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Sabbatical Summary

Well, as my sabbatical comes to an end, I have to say, it’s one of the best things I have ever done for myself (see Sabbatibal Update 1 for what I’m talking about). I actually didn’t know why I was doing it other than I felt God was leading me to, and to be honest, I was afraid to do it.

Tomorrow I’m going to church and it will be the end of my week to myself and God alone. Brandon will come back home and life will pick up where it left off just over a week ago, and I’m ready for it. I did some profound thinking this week, and I feel so much more prepared to enter back into day-to-day life.

I shared with you guys the email my former professor sent me. What actually ended up happening when I replied to the email was that we spontaneously decided to meet up. He invited me over to his home and I spent almost the entire day Thursday soaking in his wisdom. He is probably one of the most significant spiritual mentors I’ve ever had in my life and he doesn’t even consider himself a Christian. But his love for God and his love for other people are so inspirational they leave me with a craving to learn from him. Executives of fortune 500 companies pay a lot of money to have 30 minutes of his time a week (he’s  a life coach) and yet he joyfully offered his time to me for about 5 hours Thursday. We talked in great length about meditation, finding your life purpose, connecting with God, showing unconditional love to everyone, and many other life topics. I should have brought a recorder, but I just sat curled up in the recliner of his living room intently listening and asking more questions. That day will probably go down in my life notebook (as if I have one) as one of my favorite life experiences. I am so humbly thankful.

I was left with a myriad of questions to ask myself. Confession: I drove from there to Ikea and spent a couple hours sitting in random furniture just thinking about all kinds of things. And of course walked out $60 poorer, haha. That evening I called my BFF Meryl. I needed to talk to someone and I needed an update on her life anyways. Long phone conversations with Meryl have been food for my soul for years now. Thank you God for blessing my life with her.

Friday I woke up an took care of emails and obligations for about an hour and then shut my phone and laptop off for the rest of the day. I found a quiet place and tried meditation for the first time. It’s going to take me years to develop the skill (if that’s even how you phrase that??) but there’s a first time for everything. I found out that the list I copy pasted in my last update was a list he developed for his personal life over the last 20 years, so mine really shouldn’t look the same. That list is his 21 values. Those are the principles he wants to live by so each morning he asks himself if he is living by those values. I’ve decided to use his example and pick a few of those that are really important to me and start there. I don’t think I’m ready for 21 yet. I also learned what a mantra is. Here’s the wiki for it if you don’t know. I have to work on finding mine.

Also on Friday I was cleaning out some things around the house and found two old copies of Relevant Magazine. I spent my afternoon reading them each cover to cover and it was astounding how much they were full of what I feel I needed right at that moment. I don’t think they put the articles they publish in print on their website, otherwise I’d link you guys to some of my favs.

By the end of the night, I knew two things.

1. For a year I have been talking about making a dream board. I need to do it.

2. I can’t figure anything else out about my life until I find my purpose because all other decisions are dependent on that.

I started writing my dreamboard list. (If you don’t know what a dream board is it’s like taking your goals and making a visual poster of your goals.) I asked myself “If you came to the end of  life, what would you be disappointed that you never accomplished?” It helped me filter through some things that I want and would be nice, but in the end wouldn’t create disappointment. And it also helped me find some really small things that don’t seem like a big deal, but I realized were a big deal for me. Asking myself these questions ultimately started showing me what was really most important to me. Then I realized that I think I do have a purpose. I believe my purpose in life is:

To help others grow

Bam. It may mean absolutely nothing to you, but I realized it meant everything to me. I love helping other people discover themselves, grow in their spiritual walk, do better in school, or simply find confidence in being themselves. We were all created completely different and I love helping other people find themselves and have confidence to go in the right direction for their individual path.

That being said, I had to face a serious fear. About 10 years ago I started feeling a calling towards the self-help/motivational speaking world in some realm. (There are THOUSANDS of people who help on ENDLESS subjects). I’ve been afraid to admit that’s what I want because I feel like it’s really easy to fail and not achieve that. I feel like it’s a BIG HAIRY AUDACIOUS GOAL that’s easier to not admit is inside my head. But I’m ready to lay it out there. I’m ready to not be afraid of it anymore and to start making decisions in my life that will lead me in that direction.

If that was the only thing I got out of this week, then it would have all been worth it. But it’s not. I feel like such a stronger version of myself now. I no longer feel spiritually starved. I no longer feel drained and exhausted by the world and life. I feel in control of my own destiny and fully ready to pursue God’s will for my life, whatever it may be.

