Hello blog, it’s been a minute.
I’m taking some time today to write because I deeply miss it. A lot has happened this summer. My friends and team members have been super productive. In a nutshell… Launched an Apparel Company, created a Digital Agency, revamped the purpose of Baseline Collective, took on too many ambitious production projects, and finally, I made the decision to spend more time in the NWA market.
I’ve just come out of a really interesting season of life. The past three months have been a learning season – spiritually, financially, emotionally, all the “ally” words. It’s at times under immense pressure that one really finds out what they are made of. For me, it revealed a lot about myself and what I need to work on. Celebrate the wins and learn from the failures. I want to share with you some things I’ve learned, and things I’m still working on.
We are all Human
This first big lesson came when we launched the Apparel Company, HEM Apparel. HEM started out as an opportunity to create something fresh within Fort Smith. To create a culture of young people, back a cause, and have a good time. I think we accomplished that. However, this didn’t come without obstacles. It’s easy to forget in the moment that the people you’re working with are human. There were a few issues that we fought about, we cried over, and ultimately impacted the health of our team. It was in that moment I had to realize, we are all human. We are all going to fail at some point. This is a learning experience, for us, for Fort Smith, for all those that attended. What we failed to do was define our goals. This impacted our team and the vision that was set. I’m the first person to admit when I’ve messed up and I’ll own my mistakes. May we not forget that our peers, our co-workers, our friends, are all still human. Their feelings and concerns matter regardless of how hectic life is. Now, what we did right was celebrate people and those who came through our shop. over 5,000 people set foot in our store and over 400 came to our evening events across two nights. Yeah, they were crazy, but that’s what happens when you get a group of passionate young people together.
To Obey is Better than Sacrifice
This is a hard one for me. If I believe in something, I will go to the ends of the earth to see it through. Sometimes in the most unhealthy of ways. I firmly believe the words Samuel wrote in 1 Samuel 15:22 that it is truly better to obey than to sacrifice. Sometimes this is obedience at the advice of others and sometimes this is obeying our inner voice, following our gut. I’ve written about this before in previous posts, but it keeps arising as a theme in my life. So many times we put aside our own dreams and desires for that of others. We see this as “self-sacrifice” or a “woe is me” approach. This builds up and sometimes we become blind to what we truly want to pursue in life. I’m thrilled to say I’m finally pursuing dreams and ideas I’ve had inside me for a long time. I’ve been selective on projects so I can take the necessary time to learn and pursue these dreams I’ve had. Talking about a solution to a problem and having a solution to a problem are two different things. I find so much of my time in the past has been talking about a solution and not really coming up with one. As I begin to pursue this in my own life, I challenge you to do the same. Don’t sacrifice your dreams and desires just for the sake of the cause. Listen to your gut, your family, those you hold close, and obey that inner feeling.
Busy is dumb, busy doesn’t make sense. Live on Purpose.
This is the biggest lesson I’ve learned out of all. Living life on purpose is hard. If you can’t relate to what I’m saying, it’s probably because you fell victim to the same cycle I did. Spinning wheels as though you were busy, overwhelmed, and gaining nothing in the process. When I think about all the time I’ve wasted on things that don’t matter, it’s a bit depressing. The good news is there is always time to start – like right now. I’m learning that it’s not enough to simply create, we must create things with purpose, depth, and things that start meaningful conversations. Whatever your medium is, start there. Focus on doing that one task, or relationship, or hobby on purpose.