WHO DOES THIS GUY THINK HE IS?
I live in Denver with my wife, Sarah, and our three daughters, Sullivan, Gemma, and Mylo. Our lives are filled with laughter and amazement every day. My life is also, unexpectedly, filled with mermaid costumes, painted nails, the color pink, and glitter. Lots of glitter. Always glitter.
I grew up in a small town in Western Kansas. Like 4000 people small. My graduating class had 78 kids in it. That’s the kind of place where you have no choice but to pick up good values – like loyalty, honor, and honesty - so I hang my hat on those things.
I left that small town to attend college in Eastern Kansas. I wanted to be anonymous. I also thought I would be a lawyer. That lasted for about four weeks. I needed something new, so I did some soul searching – the kind a 19 year old does. Which means I played a lot of video games and skipped my classes.
Then a friend convinced me to sit in on an Intro to Teaching class and I saw something I could be good at. So I got a teaching degree.
I was good at teaching. And it was pretty easy. And fun, for the most part. But for years I ignored the fact that I wanted something else, something more challenging, something I could call my own.
I was led to this copywriting and marketing through strange forces I still don’t entirely understand.
After a nearly a year of grasping at anything other than teaching, a friend offered me the opportunity to work as a part-time copywriter with a small creative agency. I jumped at the opportunity, writing at night and on the weekends. Seven months later I made the decision to work for myself and launched Real Good Writing.
I grew up watching my parents build businesses. They worked their asses off to make sure my siblings and I didn’t grow up the way they did. So launching Real Good never seemed that crazy to me. It was more like something that was sleeping beneath the surface, waiting to be awakened.
That was 2014. I finished the school year and then put my family’s fate in my own hands. Sometimes it scares the shit out of me. Most times, it drives me and excites me and inspires me. It’s exhilarating to act on your dreams. Hard as hell, but exhilarating. I love the process of not knowing what’s next.
And, now, 5 years on, this is it for me. I’ve always loved marketing and writing. I love using those my loves to help people grow their own businesses, or communicate better to their customers, or simply develop pride and confidence in what they’re putting into the world. I can’t wait to see where we end up together. Which means we should probably talk first. You can make that happen here…