By the way….after a year and four months of the same item sitting on my to-do list, I finally finished my dreamboard. I posted a pic of it on my 365 blog. I don’t mind sharing the list with you. I put it on a cork board because I wanted the ability to add and take away as I grow and learn. I feel like what we want out of life is always changing, so I didn’t want to create something that was permanent. But I feel REALLY STINKIN’ GOOD about the fact that I finally checked this off my to-do list. Here’s what my dreamboard reads (in no particular order, just typing it from the random order I stuck it to the board):

  • Backpack through Europe
  • Read the entire Bible
  • Read 20 books in one year
  • Take a Key West vacation (I’ve never been…)
  • Find a philanthropic cause to put my heart into
  • Run a 5k in less than 30 minutes (I’ve done 2 around 43-45 min)
  • Become debt free
  • Have a retirement plan
  • Grow old with Brandon
  • Start a family: invest in the next generation
  • Take a photo I’m truly proud of
  • Live somewhere else. MOVE!
  • Have a flat stomach (a.k.a get my butt in shape!)
  • Beat my sprint-triathlon score
  • Help my sister plan her future wedding one day
  • Mentor someone
  • Have a full time job helping others’ enrich their lives (maybe that looks like a full time blogger/speaker/DVD series/life coach?)
  • Get my nose pierced
  • Help Brandon achieve his dreams (Two of the ones I put up there were for him because I know two things he really, really wants are: 1. DP a feature length film and 2. become a member of the American Society of Cinematographers [there’s only like 50-ish living people in it at any given time. REALLY REALLY high honor in cinematography])

So yeah. In case you didn’t realize it, I just openly poured my heart out. I have spent a week isolated in my house eating only raw fruits and veggies, reading, seeking, and occasionally taking care of some necessary tasks. At the conclusion of my week’s soul searching, these are the things I discovered about myself. I realize not everyone can take a week off of their lives (actually, I don’t even know how I did and what repercussions I’ll deal with next week), but at least start taking some time to think about who you really are, why you’re doing what you’re doing, and where you’re going in this life. Are you doing it with purpose?

Sabbatical Update 2

Sickness is almost completely gone. Hallelujah!

I was planning on sleeping a full 8 hours but was slightly awoken at 6:45 am when my husband stopped in to grab some stuff he needed from the house for his presentation this morning. But right after that I got a text message and that was it. I was awake. I tried to fall back asleep to no prevail, so crawled out of bed at 7:30 a.m.

My plan was to begin the day with exercise, but some alone time with God sounded better. I ate a grapefruit and mango and decided to start the morning off in prayer and scripture. As I sat on the couch I started dosing in and out of consciousnesses around 8:30. Don’t you hate when that happens! But regardless, it was a very peaceful start to my day.

Brandon got back with my laptop around 10 am and there were a couple emails I was waiting on with some files I desperately needed to get to print asap, so I took an hour or so break to see that project through. The awesome part about checking my email was that my professor had replied. SWEET! Perfect timing as I had spent my morning trying to conquer this prayer thing. Here was his reply:

Re: Meditation Question
Good to hear from you, Sophia. After calming with my mantra, I run through my 21 values 1-3 times in the 30+ minutes I meditate. Each one is kinesthetically anchored to a finger. I hope this helps.

Compassion
Clarity
Creativity
Confidence
Courage

Peace
Abundance
Unconditional love for everyone and everything in my life
Health, Vitality and Energy
Both Happiness and Joy

Meaningful service to those I come in contact with directly and indirectly
A stronger realization of God in my life
Focus to do God’s will
Humility
Gratitude

Generosity
Integrity
Presence to live in the here and now
Forgiveness
Balance

Wisdom

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Needless to say, it definitely helped! (Note to self, I still owe him a thank you reply!)

You see, before my prayers always felt like either a teeny bopper fillin’ my friend in on what was going on in my life, or a child reading Santa Claus his wish list. Of course there have been times I really connected to the Lord in prayer but I hate when it feels like I only go to him for wants and needs. I can certainly say that never in my spiritual life have I connected with God in prayer on a REGULAR basis.

