We had the good fortune of connecting with Patrick Bodnar and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Patrick, how do you think about risk?
I think taking risks is the only way to grow, and I try to find new risks often. I gave up stability when I started my own business, but I maintained creative control and the privilege to focus on projects that excite me. I find myself risking injury (usually accidentally) while rock climbing and climbing past the point of protection on solo ventures, but I leave with a greater understanding of how I handle fear. I enjoy taking on new challenges, whether that means playing drums in a rock band or investing time and money into photography. It’s a constant give-and-take, but if I’m not taking risks, I’m not learning. To sum it all up, I believe that discomfort and friction show us what we’re truly capable of, and that we should all seek out opportunities to try something new, get scared, and test our limits. This thinking shaped the creation of my business, Storm Chaser Creative Solutions. Our natural instinct is to fear an incoming storm, but what we can learn from it and how we make it out are invaluable lessons.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Storm Chaser Creative Solutions offers marketing services and consulting, including Social Media, Email, Graphic Design, Photography, and Videography. Through Storm Chaser, I help clients communicate better, find identity, and reach new audiences. I’m most proud of my growth and hunger to be better. Although I received a marketing degree from the Leeds School of Business at CU Boulder, I found myself longing for more skills after graduation. I wanted to set myself apart and build something BIG, so I considered all of the value that I could offer and began learning all over again. I started with graphic design, and then took on SEO, photography, videography, photo and video-editing, animation, and countless other skills to pair with the strategy-and-data-heavy teachings of college (and my existing social-media-and-email-heavy-jobs). The countless hours watching YouTube tutorials became valuable experience, but they also became a creative outlet. Marketing is both art and science, expression and calculation. Storm Chaser Creative Solutions allows me to create something from nothing, but do so with purpose and help others along the way. I love taking risks and I love helping my clients reach their own goals.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
My favorite places in all of Colorado are Mt Evans, Rocky Mountain National Park, and Newlin Creek. Totally different environments, but fantastic climbing, beautiful landscapes, and unforgettable memories. Whether you’re driving to 14,000 feet (Mt Evans), following marmots in the shadow of Longs Peak (RMNP), or climbing the Wet Mountains’ creekside boulders just 30 minutes from the supermax prison that houses the unabomber (Newlin Creek), these three spots are bound to impress. For food/treats, I recommend the Lyons Dairy Bar in Lyons, CO. We all deserve ice cream (I recommend pink cadillac or key lime pie) after returning from the St Vrain Canyons above. For drinks, I recommend the St. Vrain Cidery in Longmont, CO. I’ve always considered myself more of a beer guy, but this place has so many great flavors and styles, plus a warm atmosphere, that I can’t imagine taking a visiting friend anywhere else.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I feel confident and supported thanks to the immense love of my partner, Zoie Jaten. No matter how many jobs or hobbies or random interests I take on, she always encourages me to pursue growth. When I feel unsure of myself, she reminds me of what I’ve accomplished, and when I succeed, she praises the process. Meanwhile, she’s pursuing a nutrition and fitness degree during a pandemic, working when she’s not at school, and balancing her own hobbies, like singing, painting, and hiking (I guess busy people attract). She can accomplish anything she puts her mind to and, being the most loving person I’ve met, she makes me feel the same. I am extremely grateful for Zoie.
Personal photo by Zoie Jaten. All others are my work.