Hey guys. A good tip to keep in mind for this year - Insight is worthless without action. You know all those big ideas you have? Do them! Make sacrifices and be uncomfortable for a while. Work really really hard. Put your heart and soul into what you love. Also know that your sacrifices might not birth tangible rewards at face value - don't let that stop you from taking action.

A little about me... My husband and I love the outdoors. Hiking, biking, swimming, camping, but most importantly - we love to backpack. Every year, we go on multiple trips throughout Michigan and we train all year to prepare for our big trip. This year we're doing Longs Peak.  Needless to say, we have to make a lot of sacrifices to make these sorts of things happen in our lives. In the end, we don't really even gain anything tangible. We make extreme sacrifices in our own comfort to simply stand in a place where few men or women have stood.

Do I like sleeping in the wilderness and eating next to nothing after hiking 40 miles with 30 lbs on my back? Not really... But I keep going back... I think it's because backpacking has become a perfect symbol of living for me. It symbolizes the way I should engage with not only my personal and spiritual life, but my work as well.

Pushing above and beyond what you think you can do to stand in a place where you can simply be joyful in just being. Joyful doesn't mean comfortable, or rich. It, in fact, might mean having nothing and barely any food and you're exhausted.

Alright, so I digress, sort of.

My point here isn't to make it seem like I'm cool or extra strong because I spend time outdoors. In fact, I'm actually quite weak and it takes a lot of effort for me to go on these trips. It makes me emotional even talking about this because I'm so in tune with everything that I fall short of. But that's my point. Insight is worthless without action. If you have an idea and you're not willing to put everything you have into it, the idea is worthless. If you want to get to the top of a mountain but you're not willing to walk up it, you'll never get there.


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