I don’t have an elegant recap of my time at STORY 2012. I’m still processing a lot of what I saw, heard and learned. So I’ll share a couple of quotes and some images that are still running through my head.
The presenters were all fantastic. They each approached creativity from a different angle which brought such a depth of perspective. The following quotes may not make full sense outside of context but they were the main takeaways for me.
Find the prompts that make you jump the tracks. You don’t need to know all the steps, just the next step.
You don’t have to have hope to create art, but you have to have hope to create beauty.
The person who loves the process is more likely to be successful than the person that just loves the outcome.
To behold something is to gaze into its inner splendor.
God will not bless His competition.
If you’re not willing to do “nothing” for God, then you’re not healthy enough to do “something” for Him.
While Bob Goff starting it off by essentially prompting us all to jump out of our seats and go live life to the fullest, Paul Vischer brought it all back home with His personal testimony of failure and redemption. His quote had the most impact on me. Especially as it relates to what I write on identity.
There was also an incredible spoken word poet that shared a few poems. The most beautiful was an epic piece on the beauty of creation.
The theme of Story 2012 was “Everywhere”. It was in the context of finding inspiration for creativity everywhere but I had another perspective. I was able to find friends everywhere. From Illinois, to Tennessee, to North and South Carolina, to Pennsylvania and Oklahoma.
I was able to meet people like Kristin Tenant, Jennifer Luitweiler, Ed Cyzewski, Addie Zierman and so many others. We had a meetup at a local pub with about 30 writers/bloggers and it was definitely a highlight of my trip.
I got to spend time with my brother from another mother, Sonny Lemmons. He was so much fun. If you don’t know this guy, you need to get to know him.
Another major highlight of the trip was hanging with two of my favorites, Tracee Persiko and Alece Ronzino. I pretty much talked their ears off at dinner one night. I was sharing my testimony and started preaching. They were kind enough to listen through the entire sermon without falling asleep!
I was able to spend time exploring the city with my beautiful wife. We absolutely loved Chicago and can’t wait to go back to visit.
There’s so much more but I won’t subject you to anymore gushing. Suffice it to say that it was worth every penny. It was an amazing 33rd birthday gift! Which is today by the way. Yeah, I’m no longer shy about telling people it’s my birthday.
Also if we’re FB friends, I’ll be posting more pictures soon.