Tuesday @ 7 - #1: Benjamin Lytle

Here's the truth: it's easy as an artist or a worker, or as an anything really, to get to a place where you're comfortable and complacent with where you are. It's easy to stop learning and stop growing and trying to be better. We make excuses like "well, I'm good enough" or "I don't have time." At least, these are the excuses I made.

That is, until a few weeks ago. I don't know about you but, no matter how good I get, I'm always insecure about my work. We're always our own worst critics and we're always harshest on ourselves. That's when I decided that I wasn't going to settle for where I am. I'm going to work hard and make time to get better at my craft. I looked at my schedule and noticed that I have my Tuesday mornings free and sunrise shoots always are amazing. I decided that I could either keep sleeping in or wake up and do a shoot every Tuesday morning at 7 when the sun rises. I chose the latter.

Today, I just happened to have a breakfast scheduled with my dear friend, Benjamin Lytle, who I've been close friends with since 3rd grade. I asked him if we could push it even farther up to 7am even though he was driving up to Dallas from Denton. He said yes, and so today, we got started.

I could go on and on about my friendship with Ben. We've been through some pretty intense stuff together. We've shared some of the best and worst moments of both of our lives. I guess that's what happens when you're friends for as long as we have been. 

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It's crazy to know that Ben is getting married in June. I couldn't be more happy for him knowing his life and how much Hayley, his fiancé means to him. I'm honored to be one of his groomsmen, as he will be in my wedding when it's time. 

Ever since I moved to Dallas for school, we haven't gotten to see each other as much as we used to, but there are some friendships that stand the test of time, and Ben is easily one of those friends. 

About 4 years ago, Ben entered the coffee industry working at a Starbucks kiosk in Kroger. Now he's a manager at Roots Coffeehouse in Highland Village, has roasted with Novel Coffee Roasters, and is one of the best baristas in DFW. Seriously. I mean he was literally voted the 2nd best barista in DFW and his guest roasting program at Roots was voted best in DFW. It doesn't get much better than that. He makes the best cup of coffee you'll ever have. My taste buds have benefitted from his barista skills plenty of times. He's more chemist than coffee snob. It's pretty amazing to listen to him talk about his craft. 

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I'm thankful for friends like Ben. Friends who are Spirit-filled. Friends who speak life into others and are always looking out for other's interests more than themselves. That's the kind of friend Ben is. 

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