160729_maxwell_portraits_0183I didn’t fall in love with writing as a kid, but I did love stories. I grew up nerdy, which is to say I spent more time alone with my stuff than I did with other people. Adventures and characters in my head were usually more interesting. Then one day I discovered my mom’s copy of Elvis is Dead and I Don’t Feel So Good Myself and my desire to become a writer took full form.

My career started at the University of Georgia’s Red and Black as the Editorial Cartoonist. I scripted an original political piece titled, “Stick Boy,” to provoke student debate and reader engagement. It worked–I received more hate mail in six weeks than one might reasonably expect to receive in a lifetime.

After graduating from UGA with a BA in English in 1998, I pursued a career in pastoring. It was an easy way to connect with people via stories–if folks show up to a church, chances are they’re invested in the mutual stories that the Christian faith shares. Being able to explain and bring those stories to life in a new way was my main gift; unfortunately for me, there’s a lot more to being a pastor, and I sucked at most of it. After several years of working with teenagers, college kids, and finally being the lead pastor of my own church, I realized my desire was really communicating with people through words.

When a full time writing opportunity came along Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, I breathed a sigh of relief–as did most of my parishioners. Starting in 2008, I wrote RZIM’s two radio programs, Just Thinking and Let My People Think. JT ran daily, LMPT ran on the weekends; both broadcast on over 1700 radio stations worldwide. The writing translated into video as well; I wrote and produced two short films while at RZIM, and even won a Bronze Telly Award in 2009 for a short film about the ministry’s radio programs.

I also began writing a daily blog at this time, as well as submitting some of my blogs for publications in magazines. My first success was a humor column in Atlanta Parent Magazine in 2010; I was featured in Atlanta Parent again in 2011. The confirmation that my writing didn’t suck gave me enough confidence to submit to other magazines, which lead to other types of writing opportunities, which lead to me becoming a full-time freelance writer in 2013 (after a brief stint as a youth pastor, again). I was blessed to get several contracts and projects, and things took off from there.

One day a friend of mine sent me an email with a link and the subject line, “This seems right up your alley”. Turns out the link was for a writing job with The John Maxwell Company. Turns out, I’d done freelance work for them. Turns out, I’d spoken on the phone with the guy who would be my boss. Turns out, it’s not a wise idea to eat chili dawgs from the Varsity the evening before you have to submit a writing sample for consideration. It is also unwise to eat chili dawgs from the Varsity prior to any sort of professional commitment, but that’s another thing altogether.

Long story short, I got the job with John Maxwell. And I love it. But that’s not what this website is about.

This website is about me sharing my thoughts on life. I’ve lived forty years, and am just starting to understand how some of the things I’ve learned and some of the things I think can be beneficial to others. I’m also finally comfortable enough in my own skin to let my humor take the lead. If you don’t like jokes, then you probably won’t like me, and that’s okay. If you do like jokes, then hopefully you’ll come back to read more.

In my spare time I like to…actually, I’m a parent, so there is no spare time. I shuttle little ones to ballet, Scouts, drum lessons and other places, and I’m quite happy to do so. Half of the funny things in my life come from my kids and my wife, so spending time with them is always a blast. If I do get a moment, I like to watch movies, specifically sci-fi, comic book, and anything with a decent story line.

Like I said at the top, I’m a nerd.

(And that’s how a writer brings a post full circle.)