After the last few weeks (months?) I am now seeing the world in shades of blue. I don't want to upload the full weight of everything I've made for the Best of Creston event coming up this Saturday, but I still want to show off some of the stuff from the top of the pile. Everything about organizing this event has been an incredible learning experience, both in how much a dedicated group of people can accomplish against the odds and in a pretty short amount of time and how much I am capable of taking on, on my own, all at once. I've touted the phrase 'Do Everything' for a lot of years and, for the first time, I think I've got a grasp on just how much everything I can do. I am so proud of this event and everyone who put in the time to pull this thing together. The Creston neighborhood in Grand Rapids, MI is an incredible place with a vibrant, enticing history that is just begging to be explored, re-imagined, and preserved.
Years ago, in the midst of pulling my life back together on the other side of an illness that knocked me down for longer than I would have liked, I got a job at Graydon's Crossing. At the time, I seriously thought it was a dead end job in an unfamiliar part of town, far away from everything I had known for the last few years. What I say next, I mean with deadly sincerity: I couldn't have been more wrong. I came to Creston directionless and without ambition, wandering around wondering what I was going to do next. Cut to now, and I'm on a career path that envelops my whole heart, I've met friends that I will know for the rest of my life. I've experienced love and loss and inspiration unmatched by almost anything I have felt before, and it is all because I walked into Graydon's, resume in hand, on the right day and asked for a job.
I think everyone should take that chance. There is nothing more invigorating than not knowing what you're walking into, and that is exactly what we're offering this Saturday in my favorite neighborhood.
I am so proud to be among the Best of Creston.