Better Stories (Guest Blog)

We have a guest blog this week from my awesome friend Chris Johnson!
Chris is an amazing speaker, guitarist, failed vegan, and hustler.
Here he explains something we have been working on and super excited about.
Please check it out and share!

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Hey friends,

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve written a blog post on here, and there’s good reason for it. It’s about time that I catch you up on what we’re doing here with Everything is Light…

From the inception of this idea I had called “Everything is Light”, my intention was to spread hope and to insist on the fact that there is light in places you don’t think to look. Week after week of posting on the blog (which will continue to be active, maybe just a little less active, by the way), I began to notice that I was only sharing my perspective. The stories that were being told were only mine, and although there is a time and a place for that, my dream had always been to open up the conversation, not just write a one-sided blog every week and let the story die there.

I went out to lunch on a Wednesday a few months ago with my friend Drew. I talked with him about what I was spending my creative energy on and how I was feeling about the future of this site. We talked about all that we wanted to do with the Everything is Light concept. We talked about, if I were to switch things up, what that might look like. We started to dream up the next chapter of the Everything is Light story, and here we are now. After a couple of months of hard work, planning and praying, and getting more people on board, here we are. I want to explain to you what’s going on…

We are building lamps. Not just any lamps, but awesome, super cool Edison lamps. We are using unlikely materials (repurposed wood, industrial piping, vintage cigar boxes, you name it)  and turning them into instruments of light. Our hope is that every lamp that we sell is a constant reminder, whether it’s in your living room, kitchen, or on your bedside table, that there is light where you wouldn’t expect it.

We are using what we are able to raise from the sale of the lamps to help us fund the Everything is Light podcast, which is launching by the end of this month (September). We will also be using video as a medium at different times, if the story calls for it. The news can get depressing, Twitter can get overwhelming. In general, we believe that the stories that we’re told and the stories that we tell ourselves just aren’t very good. We want to be a midweek reminder that there are better stories out there and we want to be a place that tells those stories. We are collecting stories right now, and let me tell you, some of these are absolutely soul-changing. We can’t wait to show them to you.

We will also be adding some things to our online store so if the lamps aren’t your thing, after you’ve checked your pulse to see if you’re even still alive (I mean COME ON! Who doesn’t like those things?), we’ll have shirts, necklaces and a whole slew of other things being added very soon. We are selling unique, one-off pieces from cool things that we found at antique stores and have turned into lamps, and we’re also selling some awesome made-to-order replicable lamps.

We want everyone to be a part of this. We believe everyone could use a little bit more hope. We believe that we are filling a need that we see in the world and we would absolutely love it if you were to join us in this cause. Click here to subscribe to our email list. This is how we’ll let you know about new products on the online store, new podcasts, videos, you name it.

If you’re new to this site, thanks so much for being interested! We’re so glad to have you join us on this journey! If you’ve been reading these blogs consistently, thank you for following along! I hope that this is even half as exciting to you as it is to me. Here’s to a new, better story!

Let there be light.

-Chris
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Experience Hope,
Drew

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