31 Responses to “Commit to Change: mini-mission”


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  1. Leslie

    I found your blog through Zen Habits & I truly love your blog. I’m just beginning the process of simplifying and living a more enriched/healthy lifestyle. I have a long way to go, but look forward to your suggestions & examples. I just wanted to say thank you! Your blog is truly inspiring and helpful!

  2. Just like Yoda says, there is no try, only DO. If you give yourself and out, when things get tough, you will take it. We must be dedicated and committed to change.
    Great post Courtney! It is awesome that you were able to affect such great change in your health!
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  3. It is refreshing that you mention schedule. It seems that most people over look this one, but it can be really helpful to reflect on what it is exactly you do to fill up your time. The commitment to change your schedule can make a huuuuuuge difference!

  4. Erin

    Amen amen amen. I’ve been “trying” to move from my current home in rural western PA (where I’m miserable) to South Carolina or Florida for 5 years now. I just decided that this summer I WILL move, not just try or think about it any longer. Minimalism fits in with this plan too, because I plan to move with just one carload. Thank you for again giving me a kick in the pants and inspiring me to reach for my dreams.

    • Courtney Carver

      Erin, I want to celebrate when you move so keep me posted.

      • Hi Courtney! I just wanted to update you to let you know that I did indeed move mid-September :) but not to the south. I am now living in Denver, CO. It is so beautiful, and the Lord provided me a fantastic job, alot of which was made possible (and easier) by beginning to live with a simpler lifestyle. In fact, I only moved with one carload! Thank you for your continued encouragement and inspiration via this blog. It’s definitely on my must-read list!

  5. Mel

    This is SO true. I love this post, especially “enlist help but assume responsibility.” I recently came across this blog and I have to say, you’ve inspired me already to make many changes – thanks for sharing your thoughts, ideas, and encouragement!!

    • Courtney Carver

      So glad to hear Mel! Sometimes when we ask for help, we blame the advice if things don’t work out, but it all comes down to our personal approach and dedication.

  6. Courtney, are you reading my mind? Seriously? Do you have secret mind-reading powers we don’t know about?? ;-) Thanks for your encouragement – this definitely helps me put my stick-to-it-iveness :) back at the forefront. You ROCK!

    • Courtney Carver

      Clara, Didn’t you know? As soon as you leave a comment, I can read your mind. ;)
      Actually, I think we all have similar struggles and I am glad I can use my experience and words to help.

  7. I did a lot of research for a client recently on weight loss, and so much of the difference between those who succeeded and those who didn’t came down to simply DOING it. All the planning and strategies and tips in the world couldn’t compare to just deciding to do it – and following through.

    • Courtney Carver

      Miss Britt,
      That is great. Change is not easy but getting started usually is. That “deciding” part is the start.

  8. Hi Courtney,

    So often we decide to approach something with the thought “I’ll give it a try”. The problem of course is that then we are allowing the mindset that we might not succeed. Far better to commit to doing and to realise that it takes perseverance and patience to complete the task.
    Thanks for the reminder that it takes commitment to make the change.

  9. Meg

    A few more diagnostic tests yet to go, but I know there will be some changes coming up in at least two areas of my life. And like you say, it’ll be about saving my life(style) and not just hemming and hawing about it.

    You’re a true inspiration, Courtney!

  10. Jackie

    Dear Courtney,

    I SO needed this today! Thank you for the (ever-so-polite) kick in the pants!

    I’ve been struggling with exercise ever since my son was born…6 1/2 years ago. I’ve been half-heartedly “trying” to fit it into my daily routine, but I keep making excuses. My head knows the benefits, but the excuse-maker lazy person somehow “justifies” all the inactivity.

    Every day begins anew. No more dwelling on past failures…just focus on what lies ahead…and BE PATIENT.

  11. lindimity

    This is my verse for the year as I struggle to make some major changes in simplifying my life: “Do not despise small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin.”
    Zechariah 4:10 It’s helping me stop getting defeated by looking at all that needs to be done but just taking that first step. I love how you break things down into succinct bullets…you make it easy to get focused.

  12. Hi Courtney,

    I found you through Tanja’s wonder directory over at MinimalistPackrat.com.

    This is a wonderful post. The five areas you listed that may require lifestyle changes (diet, fitness, money, relationships and schedule) really are big priorities for most people. I know I’ve worked on all five areas at different times during my life, although right now my focus is on money management. And your right, committing to the change you want to make can easily start if you just give it a try.

  13. I’m making a major change (publicly) this year by way of my ODP. And I’m learning what that feels like in all its cycles. I’m thankful I followed through with a crazy notion I felt could be significant to my personal development, even though I didn’t know a ton about it to start out with. I did/do feel in many ways that committing to this change is/can largely impact my life and well being. I want to encourage others to make these leaps even when they feel like a thousand people have already done it bigger, better and with more authority.

    Thanks for the encouragement, Courtney.

  14. I like the part that says save your life. So many times, we are living in a society of vices, even when we don’t notice it. Fast food, long hours sitting down and lack of exercise.(i’m guilty, i have to make a change)

    Commitment is something hard to grasp. I usually start off feeling all motivated with overdrive. Soon, I reach burnout. But I remember your words, commit to change and big change takes time. Hopefully it works for me (:

  15. vee

    want the change MORE than what is keeping you from it

    create a no fail environment

    inspiring post

    thank you for the nudge dear one !


  16. Christian

    Well the prOblem is I’m not very committed to anything… I was before but now I feel like shit Sometimes think of suicide. Because everything I think it can all be settled with death.. I don’t like school I have no girl no family near me the girls that live here are very hurtful and I pretty much cry inside. I have no motivation nothing.

  17. Hi!

    I’ve been reading your blog in the past couple of months and I love it, it’s full of inspirational things!

    And now I find out that you have MS?! Uou! I have it too! For 8 years now and I can’t get to make a change and stress less, eat well, be in peace with myself… And stumbling into this post now is amazing!

    I’m not patient at all, I want to change from one day to another and I’m always frustrated with myself… so this time I’m really trying to take baby steps. Thanks for all your sharing! :)

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  19. mae

    I want to commit to a healthy life. I’m 4’10 and I weigh 145-148 lbs and I’m tired of being overweight! I commit today to he a healthier person!

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