There are only two paths in life: average and awesome. The average path is easy because all you have to do is nothing. The awesome path is more challenging, because things like fear only bother you when you do work that matters. The good news is Start gives readers practical, honest, actionable insights to be more awesome, more often.

It’s time to punch fear in the face, escape average, and do work that matters.


Growing up, we dreamed. And our dreams always painted the portrait of the adult us living an awesome life… as an astronaut, a pro wrestler, a movie star, a bee keeper, or insert your dream here. We don’t set out for average. But that’s exactly where we end up after listening to our fears day after day, year after year. Our dreams take a back seat and eventually are left stranded by the side of the road.





Loving this promo paragraph for START by Jon Acuff… picked it up from the library today and boom right into it and boom wow is it RELEVANT!  i’m listening to my hubby on the phone  now and i just could start quoting things i’ve read already.  EVERYONE should read this book.  YES, everyone!


i love the steps: learning, editing, mastering, harvesting and guiding and how THAT used to look, back in my fathers day, but how that looks different and the same now.   okay perhaps that didnt make sense – go read the book….


some of my other favourite bits:

hope is boss

just start

the starting line is the only line you control

dream realistically

value family

its not about finding your purpose but living with purpose

purpose is not a final destination

start today

start where you are

start on what matters with you

start earlier

practice like you play

hard work pays off

stories without dragons are boring – what do the voices tell you

doubt and fear are like muscles.  every time you believe a lie about yourself it gets easier to believe it next time. kill the voices or they will kill you.



Start is a bit like a travel guide on the best adventure you’ve ever taken (you know, life) through the lands of learning, editing, mastering, harvesting, and guiding. Everyone travels through these lands, though each of our journeys looks different than the next person’s. We also can be in multiple lands at once, and often (and should) travel between these lands. (Jon explains this better in the book, I promise.)  Every step along the way, fear and doubt threaten to scare us back to living an “average” life, but we can always fight back. No matter where we are in our journey toward awesome, as Jon says, action always beats intention. We keep moving, we keep dreaming, we keep working hard. // from UNDER GOD’S MIGHTY HAND