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Introducing: The Epiphany Moment

We are defined not by who we are, but what we do. Think back to a time when you overcame a great obstacle – you set a goal for yourself, you were faced with challenge and adversity, and through your own determination and perseverance, you overcame, conquered, and stood tall. How did that challenge shape you into who you are today? What did you learn? What was that moment like when everything “came together”?

What about a time when you felt completely helpless? When a loved one passed away, when you-yourself were faced with an unfortunate and unforeseeable circumstance. How did it impact you? What  did you do to embrace that change?

It’s these life-changing and often-times trying “moments” that define who we are and shape what we become. The Epiphany Moment is a time in your life when everything makes sense – when you have an “ultimate realization” when for, even for a brief moment, you “get it”.

Enter you…all of you. Each and every one of us have had one, or many of these moments throughout our life. Several months ago I reached out to many of my friends in the online space and asked them to share one of those moments from the world. The result? A culmination of inspiration from 30 people from literally all over the world, from all different backgrounds, with very different stories to tell.

Who’s involved? How about Jackie Adkins, Kevin Asuncion, Leah Barr, Lindsay Berglund, Jenny Blake, Grace Boyle, Floreta Cui, Rebecca Denison, Elisa Doucetter, John Drozdal, Steve Elder, Melissa Foster, Sharalyn Hartwell, Adriana Hernandez, Emily Jasper, Bryna Jones, Samantha Karol, Karla Mercado, Tiffany Monhollon, Ben Morton, Courtney Olson, Marcos Salazar, Sarah Soczka, Ryan Stephens, Lindsey Tramuta, Kelly Whalen, & Jennie White.

And this is only the beginning…I had the opportunity to work with some amazing people (namely Tim Jahn and Courtney Olson) who contributed their video-editing and musical-talent skills to this project and I PROMISE the final “product” will be presented in a truly innovative way you’ve never seen before – allowing you to not only enjoy and share with others, but to become a part of this “project” yourself. The beauty of The Epiphany Moment is that there is no end – each and every one of you can be a part of this, and I hope you will.

The Epiphany Moment goes live on Tuesday, March 2nd! Mark your calenders, I PROMISE you will not want to miss it…

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  1. so excited for this, Matt!!

    like Lindsey said, it feels like forever ago that I filmed myself! I hadn’t moved to Asia yet! LOL. Can’t wait for more :) And so proud to be a part of this! Thanks also for my next blog post writing prompt ;)

    • Hi Floreta. Safe to say we’ve probably had a lot more “epiphanies” since filming these videos. Thank you so much for being a part of this – and I look forward to your blog post! :)

  2. so excited for this, Matt!!

    like Lindsey said, it feels like forever ago that I filmed myself! I hadn’t moved to Asia yet! LOL. Can’t wait for more :) And so proud to be a part of this! Thanks also for my next blog post writing prompt ;)

    • Hi Floreta. Safe to say we’ve probably had a lot more “epiphanies” since filming these videos. Thank you so much for being a part of this – and I look forward to your blog post! :)

  3. Incredible Matt :) The less than 2 minute trailer was moving and inspiring, so I can’t wait to see the final product. You’re a rockstar, as are all of the people who offered to share their epiphany moments with all of us. Keep it up dude. :)

    • Thanks Megan! This has been amazing to piece together over the past several months and everyone involved has an incredible story to tell. I know you have gone through some big changes over the past several months yourself, and I hope you’ll be a part of this moving forward as well (more on that soon). Thanks for coming by and have a great week!

  4. Incredible Matt :) The less than 2 minute trailer was moving and inspiring, so I can’t wait to see the final product. You’re a rockstar, as are all of the people who offered to share their epiphany moments with all of us. Keep it up dude. :)

    • Thanks Megan! This has been amazing to piece together over the past several months and everyone involved has an incredible story to tell. I know you have gone through some big changes over the past several months yourself, and I hope you’ll be a part of this moving forward as well (more on that soon). Thanks for coming by and have a great week!

    • Great stuff Tracy – this initially kicked off back in late September – and after a lot of hard work compiling and editing all of the submissions we got in, it’s just about time to “release” it to the world. I hope you’ll come by and check it out once it goes live, and even possibly submit a video of your own. Cheers!

