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Spirit of the Gulf Coast Exhibition

October 14, 2010

My experience with Spirit of the Gulf Coast is culminating in a public Exhibition tonight (10.14), and I’m feeling the incredible rush of energy that I only get when really big things are on the horizon.  The night before our trip down to the coast in August, I stayed up very late and got barely any sleep before we left.  It’s now 4:08am, and I’m still not ready to call it just yet.  See, when I sink my teeth into something, it’s hard for me to let go, even if it means pushing myself beyond anything I think I’m capable of.

Spirit of the Gulf CoastI’ve been fortunate to have some incredibly passionate people around me throughout this process of learning and discovery.  Perhaps most exciting to me is that most of them I have only known for a short time.  It’s been very rewarding to meet people with similar passions and have them jump right into something as challenging as this initiative.  I feel extremely lucky to have this incredibly inspirational creative energy in my life right now.

Today is a big day for me.  The auditorium that we’re holding our event in seats ~350 people, and I’m expecting it to be pretty full if not over capacity.  This will mark my first time speaking to a group this size and there is definitely some pressure there, but for some reason, I’m really not worried about that aspect of this experience.  I feel very comfortable with the material, and I am looking forward to getting up there and sharing my truth in front of a crowd of people that are coming out to hear about our experience along the Gulf Coast.

I have to continually remind myself that everything is going to work out perfectly, and I don’t need to second guess any decisions I’ve made up until this point.  I’m really good at beating myself up for the ‘should have done’ or ‘could have done’ things, but this time around I really don’t know how I could have done much to make this any better than it’s turning out to be, given the resources I had to work with.

Spirit of the Gulf CoastPart of this for me is pushing the envelope on what’s possible.  I’m pretty good about that actually, and what we are producing (with essentially no budget) is quite remarkable, all things considered! I have to remind myself and the rest of the team often that this is a volunteer initiative and the fact that we’re doing it in the first place is a big deal.  Whatever we can do to make it great from here is the icing on top.

Nothing I’ve ever worked on in my entire life has felt this fulfilling or important.  It’s been an incredible journey thus far, and I know that it’s only going to get more exciting as the day unfolds.  I haven’t really given myself much of a break lately, and that part of it isn’t healthy for me, no doubt.  I can’t imagine not doing this actually, so waking up on Friday without a major rush to produce something like this event is going to seem pretty unusual I suspect.

Earlier, I had the opportunity to look at one of the film edits that Nathan has put together for tomorrow’s exhibition.  I am honestly blown away by how powerful the documentary is turning out to be! There is one section that I got a little emotional over, which I was really not expecting.  Nathan’s a very talented individual, and it’s been amazing to work on this with him.  I also got some great input from Kim on the action items that we’re going to leave people with at the end of tomorrow’s event.  She’s been burning the midnight oil as well, and I know she’s really excited to see all this come together.

On that note, I’m going to call it a night (or morning), and get a few hours of sleep.  If you are in Atlanta Thursday night (10.14), I really encourage you to check this out.  It’s going to be quite a night!

Thanks for following along.

Photos courtesy of Terrell Clark

Creating Irresistible Presence

September 27, 2010
Creating Irresistible Presence

This past weekend, I was honored to be a part of an incredible conference/workshop called Creating Irresistible Presence here in Atlanta. The event was created and organized by Sarah Robinson – one of my big inspirations and author of Escaping Mediocrity. I connected with Sarah earlier in the year and have been very impressed with her writing and her spirit overall. I knew when she brought this event to Atlanta, I had to attend.

Interestingly, I was the only man at the event. 🙂 This proved to be quite fun for me, and I think for the women as well. The gist of the event is that we need to step into ourselves and realize that our voice needs to come across loud and clear in our actions, our writing, and in our business overall. We spent 3 days getting super clear on who we were as business-people, and as individuals as well. I learned so much from Sarah and the incredible group of women who showed up and gave it all they had. I witnessed some incredible transformations in people; right before my eyes these women were working through some intense stuff that had been holding them back.  One by one I saw them shed the shackles.  It was remarkable to watch them come alive and realize how incredible they all are! Continue Reading…

Are You Following Your Heart?

