Rejoicing Over a Brother…

12 Oct

If you don’t know…You need to be exposed to something, it’s called Hip Hop. Maybe you have heard about it…But some people still comin late to the game…it’s alright we ain’t mad attcha.

I can’t pretend to think that all of you are into the same stuff that I am…which presents the opportunity for me to share. It is a blessing to rejoice over a brother or sister in Christ who has embraced their God given talents and…are killin it in their field. This time this person is a personal friend, Lecare Moore. Lecrae is a Christian Rapper with Reach Records (check out Man Up). Lecrae recently did an I Am Second interview…which tells his story:


But truthfully what inspired this post was watch Lecare on the BET Hip Hop Awards Cypher…watch it, powerful to see the platform he has been given and how he uses it.


Keep doing what your doing Crae

My PHENOMENAL Story 2011 Volunteers

11 Oct

It is never to late to thank volunteers…I hope:

I had the amazing privilege to co-lead the Wonderful Magical Surprise and Delight team of Story Chicago 2011, here are the people who made my job a walk in the park…

Taylor: The greatest Candy Man you could ask for. Taylor has such a servants heart, he is the one willing and ready to do anything…like wear this costume and be cheery all day 🙂 He also has great ideas, even if he had to pitch it to me 3 different times. Thanks for all your hard work Taylor, and also if you went to Story 2011…Taylor was one of the volunteers responsible for stuffing your amazing Nolan Bags with goodies.

Julie: Wow what can I say about Julie, When Julie is around you will never be in want. She was always asking how she could help and did everything with amazing detail. Thank you sweet Julie! I wish I had a better picture of Julie…but this is just like her…working. She was an amazing addition to our team serving as a Cigarette Girl.


Bryce: The greatest Candy Man you could ask for…wait have I said that already 🙂 Bryce added his own flare to the Candy Man costume on the 2nd day. He got the pleasure of handing out the nostalgic Yoo Hoo drinks and did it with humor and grace…everybody was so happy to see him…or at least what was in his hand. Thanks Bryce for bringing your personality to our team.

Kristen: This girl LOVED dressing up and giving things away…what a great find! She selflessly served as Cigarette Girl both days of the conference. People by the 2nd day were on the hunt for her, to see what fun goodies she would be giving out. Super fun girl to be around…So glad we snatched her up on our team. She wants to work for Oprah’s New Network…got any connections?

The Trio: James, Matt, and Paul…These guys served their hearts out on the registration team, THEN… came and completed the Surprise & Delight team. These guys were on it before it was even a though in my head. They had a blast hand delivering Hacky Sacks to unsuspecting attendees. I told them to have fun with it and be creative so…instead of just handing someone a hacky sack, they asked them to at least hacky it 3 times before it was theirs. I had so much fun watching people try, try, and try again. They were so determined and laughing, just having a good time…exactly what we were going for. We couldn’t have done it without you guys!!

I have one more thing to say about Paul in particular. Often in my head I would have the thought “I need someone to….” I would only have to turn around and with out fail there was Paul ready and willing to do whatever it was I needed. Thank you Paul for your servants heart!

Josh: Oh Josh…words can’t describe and I was hoping videos could but even they don’t compete with the memory of you I have in my head. We called Josh our “Barker” This video shows a little taste of what a break session was like…full of excitement, including a magician and if you listen you hear the melodious soundings of Josh Wilis.

This is Josh getting in to his role of photographer during one of the session breaks

Blue: So fun so creative…I’m sure she was partly the master mind behind this surprise give away that had the attendees getting animated and creative with stories about nightmares. Sadly the guy pictured did not win…you should have seen the other guy! Blue was so sweet to have around!

Ashley: Anyone of you who enjoyed Chick-Fil-A for breakfast can thank Ashley for that! She traversed the treacherous road of Chicago to bring it to you…nice and hot.Thank you for your time and dedication Ashley!

Janae: (left) Came in to help us on the second day of the conference and gave an extra boost of energy and enthusiasm to the team. Janae had a blast as a Cigarette Girl and everyone loved her…chasing her down to get some cotton candy. We couldn’t have done it without you, Thanks Janae!

Michaja Prendergast: My Co-Leader…what a creative mind on this girl.

Not only is she a Pediatric Occupational Therapist but can plan, organize, and recruit for one dang good conference. Michaja handled the “live entertainment” side of the Surprise and Delight team. She got a Statue Artist, an Improv group, numerous musicians, a magician, and a dance troupe to bring “surprising entertainment” to the event. Loved! working with her…I think we made a good team. We set up a bubble machine to elevate spirits upon leaving Story for the last time…her is Michaja enjoying them, as well as a video of the dance troope she recruited to for us:

I had a blast at Story…as I know everyone did. Can’t wait till next year!

The Creative Adult is the Child who Survived

24 Sep

The amazing Blaine Hogan @ Story 2011, my phone conveniently cut off the last 30 seconds…

It ended with this graphic

What Can We Learn From The Porcupine?

24 Sep

Have you ever seen a baby porcupine? So Cute…















Well it was the coldest winter ever.  Many animals died because of the cold. The porcupines, realizing the situation, decided to group together to keep warm. This way they covered and protected themselves; but the quills of each one wounded their closest companions.

After awhile, they decided to distance themselves one from the other and they began to die, alone and frozen. So they had to make a choice: either accept the quills of their companions or disappear from the Earth.

Wisely, they decided to go back to being together. They learned to live with the little wounds caused by the close relationship with their companions in order to receive the heat that came from the others. This way they were able to survive.

The best relationship is not the one that brings together perfect people, but when each individual learns to live with the imperfections of others and can admire the other person’s good qualities.

The moral of the story is to learn to live with the pricks in your life!

4 Sep

I haven’t forgotten about you…blog…I’ll be back

A Note for Creative Beginners…

16 Jul

I have been a “creative” all my life, remembering back to being  child and making up stories, using things around the house in unconventional ways, doing stupid things and claiming it as imagination…like jumping off the minivan with a umbrella hoping to fly like Mary Poppins. It didn’t work 😦 But, I’ve been a “professional” “creative” for 10 years now. I have recently taken a break from creating as much as I used to. Partly because of a job change and partly because I got burnt out.

I came across this quote on a friends blog the other day. Have you ever heard something that described you so well it freaks you out because you didn’t write yourself? Well that is what this is for me, I am defiantly stuck in this phase. Wish someone had told me this early on to give me a better perspective of what I would face. So maybe this will catch you early…

Best “pick two” illustration I’ve seen

19 Jan

I wrote a post on this a little while back, see it here.

I found this the other day and I think it explains itself, enjoy: