Going out of comfort zone


[Hook] In 1961 Yury Gagarin was the first person to go to space leaving familiar of this planet.



  1. Coming to the US – “alien planet”. Georgia airport experience.


  1. Precooked food. Going out of comfort zone teaches how to be flexible.


  1. Teaching kids. Going out of comfort zone teaches how to be innovative.


  1. Everyone has their own comfort zone.



           Going out of comfort zone brings flexibility and creativity needed at work place and at home. Make yourself uncomfortable!


Living with the depression

In the United States, suicide is the second leading cause of death among people aged 15–34years. Among young adults aged 18–25 years, 8.3 percent have had serious thoughts of suicide.

Stopping by a Counseling Center at university campus I attend in the beginning of the semester, put me in a slight shock. It was just the beginning of the semester, but the facility was already packed.  As I stepped inside, I saw many turned their faces down to the magazines or phones. It seemed, everyone were either afraid or simply ashamed to manifest their struggling situation. After that day I saw those people around campus; they weren’t strangers anymore. I often wondered what they were going through and how I could help them.

It wasn’t long after, that this issue became more personal. My close friend shared about her struggles with depression and couple suicide attempts. Even though she wasn’t thinking about ending her life anymore, it was still hard to face daily life.

In this project I attempted to show her thoughts and feelings. Even though depression might have different faces for everyone, still a lot of people describe it as life without meaning and color. It also seems that depression is often accompanied by loneliness.

P.S. Since the topic is personal I asked my other friend to model for this project, to represent the friend I mentioned earlier in the description.

Salt Lake City – Street Photography



Not a Typical Honeymoon

Vanessa Murillo, a sophomore studying accounting and Edison Murillo,a sophomore majoring in mechanical engineering, met on the first day of classes Winter Semester of 2017.

Since then, they were inseparable. After dating for two semesters, they set their wedding date for Aug.26.

The wedding destination was easy to choose as Vanessa confessed. Vanessa is native to Houston and Edison came from Spain to pursue his career in the U.S. The couple decided to get married in Houston.

Right after the semester ended, the couple flew straight from Rexburg, 10 days before the wedding.

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Like every ordinary couple, the future Murillos were preoccupied with the wedding plans: dinner, decorations and sealing in the temple.

“Within two days of arriving to Houston, people started telling us that there was a tropical storm coming to town,” Edison said. “They were asking us If we had a backup plan for the wedding or if we were still planning to go on our honeymoon.”

Vanessa said she didn’t think much of it, since previous hurricanes used to change directions and never got to Houston.

“Our plan before the wedding was just to ignore it,” Vanessa said.

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Even though they were determined to have their celebrations on the 26th, the weather thought otherwise. Hurricane Harvey was gaining momentum and was not going to change its direction. Four days before the wedding, the storm was already hitting Texas and moving toward the city.

To ensure the safety of people, the Houston Temple closed over the weekend, so Vanessa and Edison decided to move their sealing up two days to Aug24. The wedding ceremony and reception took place within the family circle and close friends, seeing as many of the original guests were unable to attend.

Harvey hit the night of the Murillos’ reception with heavy rain and wind, flooding all the surrounding areas next to the chapel where they held their celebrations.

“It looked like the heavens were pouring buckets of water,” Vanessa said.

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Edison and Vanessa said they cancelled their honeymoon vacation in South San Padre Island, and spent the day after their wedding serving others in the community. The neighboring retirement home flooded, leaving elderly people in water up to their necks. The Murillos, along with many others,helped to transport people to charter buses, so they could later be evacuated to the north part of Houston.

“This is not how you would imagine your honeymoon,” Edison said.

Edison and Vanessa weren’t upset by the situation, but embarrassed it as an opportunity to help their community.

“But, it was a humbling experience,” Vanessa said. “It made us see the perspective on life and what it is all about, helping those who are around. It added a new meaning to the covenants we made in the temple the day before.”

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The engraved dates on the wedding rings of Edison and Vanessa still have the original day they planned to get married, Aug. 26, the day when Hurricane Harvey hit Houston. It serves as a reminder for the Murillos that plans tend to change and life is about serving others.


Published  Oct 14, 2017 , BYU-Idaho Scroll



A day in the life of Kegan Indiana

Kegan made the turn for his second circuit. 130 pounds, he recorded in his little shabby notepad. He moved with robotic precision, but organic fluidity, lift after lift, nailed to perfection. In the gym he had no worries, no homework, no people to care about – it was just him and cold metal of the barbels.  He wasn’t one of those body builders who goes to the gym to show off his pile of muscles. In fact, he looked like any other guy until he scaled a rock face, bulging his chest like a mountain.

The well-used gym shoes were sending the message that fitness fashion wasn’t the goal, but the result of exhausting training. He wasn’t looking for a recognition rather self-affirmation and satisfaction.

He was not sprayed on mutual courtesy. I think that day that I spent with him in the gym, was the only time when he broke his habit of silence. “You should consider exercising,” he told me, doing another squat. Ten circuits and he was stress free and ready for a day in the office.

There were two offices Kegan was a part of. First, the Reading Center, the facility that offered help for those who wanted to master college study and the second, the big call center in town, Melaleuca .

The Reading Center, as a part of the campus, carried chill and relaxed atmosphere. The average size room with big as shop front windows was a mix of all kinds of people. There were tutors, the senior or more experienced students and those who needed the help or simply, a study buddy.