September 21, 2010

In July, I wrote about my experience at Vista Caballo at the end of June, 2010. The weekend was documented by a videographer, and this past weekend I received a copy of my interview from Lisa, and I wanted to share it here.

I learned so much about myself during that weekend, and I believe that one of the positive outcomes of the experience was that it enhanced my conviction to do something positive about the situation down in the Gulf of Mexico. A month later, Spirit of the Gulf Coast was born and a team of incredibly passionate volunteers had formed around this central cause. It’s hard to describe how fulfilling this has all been for me. The connections that I’ve made during this amazing journey have opened my mind and my heart to new possibilities and new opportunities. Below is an excerpt from an email I received a few days ago from one of the people we met on our expedition:

“I was extremely touched by the true emotions from your team. I have not seen that from anyone else. It almost hurts to think of what is going on around us. I keep thinking about what you have taken on and I do hope all your sponsors, family, friends, co-workers understand the impact you are and will continue to make on this disaster. I am very proud of all of you. You will be blessed for all your hard work. I know so. Good things happen to good people. It’s the truth! I promise. I will continue to pray for you.”

I believe that I’ve been called to this work, and I continue to be amazed at the positive energy that surrounds me as I follow my heart. The experience at Vista Caballo helped me understand just how important that was to me, and I can’t imagine feeling any more fulfilled in the work I’m doing. Thanks for letting me share some of my journey with you.

I’m curious to hear from others who have taken a leap and ventured into the unknown based on a burning passion within. Is this you? Are you following your heart?

Disclaimer: Vista Caballo is a client, but I paid to be a part of this experience

Spirit of the Gulf Coast

August 19, 2010

In my last post, I put my birthday wish out to the world, and boy let me tell you – the world answered! I have been swamped over the last month with a combination of client work and also volunteer efforts that are culminating in the Spirit of the Gulf Coast initiative, which begins with a documentary expedition down to the Gulf Coast this weekend.  I have been working on this for a couple of months, and the more I talk with people about it, the more people want to get involved.  It has been an honor to be a part of this work and to shine a light on the local coastal communities that have been impacted so severely as a result of the BP oil spill.

Please check out the website we created for the initiative and consider making a PayPal donation if this resonates with you.  The video below describes how we are using the donations and our purpose for the trip.

Thanks for allowing me to share this with you.  It has taken a lot of energy to bring it to this point, but the team is very excited to go down to the coast and conduct this expedition this coming weekend.  We’ll be updating the Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and YouTube accounts in real-time while we are there, and will be doing daily blog recaps as well.  Please consider following along.

Thanks again for being here, and I hope you enjoy the work.

My Birthday Wish

July 27, 2010

I have been inspired to take action in the wake of the terrible tragedy down in the Gulf of Mexico, and I only want one thing for my birthday – to continue to build on the positive energy that has come as a result of the initial idea for a relief trip and to raise money for the main expedition later in August.  My intention is to bring together a crew to visit the region and document the stories of the people and the wildlife that have been affected and bring these experiences back to Atlanta so they can be shared at an event in early September.  This event will be a platform for bringing about positive discussion and actionable steps we can all take to reduce our collective dependence on oil.

We are still making preparations and ironing out specifics for the expedition and event, but I wanted to take this opportunity to put my wish out there so that people that want to contribute may do so easily here on my site.  Donations will be used to cover expenses involved with a return trip to the region, preparing the content for the public event, and putting the material on a dedicated website for distribution throughout the world.

I appreciate all the support that people have shown throughout this process.  I take this very seriously and will do everything I can to help bring about positive changes in light of this terrible disaster.  If you would like to get involved in the expedition, please reach out to me directly.  Or if you would prefer to make a donation, please click below.  Thank you so much!