I practiced what he sent me and it was so powerful. I went through the list twice. Praying about each area of my life and turning it over to Him. There’s something so releasing about admitting you have no control over any of these areas and asking for help. It was also humbling to look at areas of my life that are so important yet I was completely neglecting. I hadn’t really stopped to think about what I was doing to live humbly, compassionately, with gratitude and generosity. At certain times I apply those characteristics to my life, but I have never evaluated myself on a daily basis in a lot of these areas.

I started my morning with this soul-searching evaluation, read some scripture, then headed off for some exercise. My afternoon and evening were spent handling some projects and I’m looking forward to what tomorrow shall bring.

Goodnight.

Sabbatical Update 1

Last Sunday as I was listening to Bobby’s message at Element I really was feeling God moving in my head. It just seemed that everything Bobby was saying was clicking in my brain. (P.S. It was the last message in a series he did called “why do we do what we do?) I started asking myself why I am doing what I am doing and where the heck I am trying to go and where I have been allowing and not allowing God to play into this.

By the end of the service, only one thing seemed really clear to me: I felt an extremely strong urge to shut myself off from the world for a week. (minus one hour a day of having phone/email one) I realized that I have not STOPPED in TEN YEARS! I have been over-committed and running in too many directions since I was 14. I need a week to disconnect from everything and re-evaluate where my life is at and where it is going. I also stink at the whole prayer and reading thing, and I wanted to really refocus on that area of my life too. I decided it was now or never, so I finished out last week and then made preparations to begin my sabbatical the following Saturday (I even asked my husband to go stay with friends for a week so I could be completely isolated)

What I didn’t plan for what to fall hard on my tail and get sick as a dog on Thursday. I spent almost all of Friday, Saturday and Sunday in bed. Sunday I’m pretty sure that I slept for 16 hours in a 24 hour period. I felt terrible and sounded terrible. I had to call Allstate about an account error and the Indian woman on the other end of the phone instructed me to go to the hospital!! She said I was doing myself a disservice by self-medicating and that I needed to see a doctor! haha! I believe in good olde fashion sleep, chicken soup, nyquil and as several people instructed me this go-around, zinc.

So, as Monday comes to an end, this is the first day I have actually stayed awake all day, though it was almost noon before I woke up. I feel much better now. So, back to the sabbatical thing.

Between Saturday-Monday, I feel like I can say I’ve had one solid first day. I’ve been reading a lot of scripture and doing a lot of thinking. I’m still not really good at the praying thing. My prayers seem to all be short and kinda the same thing. I’ve been a Christian for half my life but I just can’t seem to get that spiritual aspect of my life down. I emailed an old professor who used to talk about meditating to get some advice from him.

What have I done so far? For starters, I thoroughly cleaned my house. I knew I couldn’t sit in here for 7 days if it was messy. Friday I stocked up at the produce market and I’ve been eating only raw fruits and vegetables. I figured I might as well cleanse my body. Other than that, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking.

Recently I read this post on Donald Miller’s Blog. He talked about figuring out what he did and did not like in his life over the last year. It was rather eye-opening for him so I decided to try it for myself. I thought really hard about a lot of the things I did and didn’t do in 2010. I realized that so many, if not all, of my dislikes about my life were things I had full control over. So clearly, I need to make some changes in my actions. I won’t share them all, but here were some of things on my list:

Likes:

My daily photo blog (which is almost 2 months behind and I plan to catch up this week)

traveling (went to D.C and Denver and spent a lot of time in TN)

5k’s

having a clean house

TV series with hubby

coffee dates with friends (I feel like so much of my life growth in the last year occurred over great conversations with intelligent people)

chopping my hair off

photoshoots

dates with hubby (which were not often enough)

and several others

 

Dislikes:

gaining wait (like 10 lbs this year!)

oversleeping (did this quite a few times. it’s an embarrassing apology to make)

gossiping (i feed off of it when it’s around me but it makes me feel gross inside)

procrastinating

most of the concerts i went to (i’m getting old i think….)

A certain person in my life who breeds negative energy

not reading books

over-committing myself

eating bad foods

not exercising

and several others

 

I’m glad I took the time to think about this list over a couple days. All of the things I don’t like are really, really easy to fall into but yet so easy to control. It showed me that even though I think I really love that Publix ice cream and should buy it to make myself happy, I’m actually not making myself happy because it doesn’t make my body feel good and contributes to the weight gain I disliked about myself.

