time to love them. -Mother Theresa
Ps: check out my story today 🐯
#thetigermap #tigereyes
Some people say it is morbid to be always thinking of one’s own faults. That would be all very well if most of us could stop thinking of our own without soon beginning to think about those of other people. For unfortunately we enjoy thinking about other people’s faults: and in the proper sense of the word ‘morbid’, that is the most morbid pleasure in the world. -CS Lewis
Compassion. Mercy. Grace. Love.
These are the tools that will go farther than judgement and condemnation.
I want to speak to my Christian family for a moment so if faith is not your thing, feel free to skip this post. You're amazing and this isn't at all directed to make you feel some type of way.
I don't want to start a debate over what it means to be a disciple of Christ, you can be a horrible disciple and still by definition and technicality be a disciple.
I was once a disciple to a teacher in the craft of dance, and as past videos clearly show I was not a very good one.
The point is, these are arguments that, while important, are not the first questions we should be asking ourselves as Christians. Are we loving our God? Are we loving our neighbor?
There's a lot of darkness with Craziness is art. -Jordanian Proverb
This expression is said to people who behave in a crazy way but they still amaze people with what they do.
Feeling the crazy part is easy, but it's just as important to look at the blessing your life is and find a deep and serious sense of amazement.
Jordan is one of my favorite places and filled with some of my favorite memories (massive thanks to @gakenia3)
Here's a little secret though, you can travel the world or traverse the block around your house, but that gratitude and mirth must come from within.
If not you will look without seeing, and miss the beauty that is constantly set before you.
The miracle of your life. Life is only available in the present moment. If you abandon the present you cannot live the moments of your daily life deeply. -Thich Nhat Hanh
There may never be a that perfect mental state that removes uncertainty from the future.
The truth is there is no such thing as complete safety from life.
But the moment I find myself worrying about the future and where I'll be in 6 months or a years time, I have to pull myself back to the present.
I'm notorious for saying that The proper function of a man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use time. -Jack London #thetigermap #reclaimingmytime
I remember literally running through the streets of Japan in moments, just so excited by all there was to see and not wanting to miss a single thing.
Maybe it's the impatient millennial in me, or maybe it's the keen awareness that my time can never be reclaimed when it's gone, but I see every day, minute and hour as such a gift.
And the moments I spend not living as I know I want to or should; whether that be in relationships, spiritually or in the work I do are squandered opportunities.
Money comes and goes, recognizing this fact changed my life. And the logic that followed changed me even more: time is more valuable than money.
Stop wasting it not doing or being the person you want to be.
The watch I'm wearing is from a awesome company that plants a tree for every watch purchased (and the watches themselves are made of beautiful wood). One secret about my @wewoodwatch is that I always keep it on pacific time. No matter where I am in the world, I always share the hours with home. A mind once stretched by a new experience cannot go back to its original dimensions. -Oliver Holmes #thetigermap
What is it you are searching for?
From my magical week in Bali with @glographics came this piece that I'm super proud of.
There were days when we would wake up before the sun, and other days where we made crazy contraptions to film in the pouring rain.
It was a week with a friend I had just met but felt like I had known forever with new jokes for every day.
Capturing her beauty and the beauty of Bali was just a matter of pointing my camera in the right direction. And I left with so much more than just gorgeous footage.
I took big dreams and a fire to make them happen, it's a big world out there and I want to share the story of our beautiful planet. Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world. -Desmond Tutu
If you haven't seen the video I did for @isrealunlimited definitely check it out! It's just a wee scroll down on my feed.
I will never forget this day, all the beautiful things I saw, the people I met, and the memories I made.
My friend Aviv took me and @gakenia3 out on ATVs through the deserts after I had floated around in the Dead Sea.
We watched the sun set on places I'd read about in Sunday school but never thought I would walk with my own feet.
The world is such a big and beautiful place. And she is not without problems.
But I'm all places and times I am trying to share a bit of light. To turn off the never ending stream of news and media and remember where, and how I make the biggest difference is right in front of me.
Thank you to @israelunlimited for an unforgettable trip If you can dream it, you can do it.
-Walt Disney #tigereyes #thetigermap
I've always held onto this chicks hood dream of seeing the Great Pyramids of Giza.
And although the journey had some bumps (I definitely got stuck in the airport for a couple of hours because of visa issues), and even though I traveled to Egypt alone, I still look back at this moment with such wonder.
Before Egypt was even on my radar, I had it written on my vision board in January. I met amazing friends, and felt all the excitement and awe of seeing another great wonder of the world.
A childhood dream completed.
Isn't that half the reason we wanted to grow up as kids? To be able to embark on the adventures in our little hearts, no permission needed save our own.
Go get those dreams! Make them happen people. Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang. -Henry van Dyke
Truly one of my favorite things about Instagram stories is to use it as an outlet for my creativity.
All social media allows me to express myself, but knowing the story will expire in 24 hours allows me a level of bravery to experiment.
If I make something and I don't like it, it will soon be gone.
But along the way I've had amazing support from the people who decide to watch what I share and some even have asked me to start giving these videos a permanent home.
So today I am sharing this video I made for @bangsshoes while I was in Hong Kong. I am also going to be releasing new content this week on my YouTube channel (finally).
It's easy to get discouraged and be your own worst critic, but the best way to get over it is to share. I find people are far more charitable, kind and supporting than you imagine.
Www.youtube.com/dakotaadan In the desert of life the wise person travels by caravan. The fool prefers to travel alone. -Jordanian Proverb #thetigermap #tigertribe also check out my story today!
I won't lie to you, this was one of those life moments.
My jaw dropped, time stopped, and I could not believe what I had the privilege of witnessing.
As crazy as some of the things I've done in my life are, there's this hunger to continue to push myself to do and see more. And I'm grateful for my mom for always giving me perspective that if today was it for me, I've lived a pretty incredible life by any account.
But what people don't tell you is this can sometimes be a lonely road.
I often travel alone, simply because the more people there are the more obstacles there are to work around. But although the tribe is harder to find (@gakenia3), having people who will stick by your side when you leave for months at a time (you know who you are) are rare, and you will miss terribly the wonderful people you meet on the journey (@glographics, @henn.drawn too!), it is always worth having someone to walk with. And a joy shared is always twice as great.
Thanks mom for the reminder that people matter and I don't have to do it all alone. The quality, not the longevity, of ones life is what is important. -Martin Luther King Jr.
This was the final place I stayed the night while in Bali. A beautiful hotel with cultural influences from three different places on the globe.
Perched perfectly next to a black sand beach, it was the most bittersweet place I got to call home.
I met beautiful people and immersed myself in such a kind culture that the prospect of going back to LA looked bleak.

