JOSEPH SOJOURNER

I found that creating is best when paired with great purpose.

Growing up in Akron, Ohio, I would have never dreamed that my life would look the way it does today. I was the typical quiet kid who found his freedom in writing. Jumbled thoughts would somehow begin to make sense on paper. I often wrote about my dream of moving to New York or Los Angeles for a fresh start. It would be sort of like resetting the video game. This time I’d know what to expect. I’d be outgoing. I’d create. I’d find my voice in this world.

I began experimenting with acting, script writing, and hip hop in college and was invited to Atlanta for a rap show after a summer of quasi-successful performances throughout Ohio. This was big deal! The big city was finally calling!

I later realized it wasn’t, but maybe God was. Maybe God was leading me to Atlanta. I packed up and decided it was now or never.

Life was nothing like I had imagined. I spent years working night shift at a hospital. During the day, I quietly volunteered at my new church and with organizations I believed in. I discovered that I found deep fulfillment in helping people. I was later asked to work at my church and I accepted. It was there that I grew into a better kind of leader and I found that creating is best when paired with great purpose.

Life’s not about our destination, but rather our journey.  I now create to connect people to purpose through messages, music, media, and anything else I can get my hands on. I may have been born Sojourner, but I’ve learned that everyone can ‘Journey Well’.