    • Great stuff Tracy – this initially kicked off back in late September – and after a lot of hard work compiling and editing all of the submissions we got in, it’s just about time to “release” it to the world. I hope you’ll come by and check it out once it goes live, and even possibly submit a video of your own. Cheers!

  5. Hi Matt, Looking forward to this project on March 2nd, All of you are some really awe inducing peeps to look upto.I have had many moments throughout my life where in I had very few choices to make and I succeeded only due the hard work, I still believe in doing that, but I think conditions have become a lot easier due to people like you, Jackie, Mike and Danny sharing some really cool thoughts.

    • Thanks Akash – I am constantly inspired by the people I have met through my blog, Social Media, etc. There are so many great people doing some pretty amazing things out there. It’s fun to watch and be a part of. Cheers!

  6. Hi Matt, Looking forward to this project on March 2nd, All of you are some really awe inducing peeps to look upto.I have had many moments throughout my life where in I had very few choices to make and I succeeded only due the hard work, I still believe in doing that, but I think conditions have become a lot easier due to people like you, Jackie, Mike and Danny sharing some really cool thoughts.

    • Thanks Akash – I am constantly inspired by the people I have met through my blog, Social Media, etc. There are so many great people doing some pretty amazing things out there. It’s fun to watch and be a part of. Cheers!

  7. What a wonderful project! Too often we focus on the outcomes of the epiphany than the epiphany itself. I can see how this can get a lot of people to start doing what they really want to do. Bravo.

  8. What a wonderful project! Too often we focus on the outcomes of the epiphany than the epiphany itself. I can see how this can get a lot of people to start doing what they really want to do. Bravo.

  9. Hey Matt,
    I love your blog and I love this post! Actually, I wrote a post a few days ago, talking a little bit about an epiphany moment I had that led to the start of my blog. Check out the post at http://www.abilityinabundance.wordpress.com (a work in progress)

    One of the things I am interested in (and live with) is disability. Epiphany moments are important in everybody’s life, but are particularly needed in the life of someone with a disability. Apart from the moment I blogged about, there has been another big epiphany moment for me. Once someone said the following to me: “You can let your disability own you or you can own it.” This totally changed my life. It clicked for the first time. Understanding that you are not your circumstances and embracing your disability as part of you and understanding how to live with it instead of in spite of it is a really cool place to be.
    For me, epiphany moments are not really times that I learned something…usually it was things that I had heard a million times before, so I really already knew it. But these moments came at the right time, when I decided to let me be me and embrace my individuality.

    • That is a great (great) point Maggie – that the epiphany moment isn’t always something new, but that often times, it’s realizing something you already knew, but never saw clearly before. As I mentioned in the post above, the goal is to have this project ongoing into the future so that everyone who is interested will share a video post on their own Epiphany Moment – my hope is that you’ll be a part of this at some point in the future because you clearly have a powerful story to tell.

      Thanks so much for the comment!

  10. Hey Matt,
    I love your blog and I love this post! Actually, I wrote a post a few days ago, talking a little bit about an epiphany moment I had that led to the start of my blog. Check out the post at http://www.abilityinabundance.wordpress.com (a work in progress)

    One of the things I am interested in (and live with) is disability. Epiphany moments are important in everybody’s life, but are particularly needed in the life of someone with a disability. Apart from the moment I blogged about, there has been another big epiphany moment for me. Once someone said the following to me: “You can let your disability own you or you can own it.” This totally changed my life. It clicked for the first time. Understanding that you are not your circumstances and embracing your disability as part of you and understanding how to live with it instead of in spite of it is a really cool place to be.
    For me, epiphany moments are not really times that I learned something…usually it was things that I had heard a million times before, so I really already knew it. But these moments came at the right time, when I decided to let me be me and embrace my individuality.

    • That is a great (great) point Maggie – that the epiphany moment isn’t always something new, but that often times, it’s realizing something you already knew, but never saw clearly before. As I mentioned in the post above, the goal is to have this project ongoing into the future so that everyone who is interested will share a video post on their own Epiphany Moment – my hope is that you’ll be a part of this at some point in the future because you clearly have a powerful story to tell.

      Thanks so much for the comment!

  11. This looks like an incredible project, Matt. I can’t wait to hear about the “epiphany moments” of so many other talented bloggers out there. You’re really a powerhouse of great ideas.

