About

Welcome friends…

Thank you for visiting my website. I hope you enjoy all the goodness I have planned for you. I look forward to our time together!

I create new articles every week on various topics, including personal development, living the creative life, and anything else I feel will help you live a happier, successful, and more-fulfilled life.

The Long and Winding Road

My life has definitely been an interesting journey filled with (fortunately) more ups than downs. I come from a strangely-mixed family—me and my siblings are all adopted. It makes for an unusual family photo, to say the least. I’m also left handed, which didn’t make things any easier.

I was blessed to have loving parents who were wise enough to understand that, biologically, their ways were not my ways. To that extent, they wholeheartedly encouraged my interests in drawing, writing, and building things. (Dad, I’m sorry for all the tools I ruined).

We moved around a lot. My dad’s job took us to both coasts multiple times, as well as time in the South and Midwest. I attended three elementary schools, two middle schools, and two high schools. Luckily, only one university. These adventures helped fill an enormous reservoir of experiences and knowledge — which I’ve drawn upon (excuse the pun) in my life and creative work.

Planes To Catch, And Bills To Pay

After college, I began a torrid 20-year love affair with art and graphic design. I worked in-house, freelance, and, sometimes, no house. Like all romances, my career was often rocky and messy and brought me to tears. But it also filled me, supported me, and lifted me. And yet, all the while I felt a constant, dull unrest sitting just below the surface. For years I could not figure out the missing piece to the puzzle. It’s not that my life or career were bad in any way, but somehow I knew there was something better. I wanted more.

Around 2007 I stumbled onto the world of personal development. I had read a few business and goal-setting books by then, when my wife recorded a PBS broadcast of The Power of Intention by Dr. Wayne Dyer. She said, “This seems like something you’d like.”

As always, she was right. From that moment, something in me awoke that could not be put back to sleep. I began to devour the best of modern and classic success literature from thought leaders such as Steven Pressfield, Seth Godin, Tony Robbins, and others. I attended coaching seminars and retreats and worked 1-on-1 with some of the best coaches on the planet. I was hooked.

A Whole New World, Sort Of

To quote Stephen R. Covey, I began to experience a “paradigm shift.” I began to see things in a whole new light. A spark had ignited inside that would not be ignored. It wanted to burn and it wanted to burn bright. I felt compelled and driven to share what I knew with the world. But inside I still felt unsure and unworthy.

And I was afraid of failing.

I continued to stumble along in mental darkness. But soon, the uneasiness became too much to bear. The discomfort of not sharing my truth began to outweigh the fear of failing. So after years of trepidation (and way too much over-thinking), I started a blog in 2013 as a way of solidifying my ideas and sharing my new-found passion with the world.

Except that I didn’t.

I chickened out. Again. For almost two years I told no one about my blog. Not even my wife. I was afraid of ridicule and rejection—afraid of my writing venture becoming just another statistic in a long line of failed projects and abandoned pursuits.

Note: I’ve since ported over all of the 200+ articles from my old Blogger site. What you see in my archives are the culmination of my journey from then to now.

Time To Shine

With the encouragement of friends and family, I decided to finally step into the spotlight and embrace my passion of helping people and businesses become happy and successful. I’m bringing all my life and career experience to the table—the good, the bad, and the ugly—to help make the world a little bit better.

I’d love to hear your story and about what great things you’d like to do with your one wild and precious life. If I can be of service to help you along your journey, I’d like to try. Reach out to me by email at:

randystuartcoaching@gmail.com

You can also follow me online at:

Facebook: facebook.com/rsillustrator

Twitter: twitter.com/randystuartart

Instagram: instagram.com/randystuartdesign