Photographer Chase Jarvis said we live in the Age of the Hyphen. No longer will people be, or do, one thing. We will all be hyphens and do many things.
I’m a hyphen. Writer. Pastor. Grace Junkie. Family Man. Business Owner. Builder. Leader. Son. Disciple. Artist. Curious. Reader. Vinyl Junkie.
In the 80’s, my hyphenation began to blossom. When Maverick was buzzing the tower with Goose, and Daniel LaRusso was practicing his crane kick, I was dreaming about becoming a writer.
I spent hours firing up my electric Sears typewriter letting my imagination go wild. A family of readers, and seas of books, also stoked my creative fire.
My entrepreneurial spirit was also being awakened at a young age. The first business was stealing avocados from the neighbors tree, filling my red wagon to the brim, and selling them door-to-door. I was seven.
But, you know how it goes… Somewhere in Middle/High School/College the dream of writing/artistic expression, starting businesses, is replaced with memorizing facts for getting into college, and finding a “real” and “secure” job that pays the bills. Whatever that means.
So I did the “practical” and “secure” thing and put my creative and entrepreneurial pursuits on hold. Until 2004, when a little digital platform called Blogger (blogging) came on the scene. Before the cool kid’s were doing it, I found a digital home to write and express my thoughts on faith, pop culture, leadership, and whatever interested me at the time.
What started on my bedroom floor in the mid-80’s behind the hum of a typewriter, was now awakened in full force.
Since 2004, I’ve blogged on a variety of subjects, written articles for publication, and have now authored 17 fiction and nonfiction books.
I’m thankful for my family, teachers, and friends who continued to encourage my writing and art, even when it didn’t seem feasible or “practical.”
I’ve also realized that despite taking the “practical” route and working the day job, it does not hinder your creative pursuits. In many ways they’re beautiful dance partners. All work requires creativity, artistic expression, and ingenuity.
Since 2005, I designed, launched, and have led two nonprofits. By the way, scratching my entrepreneurial itch stoked in the avocado salesman days. These adventures have allowed me to tap into my creative side in unexpected ways. From finding solutions to problems, understanding people, to writing fundraising letters and books to train leaders, and even building a couple websites.
I’m learning that art is much more expansive than what we give it credit. I like Seth Godin’s definition:
Art is a human act, a generous contribution, something that might not work, and it is intended to change the recipient for the better, often causing a connection to happen.
That’s really how I see my work, calling, and projects. Trying to be generous, contributing something meaningful, it might work, it might not. And causing a connection to happen between the Divine, and each other.
Glad you’re here, and thanks for following along!