Life being robbed by your work?

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Life being robbed by your work?

I remember about 15 years ago I Introduced myself to my mentorship group and led with a testimony that consisted of my job title and what I did for a living. The entire meaning of my life was determined by my career. I had a false identity. I realized I left my wife and newborn kids out of the picture. I was so embarrassed. I was so concerned about “providing” for them that I lost them in the wake of performing. My priorities were definitely out of alignment. This rocked me to the core. I knew I needed help. Thank goodness I was in the right place with my mentor to begin the journey of recovery, discovery and strategic living.
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4 Hopes for Parents Embracing Autism in their Child

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4 Hopes for Parents Embracing Autism in their Child

In 2008, we discovered our son was challenged with special needs. We were derailed and a little stunned, but thanks to my hot, amazing warrior of a wife we leaned in on life. We went out on date night and discussed our strategies in the years to come. We knew we had the choice to break down or break through. I wanted to share a few of many strategies we compiled to allow our family to flourish in the seasons that followed.
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Three Huge Mistakes Artists Make

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Three Huge Mistakes Artists Make

In the beginning of my career as an artist, I remember a woman asking me what I do. I told her I was a painter. She asked, “You paint houses?” I kindly replied, “No, more like an artist.” She then asked, “What do you do for a living? I explained that I am an artist who makes revenue and a living from the art I create. She couldn’t believe it. She thought all artists were starving and that in order to make money from your art you have to be dead. It amazes me the perception our culture has of artists and creatives. This is one of the largest myths out there, and a lot of artists are buying into it. I plan on shedding some light on this subject; that it is possible to be a thriving artist, not a starving artist. Let’s look at three mistakes artists make and how to overcome in order to thrive.
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3 Tips from Ghost Stories, Jesus, and the Dark Night of the Soul

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3 Tips from Ghost Stories, Jesus, and the Dark Night of the Soul

I recently woke to a beautiful Sunday morning. I grabbed my car keys and headed to the coffee shop. I also needed to pick up a few items at the art store before heading to church. These moments of time in the car driving with good tunes are the moments when inspiration and ideas come flooding in. Except on this day, God had something else in store… 

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How will you make sure this next year matters?

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When we toast our glasses on New Years Eve, we either celebrate the success and significance we achieved, or we are drowning our sorrows and regret because of moments or opportunities missed. For years, I’ve wrestled with the haunting questions of if I’m using my time, treasure, and talent wisely. Life gets kicked into high gear right out of High School and before you know it society is dangling the carrot of the “American Dream” in front of you. Grow up, get a job, get a family, gather all you can, and coast your way to death on a golf course or white sandy beach. It got me thinking…. 

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