So yeah, that’s been my sabbatical so far. I plan to update again. I realized that there are a few bloggers I follow who openly share about their lives, even the painfully honest truths, and their writing inspires me. So, another thing that has come out of my time away has been that I was to share more about what I’m thinking and experiencing. Maybe someone will read it, maybe not. But if reading others’ experiences has influenced me positively, the least I can do is try and give some back to the world 🙂

 

I just finished reading Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol and there were two passages that really stood out to me.

Quote from character Peter Soloman in his closing remarks speaking to college students:

“Throughout history, every period of enlightenment has been accompanied by a period of darkness, pushing in opposition. Such are the laws of nature and balance. And if we look at the darkness growing in the world today, we have to realize that this means there is equal light growing. We are on the verge of a truly great period of illumination, and all of us–all of you–are profoundly blessed to be living through this pivotal moment of history.”

Also in his novel, Dan Brown used a quote from Albert Pike that really hit me:

“What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.”

The difference between Brandon and I:

We were cleaning the house after work this evening. I finished sweeping an area, swept it into the dust pan and went to throw it away. I opened the door and there was no trash can. Hmph. Conversation went like this:
S: Brandon, where’s the trash can?

B: On the back porch

S: Why’s it on the back porch?

B: It smelled

S: So you just stuck it out there?

B: Yeah

S: You do realize that won’t fix the reason for the smell. You have to actually clean it.

So, I proceeded to rinse it with water. Then wiped it down with paper towels. Finally, I wiped it with those Clorox anti-bacterial wipes. It’s amazing. Three minutes later there is no odor in the trash can. I wonder how long Brandon thought he had to leave the trash can outside to make the smell go away? Haha!

I just got home from a networking event and was so affected by the speaker I had to come home and immediately update my blog to get these thoughts off my mind and to get feedback from others. You will most likely either validate my thoughts or explain to me why I am wrong.

Being young in the business world, I am daily networking with people a generation, or even two, beyond me. I am often mistaken for being nearly 30 when I’m only 23. I would say the average age of the business people I interact with is 45. Today I met with a 61 year old client, and this evening I sat with women at my table in their 70’s. For the most part though I am interacting with people in their 30’s, 40’s and 50’s. Honestly, I can’t think of a case where I ever met someone at a business event my age. I am always the youngest in the room and have come to learn how to adjust to the expectations. (Hence no one actually thinks I’m 23)

The speaker this evening spoke on etiquette. He was phenomenal, and I learned many things. However, I left extremely frustrated with a couple of points that I feel must certainly be generational differences. I just can’t bring myself to agree with him and wanted to get others’ thoughts about some of these points. Let me start by saying that he gave the best definition of etiquette I have ever heard. Most people would think etiquette is knowing how to behave properly in a given setting. However, he defined etiquette as knowing know to behave to make the others in the situation feel comfortable. Love it!

He had 40 points (I am not sharing them all) and most were spot on. Some of my pet peeves that he addressed were:
– People who send emails in all caps. DO THEY NOT REALIZE THEY ARE YELLING. I also learned that it takes 60% longer to read anything written in all caps.
– People who do not make eye contact when shaking hands. Or shake hands with no grip at all. Ahh! Annoys the heck out of me! Just makes you look like a frail woman.
– Texting or emailing while having a 1 on 1 conversation with someone. I have had this happen to me on multiple occasions and it’s so rude! There have been a couple instances where I needed to take a text and I just flat out address it. I say excuse me, explain it’s an important time sensitive situation. I write the text and put my phone in my purse. People always understand. But when you pretend you’re listening to me and you’re replying to your boyfriend back and forth, it’s just offensive.

And you get the point. There were many that we would all agree on. However, here were the ones that had me stirred up after I left. I think it is just a generational difference because he was in his 60’s and I’m 40 years younger than him. Please let me know what you think about these areas. According to him:
1. It is rude for a bride to include in her invitation where she is registered.

Disagree! According to him it should not be listed. You should call or email a family member or bridesmaid for that information. What! How inconvenient! I always reference the invitation to help me. I’m notorious for gift card giving and that’s because when I got married, the gift cards to where I was registered were the biggest blessings in the world. However, when I want to put more thought into it, I don’t want to waste my money on something they may not like and what a pain in the butt if I have to go on a search to find out where she registered. To anyone a generation or two ahead of me when I got married, please forgive me if you were offended that included my registry information. It’s common place in our culture now and I had no idea some people would be insulted by this.
2. A woman is not fully dressed for a business situation if she is not wearing panty hose.

