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Have you ever felt like you were just sort of floating through life? That you had a lot of ideas or beliefs, but that when it came down to it, you weren’t really living them out? I know I can’t be alone in this. It’s so easy to talk about what we believe and how great things will be when we are ready to make a change or move forward with an idea, but oftentimes we end up just sitting on it.

Like so many of you, I am sure, I constantly find myself guilty of this. I want to have a closer relationship with God, but I’m not willing to pull myself out of bed early enough to work on it. I want to live a more minimalist lifestyle, but I have a hard time not buying more (unneeded) stuff for my children. I could go on.

Are you noticing a pattern? It seems to me that I have beliefs that I would like to call my “guiding principles,” but that at the end of the day, I’m not willing to sacrifice to actually live them out.

Well, that ends now.

This blog is the chronicle of what my life looks like and how it will change as I work (and sacrifice) to live out the beliefs that I talk about so much. Sometimes there will be posts like this one – a stroll through my mind as I work out a new resolution, decision, or idea. Other times there will be ideas to inspire you to do the same, and to help you along if you decide to go down some of the same paths as my family and me.

My hope is that you find this blog to be real, vulnerable, helpful, inspirational, and enlightening. But mostly that you find it to be simple and genuine. Join me, and we can start living our lives with purpose and meaning, rather than empty talk and hesitation. As Ghandi put it, let’s be the change we want to see in the world.