04 Jan Vincent Here — Join Me as I Pursue What Lights My Soul on Fire❤️🔥
I couldn’t be more excited to announce that I’m now the editor of the Coffee Times inspiration column. Here’s a bit about me. First, this is Coffee Times, ain’t it? Of course, I make my own pour-over coffee every morning, where I thank the coffee gods for providing a cup of rich, cinnamon flavored inspiration. Now, let’s get acquainted.
My name is Vincent Russell Van Patten, I’m twenty-six-years-old, and I currently call San Diego, California home.
This exploration might include a morning swim in the frigid ocean, reading classic literature unsavory for the faint of heart, or cracking a beer and laughing ‘till it hurts with the people I love.
Rarely does a meaningful experience escape the ink of my pen — I love to write about it all.
Most of all, I write to inspire.
I aim to be honest and vulnerable with my words; we’re experiencing this life together, and it isn’t always pretty. Still, the darkness is damn well beautiful.
I hope to be a light, an inspiration, and a helpful voice through whatever adversity you and I face. We can only go up together.
Dare to Dream💭
At the beginning of the pandemic, one of my best friends,Gregory Russell Benedikt, and I, left our previous careers and embarked on the journey of our lives.
I went all-in on writing and self-published my first book: Arrows of Youth, a Young Man’s Inspiring Journey to Find What Lights His Soul on Fire.
This book is part travel story, part memoir — it embodies what I believe (so far in my brief existence), and what I love about our world. If you strive to find your calling in life, consider giving it a read or a listen on Audible.
Gregory left his job in finance, started a non-profit, and the two of us dreamers created The Dare to Dream Podcast.
If you’re a human being — and if you’re not, I’m impressed you’re reading this — then you deserve to live a life you truly love. Hopefully, our podcast can get you digging deep and moving in the right direction.
Student of Life
I’m currently pursuing a master’s degree in creative writing, which has been a gift during this pandemic. Much of what I’m studying inspires my writing, so grab your cap and gown and buckle up.
I foster a deep admiration for history and culture, as I believe history may serve us as constant encouragement. The richness, depth, and spirit of the world inspire me more than anything.
I plan on soon leaving what I know by traveling and exploring this world, our home. I simply want to learn; be it through travel, reading, writing, and by getting out there to connect with other human beings.
I love to write, because writing is the most rewarding way I’ve gone about traversing the depths of what it means to be human.
I hope you’ll join me on this journey — look out for prompts, poetry, and a mosaic of inspirational content in the Coffee Times inspiration column!