Every time I go someplace new I take a little bit with me, in exchange for a piece of my heart.
I've been back in the states for over a week now and already seen so much in my own country that makes me miss being abroad. But I think the answer is not to run away. Not to stick our heads in the sands, but to turn off the tv at some point and embrace the people around us.
To take the opportunities to see the world as it is, and realize there's so much more that unites us as human being than the imagined borders that divide us.
I plan on taking off on more adventures as soon as I can. To be sure I'm not running from anything, but in the process of seeking, searching and growing. Hoping to come out the other side a better man.
I have a very special video that I cannot wait to show you all that I made with @glographics while in Bali. Be watching the story in the next day or so! Can't wait till our next adventure boo. Thanks for everything!
Thank you to everyone at @rumahluwih for making my stay simply perfect. If you go, make sure you meet their staff, all the way up to the lovely manager of Hotel. And thank you to @theasia.collective ❤ can't wait till the next one Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within reach of every hand. -Mother Teresa #thetigermap
What is it that you love?

Someone once said my pictures and my videos were visual poetry. A love letter to the earth.
Which turned to be true.
I love this beautiful planet we live on, and it never ceases to inspire me in new ways.
Even this gorgeous dragon fruit blows my mind, it looks like something from another world or time.
I am constantly trying to find ways to live in a more sustainable manner, and after watching The poetry of the earth is never dead. -John Keats
Whenever I go somewhere new, I always try to immerse myself in the local culture as much as I can.
Whether it's the language, the food, the fashion or just conversation. What I really loved about being in this place was how excited the locals were if you spoke just a few words of their language (however badly I may have been butchering the accent).
It was such a small way of saying I respect you.
Bali is a island of such natural beauty, built right into the culture, the architecture and general way of life.
Even their unique way of growing and harvesting rice is a sight to behold.
If I could take one thing with me from my trip back to my cityscape in LA it would be the love and respect of nature and the harmony these people have with it. Lovely days don't come to you, you should walk to them... -Rumi
There are two moments in the day when the light becomes pure magic.
Sunrise. And Sunset.
But there's something so special about sunrise when the world is still quiet.
@glographics and I woke up mad early but were greeted by the beauty of the jungle as the morning mist cleared.
As beautiful as this shot is, and as magical as the moments are I still wonder if I'm doing this whole life thing right. If I'm being honest I even rewrote this caption multiple times because I don't even know if I'm doing a caption right sometimes.
I see friends getting married and having kids and these are all lovely things. But... I have to remind myself that the paths are different, what we find lovely, is different, and there is no right answer to how you do this life thing.
I only know that the vision becomes clearer when I am looking forward. In times and places like this, I remember the loveliness and the blessed nature of my personal journey.
Thank you to @komanekatanggayuda and @theasia.collective for being a part of such a magical moment. People may flatter themselves just as much by thinking that their faults are always present to other people's minds, as if they believe that the world is always contemplating their individual charms and virtues. -Elizabeth Gaskell #tigereyes
I had this beautiful room to myself and the most perfect set up for a bath like I'd never had, but I almost didn't touch the water.
I am ALL about self-care, but for one toxic moment I became insecure. No one was even in the room, but my masculinity felt threatened by a bathtub.
It's one of the scars I carry from childhood filled with managing speech and gestures for the sake of other boys who were just as insecure.
But I'm older now, and it's downright absurd to think the world dwells on my life that much, and even more outlandish to give those thoughts such power.
It's my only life I get to live.
And it's a bathtub.
I probably smelled like roses the rest of the week, but it's better than the smell of fear.
Thank you @komanekaresorts for such a lovely gift waiting for me in the room. And to @theasia.collective for always making my time in Asia amazing! Why do you stay in prison when the door is so wide open? -Rumi
With the videos I've been posting on my story and the photos I've been taking from around the world, I have many people asking how a life like this is possible.
The truth is, I have a hard time seeing my life in any other context.
If it's important to you, be brave and make it happen. Ignore the people who say you're crazy and embrace the ones who remind you what is possible.
This week has been filled with all kinds of brilliance and I cannot thank @glographics enough for being one of those people who opens mental doors to remind me what's possible.
I'm also old enough to know that not everyone is as blessed with the hand I've been dealt, but we need to examine what we think is a losing combination. I think we are too quick to assume what we have been given is not enough.
I was not born into money, but I was blessed enough to be born in a time and place where capturing moments on a camera could be called a job.
It may require

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.