Are you CRAZY! And there were women in the room who agreed with him. Excuse me, but have you ever worn panty hose in the Florida heat where you sweat between the office door and your car door? Sweating in panty hose is one of the most miserable experiences possible. Maybe in New York this is applicable but not around here! I do frequently wear black hose in the winter because I love my mid calf boots, but outside of the two months where it’s cool in Florida, they never leave my sock drawer.

3. Even if an event is “business-casual” it is never appropriate to wear jeans.
Disagree. I wore jeans tonight! But I understand where holy jeans are appropriate, regular jeans, and dress jeans. These jeans were more expensive than all my black pants, they were pressed by a dry cleaner with a seam down the front, and they have that little bit of shine or whatever it’s called that you see on dressy denim. In no way shape or form did I feel out of place at that event. I even had to speak in front of everyone because I am president of the Plant City chapter. I wore a dry-cleaned pressed blouse with it and felt very business casual. To me business casual = dress jeans and heels. However, I work for a laid back company where no dress codes are enforced. Granted, I know when denim is inappropriate. There are certain clients I have where I know I need to dress up in my most professional attire, others would feel awkward around me in a business suit. Of all the lawyers I have met in the last 6 years in this business, one stands out the most. If I really needed an attorney for something important in my life, I know immediately who I would call. I once went into an attorney’s office and he was wearing expensive jeans with an untucked button shirt and leather casual closed toe shoes. AND…he was working on a Mac laptop. Sold! I have never felt so comfortable around an attorney, nor met one that seemed so approachable. He practiced family law and he is who I would call if I had a personal issue.

What do you think about these topics? Where do you stand?

(P.S. I prefer comments on my WordPress site itself. However, if you don’t know how to do that, commenting through the Facebook feed is fine)

Living a Better Life

(Preface note: I am writing this post as an entry into Donald Miller’s Living a Better Life Seminar contest. However, this is all completely true of the story Brandon and I presently live and are working towards)

Leaving Brandon at the airport was difficult, but I knew we were working towards our dreams. Being apart from my husband for four months as he finished film school was a sacrifice worth making. As I flew out of LAX with tears in my eyes, I trusted that the experience would make both of us stronger. Brandon is a true introvert, and during the four years of our relationship I had witnessed him struggle with depression, insecurity and seclusion. The control side of me felt like he needed me to be there with him, but I knew that God had closed the doors for that to happen and Brandon had to go through this alone.

A couple weeks later he still had not made any new friendships, but loneliness wasn’t his only struggle. He had used his time alone to do a lot of self-reflection and began questioning everything about himself, mainly his faith and his gift. “Am I actually talented, or am I chasing a dream impossible to attain?” and “Who is God, does he really exist, and how on Earth am I supposed to believe he cares about me?” I woke up one morning to find an email he wrote me addressing all these deep questions. I simply told him it was okay to question, as long as he was actively searching for an answer. The next night, as he was walking home by himself at 2 in the morning down Wilshire Blvd he saw a bird. The bird was several feet in front of him, hobbling along on one leg. He had a broken wing and injured leg. However, he continued to hop with strong confidence. He was completely comfortable in his disability and just kept walking the path. While other birds may take the easy route and fly across all their obstacles, or travel in groups to share the burdens, this bird was taking the long way by himself and appeared completely satisfied. The bird turned around and made direct eye contact with Brandon. In that moment a feeling came across him so strong that it spoke directly to his soul. In this instance, he knew God placed that bird in his path to show him a symbolic representation of himself. Though he may only see his disabilities and all the challenging obstacles in his way, he could find contentment in his damaged status. He started crying in humbleness, completely identifying with this lone black bird. I woke up the next morning to another email where he explained this experience to me. All he kept saying was how he has realized he needed to find contentment in his brokenness.

Meanwhile, while living three time zones away from my husband I had been going through my own deep questioning. I had always lived life at the top of my game. I graduated high school president, editor, etc of different clubs with a 6.2 gpa and full ride college scholarship. Over the last four years I had continuously promoted at my company and didn’t know any 22 year olds as successful in their careers as I was. However, the path I was walking down felt very empty. After graduating college I had no idea what my purpose or calling in life was. Every other time in my life, God had always dropped into my lap what I needed next. This time I was left searching without an answer. Reading Brandon’s email on my iphone while still laying in bed that morning I started realizing what God may have set up. Why did Brandon want to find contentment in brokenness? Suddenly I realized that my calling as his wife is to support my husband. It was so obvious that God had gifted him with a talent behind the camera. His dreams of being a successful film cinematographer were not unachievable. I realized it was my role to help a broken bird realize his potential to fly. Maybe it’s the eternal optimist inside of me, but I know he can soar. I just have to fix his broken wing, which in Brandon’s case in self-confidence.