Kegan was one of the tutors. He taught his students reading strategies, time management and test taking skills. There weren’t any unnecessary time gaps in his schedule and he required the same from those he taught.

Even though, there wasn’t any dress code the tutors had to follow, but fresh ironed shirt and a pair of work slacks were his usual attire. To keep it more casual, he never wore a tie. Was his look dictated by his other job or himself, is still a mystery to me. It wasn’t just his looks that were clean-cut, but his posture. Everything about him seemed so well put together, inspiring the confidence.  He was a senior, hardworking and single. That’s all anyone knew about him, until you talked to him more openly.

It was the space that they shared in their mother’s belly that made Kegan and his twin brother, Ryhs close and almost inseparable. Kegan was only few minutes older, but he’s little brother seemed always to know better. Ryhs was always the one to suggest the crazy ideas.

It was his idea, when they were three years-old, to take the hockey stick and chase their younger sisters around the house. Ryhs and Kegan were partners in crime. While the youngest seemed always to get out of every trouble, Kegan suffered all the consequences.

It’s the stubbornness that made him seemed so confident, but that wasn’t the trait his dad appreciated, suppressing his bad temper.

“I’ve learned my lesson. It’s stupid to get mad,” he told me explaining why he’s chill and laid back now.

The childhood lessons didn’t go in vain and Kegan carried his nonchalance into his adulthood. When he turned 17 and it was time to go to college, Kegan simply tagged along with his twin, starting art classes. It wasn’t his forte, but he worked hard, that just the way he was. “I worked my butt off, drawing and painting,” he shared his “love” for his major with me. It took him all his college years to realize that wasn’t what he wanted for his life career.

Part of him had always wanted to go for adventures and his middle name, Indiana, seemed foretelling his possible future. There was always a struggle between self-discipline and freedom, just like in the childhood – chasing sisters around the house or being punished. Exercising was that freedom for him, in fact that’s where the stubbornness came in handy.

Kegan is a senior in university. In a week, he will throw his graduation cap in celebration of all the hard work and efforts. What will he think of holding the diploma of bachelor of arts?  Will he pick up the brushes and pencils again?

“I’m just a person. I’m not perfect. I don’t have everything figure out,” he confesses.

All the confidence fades away denouncing a typical university graduate, with all the uncertainty and doubts about the future. But for now, he will start his day tomorrow with 130 pounds, well used shoes and a new self-record.




One homeless person saved



[Hook] 60.900. 60.900 homeless people are in shelters in New York. And I will join them tonight. Those were my thoughts as I landed in New York.



  1. Leaving New York dream. Jogging in Central Park, watching Broadway shows on the weekends, going to the beach to Coney Island and shopping in Macy’s.


  1. Felling lost and helpless.


  1. Discovering my uncle. No need for anything.


  1. Breaking down. Discovering that people are good.


  1. Calling to my friend Artiom.


  1. Man on the subway. Dealing with Russian Mafia.


  1. Friend’s place and feeling loved.




            People are good and we need each other to survive. Go out there and save the one.

Advertising campaign

Summer moves on and the long-awaited summer break is here. Spending almost 3 months inside studying and submitting projects for homework, now i want to take an advantage of every sunny day. Playing outside, swimming and relaxing with friends is definitely on my list this summer.

But, before I go wild, last project to work on. 🙂


I found my inspiration in NIKE ad campaign for Dubai Open.

NIKE’s mission states, “To bring inspiration and innovation to every athlete in the world.”

The legendary University of Oregon track and field coach, and Nike co-founder, Bill Bowerman said, “If you have a body, you are an athlete.”

Bowerman was a teacher who showed athletes the secrets to achievement.

Owning a pair on NIKE shoes does make me feel like an athlete.

For my last project I had to analyse the ad campaign and create new ad that will fit the campaign.

Campaign ad analyses

I think the design in simple, clear and as always sends the message of victory and success.

The colors in the ads are very simple and bold. The background along with the color has some texture to make it more interesting. If you look closer you can see some dots and minor scratches.


They used San serif typeface for their statements. It has a clean cut in letters to slanted stokes like in the typical book font.

The statement is also placed under an angle. I think it adds to the message. The angles give the sense of direction and they lead your eye and take it outside the ad box. It makes me think that there are no limits in setting records.

On the top right corner there is a NIKE logo. It’s so clear and universal, so there is no need to explain whose ad is this. Along with that there is information of the event.

They also use a lot of color contrast to make emphasis in words. You understand that’s The Dubai Open.

With the main message they used the same trick. It encourages you to GO FOR!

Talking about the athlete placement in the ad, his figure is also clear and not clattered. There is no tennis net, cheering fans or referees. His image also overlaps the words.

After picking on those details it was easy to get an idea how to create the new ad.

New ad

I found a great picture of a tennis player in Pixabay that I thought would fit perfectly for my ad.

Applying my Photoshop skills I cut her out of the background to get rid of extra.

I though that the color of the background would also be a great match. Green color goes along with orange and light blue of the NIKE ads.

But the color wasn’t everything I had to do for the background, I had to also add some texture to it.

The texture looked like old paper, with dots and scratches. I went to texture.com to look for that would look like papyrus or old book page.


I overlay the texture and the color background and created that texture I needed.


I realized that creating new ad requires analyses beforehand.

Small details like texture, color, typography is what pulls all together. Those are basic design principles. Along with it don’t forget about simplicity of the design and diffidently don’t be afraid of negative space. Keep your focus on the message.

And for now… up I go towards new summer records! There are no limits! Make your summer count!