Paul Merrill

Preface: Welcome to! I’m happy you’re here. In short, the goal of this blog is to share with you random stories from people who have had an impact on my life in some way (wander over to the “about” tab, above). Sit back, take a sip of that mocha or tea, and enjoy the read.

Many moons ago, my dad offered to help me launch a blog about Kenya. An hour into the first post, it dawned on me that blogging takes work. It’s not a “snap your fingers and poof” type of deal. Needless to say, I quit blogging after about a month, but not without learning something. My dad’s own blogging pursuits had gained my respect, and, honestly, his endeavors have continued to be pivotal in the creation of this blog (his site is, definitely give it a read).

To debut with Paul seems only fitting. Without further ado, I give you random perspectives from Paul Merrill, designer, father, and one of the best darn blog writers out there.

What is one thing in your life you wish you could go back and change? 

A couple years back I was on an airplane from Hong Kong to San Francisco and found myself hemmed in between two people in the middle of the giant cabin. I was barely able to move for the entirety of the flight and threw out my neck so badly that I had to go see a physical therapist more than 4 times. After learning a multitude of exercises, I was finally healthy enough to lead a normal life again.

I wish I would have just got up as much as I needed to, even done laps around the airplane, rather than being timid and concerned about bothering people around me.

What one story do you have in which music has changed you?

No question about this one. On September 11, 2002, I went to a concert in Denver with my wife to see a group called Sleater Kinney (an American indie rock band).

We were standing at eye level with the band, one tier up from the floor, and noticed another middle aged man enjoying the concert next to us. Being the age I was (early 40s), I already considered myself an anomaly at the concert like this, but two of us? That was just odd.

Between the first and second band, we struck up a conversation. Turns out this guy was my age within 6 months, had three kids like me, was Christian, and, like me, enjoyed talking about the latest tech. Since then, he has become one of my closest friends (we have gone to over 100 shows together since that time).

When in your life have you felt the most encouraged? 

Around the time I turned 50, I realized I was in an employment slump. Work felt stagnant, and my personal business wasn’t drumming up any clients, so, I decided to pursue a master’s degree. I finally found a communication management program at the University of Southern California (USC) that fit just right. There was one caveat to this program. USC is very expensive.

As we were looking into how to pay for this degree, we were incredibly blessed by an old buddy of mine, who helped out financially in a significant way.

That degree was essentially a sharpening stone for my mind, and I learned how to think in a way that equipped me for the job I am doing today.

Generosity goes a long way.

What saying, phrase, verse, or quote means the most to you and why?

The most important words in the world to me come from Ephesians 2:8-9, “8For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.” 

This verse is so encouraging to me, in that a dependence on God has helped me get through all of the crazy things that life has thrown at me. Ultimately the buck stops at God.





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