When he finished film school in December he came back home to Florida after having the most amazing experience of his life without me. After four months, he had built intimate life long friendships, seen and experienced new aspects of life and had found himself. It was certain that film was his calling and LA was where he needed to be, but life had us stuck in Florida. So, over the last eight months, we’ve started writing our own story. Piece by piece we’ve begun investing in all the equipment he needs to make short films. We started a video/production company called Blackbird Medias. For now, we are focusing on wedding videography because it overlaps with our long term goals in that Brandon will be able to accumulate all the tools he’ll need in the long run and will provide an income in the mean time. We’ve spent this year slowly figuring how to be a small business owner and overcome many obstacles. I have no question that Brandon’s gift was his talent behind the camera and that it’s my calling to help him achieve his dreams.

So, the question was posed, what is the story you want to live? I needed you to understand the background of our dreams before I explained to you our future story.I realize the question is posed to the individual, but when you’re married your lives truly do become one and I cannot see my story in a singular form. My story is shared with Brandon and that is why I write in plural.

This is wall art in our “living room” (couch area of the studio). It says “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams,” -Henry David Thoreau with black birds soaring. We can only do so much planning because so much of “making it” in the film industry is hap and circumstance of who you know and who you meet. But, to the extent that we can plan, we will continue to build up Blackbird Medias in the local Tampa Bay area offering creative, video and photography services. During this time we will continue to live frugally, pay off all our debt and invest in film equipment. We have already begun networking in the local film community, but plan to accelerate this as time continues. By building relationships with other local film makers we can be involved in producing, directing and shooting shorts and local features. Presently we are living off just my income and use all income from Blackbird to invest back into the company. Eventually, when we can both be living off Blackbird’s income we’ll be able to travel to other film festivals and such around the community to build relationships with others in the industry. Ideally we want to see Brandon getting hired to go on shoots both nationally and internationally for feature films, documentaries, commercials, etc. Once we are able to build up a savings nest and pay off our debt, my greatest goal is for us to take two months off to go backpacking through Europe and explore parts of the world we’ve never seen and make some sort of documentary or blog video series out of it. The stories of people fascinate me, and I would love to travel to other countries and find out the story behind all the strangers that cross my path.

Part of the “supporting my husband’s dream” that comes into play is looking at where I can fit into the film industry. I have very strong leadership skills and work successfully in sales. Therefore, I realize that the only place my personality fits is as a producer. One of the people God has already brought into our lives is a film distributor who’s only found God over the last couple months. He recently felt a calling to produce a feature film that we will be working with him to fulfill. I can already look and see how God is lining up relationships with people whom we didn’t know a year ago, but will be playing a vital role in our future.

So why do I care about Donald Miller’s conference in Portland, Oregan? I know God has placed Brandon and I together, as different as two people can be, because together we make an unstoppable team. I, and so many others around us, look at us and know we are bursting at the seems with untapped talent that could change the world around us if our energies were pointed in the right direction. I know we’re at such a pivotal point in our lives that the little decisions we make right now will permanently influence the direction our lives take. I know God created us for great things and I don’t want to miss out on the story he has planned for us. I could use help creating the vision and the plan to get us to where we want to be. I know Brandon is aware that he’s got talent to impact his generation through story-telling on screen, but his lack of confidence is standing in his way. He has talent enough to one day be standing on the stage in the Kodak Theatre accepting the Oscar for “Best Cinematography” but all he can see is the obstacles between him and his dreams. I feel like the opportunity for Brandon to go to this seminar could be an eye-opening experience for him to realize that he is the only thing standing in the way of writing the story he wants to live. (And just to epitomize the situation, he didn’t see the point in entering the contest when odds were so small to win. But I believe in our story and know that these sacrifices we’re making now will pay off ten fold. My hope is that you too see an amazing story not yet written and help us fill in some blanks) At the very least, thank you so much for reading our story.

For anyone else who wants to check out Don Miller’s seminar, check out this vimeo link for more info about it.

Living a Better Story Seminar from All Things Converge Podcast on Vimeo.