Craft

It starts with acknowledging your blessings.

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Let me be one of the millions of people to acknowledge that the past year has been a trainwreck. After a year of quarantine, covid deaths, economic turmoil, a hostile political climate, major issues of injustice and so much more. I don’t need to tell you those things however because you lived them just like I did. I only say them upfront because I want to recognize the challenge that comes with the statement I am proposing today. And that is simply that I believe we all need to be a little more grateful.

As I was thinking through that…


Small accomplishments turn into rapid momentum that leads to extraordinary results

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Back in 2018, I landed an opportunity to give a TEDx talk at Xavier University in Cincinnati Ohio. I got this opportunity simply because I happened to be on the TED website and saw that they were asking for submissions for speakers. So I filled out the application and to my surprise, I got the talk. This moment was a springboard for me.

It launched me into having the desire to grow a side hustle of speaking opportunities and over the next two years, I made around $1000 for giving different talks around my city. Because I worked my network…


Get aggressive about paying off debt

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I don’t need to tell you that 63% of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck because with a stat like that you the reader are most likely living that out right now. I also don’t need to tell you that the average American has around 90,000 dollars in debt because you most likely are living that out yourself. And this pandemic hasn’t helped anyone with more than 10 million Americans still out of work. With statistics like this, it is easy to wonder if there is any hope for someone who wants to climb out of debt.

I recently had…


Truth without grace brings shame

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Have you ever messed up and hurt those around you? I have. A few times actually. I relived a moment recently where I was told how badly I messed up. I remember the words coming from the other person about how I failed and how everyone had failed me and that I needed to start over. I remember a flood of emotions washing over me. I remember going home and sitting in my brokenness.

Feeling nothing but shame.

Shame is this internal voice that rings in our heads that tells us how terrible we are and how worthless we are…


A picture is worth 1000 words.

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I started my photography journey back in 2020 when I bought my cannon M50. Currently I still just have the kit lens and that's all that I am using. I initially bought the camera because I was doing a lot of filming at church. When the pandemic hit my church needed a way to continue online only and since we didn’t have the equipment I stepped up and began using my iPhone 11 Pro Max to film our services.

Using an iPhone to film an hour-long service in different chunks each week tho is not great for workflow. So when…


My new year's goals

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I’ve been a content creator for going on three years now. Back in 2018 when I started it came out of a necessity for me to have something on the side of my everyday life to be creative and to help me find myself again after going through a bit of an identity crisis. Thus I did two things. I launched my blog here on Medium and really started to get into writing and figuring out the platform and then I started my podcast “Coffee With Craft”

Since then I have been experimenting with content creating and discovering my voice…


Why you should be running ads on your Youtube channel

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For the past two years, I have hosted a podcast called Coffee With Craft, its all about having an intentional conversation like you would with a friend over coffee. During the first few months of the quarantine, I have been putting in the hard work to get the podcast ready for the relaunch. With the relaunch, I wanted to make sure that my podcast got as many eyes on it as possible and so I decided to go ahead and run a Facebook ad for my podcast for the first time.

I’ve always been a little skeptical of Facebook ads…


And other tools for the “pandemic made creative”

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The “pandemic made creative”

For my 9–5 job, I am a youth pastor at a small church in Cincinnati, Ohio. I, like many people, have seen my job change dramatically over the past five months. Before the pandemic, I spent the majority of my time planning large scale events with other youth pastors and putting on weekly student services from a youth group experience on a Sunday night and an after school program on Wednesday afternoons. That all went away when the pandemic began. …


Discover your focus, batch record, and market, market, market!

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What I’ve loved about quarantine is that everyone who has ever wanted to try something like creating a podcast now has a chance to get it going! As someone who has been podcasting for almost two years, I have come to a place where I believe everyone who wants to tell a story should have a podcast.

However, for many people who want to start a podcast, they lack the understanding of how they should go about starting a podcast. They look at the project and feel like they are staring at this impossible mountain they could never climb. However…


Finding your “why” to create meaningful content

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“I don’t even know where to start…” — A friend

I was on FaceTime the other day when my friend said that to me. This friend is recently unemployed because of the world circumstances and has begun to look into content creation as something he can do in his free time. This friend loves to write but struggles to know what to write. For my friend, he found himself looking at a blank piece of paper with endless possibilities and was paralyzed by that.

For me, it used to be the same way. I started writing on Medium in 2016…

Craft

26. Telling my story and helping other people share theirs.

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