Creative South was awesome.

So basically, Creative South is like the How conference but instead of being 1500 bucks or so, it’s 80 bucks. Anyone and everyone can come. Young creatives right out of school road trip in from across the country and join in. It’s about creativity, sharing and friends. The whole time I was there I felt an energy. Everyone I talked to was so excited about what they were doing, it was intoxicating.

I’ve been doing quite a bit of traveling and speaking this year. Too much really. It was getting to the point where it was effecting both my home life and work life. Mike hit me up about speaking about 5 or 6 months ago. At the time, I had just started my speaking tour and was taking every opportunity that came my way. Once the toll of traveling 2 or 3 times a month started to set in (early March), I gave Mike a call to see if I could back out. Tickets hadn’t been purchased yet and he had about 10 other speakers also on the roster. Now I don’t know if you guys know Mike, but he’s a good Christ lovin’ dude. He said to me “what’s it gonna take – can we fly your wife out? Would that help?”. I talked to Maria and we decided to make the trip out. And I’m so glad we did.

About a week prior to flying out, Maria reminded me to mention to Mike that I had food allergies. Mike’s response: “I’ll see what I can do”. All of a sudden I was feeling like some chump celeb that needs only green M&Ms and my water at 43.2 degrees. Mike was cool about it, but I could tell that it bothered him (not that he’d ever say anything).

On Friday when I got on stage, I felt something. Maybe it was being in the south where every day of the conference started with a prayer. Maybe it was the fact that I was speaking in the historic Springer Opera House. Or maybe it was just a voice in my heart, but I felt a calling. I usually do my talk and mention Jesus. I also talk for about 5 minutes about the day I was shot and how it changed everything about my life but I felt compelled to really dig into it. I really opened up on stage and I even may have shed a tear (a manly tear).

When I got off stage, Mike came up to me and gave me a hug. He said”

“I get it now. I get why you can’t eat certain foods and I get why your family is so important to you. I discussed it with Allison and Dan and if you want to come out with the family next year including the kids, we’ll pay for the whole thing. You’re part of the Creative South family now.”

It was one of those moments that I’ll never forget. Thank you.





Dan & Mike




The line for screen printing was longer then the line for beer.






Danielle Evens and Alonzo Felix




The Type Hunter meets the Badge Hunter



Halftone Def. The dudes hooked me up with about 10 prints! So rad!







Two young designers that drove in from South Carolina and Chicago. They won tickets only a few days before.












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