moving forward

moving-forward

[legacy post from innovideo creative blog]

Welcome, if you’re reading for the first time. By definition, this being the very first entry on this particular blog, that would be everyone. You may have followed my sojourn via Blogger in the past. Either way, it’s good to have you along.

The past several months have been a whirlwind of personal discovery, self-knowledge, transition, growth, change. A year ago I was in the midst of training for a position as an insurance agent with a very reputable company. I had the office address, the email, the business cards, the list of leads. I should have been absolutely good to go.

But something in me was fighting it the whole time. I sincerely wanted to embrace the lifestyle of helping people by helping them with a very real need. But at the end of the day, I really wasn’t “sold” on the products I was trying to sell. I realized some time later that Dave Ramsey had infiltrated my conscience, and that selling cash-value life policies was never going to sit right. Yet even that issue aside, there was something in me that would never be satisfied.

With a bit of 2×4-to-the-head style encouragement, I sought help, professionally, to figure out why I had not seemed to find satisfaction in so much of what I had been trying to do. Part of what I learned about myself was that I highly value not only independence but the ability to express creativity. The world of insurance may have given me some time freedom, eventually and after losing most of my nose to the proverbial grindstone. But it was that creative little genius in me that was longing for the light of day.

It was right around this time that I really began to listen to, and take to heart, some of the feedback I had been getting about my video editing capabilities. This was in between creating the Jr. High Believe video and plunging headlong into the senior project. I started hearing comments like, “you have a gift,” “that gave me goosebumps,” and “watching that brought tears as I listened to my daughter share.” The evening of the senior video presentation, I was surprised and honored to receive a standing ovation from the seniors and their families. The thought began to occur. Why don’t I pursue doing this full time?

I have absolutely loved my role with CCC. More and more, I’ve tried to use efficiency as webmaster to create margin for more extensive planning and execution of videography. What about other venues? Sports teams, wedding receptions, businesses, retirements… vast possibilities.

So amidst an avalanche of ups and downs, soul-searching, and navigating of “the new normal” of life in a downturn, here I am starting a business of my own. But unlike the nagging pressure I would always have felt to make the calls, knock on the doors, etc. as an insurance agent, I literally lose track of time when I do what I love.

I heartily invite you to join me on my journey. I’ll use this blog to not only reflect on the experiences of my own life, but also to connect what I am learning about life to ways perhaps you, too, can live more fully. Sometimes deep, sometimes silly, occasionally a bit off the wall, always real.

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  • Rhonda

    So exciting!!! Praying for your strength, passion and creative flow in your new adventure! Can’t wait to see your future works!

  • Rhonda

    So exciting!!! Praying for your strength, passion and creative flow in your new adventure! Can’t wait to see your future works!

  • http://facebook.com/profile.php?id=520900049 Robert Busby

    That’s great! I know what you mean, having been through a similar experience of discovery this past year. I absolutely wish you the best and if I or anyone I know finds the need or want for video work, you’ll be the first name on my mind. :-)

  • http://facebook.com/profile.php?id=520900049 Robert Busby

    That’s great! I know what you mean, having been through a similar experience of discovery this past year. I absolutely wish you the best and if I or anyone I know finds the need or want for video work, you’ll be the first name on my mind. :-)

  • http://facebook.com/profile.php?id=1028607308 Jen Purling-Baker

    Wow! I’m glad you posted this! I completely understand the realization that although you may be facing something good, in order to do so you may be turning away from something great. I recently went through something of this sort when I decided to postpone my entry into the PhD program and really give my all to painting. Scary in so many ways-so uncertain, but I believe that God guides us, often subtly, in order to allow us free will as well as the feeling of achievement when we really go out on a limb with our faith and succeed. Anyway, I am fueled by the same sort of creative desire and need for independence. There are days I just want to run back to the ‘safe zone’, but they are less frequent, and my resolve gets stronger with each painting (lol, even the not so great pieces). I wish you all the best with your dream, after all, that is what unites us.

  • http://facebook.com/profile.php?id=1028607308 Jen Purling-Baker

    Wow! I’m glad you posted this! I completely understand the realization that although you may be facing something good, in order to do so you may be turning away from something great. I recently went through something of this sort when I decided to postpone my entry into the PhD program and really give my all to painting. Scary in so many ways-so uncertain, but I believe that God guides us, often subtly, in order to allow us free will as well as the feeling of achievement when we really go out on a limb with our faith and succeed. Anyway, I am fueled by the same sort of creative desire and need for independence. There are days I just want to run back to the ‘safe zone’, but they are less frequent, and my resolve gets stronger with each painting (lol, even the not so great pieces). I wish you all the best with your dream, after all, that is what unites us.

  • http://facebook.com/profile.php?id=1028607308 Jen Purling-Baker

    Wow! I’m glad you posted this! I completely understand the realization that although you may be facing something good, in order to do so you may be turning away from something great. I recently went through something of this sort when I decided to postpone my entry into the PhD program and really give my all to painting. Scary in so many ways-so uncertain, but I believe that God guides us, often subtly, in order to allow us free will as well as the feeling of achievement when we really go out on a limb with our faith and succeed. Anyway, I am fueled by the same sort of creative desire and need for independence. There are days I just want to run back to the ‘safe zone’, but they are less frequent, and my resolve gets stronger with each painting (lol, even the not so great pieces). I wish you all the best with your dream, after all, that is what unites us.

  • http://www.andrewburden.com andrew burden

    This isn’t actually new, but I have updated the RSS feed so the new blog will now populate to my profile. Mulling some long-overdue thoughts which may include musings about camp back in, eek, July!

  • http://www.andrewburden.com andrew burden

    This isn’t actually new, but I have updated the RSS feed so the new blog will now populate to my profile. Mulling some long-overdue thoughts which may include musings about camp back in, eek, July!