The End of an Era (or So Long and Thanks for all the Fish)

The past three and a half years have been among the most challenging & rewarding times for me. There were days where as a staff, we would sit around and wonder “why are we doing this?”. I would sit there and think “I can’t go on, I can’t do this anymore.” It was in those moments, that my favorite quote from Lord of the Rings comes to mind (here’s the YouTube version, if you prefer it)

Sam: It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were, and sometimes you didn’t want to know the ending, because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened. But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come and when the sun shines it’ll shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you, that meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr Frodo, I do understand… I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back only the didn’t. They kept going, because they were holding onto something…

Frodo: What are we holding onto, Sam?

Sam: That there’s some good in this world, Mr Frodo… And it’s worth fighting for.

But now that struggle has come to the end, and I find myself again wondering if it was worth it. If the time we spent mattered, or if it was all for naught. And again I find myself finding comfort and solace in the words of Samwise Gamgee. Continue reading

Laying it all on the line

I’ve come to realize that I don’t like asking for help. I don’t like asking for things in general.

I’m independent like that.

So this Kickstarter Fundraiser has been a huge thing for me.

I guess I should give a little background for you.

If you’ve followed my blog  for a while, you’ll know that 3 of my best friends took a 3 month journey across the country, calling it “Further Along The Road“. When they traveled, they took an iPhone 4S and a GoPro and filmed their journey. Well, then they came back, and we began watching clips. It’s taken a long time, but we’ve finally finished watching clips. And then we ran into a problem. Continue reading

Graduation Bingo

Well, it’s graduation season.

That means we get together, listen to cliché words, phrases, and quotes, all for the sake of something that, let’s be honest, you probably wouldn’t have finished if your parents hadn’t pushed  you.

I love celebrating accomplishments, but I HATE cliché stuff… I hated my own graduation cuz of all the clichés, but I went to a graduation last night because my “little brother” was graduating… As I was live tweeting Pequea Valley’s Graduation last night, I said this: Continue reading

This wild, crazy, beautiful roller coaster we call LIFE!

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Well, as you probably have noticed, I haven’t been blogging as much.

I’m sorry about that, but I have a very good reason for that.

Things are getting really busy.

When I said I was going to post on Tuesday and Thursday, I had nothing going on Monday or Wednesday night (when I would actually do my writing). Now monday I spend working on the documentary for Further Along The Road, and my time with that is going to increase in the next few weeks as we get out of clip watching and into writing, filming and editing interviews and putting it all together. And Wednesday is our men’s bible study group, which often goes late.

And on top of that, I have seen a huge increase in my role at work, and I have taken on a large leadership role at my church with our Sunday night service called “Deeper” as well as a leadership role in our Creative Arts Team at GCC.

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On top of all that, I’ve started a business called FlyTraffic Media.

Needless to say, blogging is hard for me to find time to do while keeping my sanity.

But I do really enjoy it, and sometimes I need to do it to keep myself sane.

So I can’t say that I’m going to blog on a schedule anymore, because I don’t know that I can keep to a schedule. But I will blog as often as I can. If you would like to follow my postings, I would suggest subscribing using the RSS feed, or sign up to get the posts by email.

Thank you all for reading over the years, and for your support and understanding as I go through this season of change in my life. If you have any questions, or would like to leave a thought or encouragement or something, please feel free to do so in the comments!

Life & Busyness

Life has been very busy recently. We are getting into the busiest time of the year at work, I have about 3 other side projects going consistantly and have a few more I’m going to be taking on, so when I do get some time to myself when I get home, I sometimes need to do nothing.

If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll notice that I haven’t been very good about writing my blog post both days the past few weeks. It’s just too much right now. So I’ve decided that until the new year, I will only be posting on Tuesdays. Once we get past January 1st, I’ll resume posting 2 days a week.

I hope you all understand, and thanks for reading faithfully!!!

Your Life in a Flash

 

“One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure it’s worth watching.” –Unknown

I’ve been thinking about this a lot recently. When I’m gone, what is the legacy I will leave behind? what will God say about me when I arrive in heaven? Continue reading

Introducing: FlyTraffic Media

After a lot of deliberation, and hard work, I am pleased to announce to you the launch of FlyTraffic Media! Here is the blurb about FlyTraffic Media from the website: Continue reading

Why Today’s Causes Fail

Everyone remember the Kony 2012 movement earlier this  year? Did anyone ever hear what happened with that? That’s because nothing significant happened. That whole “cover the night” thing? Never really happened.

It got me thinking, why have so many movements, some never even more than blip on a radar for a day? Continue reading

Memories and Wisdom

There is a lot of change coming. Some for me, some for friends, some for people I don’t really know, but it is coming for all of us. We can’t escape it. Change is a part of life, and change is good, but it’s not always easy.

For me, one of the big changes is losing a place where I have so many memories. I can’t really say too much about this yet since I’m not sure how public the knowledge is, but some of my best memories with some of my best friends happened at this place, and now it’s changing and we’re losing it. I’m excited for the possibilities in the new place, but the old place always felt like home, a place of comfort, a place of rest and peace.

With that change, I have been asked to help develop a few things. And I am so excited to help, but I find myself wondering why I was asked. I don’t think I have any great wisdom, or any great insight on these things, but I have been asked to help. So I find myself excited for the changes, for the role I get to play in these coming adventures, but I find myself nervous because I know I am not equipped to do it. But I also know that God does not call the equipped, He equips the called. So if the people who have prayerfully asked me to help them with this believe I am the right man for the job, then I must trust that God knows what He is doing and that He will give me what I need to do it…

I don’t know what the road ahead looks like, but I’m oddly ok with that….

My Request is Simple…

Today, I’m not going to talk to you, I guess you could say it’s a guest post of sorts. Today, all I want is for you to take a few minutes and watch this video. Because SOMETHING needs to change. This man NEEDS to be stopped…

Now, I’m not saying to support Invisible Children. As a not-for-profit, only 32% went to direct services, the rest to staff salaries, travel and transport, and film production, non of which is bad, but it’s less than ideal… Some people love Invisible Children and support it, and some are having major issues with them. I’m not supporting or bashing them. I do agree with their goals, though not their methods… My focus is on Joseph Kony himself, not the Kony 2012 project or Invisible Children. You do your own research on them and make your own decisions about those projects…