the chaotic life of austin simmons

when life comes at you fast…just yell and scream!!!

If i had to sum up the whole week in one word, it would have to be….WHOAH.  Between applying for a scholarships, discovering the elements behind what makes children books successful, photo-shoots with talented models, and being covered in my friends blood after a crazy biking accident, words such as hectic, stressful, encouraging, overwhelming, amazing, and even rewarding come to mind.  As if living a dream, i was slapped in the face with wild situation after wild situation of non-stop action.

A friendly Friday afternoon of casual biking with a close buddy of mine suddenly turned south, quickly developing into the most terrifying, terrorizing, and real experience of my life.  After his pant leg had lodged itself into the chain of his bike, he was violently thrown off his machine…causing severe damage to his head as he hit the ground.  It was through this experience that i was reminded of the passage of scripture in james:

“…whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.”

Just moments before, the two of us had been casually talking about how his newborn baby girl was doing, branding/applying yourself as an artist, and the possibility of riding as couriers in new york city for a summer.  Although his spill did not yield any life-long consequences, the experience alone served as a reminder of something we will all someday face: the reality of death.  For what is our life?  A vapor that appears for a moment and vanishes the next.  So the question i ask myself is simple.  Am i living each day as if it was my last?  Does my life give evidence to those around me of the relationship I have in Christ?  I was convicted.

On a different note, my first studio project of the semester deals with communicating to kids, where we will be designing a childrens book!  Fun right?!  At first i was overwhelmed with the the thought of creating something that requires so much knowledge of how kids perceive the world, but now [of course] i am excited to see the direction the project will lead me.  I will definitely keep you guys up to date on the progress of the project.

On Monday i had the privilege of shooting with the beautiful Chelsea Burnette, a wonderful friend of mine that is currently pursuing a career in journalism at NC State University.  Taking advantage of the wonderful weather, we visited a couple of unique places in downtown Raleigh in hopes to get some nice shots.  Recently, one of my goals as an artist has been to gain more experience in photographing people.  So, in attempt of working toward this goal, i asked Chelsea if she would be willing to let me photograph her.  Overall, i was very pleased with the shots.  The lighting was beautiful and Chelsea did amazing.  She was a trooper, as she was often times forced to stare directly into the sun.  You are more than welcome to check them out on my site:

Last week I had the joy of working on an application for the Caldwell Fellows Program at NC State.  It is a program that strongly believes in outside of the box thinking, self-discovery, and a commitment to service while striving to live a life of excellence.  It is through the program that i hope to develop as a leader, a role model, and a servant to others.  I submitted the application on Wednesday, now i just have to wait and see what will happen.  I let you guys know if anything progresses!

Thanks again for all the support you continue to show!  You guys rule!  Talk to you soon!!

In love



4 responses

  1. Andrew Puccio

    Love your writing

    January 22, 2010 at 7:35 pm

  2. Chelsea Burnette

    some days i just count my lucky stars that you are my friend : ) you constantly inspire me & i love you for that!

    January 24, 2010 at 6:14 pm

  3. karalynnrueda

    i really enjoy reading your posts austin 🙂

    January 25, 2010 at 3:35 pm

  4. karalynnrueda

    i love reading your posts austin!

    January 25, 2010 at 3:47 pm

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