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Taking the Wrong Way Home

It’s a fact that I’m prone to indecision. No, not indecision. A lack of clarity. Nope, that’s not it either. Not knowing what I want? No. Whatever, you get the [...]

Trying, Failing, and Trying Again

Failure. It’s amazing how those seven letters can cause my stomach to churn, leaving me paralyzed and unable to focus. The mere thought of failing swarms my mind with all [...]

Of Grasshoppers and Ants: A Farewell

As summer winds down, I’ve got just one question: Where did the whole thing go? When my graduate classes let out in early May, not to resume until the end [...]

The Heart of the Subject

As a photographer, I am always “putting myself out there” in terms of sharing my creative vision and documenting the way I see the world. It’s a risk to be vulnerable like [...]

Birds Remind Me

I’ve noticed that birds are always chirping, but that the noise I choose to hear often blocks out their sounds. While riding my bike to work this morning, my mind [...]

The Magic of Playgrounds

There is something magical about playgrounds. The sheer image of swings and slides and merry-go-rounds is enough for us to shrink into the three-foot-tall version of ourselves. It’s sweet to [...]

Play, Power, and the Clown as Shaman

Play fascinated me so much that I designed a master’s degree focused on it.  It is an essential component to human existence. There are a plethora of theories on its [...]

Heal Your Inner Child – Let It Out To Play!

In 2011, I was pondering what I wanted to devote a year of my life studying and researching to finally produce a master’s thesis. For some reason, the topic of [...]

It Began With a Portrait

While visiting my home state of Illinois in 2009, I drove to our rural family farm to spend the day with my 97 year old paternal Grandfather.  We passed the [...]

Life Above Pennybacker Bridge

I like helping people find their voice and grow their brands online. My goals and passions revolve around this mission. It’s been an amazing journey – but like any mission [...]

Meet the Leapers

In 2012, more than 200 people took a leap to change their lives or their community.
Read their stories and be inspired to attempt your own.