Recently, my wife and I have decided that we are going to make a big change in our lives. We currently live in Utah. Like any place, it has it's ups and it's downs. There are some very good things here but at the same time.... We will just say it's not really for us. :) I served an LDS mission in Portland, OR. and found that I absolutely LOVE it there! So in a recent discussion with my wife we decided that we were going to move there! We are extremely excited! The move won't happen until October so we have a while to wait, but I can't wait. :)

    With this recent decision there has been some personal revelations and reminders. One of which being that spontaneity is not, necessarily, a bad thing. We decided to do this in about a weeks time and have been preparing ever since. To some people this may seem like it is rash and not very smart, and to be honest, for those people it probably wouldn't be. However, given our situation and who we are it is actually a great plan.

    I am still going to school for IT and we found that there is a college out there that is more focused on the degree I want. We do not have any children just yet and Neither of us really have a true career yet either, therefor, I doubt we will have a better opportunity to make such a decision. Overall, this is a good thing for us.

    Now, going back to the idea of spontaneity, I remember just a few years ago, before I was married, I was told a simple phrase by someone that was in a similar situation that really effected me. I was working at a call center and more then anything, at the time, I wanted to go and teach English abroad. I have always had a desire to leave the country, but money and just logic itself always seemed to be in my way. I was talking about this dream with a friend of mine there and explaining how I wanted to go. She had been on volunteer trips before and was about my same age. After I had told her how I wanted to go, she simply asked, "Why don't you?"

    I replied with the obvious reply. Something to the effect of "Well, I can't. I have work and I need more money, etc." What she told me, although very simple, effected me greatly and made me realize a simple truth.

    She said, "Well, it's only money. You can always get more."

    I took a step back and thought about it. I had never heard anyone be so nonchalant about money. Did it really not matter as much as I thought? She said it was such surety that it caught me off guard. It was from this simple phrase that I change my way of thinking.

    "It's just money" It's true. What is money really? A peice of paper that we center our entire lives around. And why? Because society tells us to; because we "Have to"; because we know nothing better to do. To all you Christians out there, do you think money is really going to matter when the second coming comes? Is Jesus going to care home much money you have made or have? NO! And to the non-Christians, can you imagine how amazingly fun and wonderful life would be if we didn't have money! Think about it.

    In no way am I saying we need to boycott money. That simply won't work. All we can do is change our way of thinking. Is the money we earn really as important as we make it out to be, or are we just trapped in a frame of mind that we have never even considered breaking? Don't let yourself get trapped by the illusion of money. All it does is cage you. Don't let your dreams or ambitions be halted by obstacles that aren't truly there.

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