I was born in 1982, and I've lived in the middle class suburbs of St. Louis, Missouri, all my life. Besides that already amazing good luck, I had the good fortune to have two loving parents, great public school resources, and countless individuals that shared with, supported, and taught me.
I fell in love with my wife Mary in 2004, and together we have two amazing children -- Brandon and Jessica.
I have a great life, and when I reflect on that, I feel both gratitude and a desire to give back to the world that gave me such good fortune. Those feelings intensified as we had our children. What sort of world would my children inherit? What sort of world did I WANT them to inherit? And...what was I doing to help bring that about?
I wish I could continue the story as, "after my awakening, I cured cancer, stopped global warming, and healed political and racial divides." Instead, though, it goes something more like, "I tried to compost and gave up. We recycle whatever our pick-up service will accept, and I donate and loan through Kiva every month."
Sometimes the problems I see seem like too much, and my own ignorance presents a barrier: I don't know how to fix it all, so I do nothing.
It's time to face the cognitive dissonance. I want to be someone that makes a real positive impact on the world and others, and my actual behavior is that of very modest impact. I can either rationalize the things I'm doing as sufficient, or I can step up my game.
I want to do more. I want to get more involved. I want to create a better world.
The trouble is that I don't know how. I don't feel quite ready for a radical change in career or location, and Mary has made it clear that abruptly switching our family to a minimalist lifestyle is not a viable option.
I invite you to come along, then, with me as I try to figure it out. I am going to run personal experiments, research questions that hold me back from action, and talk about all of the challenges that I encounter as I try to improve myself and our world. I hope that you will find something useful -- information or inspiration -- and that, maybe together, we really can save the world.
More fun. More difficult. More of a risk taker. More indecisive. More of a momma's boy. More broke.
Yep, I'm the second child. Born a few years after my older brother, we share many of the same passions, the same terrific and lucky upbringing, the same nose, the same musical talents, and ultimately; the same struggles of balancing our desire to leave the world better than we found it with the desire to live within society's norms. (ie: not moving off the grid and eating organic pea sandwiches for the rest of my natural-deodorant wearing life)
(full disclosure: I actually do buy natural deodorant and it's great)
While our childhoods were very similar, once we reached adulthood I veared left and took the "younger sibling" path. The younger sibling path usually consists of very little planning, a lot of moving around, job changes, and a lot of luck.
I've spent the last 12 years mostly within the radio broadcasting industry. Within there, I've also done stints in web design, car sales, teaching and construction.
For the last 5 years, I've been in a committed relationship with my girlfriend, Brittany. We currently reside in the Florida panhandle with her two boys, Bobby & Avery, and 3 dogs; Murphie, Grayton and TBT.
Things I love: Boating, fishing, food, sleep, music, playing instruments, writing music, walking the beach, biking, hiking, family, card games, travel, food (yes this is in here twice and it deserves to be), building/remodeling.
Hi there! This site is run by Adam and Shaun Streeter: two brothers that are Struggling to Save the World.
We are both ordinary guys with day jobs and families that want to help improve our world. We're just not always sure how to go about that. In this blog, we'll take you along on our personal journeys to try to do what we can. By sharing our own struggles, we hope that others like us will be inspired into action. We'll also share what we learn, so that your road might be smoother.
About This Site and Money
This site is first and foremost a chronical of our journey and a reflection of our true desire to save the world.
That said, we'd also like to pay some bills.
We may display ads on some of our pages.
Additionally, in some of our posts, and on our "Resources and What We're Into" page, we may have links to products or services that pay us a fee or percentage when you purchase from them. We promise to be transparent and truthful in how we present these: if we say that we like something, it's because we genuinely like it.
We also commit to donate 20% of our net profits to charity, and we thank you for your support.