By day I’m a marketer, writer and designer – utilizing the creativity which flows through my veins. But once the five o’clock whistle blows I transform into my alter self – husband, friend, homeowner, handyman, and yes, blogger.
Our lives are chaotic, which oftentimes causes us to overlook our accomplishments and instead focus on our perceived shortcomings – something I admit I’m guilty of.
We’re rarely called upon to write a biography about ourselves, our abilities and our accomplishments. While such a practice might be commonplace for those appearing in a theatrical playbill, for the ordinary people of the world there just never seems to be a need.
But as I sat down to complete this section of The View from Here, I discovered something I hadn’t realized before – I’ve done a lot in my lifetime. It was almost a tool for one’s self-esteem – confirming what we frequently ignore. I think everyone should take the time to write a short bio about themselves – you might just discover you’ve done more with your life than you thought.
I’ve been employed as a marketing manager for a training organization, a graphic designer for a prominent newspaper and lifestyle magazine, a visual coordinator for a major retailer and for myself as a freelancer out of the comfort of my own home. Regardless of the positions I’ve held, creativity has always been at the forefront.
I’ve worked Off-Broadway in New York City as a Stage Manager, have written dozens of compositions at my piano (one of which was awarded and released) and had over one hundred editorial columns published in a large weekly newspaper entitled The Leader (which sadly is no longer in circulation).
I’ve also written a pair of full-length screenplays, one of which was a finalist in WriteMovies.com’s annual competition, notebooks filled with poetry and lyrics and even a few books I keep meaning to finish. While many of these creations were never commercial successes, the personal satisfaction I’ve garnered from each is immeasurable. That’s the thing about success – everyone has a different idea of how to measure it.
In the summer of 2014, my wife and I moved our lives from New Jersey to Colorado to be closer to family. It has been an incredible, and sometimes uncomfortable, adjustment after almost four decades in the same spot. But with each passing day we find ourselves feeling more and more at home. A big risk? Absolutely. But sometimes you need to shake things up in order to grow and strive for new accomplishments.
Beyond all the professional accomplishments I’ve listed above, my greatest joy comes from the amazing woman I’ve had the good fortune to share my life with since our wedding in 2001. She is my inspiration, my constant cheerleader and the one person who accepts me 100% unconditionally. She is incredibly patient (I can be a handful at times) and whatever success the future holds for me, it would be meaningless without her to share it with.
Thank you for taking the time to learn about me and I hope you return to enjoy what I have to say.