    • Thanks Ellen (and thanks for coming by) – clicked through to your blog and love what you have going on. The 52 books in 52 weeks challenge is awesome – I’ve committed to one a month so, in short…I don’t know how you do it but have nothing but respect for you, and would love any recommendations you can pass along during your journey.

      Have a great week!

      • Thanks, Matt! I just posted a review, but if you haven’t checked it out already, I’d highly recommend The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson. It’s a great read. Also, if you’re posting reviews on any of the books you’re tackling, let me know – I’d love to link to them from my challenge page.

  12. This looks like an incredible project, Matt. I can’t wait to hear about the “epiphany moments” of so many other talented bloggers out there. You’re really a powerhouse of great ideas.

    • Thanks Ellen (and thanks for coming by) – clicked through to your blog and love what you have going on. The 52 books in 52 weeks challenge is awesome – I’ve committed to one a month so, in short…I don’t know how you do it but have nothing but respect for you, and would love any recommendations you can pass along during your journey.

      Have a great week!

      • Thanks, Matt! I just posted a review, but if you haven’t checked it out already, I’d highly recommend The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson. It’s a great read. Also, if you’re posting reviews on any of the books you’re tackling, let me know – I’d love to link to them from my challenge page.

    • Of course Grace – you are someone that, since I set out and started this blog, I have always admired and respected. You did what I did before I did, and I found a lot of comfort in shaking things up in my own life by knowing you had been there, done that, and came out the other end as happy and successful as you are today. Thanks as always for providing me with, whether you realize it or not, a lot of inspiration.

    • Of course Grace – you are someone that, since I set out and started this blog, I have always admired and respected. You did what I did before I did, and I found a lot of comfort in shaking things up in my own life by knowing you had been there, done that, and came out the other end as happy and successful as you are today. Thanks as always for providing me with, whether you realize it or not, a lot of inspiration.

  13. Very inspiring force. These are the types of projects that make people stop, just stop, and really feel life. Breath it in. Life altering moments are amazing and can really open your eyes and point you in the right direction. I’ll enjoy looking forward to more.

    • Couldn’t agree more my friend. The way we’re presenting this and allowing everyone to be involved in the future I hope will really have a lasting and ongoing impact. I can’t wait!

  14. Very inspiring force. These are the types of projects that make people stop, just stop, and really feel life. Breath it in. Life altering moments are amazing and can really open your eyes and point you in the right direction. I’ll enjoy looking forward to more.

    • Couldn’t agree more my friend. The way we’re presenting this and allowing everyone to be involved in the future I hope will really have a lasting and ongoing impact. I can’t wait!

  15. This is going to be so exciting! Can’t wait for the finished product! BTW, you’re getting featured in a presentation I have to give at Loyalist College in Belleville, ON, tomorrow! “Social Media for Creatives” – for the Art & Design Foundation program. (These guys need some help with personal branding, so I’ll try to send some potential blog clients your way.)

    • Thrilled to have you as a part of this – your story is touching and absolutely an inspiration. And, thanks for the shout out during your presentation – very much appreciated! Have a great week Bryna :)

      • You’re welcome! I wanted to show the students what amazing work you were doing as an “Under 30″ creative. I was also hoping to direct some of them to you for potential business. Lots of blogs needed! Have a great weekend as well! :)

  16. This is going to be so exciting! Can’t wait for the finished product! BTW, you’re getting featured in a presentation I have to give at Loyalist College in Belleville, ON, tomorrow! “Social Media for Creatives” – for the Art & Design Foundation program. (These guys need some help with personal branding, so I’ll try to send some potential blog clients your way.)

    • Thrilled to have you as a part of this – your story is touching and absolutely an inspiration. And, thanks for the shout out during your presentation – very much appreciated! Have a great week Bryna :)

      • You’re welcome! I wanted to show the students what amazing work you were doing as an “Under 30″ creative. I was also hoping to direct some of them to you for potential business. Lots of blogs needed! Have a great weekend as well! :)

  17. I totally have goosebumps after watching this video! Jenn and I definitely had an “epiphany moment” that got us to where we are today! I am sure there will be many more to come. What a great concept – I can’t wait to see where this project will go!

  18. I totally have goosebumps after watching this video! Jenn and I definitely had an “epiphany moment” that got us to where we are today! I am sure there will be many more to come. What a great concept – I can’t wait to see where this project will go!

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