I'm Phillip.

A Digital Marketing Strategist

in Birmingham, Alabama

Digital Marketing Strategist in Birmingham

Sanford Family

Originally from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, I moved to Birmingham in 2007 to take my first job out of college as a Commercial Producer for al.com. Since then, I realized my degree in Graphic Design is about as valuable as a degree in Sociology... maybe less. So I took every available opportunity to learn and develop other skills. Having a Minor in Computer Science didn't hurt when it came to teaching myself code. So by the time I left al.com, I'd learned what it's like to work in a fast-paced production environment while developing a foundation in PHP and WordPress development.

Every move I've made since then has given me the opportunity to learn something new, which has become a passion of mine. Whether it's on the development and advertising side (coding languages, AdWords, etc.), or graphically through video or other impactful media, I love learning how to do things better, faster, and more efficiently.

The Radical Wedding

In April of 2011, I married my best friend, Allison. Our wedding was based largely around the concept of a book called Radical, which inspired us to twist the traditional concept of a wedding from "bigger is better" to a frugal, intentionally non-traditional Christ-centered portrait of what marriage looks like when it's not over-shadowed by stuff with big price tags.

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Sufferings vs. Glory

Over the next 6 years, our marriage would be galvanized by trials and rooted further in promise.

After taking a massive financial loss when selling our first home, the subsequent contract fell through on our next house, leaving us stranded for 7 months (see video). Meanwhile, after trying to get pregnant for what seemed like an eternity, we finally got good news! But a few weeks later, we were rocked by the news that the pregnancy was ectopic, which ended up rupturing one of Allison's Fallopian tubes and requiring emergency surgery.

After several months recovering, we got pregnant again, only to be told that this pregnancy was "not viable", which led to our second miscarriage.

Having been diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn's Disease when I was in my early 20's, I became ill due to complications from a previous surgery, and in less than 12 months, Allison and I collectively had 4 surgeries for varying reasons.

Then in May of 2017, Allison was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.

And all those things may sound pretty terrible, especially over a somewhat short period of time - and they are. But during it all, we realized a few truths. First, there are a lot of people out there who are so much worse off than we are, and when you put that into perspective, you see a lot more blessing than misfortunes. And frankly, it'd be incredibly selfish of us to complain when we have been blessed in so many other ways. Secondly, God not only sustained us throughout it all, but grew and refined our marriage in ways that we can't begin to quantify.

So really, these temporary sufferings aren't worth comparing when your hope rests in something much bigger.

"For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us."

— Romans 8:18

Life Outside the Office

My life outside the nine-to-five is often pulled in several directions. Between visiting family in Tuscaloosa, being knee deep in home renovation projects, and chasing a toddler, we're always going non-stop. I love the outdoors, so 4 months out of my year is usually spent in the woods hunting, fishing or shooting. When I'm not enjoying the redneck luxuries of Alabama, my time is spent helping small businesses and freelance clients grow their brand with custom creative in the form of web development, videography, or design.