As Courtney has mentioned, we had been on an interesting journey that had caused us to become quite anxious, one could say desperate for a better life and a better direction than the one we were on. The thought of our dreams was sometimes painful because we felt so far from them, and we didn’t know how to have them.
Well, during another one of our desperate weeks, we found ourselves really frustrated and we didn’t know what to do about it. It felt like we were carrying a large burden on our shoulders. It was weighing us both down. We had faith but we had no clue how to start building what we so badly wanted… that life we believed we could have.
Sunday Feb 24th of 2019, Courtney and I had been invited to a dinner at a member of the bishoprics house from our church. Little did we know what a prodigious impact it would have on our lives. For some reason Trent Dransfield started talking to us about his journey, and the inspiration that shaped his life. I don’t know how, but it felt like a fire was lit inside our bodies. He talked to us about a lot of amazing things, and we just soaked up everything he said for over an hour. Among the many things we learned, he invited us to go home and find a quiet place where we could both sit down apart from one another and write our “life story.”
So we did just that; we got home sat down and let loose, and it was powerful. All Trent told us was to write what your perfect future would look like and to not hold back. We finally let our hearts and souls do the talking and wow... it was liberating!! While I began writing about riding on saber tooth tigers in the Alaskan wilderness Courtney proceeded to map out our future perfectly word for word.
The three things that we dreamed of having, were a fulfilling career, to live in an epic location, and to have time.
We knew we both wanted an exciting career. We both had incredible potential and our experiences with our employment opportunities did not meet our expectations. We wanted to work hard, but we wanted to be excited about it. Both of our jobs felt like we were running in sand. We were learning some things, but it wasn’t an environment that we could thrive in.
Secondly, we wanted to live in an epic, mountainous environment where we would have easy access to trails and the wilderness. We also wanted to live around people who we could connect with, who shared our same values; in a small community that we could feel a part of, and a place where we finally felt was home.
Lastly, we both, more than anything valued our TIME! Courtney and I wanted to spend time doing the things that we both value… that is creating adventures in the mountains, time with our future children, time with our family and friends, and time to travel and experience life to the fullest.
The excitement we felt for life was a stark difference from the day before. Our souls literally felt like they were on fire. We were alive and we were so determined to start working towards our newly illustrated dreams. Instead of trying to force ourselves into this life where we didn’t belong, Trent Dransfield had opened up a world of possibility. We were ready to jump right in. We created an action plan to make sure we wouldn’t let our fears and doubts come back and keep us from chasing what we believed life should be like.
So our first plan of attack was to “burn our ship.”
Ryan & Courtney Bringhurst, we are a happily married power couple! Our purpose together is to inspire and uplift others to live the life they were meant to live, as well as to find true joy and satisfaction in their life's journey.