I’m excited to welcome my friend, Blaine Hogan here today. We met in Tulsa last June and found ourselves crammed into a booth, talking about the Enneagram until far too late at night. He’s a brilliant man and now he’s created a fantastic course called Make Better. It might be a great fit for many of you in this season of your life. Plus Blaine knows I love a deal – he’s brought along with a discount for us. – S.
Our oldest, Ruby, turned four this week. It’s insane how fast time really moves these days. We also have an 18 month-old, Eloise, so we’re confident that time stands still as well. We’re in that constant flux between running to catch time by it’s tail, savor each and every moment, while at the same time desperate for 7PM to roll around so we can put these people who are ruining our lives to bed.
The keyword for us these days presence – standing still even when we can’t run fast enough, and standing still when all we want to do is kick that clock into gear.
As someone who has always struggled with anxiety, presence is pretty hard to come by. But these beautiful little ladies are helping me. Let me tell you what I mean.
The other day I was rushing to get Ruby and I ready to head to pre-school. It was a nice day and we’re close enough to my work and our daycare to walk. And so, Ruby needed her “fast” shoes. Normally she puts them on herself, but today she wanted my help. When I was a kid, my dad went on a bike ride with my brother and brought back a puppy. Long story! Anyway, we kept the thing. Even longer story! I remember my dad remarking how big that puppy was going to get?
“How do you know?” I asked.
“Look at those paws,” he shot back.
Well, Ruby has giant paws and that morning I was desperately trying to jam her feet into her size 11 Nikes.
“Ruby, your shoes are getting so small, because your feet are getting so big. You’re growing so fast!”
She looked at me dead in the eyes.
“Dad, everything has to grow.”
She was talking about her feet, but she was also talking about everything else in the whole wide world. Her wisdom shot through my heart and I nearly started balling right there.
“You’re right goose, everything has to grow.”
I’ve got quite a sordid past – major trauma as a kid, addictions galore, a real mess. I never thought for once in my 20’s that my 30’s would have me living in the suburbs in a tiny house, a growing family, and a church job. And I certainly never imagined a 4 year-old, my OWN 4 year-old speaking such truth straight into my heart.
10 years ago, after a series of E.R. worthy panic attacks helped me uncover a lot of broken stuff, I started to make some changes. I quit acting, went to a lot of therapy, spent 2 years in seminary, and decided to commit to the real me instead of the false one. And for the last 2 years I’ve been developing an online course meant to distill all that learning into an 8-week course that would help artists and humans alike, grow.
It’s called Make Better and our mutual friend, Sarah has generously allowed me to share it with you today.
Everything has to grow and I hope you’ll let me be your guide.
MAKE BETTER is an 8-week online course designed to help people become better humans so they can make better art. It’s essentially a walk through my creative process via the refining fire of trauma, therapy, theatre school, and a masters in theology. In the end people are saying they leave the course with a better understanding of who we they are, what they are made to do, why they are made to do it, and how they should begin.
Registration closes on the 30th at midnight CST and right now you can take $100 off with the promo code BEMOREHUMAN.
With a BA in theater performance and an MA in Culture and Theology, Blaine Hogan has written books, directed films, created live events for over 1 million people, developed content for numerous Fortune 500 companies, and now works at one of the highest impact churches in the country. He wants to take all that experience and help you make better…everything.