Go Climb Your Mountain

Mount Rainier in Washington State |  Canon 5D Mark II; 85mm f/1.8  |  f/4, 1/160 sec., ISO-800

Mount Rainier in Washington State |  Canon 5D Mark II; 85mm f/1.8  |  f/4, 1/160 sec., ISO-800

When I think about the things I want to accomplish in my life, they feel like big mountains in front of me. Sometimes I have an excitement to tackle them and other times...well, it looks a little daunting.  I'm sure you have some of those in your life. :)

Looking back over my short life, it's remarkable to see the mountains we have climbed and succeeded. It's an amazing feeling achieving a huge goal that you didn't think would ever happen. For example, when Joshua and I first got married, we had 64K in debt from a failed business and stupid spending choices. When we realized what bad shape we were in by going through Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University (FPU) class, we decided to hike our way up the "debt free" mountain. We climbed that mountain for two years. It was really hard at times--there was setbacks, unexpected expenditures, and the most difficult part was saying "NO" to each other and ourselves. Isn't it funny that we are our worse enemy? That entire trek, we had to work as a team to accomplish our goal and we did it! When we got to the top of that mountain, we realized that every "no" we said was worth it. Every sacrifice we made--whether that was eating beans and rice the entire week or selling everything we owned (ask our friends in Dallas--we had about four garage sales in a year!)--it all paled in comparison to achieving the bigger goal.

Whatever mountain you're staring at right now, you can do it. It might appear impossible. It might even seem foolish to others (we had our fair share of naysayers when we were radical about getting out of debt). But you can do it. Start today. Don't procrastinate because it won't happen by itself. If it's a mountain worth climbing, it will be a wild ride with many challenges, but totally worth it in the end.

Go climb your mountain.

-Ashley