An Introduction

I believe that you can pretty much talk about anything over a good meal. If the topic makes you feel particularly vulnerable, a good meal and a stiff drink.

I’ve launched several iterations of this blog at wildly different periods of my life over the past decade. It’s taken me quite a while to finally nail down what exactly it is I want to create a community around. I think I'm finally ready to give it an honest go.

Fear is a hell of a thing and for a long time I’ve been afraid that this big juicy dream of mine isn’t enough, or rather, I’m not enough to make it come true. I think a lot of us feel that way. Following a creative life is scary as fuck. There is no pathway to success and no guidelines by which you can measure if you’re moving closer to your goal or standing in place.

It’s also particularly hard because it’s lonely. I've found it difficult to articulate my dreams to others when I’m scarcely able to say what I want to myself. But still, what drives me is this: I’d rather fail trying, then sit back and watch someone braver go after and achieve MY dream.

When reading Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert she asked a question that’s stayed with me:

“Do you have the courage to bring forth the treasures that are hidden within you?”

I do and this is me shooting my shot.

My vision is to turn Brown Sugar & Bourbon into a space where I can express myself creatively and authentically. I want this to ultimately be a space to educate, enlighten, and inspire likeminded individuals to chase their dreams, explore their roots, and live their most honest life.

Food and booze is just the vehicle that feels like the most organic way for me to do all of this.

I don’t know what this blog will turn into or where it will ultimately take me but I do know I feel better for this post, for having tried at all. And though it’s hard, I hope you try too.