Day 200!

Collaboration is a big part of what #TGAA is all about. That’s why, as we celebrate Day 200(!) of the project, I encourage everyone to keep spreading the word about what we're doing here. I realize some might believe it selfish that I want to promote my own project; but I see this as an opportunity to expand my capability to connect individuals across the country—something I've been doing since Day 1. 

For instance, while in Memphis I met the guys behind the Creative Memphis podcast. With one simple—and minute— detail about their need for stickers, I was able to tell them about the great work Jakprints does. Sure, it’s nothing earth shattering, but I view every new relationship I can help create as a victory for #TGAA. Another example is when I discovered Boxing Clever Records has plans to ramp up their offerings very soon. That news got me thinking of Honeybucket, a band from Cleveland that features former Recess Creative Web Developer, Adam Reifsnyder. I, again, was able to help introduce the two parties. 

Going on a book tour? Let me tell you about this creative festival I know. Need a new way to translate your social efforts? I have a sponsor you might want to hear about. These are just a few examples of what I've been able to accomplish so far. In each new city I visit, I do my best to think of those I’ve already met, so I can support their talents, services and abilities by letting others know about them. Not only is it personally rewarding, but my hope is that in turn, both individuals will pass the good will along to help bring more and more people together.

As this project progresses, I’m finding these opportunities are growing more frequent by the stop. I know that I could use this project to my advantage and spend my days and nights trying to land a job, but that isn’t the purpose of any of this. It is—and always has been—about connecting people around the world to new ideas, opportunities and views on where they want to be or go. So, as I reach the halfway point of this whole crazy adventure, I just want to thank everyone I’ve met over the past 7 months. Without any of you, this would be one hell of a boring story.

Keep spreading the word. Keep being yourself. Keep connecting the world. Always. 

-Steve-

Day Twelve

Lakeside Ave. 

I want to start this post by once again thanking my sponsors of this once-in-a-lifetime journey. I encourage you to check out and support each and every one of them. Of course, the same goes to all the individuals supporting me from near and afar.

This week, I was able to take care of some crucial “behind the scenes” tasks. I know it’s not very interesting, but as I continue to prepare for my impending departure there are things that need checked off the list. For instance, I was able to find someone to take over the lease on my car. It turned out my Aunt was in the market for a new vehicle, so I couldn’t be more grateful that she decided to take the Jetta off my hands. I also managed to find some halfway decent health insurance, but I’ll save that depressing discussion for another post.

This weekend, I’ll be checking off another necessity as I start moving my belongings into a storage unit. I had to do it before when I went to Orlando for an internship, so it’s nothing new to me. However, I’m starting to remember how weird it feels to lock up your things for an extended period of time. You accumulate so many valuable memories over the years that it’s always a sad experience to leave them behind—especially in another state. On the flip-side, when I return it’s going to feel like Christmas all over again.

That’s about all I have to report. Honestly, I’m just having such a great time getting to know the Recess Creative team. If every agency I visit is as awesome as this one, I’m going to have a hard time leaving them behind. Tears may be shed; that’s all I’m saying.

On a final note, I encourage everyone to follow me on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. This blog is only one piece of a much larger puzzle. Oh and everyone should check out the band Honeybucket, which features Recess’s own, Adam Reifsnyder.

Until next time,

-Steve-