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God has been opening my eyes in new ways each day. And I've started to realize through watching both my children that adventure is not how it's been sold to us in the movies.

It doesn't have to be epic.
It doesn't have to be extraordinary.
It doesn't have to be the biggest and best trip ever.

Arguably, the most meaningful adventures are the ones in the everyday.
In the moments we think as normal.
In the times we think as routine.

Adventure is calling us through ALL of God's Creation.

And that's exactly what "Satisfy the Sunset" is all about. Seeing that this world is something special. And that every moment is pulling us to experience it fully.

I hope this small book of poems & stories remind your or awaken you to that.
And may it inspire you to see & seek the adventure in your own story.


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Every Day IS an Adventure

I’ve always both loved and despised this quote from one of America’s founding fathers. 

These first portion get you motivated to write and create.
To shape and mold something great.
To work at it.
To try and perfect it.

But at the same time, the latter can make you feel like you have to do something 'epic' or 'thrilling' in order to write about it.

But here's the reality that another famous writer, Malcolm Gladwell, says (that I happen to fully be on board with):



That means if you look close enough, if you peer from a different angle, if you truly take in this gift of life, life will give you something to write about-especially in the 'normal', 'average', 'everyday'.

Which means doing something worth writing about can be as epic as climbing a mountain or as simple as going to get groceries.

As awesome as saving a life, or as wonderful as breathing. 

It simply depends on the eyes in which you’re watching. 

Which is why these words below sent from my wife the other night sparked something in me as my daughter and I were on our way to get groceries:


Which led to this: 

Every day there is adventure. Every day there is something worth doing. Something worth writing about. 

What matters are the eyes reading the story in front us. 

And the heart behind the one writing it.


I felt trapped.
Creatively. Expressively.
As a writer. As a maker. As a storyteller.


I've felt I've had to stick to only one core message or "brand" (I despise this word) above all else. And in the process, it's made me feel like I've been placed inside the walls of a gray, uninspired prison of fear.

Because the truth is, I was afraid. Afraid of what people will think of me when they see that I've changed my site again. In fact, you can just take out everything after I said I was afraid in the sentence before because those three words about sums it up.
I was afraid.
I have been afraid.
I am afraid.

Afraid that I always have to stick to a certain "genre" or message with EVERY SINGLE THING I wrote, made or produced. I worried that no matter what I put out there, it wasn't truly in line with what the "brand of the blog" was meant to say.

Which is why I hung it up. For those of you who've followed my writing journey the past few years, you know I've changed it up more than a few times. (,,,  And finally, there was

I enjoyed I even loved Seize Your Story. But when I developed the name last year, I made it with the intent that it was going to be a year-long experiment. If it didn't help me grow as a person first, and creator second, then I felt it was time to go back to just being me.

And that right there is exactly what I've been afraid of when creating.
Being me.

without a doubt,
no way it's anyone or anything else at all...

Just writing.
Just sharing.
Just making.
Just storytelling.

Still sharing what God has put on my heart.
Still writing what I feel led to put out there for The Maker.
Still making sure that my faith is the most important thing above all else.

But this time, not by trying to be something I'm not.
Instead, by standing firm into who I've always been.

I can't promise I'll be sharing here all the time (follow my Instagram Stories for that) but I can assure you that you'll get exactly what I can give you.

Just Marshall. :)