Paperwhite.

Natalie (my younger sister) bought me a Kindle for my birthday recently, which was actually the best and most perfect gift ever. I have always wanted a Kindle. I always figured it would make me read more because I kind of have ADD and will get distracted by new books before finishing old ones. Therefore, I have never really finished any books but always read the beginning of A LOT of books. If you could have everything in one place you would be able to choose any book at any time depending on your mood! I never bought one for myself though.. because they were kind of expensive and I wasn't sure if I could stay focused enough to utilize it for how much it costs.

 

Well. Natalie got me one. Since then I have completed 2 entire books, from beginning to end in a matter of days. So, thanks Nat. I am now literate.

It also really applies to my current lifestyle because Kevin and myself have decided that 2017 is going to bring us a lot of adventure and travel. Making the Kindle the best gift ever because it is portable and will fit in my Osprey backpack and follow me to the ends of the earth.

The first book on my wish list was "The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up" (I read in a few hours on the plane from beginning to end) is well worth its 10k good reviews on Amazon. I now want to purchase it for my entire family, including my mother who needs to throw things away (sorry Amma but it is true). It was funny reading it on the plane, because I really wanted to apply the theories to my life but I did not have a house or belongings anymore, so what I did was go through all the applications on my phone and decide if they bring me joy or not. Progress was still made. The five pages of apps I had were reduced to three. So I win right?

The other book that I completed, which has been my inspiration to write and blog more, is "Everybody Writes" by Ann Handley. She pretty much gives you shit for doubting yourself and tells you if you want to do something and do it well, do it everyday. Eventually you will become better and people will be interested in your shit (excuse my french). Her theories bring me back to Malcolm Gladwell's book "The Outliers" which states that you can become a master of anything if you had 10,000 hours to practice said thing.

There was a day in Bali, that I will never forget, that my sister was staring at a white frangipani she was twirling in her hand on our car ride home. She did not break eye contact with the flower as she said.. "can you image if I only had 10,000 hours with this flower". I wonder what she would have accomplished? Well Tony Greenhand had more than 10,000 hours with rolling joints and had made a living from rolling fancy smokeable joints!

I actually kind of forgot where I was going with the point of this story... but I will conclude with this:
1. If you travel and like to read, get a Kindle.
2. If you don't travel and like to read but have ADD, get a Kindle.
3. Pretty much, get a Kindle.
and...
4. 10,000 hours is all you need to become a master at anything (approx 417 days). That is just over one year of your life, so go do something about it.

*MIC DROP*

Aids Life Cycle 2016.. Real Life is Different Now.

Hey guys! I am pleased to present you with a video peek into life on the ride with Aids Life Cycle. As many of you may know.. via my pestering emails and non-stop text messages asking you to pull out your credit cards and donate to my fundraising page, I rode my bicycle from San Francisco to Los Angeles a few weeks ago. It wasn’t a lie! and I actually made it the whole way! (well most of it). I’d like to thank everyone for their support even if you didn’t know or understand what the hell this ride was for.

Prior to day one I had over trained and under stretched and pulled a muscle in my knee, I couldn’t walk up or down stairs and worst of all I couldn’t ride my bike! I was devastated that I was not going to be able to go on this ride that I had been working my ass off for all year. I had heard about all of the medical support along the ride and made up my mind that I was not going to give up before I could begin so I rode out strong with my team from the Cow Palace in South San Francisco and successfully made it all the way to Santa Cruz with no casualties. This was already a milestone for me, the most miles I had ever ridden in one day, in my entire life. I made it to camp feeling accomplished and exhausted. Day 1 check!

Day two was a sad day for me because I was only able to make it to the first rest stop without piercing pains through my right knee cap (that hill aka the Little Fucker didn’t help, but I still peddled to the top of it!). At rest stop one, about 14 miles in, I couldn’t pedal at all. There were no sports med doctors until lunchtime so I had to hitch a ride in a SAG car. I got re-tapped with kinetic tape at lunch and was able to ride 70 more miles! Aside from the struggles I experienced the first half of the morning, day 2 went from a sad day to being my favorite day. There were so many sights to see! My favorite was when we stopped by a river under a bridge where people were stripping out of their bike shorts, leaving their bikes on the side of a hill and swimming in the clear waters flowing downstream. A few miles later there was an 'Otter Pop stop' where everyone was in tutus, shaking their booty’s to dance music and eating otter pops!

I won’t get into the details of everyday, mostly because everything has merged into one large memory by now and also because I don’t want to bore you. The whole ride demanded the most physical and mental energy I have ever experienced. 10 hours a day on a bicycle with no sounds just yourself and your thoughts.. I made some great friends, kept great memories, saw beautiful California landscapes and immersed myself into the Love Bubble. Also, I made it to the finish line.. on my bicycle.. with no broken bones and no flat tires! I would say that is an overall win regardless.

 

Anyway.. I hope you enjoy the video! It makes me cry every time I play it.

Filmed by Sara & Natalie Uduwela, Compiled by Kevin Cobarrubia

Stay Tuned.

As some of you have been following me for a few years, you know I used to be in the Wedding industry, shooting SO MANY weddings! in 2012 I decided to leave my business and attend art school in San Francisco. I had a grand vision of the city and its artist community and knew I was going to bring it hard! Whatever "it" was. Well art school turned out to suck the creative everything out of me. LOL. I did not leave though.. I gained lots of technical knowledge that I did not have before, though my portfolio was now ALL OVER THE PLACE. I tried all the genres, shot all the things, didn't shoot other things, played with some cool cameras and came out with some great friends!

This is my new website, the old one is completely gone, you will not be able to find it. Unfortunate because my blog was intensive! it showed history! But I am hoping to eventually getting around to archiving all my posts (one rainy day). In the mean time, I will be cultivating new posts from my life today onwards. I have graduated art school and begun working in the San Francisco photo industry. Success? I guess. But I am hungry for more. I am hungry for travel and travel and travel. I hope my photography will take me that route. This blog will surely reflect it, and everyone can accompany me in my life/thoughts/experiences/projects from here on out.

Welcome to the new and improved (adult-ing) Sara Uduwela!

*Mic Drop*

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