Updated: Dec 2, 2019
It was October 2016, and I was working in the finance department of a local start-up company. And I was burned out. I wasn't happy. I woke up every morning just wishing I had an excuse to stay home and not work that day.
This wasn't unusual for me. Since graduating college, I had held various roles across a large spectrum of industries...and none of them had made me honestly happy. I remember when I was just out of college - brand new to Atlanta, and working part-time at a Panera Bread until I could find a full-time job - and a businessman came in to order his lunch. He saw the music notes drawn on my name tag, and asked if I was a musician. I proudly told him I was, and that I had just graduated with my degree in music. He then looked to his friend, pointed to me, and said words I will never forget: "See? this is where a music degree gets you."
I've never forgotten that moment. And for a long time, I let myself believe that he was right. I believed my artistic passions and "worthless" degree were dead weights, holding me back and forcing me to work jobs that made me unhappy and bored. I tried to make the best of it, but I just felt stuck and sad.
Thankfully, God had a different plan in mind. Although I couldn't see it yet, He was working on something incredible...something that would change my life forever.
Which brings us back to October 2016, and the day I quit my last full-time job. To everyone (including us), it seemed like the worst decision ever. We didn't have a plan. Jordan didn't have a permanent job. We didn't have a ton of savings. But I did have a head full of ideas for my year-old, tiny side-hustle....and now I had the time to start acting on them.
That was nearly a year ago now, and I cannot begin to describe the amazing journey I've been on since then. Please don't misunderstand me - we have been through some very hard times, and there were plenty of tears and dementors sucking the joy out of life along the way. I honestly wouldn't recommend this approach to entrepreneurship to anyone! But despite the hardship (and maybe even because of them), my work has never been so fulfilling or made me so happy. I finally feel like I'm doing what I was put on this earth to do, and I am constantly amazed by opportunities and challenges that come my way, none of which I could have ever imagined.
So just what is DeBord Studios all about? DeBord Studios is about making my small corner of the world a more joyful place for those around me. It's about sharing my deep passion for art and music with those who want to learn. It's about giving back to my community, telling people's most precious stories, and bringing life to treasured words with a bit of ink and paper. It's about spreading awareness of traditional art forms that don't get the attention they deserve. It's about creating a safe space to learn new hobbies, polish skills, and take joy in what we choose to do with our time.
This is my story, but it's also the story of everyone around me, those in my Denver community and in my online community. My studio doesn't belong to me (at least I hope it doesn't) - it belongs to everyone who interacts with it. And that's the best part of all.