Friday, July 16, 2010

Friday Featured BlogCrusher: Chris Hoff

BC: What's the name of the blog(s)?

I started the OC Art Blog in 2004 as a vehicle to cover and promote the hidden but active contemporary art scene in Orange County. We now have a total of four writers for the blog and it’s a lot of fun to do.
I also have a personal blog, Dharma Bum, where I talk about my journey of selling my successful staffing company to attend graduate school and become a marriage & family therapist. I also discuss my interests in meditation, spirituality, culture and life in general.

BC: When and why did you start blogging?

I started the OC Art Blog in 2004 as a way to share my interest and love of contemporary art. I started the personal blog because Suzanne Broughton made me. It’s not easy to say no to Suz.

BC: What has been your biggest surprise about blogging?

I don’t think anything surprises me about blogging anymore. I’ve been doing it long enough to have experienced it all. I will say, there are some voices that say that blogging is dead. Actually I think the opposite, blogging is as relevant as ever and approaching adolescence, there’s still some growing to do but authentic voices will always find an audience.

BC: Where do you go for inspiration?

Put me in the quiet of a good museum or gallery and I’m good to go.

BC: When you have out-of-town guests, what is your "must see" place in OC?

The Santa Ana Arts District of course! Grand Central Art Center, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Memphis in the Santora, It’s got it all. If you are coming to see me there is going to be art involved. And I promise not to practice any therapy on you...

Chris Hoff's Featured Post (Via Dharma Bum)


I still remember a moment in my undergrad when I asked one of my instructors whom I respected, how I would be able to do grad school when I owned a successful business that would get in the way of the time I would need to complete a program successfully. She told me, "If you really want to do it you'll find a way."

By the way, It took me 10 years of going to school at night to get my BA in Psychology.

Then the time came when it was more painful not to go to grad school then it was to go. I went to my business partners a year and a half ago and told them I was going to exit the business and go back to school. That didn't go over to well...

I started the Clinical Psychology program at Pepperdine University in Jan of 2009. It set you up to be a Marriage & Family Therapist. I was thrilled.

Up to this point there had always been a tiny nagging voice that would ask me if I really did the right thing? Why was I leaving a successful business to make no money for several years? Would it be everything you thought it would be? Would you be any good at it? Will it be a total disaster?

This week I met with my first two clients. Without going into any detail it was 10 minutes into my first client when I knew everything I had done up to this point was worth it. All the work, the risks, the doubts. It was one of the most trans formative experiences of my life. I was bursting at the seems.

I guess I now know what it feels like to "do something you love and it doesn't feel like work." I am still on cloud nine.

Thank you for taking this journey with me. I can't wait to see what happens next.