For the First Time in Forever

Shot by Steven Kirby

Shot by Steven Kirby

Hi! I hope this finds you well, enjoying a great summery season.

To those who are joining for the first time (or first time in awhile), welcome. There’s more detail on the About page, but the gist is this: I'm a Southern guy with a passion for stories and photography, now living in Manhattan.

As you peruse the site, you'll see a variety of things in the archives from fashion to travel. I started this project a little over two years ago after I’d completed my first year of city-living; and at the time, I not so discreetly tried to jump into what’s known as the #bloggerlife.

During that process, I learned a lot and met some great people. I had the opportunity to try my hand at a few “influencer” projects and began to attend shows for Fashion Week (#bucketlist).

But, I also realized that my real passions aren’t necessarily the “in front of the camera” things, which has further been affirmed during my blogging hiatus. It was difficult to pull the plug, but the past eight months have provided much needed R&R. 

Why did I leave?

  1. I’d made an idol out of the online pursuit.

  2. I was using it as a way to process my life, which kept me from building true community offline.

  3. I was getting impatient and bitter.

  4. I felt pressure (mostly self-imposed) to perform.

Why am I back?

  1. I like to write. It brings me joy, and I missed doing it regularly.

  2. Much hasn’t changed over the past eight months; people are still consuming content online.

  3. I have a renewed outlook and vision for this space.

So, what does it mean to start again?

“Season” is a buzz word that I’ve found myself using daily (#wordvomit), over the past two months especially. While it’s been a time of rest as mentioned before, it’s also been a time to read and seek new inspiration, to meet with friends I admire, and to refocus my creative juices.

Honestly, I’m so excited to be back. I don’t fully know how things are going to be received, but that’s not the point anymore. I no longer want to lead with strategies for follower growth. Instead, my hope is to humbly walk with the Lord and see this as my creative outlet, not my creative identity.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
— Hewbrews 12:1-3

Thanks for your support throughout the ebbs and flows of the journey! If there are ever any questions I can answer for you, please feel free to drop them in the comments below.