#STORYChicago

since starting this blog a couple of years ago, i have learned a few things. the most important of them being… it’s really hard to blog. in case you haven’t noticed, it’s been months since i have taken the time and the energy to sit down and write, and it is because of this lost time that this post is no longer relevant. however, i write on…

a little over a month ago i attended a conference in the stimulating city of Chicago called STORY. this is a place where creatives from all walks of life come to draw inspiration from their surroundings, from art, from pioneers, and from each other. it is a place where i have come to expect the unexpected and i wanted to share with you a few of my favorite moments and quotes from these incredible two days.

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The event started at a beautiful Cathedral with the showing of the Sundance Award Winning documentary, Blood Brother. [[If you have a heart for the nations, i highly reccomend that you check it out]]. but before that screening, we were welcomed to the event with the most extravagant display of art projected onto the ceiling, choreographed to the glorious sounds of a magnificent symphony.  as the production simulated a storm shaking the earth, actual thunder rolled in over the skyscrapers of Chicago. impeccable timing.

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after being completely humbled by the film, we woke up to a humid morning walk through the city to make our way to the House of Blues, Chicago.  It was here that our minds were stretched and our hearts were opened to new ideas and thoughts beyond our current understanding…

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“Dreams don’t fade, we simply trade them in for a standard of living” – @BenArment, Creator of @STORYChicago

“Obsession leads to authenticity. Authenticity leads to connection.” -Howard Lichter, Global Director of Creative Outreach @Nike

“Maturity is overrated. The team that generally wins is the team that is having the most fun.” -Howard Lichter

“If you haven’t done something that people love or hate – do something else.” – Howard Lichter

“You guys are so easy to please. I wish you were my parents, that would be amazing.” – @tomthummer, beatboxing extraordinaire.

“Toothpaste is peddled with far more sophistication than the life-saving work of aid groups.” – Scott Harrison, Founder and CEO of @charitywater

“Water has the power to make you feel beautiful” – Scott Harrison

“If not us, then who? If not now, then when?” – Scott Harrison

“Your life is a story being written by heavenly hands that you can’t see, but you have to trust” – @dannygokey, recording artist and philanthropist

“Write about how the world is and how the world should be” -Dan Hassletine, Lead singer of Jars of Clay and Founder of Blood Water Mission.

“Shyness is not encouraged” – Drew Holcomb, recording artist

“You are a novel in a sea of magazines” – Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors

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“It sounded like what it looked like, what it felt like. That was a moment for me.” – Gillian Ferrabee, Creative Labs Director at Cirque Du Soleil

“Giving up control to take in the whole experience = proprioception” – Gillian Ferrabee

Gillian ended her enlightening talk by showing this inspired video from a former Cirque performer who has now taken on the alias of a dandy punk.

beyond these inspirational moments, i was given the chance to explore the city with some incredible people and that included a midnight donut run and the traditional visit to “the bean.”

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i hope you were able to draw some inspiration or encouragement from this post ‘better late than never’ post.  and if it sparked your interest in STORY, please check out the conference at www.storychicago.com . maybe i will see  you in chi-town next year!

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