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Wandering on Analog

March 18, 2015 — Leave a comment

When was the last time to just shut off your phone and all of the digital noise and re-connected with life?

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Shaping Ideas

August 18, 2014 — Leave a comment

I remember a time about 4 years ago when I felt like I had ideas pouring out of my mind. I walked around with a notepad capturing my thoughts. And then I would tell people all of my ideas and watch as they squirmed and replied with:

-“You sound really busy.”

-“How’s the job-hunt going?”

-“I’m not really a technology person.” (Neither am I.)

-“When do you sleep?”

And then friend suggested that I figure out a way to “back-burner” ideas and prioritized the most important ones from the other. THIS bit of wisdom has been a constant guide for the past 3 years.

You see, I had a family to feed and bills to pay. When I wasn’t looking for a job I was connecting, blogging…really whatever I could do to get leads for my freelance work. I have to tell you , that when you hustle like I did for 4-5 years, it did several things to me:

-I was worn out.

-I was addicted to my iPhone, Macbook, tablet, and all the social networks that I checked all the time to see who was interacting.

-I was distracted from my faith, family, work and life in general.

BUT here are some things that I learned from hustling like I did for 4-5 years:

-I could help other people in ways I would of never thought of.

-If an idea was good enough, I could put it on the back-burner and it would still be interesting in 3-6 months.

-It’s more fun and solid to build things with the right people than just to find the right ideas.

-I learned to start associating ideas with money.

-I made my family and my faith my biggest priorities.

-I didn’t have to worry about whether the ideas would come. I just had to know what to do with them when they arrived.

This post was inspired by Grant Snider and his good ol’ “Incidental Comics” blog! 

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Realization

August 1, 2014 — Leave a comment

This is a stick-up!  #mextures #vscocam #selfie

Realization: Getting paid to daily managing over 500,00 Facebook users…is a crazy number, for me personally. That doesn’t include campaigns I’ve worked on in the past year for other clients. I’m sure there are people out there doing more. But if you consider the fact that in November of 2008 I was laid off from my job as a branch manager for a wholesale plumbing supply company. It’s awesome to look at our histories to see what God has done.

Back to the Future

April 2, 2014 — Leave a comment

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I am a child of the 80’s.

We are talking “The Karate Kid” with Ralph Macchio.

U2, MTV, New Wave, Top Gun, Denim Jackets, etc. All the stuff that’s popular again now…

I loved growing up in what is now called “GenerationX”.

But I’m also finding that it’s weird sometimes to be between the Baby Boomers and the Millennials. Two groups who could not be any more different. I have the cool decade to grow up in, but as a parent, I’m worried about what kind of world my kids will have.

I have other questions…at what point is Billy Idol going to seem as ancient as Buddy Holly and Elvis? I mean, at least my generation had color t.v. and cable. And we had amazing bands that my kids and I love now! I never would of imagined that my oldest son and I would both have a love for U.2.

It’s strange to try to conceptualize what kind of grandfather I would be. Sometimes in my head it’s like “Back to the Future II” where Marty goes forward.

…TO BE CONTINUED.

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Posted by Jim Gray

 

It seems we have a long history of creating distractions that draw attention away from art. What are your dancing rabbits?