Things I’m Learning @EventSantaCruz


Tomorrow night is the 6th Event Santa Cruz. I’m really excited to go. I went to the first one last September and have been to several since. Each event has proven to be a great experience that has led me into new meaningful partnerships and friendships.

My original motivations to attend seemed normal. I wanted to meet some local successful and inspiring people and make my name and business known. Networking, right?

But what I’ve learned is something that, deep down, I’ve always known, and it’s humbling. It’s a trait that I’ve noted in the most successful of leaders and have longed and labored to have in myself. It’s the secret ingredient that must accompany your more obvious talents in order to achieve real success. It’s Empowerment. It’s the ability to hand the torch to someone else and be more stoked about how they will carry it than you would be to continue carrying it all by yourself.

Straight up. The common trait I see in all everyone who’s shared about their businesses, adventures, and experiences is that they’re busy creating opportunities for others to succeed or be inspired. These folks have been led to places of greater reward and accomplishment by showing others ways to reach theirs. Forging success for yourself by your sweat and tears can be cool. A lot of people are doing that. But when you’re motivation is to create a platform and precedent for others to realize their success, by golly, then you’re on to something.

Socially conscious and involved business leadership is becoming the new standard. Good grades and drug rehab is now expected more than it’s considered taboo or lame. We have so many ways to be intentional and direct with our time and resources; so many private projects to fund, so many small businesses to buy from, so many non-profits to give your time to. To see who I’m talking about just check out the Event Santa Cruz website for some videos and names of people doing rad stuff with other people, or just come out to the next event.

Golden Rule is golden for a reason.
One parting thought; a modification to an old adage—

“People don’t care what you can do until you do what makes them care.”

Mar 18 2014 | Posted by Joe Fenton In Journal | No Comments »

The Rains Return

I was inspired this weekend by the rainy mellow vibe on my way in to church.
So I was moved to wax poetic:


Hope that resonates with those in joyful meditation on the California coast.
Been a long time since I just sat and wrote some poetry…

Mar 03 2014 | Posted by Joe Fenton In Journal | No Comments »

#CafeArtTrifecta – 3rd and Final

Our 3rd and final show of the #CafeArtTrifecta is up at the Ugly Mug Cafe in Soquel, CA through the end of February. If you’re in the area come by the the reception, dubbed Valentine’s Art Jam, on Valentine’s Day. My wife will be there singing and Scotty will be there with his wife just hangin’, drinking coffee and talkin’ art.



The above piece is called Breaking Gem. It’s acrylic on canvas – 48″x30″ and is featured at the show.

Feb 08 2014 | Posted by Joe Fenton In Art | No Comments »

#CafeArtTrifecta – Show #2

This afternoon kicks off the second art show in my #CafeArtTrifecta Winter gallery series with Scotty Greathouse. It’s at the White Raven Cafe in Felton, CA in the heart of the Santa Cruz Mountains. I’m so blessed to get to call this beautiful place home, as of the past 2 years (whoo hoo!). And I’m very stoked to be getting my art out for community viewing. We’re having a reception TODAY! from 3-6:30p. Here’s the details. Hope to see you there!

Detail of Eco-Collision

Here’s a detail of Eco-Collision. This and all the pieces are very new works, done over the past few months, and very much inspired by the views I’ve been absorbing living here in the mountains and by the coast, contemplating this amazing ecosystem we’re all tasked with preserving.

Jan 10 2014 | Posted by Joe Fenton In Art | No Comments »

#CafeArtTrifecta – First Show

This Saturday will mark the end of my 33rd year on the planet and I’m so stoked to be celebrating by having my first gallery show in Santa Cruz. In other words, it’s my BIRTHDAY and I’m having an ART SHOW!! It’ll be at the Windmill Cafe on East Cliff. Check the details here or on the flier below.


Scotty Greathouse and I have joined forces this Winter by co-showing in, not one, not two, but THREE cafe gallery shows over the next couple months. We’re sharing show info, photos, and happenings with the tag #CafeArtTrifecta. Come partake and enjoy the art and amazing people.

Dec 18 2013 | Posted by Joe Fenton In Art | No Comments »