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CYA 2014

Wow. What a year. As I sit back and reflect on what all has happened in 2014 it really has come full circle to what I set out to do this year. I wanted to challenge myself to do things differently, to meet people who could inspire me, and to do something of notable impact. I’m honored and happy to say that I believe I achieved all of those. Although this year was great, it wasn’t perfect. Dealing with the rapid success and the contrast rapid decline of two clothing startups, I learned more than I ever could have asked for in a matter of months. One of the most important things I learned in 2014 was that romanticizing the idea and the reality of the idea are two different things. As I launch into 2015 and all of it’s endeavors, I’m encouraged and humbled by the lessons I learned this year.

Below are a few of my favorite moments of 2014. I’m honored to have met and built relationships with so many amazing people this year. The least I can do is say thank you, for all you’ve done.

My year started off with these crazy people who have now become a prominent chapter in my life. IanEmily, and Betsy. You three have my heart and we created so many memories together. 

Ian and Emily, we managed to get through lots of “therapy” sessions together, and although not much came of that “brainstorming session,” I wish you both nothing but the best in 2015. Your success will be nothing short of impacting the lives of those around you.

Beyond blessed to have a job like this. @genesis_conf #GENESIS14

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Me and This Guy (Drew) have done lots of crazy stuff this year, and created things we didn't even know we could. So proud of this guy pursuing his dream and the plan God has for his life!

Me and This Guy (Drew) have done lots of crazy stuff this year, and created things we didn’t even know we could. So proud of this guy pursuing his dream and the plan God has for his life!

Ian, Emily, Me, Betsy

Ian, Emily, Me, Betsy

Emily, Ian, Me

Emily, Ian, Me

In February, I helped produce our annual GENESIS Conference at Harvest Time and it was incredible. A big milestone year for us. 

Not long after that we had our EASTER Service, and that marked a very forward use of music and environment for our church. I still look back and count it as one of the best services I’ve ever been apart of. 

EASTER 2014

EASTER 2014

Drew (Keys), Landon (Filming), Filming for EASTER 2014 Opener

Drew (Keys), Landon (Filming), Filming for EASTER 2014 Opener

This year in February was the second MAGIC Market week I was able to attend on behalf The Select Man and Southern Hospitality Clothing, I went with my partner in crime, Betsy, and boy did we have fun! 

Betsy and I ready for takeoff! 

Betsy and I ready for takeoff! 

We were able to catch some notable people while we were there in February, two of which were Fort Smith locals! 

Oh and I met Alexis Bellino from the Real Housewives! 

Oh and I met Alexis Bellino from the Real Housewives! 

After Las Vegas and Market Week was over, we went straight to Los Angeles to meet with some of our friends and did we ever have a great time! We went to the most controversial tour of the year, Miley Cyrus, and from a personal perspective, I’d see it again! 

That time we had VIP box seats at Miley thanks to Betsy! WOW.  Me, Kelly, Gregory

That time we had VIP box seats at Miley thanks to Betsy! WOW.  Me, Kelly, Gregory

Yea....she's riding a hot dog.

Yea….she’s riding a hot dog.

Then there was that time when we basically built a small church for a few months, and took over Atlanta. #SUB30

#SUB30 Taking over Atlanta

#SUB30 Taking over Atlanta

#SUB30

#SUB30

This girl right here deserves her own metal of honor for putting up with me all these years. She help me start two businesses, we braved Vegas for the first time together, and endured many long nights. This lady is a ride or die in my life, and when everything seems to be falling apart, she somehow flawlessly holds it all together. Leslie, thank you for putting up with me and all my craziness. Hopefully one day I can repay you for the countless hours you dedicated to me. 

Leslie, and I.

Leslie, and I.

THEN THERE WAS THAT TIME WHEN MY BEST FRIEND GOT MARRIED! 

Best Friends Wedding!

Best Friends Wedding!

Then there was summer. It was filled with pool partied, people, and amazing food. Oh did I mention amazing food. And road trips, lots of road trips.

Pool Parties!

Pool Parties!

WATERMELON.

WATERMELON.

Road trips!

Road trips!

And then we get to August, and it’s Vegas time again. This time around I was able to connect with some amazing bloggers with my friend Anthony. Oh, and we ran into TI, like woah! 

Then there was that time that I touched Bill Clinton, not once, but twice.

The year ended with my extreme love for Avocados, a productive Halloween, and Thanksgiving and a humbling Christmas. I’m so thankful for each and everyone of you in my life. It’s truly been an incredible year. As we go into 2015 I pray nothing but love and happiness for every single one of you. 

With that said. CYA 2014

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