Eric Carpenter

Where are you from?

Elkhart, IN

 

What brought you to Chicago?

Moved to the city with my wife Amanda.  We came here purely for an adventure :)

 

What do you find challenging about living here?  

Cost of living

 

Why do you love it?  

Constantly being around unique and diverse people, surrounded by great art, architecture, and music.  I also love the all-inclusive, accepting nature of the culture here.

 

Why do you stay?  

I love the energy of the city, and we are beginning to develop a cool community.

 

How has community affected your time here?  

It has made Chicago feel more and more like home.  We've always loved the city, but having people you can call your own makes all the difference.

 

Can you speak into the creativity found in the Chicago community? How does it inspire you?

Being around people who put themselves out there is very inspiring.  People who take a dream and put it into action.  Chicago is full of those types of people, and it makes me work harder on my own art.

 

When do you feel most empowered and comfortable in your own skin?  

When I'm creating and doing what I love.  

 

Has living in the city affected your style and the way you approach what you purchase / invest in. If so, how?  

It's made me yearn for minimalism.  I know it's trendy nowadays, but it just makes sense.  Less clutter, less money spent on unnecessary things, etc.  

 

How has Chicago affected your worldview, if at all?

It's opened my eyes to the situations and lives of people who don't look like me.  

It's made me realize how small i am, and how my privilege has affected me and others around me.

 

If you're in a season of distance from God, what are your questions / struggles?  

I'm definitely in a season of distance from God.  Actually not even a season, more of a perspective change.  Certainly questioning the existence of an everyday God who helps people with their problems and listens to them.  I think I'm on-board w/ a God who created us, to a certain extent, but I struggle to understand what role he has every day for me.  Starting to formulate an idea of God that instead of him being a buddy/friend, he in instead the walls, floor, and ceiling by which I meet and develop relationship with others.  He's never been someone I talk to, vent to, praise for everyday occurrences.  I see God and the universe to be one.  Not sure if that makes any sense, but that's where I'm at :)