I can’t spell, I hate to write, and the only grammar I know used to bake me cookies.
Why me? I ask myself that all the time. Mostly I wonder why God chooses to use me since knowing myself, I figure I must be His Plan B! Of course, God rarely shares with me His reasoning, but sometimes – maybe even years later – I see how He orchestrated my past for His divine purpose in the present. I constantly stand in awe of what God continues to do in my life and in the lives of my friends. Here’s what I know: if you stay on your knees, love God, love people, and live your life with all the gusto you can muster… then fasten your seat belt – you’re going to have an exciting journey!
Why blog? Some would tell you I have a big mouth, or that I’m full of guacamole. Trust me; I don’t think that qualifies me to publish my thoughts on the bathroom wall, let alone the internet. Others would tell you that I’m real and tell it like it is. Others may think “dear God, what’s the world coming to now?”
When I first started this blog and wrote this “about me” section my goal was to increase the value of my personal brand by writing about the art of persuasion and creating identity. I thought if I could dazzle you with my marketing and media knowledge you would hire me to come help your organization grow. I actually thought I could impress you. Yet, as this blog evolved it became more of an individual reflection. Back then, I was working in an unrealistic world. Things are much different now.
Change only happens when we have the courage to look at ourselves and our world as it really is. When we do, we’re often brought face-to-face with pain. It’s only when we face suffering, confront it, and work to overcome it, that we experience growth.
My promise to you is that I will always do my best to be real and present my thoughts as honestly as possible. Please know my views are all my own. If I make you mad, I feel I’ve done something well! I encourage your feedback. Please don’t blame my employers, my church, my pastor, or my friends – I am the only one responsible for what I write.
Who am I? My name is Mark and I live in Los Angeles which I affectionately call LaLa Land. To me, success is really about relationships and not stock portfolios or junk we end up selling on Craigslist. I value my friends, and I believe superficial intimacy and conflict-avoiding relationships do not deserve the name of friendship. Real friends work through challenges – and LOVE ALWAYS.
I’m not normal, but few people who’ve made a lasting impact on their world have been conventional. I want to challenge your thinking and start a conversation that will result in making this world a better place.
mark [at] hardlynormal [dot] com