I'll Be Back…Maybe

For the past year and a half I have been going through what I call a transitional phase. On top of adjusting to a completely new life in Atlanta, we’ve worked hard to re-build our business from scratch, all the while starting a new photography business, Teen Identity. I also co-authored a book with my wife, spoke at over half a dozen seminars/conventions/expos, been on Film Fellas, the DV Show, ended one podcast, started another, and helped start a national movement. People are always commenting, “How do you do it Ron? Are there five of you?” No. Unfortunately, there are not. And it’s starting to take it’s toll.

I’ve been doing a lot of deep thinking about life, liberty, and the pursuit of dreams. One of my dreams has been to be a filmmaker. I’ve achieved that dream…to an extent. But the dream of dreams is to be the kind of filmmaker that makes films that change the world. Impact thousands, if not millions of lives. Those who follow my various social media and teaching venues know that since last summer I’ve been on a quest to return to my roots as a filmmaker. I’ve also had a strong desire to do more cause-driven and inspirational films, particularly for non-profits who often can’t afford our typical rates.

I also want to go on more date nights with my beautiful wife; have more energy when I play with my son; exercise more; eat better; go to the gym; take up ballroom dancing again; be more involved with my church; and I want to write and make films (MY films).

So, when I put all this together and take a long, hard look at my path, the words of Andy Stanley ring in my ears, “It’s your direction, not your intention, that determines your destination.”

Taking a Social Media Sabbatical

Again, if you know me, you probably did a large gasp as you read that sub-title. I am the poster-child for social media and networking. But it’s true. I’m making some hard choices in life right now with how I spend my time. I genuinely feel like God is saying, “Ron, I have something different in store for you, and right now, what you’re doing ain’t it. Trust me and let go.” So. I’m letting go.

I’ll be doing little to no tweeting Facebooking, blogging, podcasting, or even marketing in general. What I’m doing is a huge leap of faith…literally. I have no idea what God has in store. But you know what. If feels good.

We’re still taking client inquiries, but they will most likely be on a more selective basis. Send inquiries to service {at} daredreamer {dot} net. I’m not sure when I’ll return, or how it will look when/if I do. But if you subscribe to this blog, or follow me on Twitter, you’ll be one of the first to know.

I’ll most likely post any new videos to just to my Vimeo and/or YouTube channel, so check there if you want to keep updated on any new projects I post.

Until we meet again in the social media Facebook-Twitterverse, remember the words of Henry David Thoreau, “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve imagined.”

Or, as another “Andy” put it, “get busy dying, or get busy living.”

28 thoughts on “I'll Be Back…Maybe

  1. Ron, sometimes the right choices are the toughest, I have no doubt that you will accomplish your dream! You are incredibly talented and gifted, plus produce work that evokes emotion. Not a single thing wrong with following your dream, getting fit, spending time with you talented family, and inspiring the world at 30 HD frames per second. And that is very generous to extend a hand to non-Profits, I see how much help they can use for all they provide while working with the MS Society. Congrats on the new chapter Ron.If you need an extra hand to do a little grunt work in Ohio or Georgia – let me know, I'm always willing to help out where I can.

  2. God bless you brotha. Discovering your photography podcast with Jeremy Cowart this last January was a Godsend (I new Jeremy while he was not a photog) and it lead me to X180 which has led me to many awesome knowledge bases. Although your direction is changing, I to, by following your direction in this past spring, have been helped to find good direction. Thanks for keeping Christ at your core and for being willing to commit to God what you said you would, …your life. Hope to see you on set someday. God Bless – Ken Jones

  3. Ron, good for you. I know it wasn't an easy decision for you, but I applaud the decision to readjust your priorities in life. You know I made a similar decision with my career a few years ago and have recently done so again, adding a renewed focus on producing Christian films. Blessings to you and your family!

  4. Words well chosen … more importantly, you are listening to a greater voice than that of facebook, twitter, blogs … and few people get that. I completely support your direction 110% because your family, wife, God & your life need to come first! When it's all said and done, they are the one's that count.May much success come your way … and most importantly, happiness!Bless,J-doghttp://www.twitter.com/Jdog23“and I…I took the road less travelled by and that has made all the difference.” – Robert Frost

  5. Wow, Ron, you are one of the people that got me into all this. Thank You for everything you've done, and for whatever you'll do soon. I wish you nothing but the best! I know you're already a great dad, and I hope you enjoy being a great dad, but just with a little more time spent doing that. Sometime life takes us in strange ways, but it always works out to be the “only” way that we were ever supposed to go. So I know you're making the right decision for you and your family, and again, I wish you all the best, and I can't wait to see you/hear from you soon. Just don't leave us hanging too long.

  6. Best of luck, Ron — but if there's anyone I know that can achieve their dreams, it's you my friend. Find a way to keep us posted. (S Greenfield)

  7. We will miss you, your inspiration, and education for sure! You have infused so much energy into my business and my life since we met at IN[FOCUS] and I'm forever grateful. What is in store for you is BIG, I can feel it! Just glad to have had the opportunity to be one of the millions whose lives you have already touched. Wish you nothing but the best and hope to cross paths down the road… until then, I guess I'll have to hang out with your wife on the POSH cruise!🙂 Meg Simone

  8. We will miss you, your inspiration, and education for sure! You have infused so much energy into my business and my life since we met at IN[FOCUS] and I'm forever grateful. What is in store for you is BIG, I can feel it! Just glad to have had the opportunity to be one of the millions whose lives you have already touched. Wish you nothing but the best and hope to cross paths down the road… until then, I guess I'll have to hang out with your wife on the POSH cruise!🙂 Meg

  9. Hi Ron,Although I'm sorry that I won't see your posts as much, I am glad you are following your dreams and doing what you need to do. My wife Deanna and I both thank you and Tasra again for being a beacon through your book. Our lives have changed and our business is growing and your advice and insights were invaluable in making that change. Best of luck to you!!

  10. Your are an inspiration Ron. Keeping an eye on your achievements and the quality of all the work you do keeps me motivated to do more. Can wait to see your films now.Best of luck!Fernanda

  11. Good luck! I found an abundance of time opened up when I limited my Facebook to once per day. Go forth & be creative.

  12. Your are an inspiration Ron. Keeping an eye on your achievements and the quality of all the work you do keeps me motivated to do more. Can wait to see your films now.Best of luck!Fernanda

  13. Good luck! I found an abundance of time opened up when I limited my Facebook to once per day. Go forth & be creative.

  14. I am with you Ron! Thanks for the inspiring me to follow what is in my heart. Letting go and moving forward. Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end…

  15. Ron, I wish you well in whatever path you take in life. I hopped on Twitter to tell you that I just got your book Refocus and I saw your message. Do do what you want but don't slow down. (which I doubt you would do.) “The slower you go, the faster you die, not reverse-wise” is a [mis-]quote that I seem to keep in my mind whenever someone tells me to “take it easy”, etc. So, charge on my friend! I look forward to seeing more of your work!

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