Innovate. Integrate. Communicate.
While extremely common terms in business, these terms are, to me, a definition of the lifestyle I not only imagine, but seek to live out. Innovation is necessary for change; to make a current situation better than it is. Integration implies unity of many different parts. Communication is necessary for relationships to happen. And relationships are what make life worth living. This model is about community and living a fully engaged life. It’s about living independent while recognizing your reliance on others and treating them as you want to be treated. It’s looking beyond the present to a better future. It’s being open-minded and willing to engage with ideas, worldviews, etc. that differ from your own. It describes who I am and who I strive to be. For me, at the center of this lifestyle model is my relationship with Christ. He is the source of my identity and what all these other strands feed back into.
I’m an entrepreneurship major at Grove City College. I was raised on the farm and home schooled through high school. While I had a Christian upbringing, it wasn’t until I nearly took my own life at the age of thirteen that I woke up to the realization that Christianity is about relationship with Christ, not some set of religious creeds. Since then, He has constantly been in a process of changing my life.