How did Do Life begin?

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Welcome to the Do Life Movement!

For the past year, we have been working to build this community, this idea, and the lifestyle that goes along with it. The Do Life website will hopefully serve as a way to further all of these things. As a new, grassroots-style movement, we are wholly dependent on the participants. To that point, we want to say thank you so much for the support you have shown, whether it be showing up when we’re in your town, buying t-shirts, or just interacting with one another on our social media channels. This community is for you.

And that’s exactly what this is: a community.

You’ll notice we have a messageboard. Please sign up and use these forums as a way to start your journey, keep going in your journey, share advice, ask questions, tell a story, inspire each other, anything and everything you want as it relates to your life journey–whatever it may be.

As the founders of Do Life, we have a few promises:

  • We will be interacting enthusiastically through the message boards, so please don’t hesitate to use them.
  • We will be working to provide inspirational and helpful content through our weekly articles.
  • We will always help in any way we can.
  • We will be taking Do Life to the literal streets as often as possible. We are a movement based online, but we believe in real-life manifestation.
Again, thank you so much for the support so far. Knowing all of you, no matter how much or little, has changed our lives for the better. See you out there.

Do good; do life.

- Ben, John, Jed

The Founders




At age 22, Ben found himself weighing 360 pounds, in the midst of a deep, dark depression. Then, on Christmas Eve 2008, he decided to take control and get healthy. 120 Pounds lighter, multiple 5Ks, 10Ks, marathons, and triathlons later, and the weight-loss mentality has been replaced by a be-healthy-and-happy mindset. After starting the blog: , he realized the message of doing life was a universal ideal and decided to push the message as far as he could and the Do Life Movement was started in the fall of 2010.


The first thing Ben did when deciding to get his life together was call his brother Jed. It was at Jed’s urging that the brothers decided to start running. Jed’s story, though, was a little different. Diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease in junior high, Jed had long battled with his health. And while he did beat Crohn’s, like Ben, he found himself obese in his mid-20s. Just before his first child was born, Jed knew he wanted to be a healthy dad. He’s now down 50 pounds and is doing life as a runner, a husband, and father. He documents his life on his personal blog .


As the father to Ben and Jed, John (or, as he’s also known, Pa) watched his sons struggle with their afflictions, but he had his own. By the mid-90s, John had developed a severe drug addiction — an addiction it would take him years to overcome. Though the life-changing journeys took place a decade apart, John has joined his sons in the world of running, racing, and doing life. He is the wise-owl, the driver, and the laundry dude. He also knows a thing or two about getting one’s life together. His posts on his personal blog are sure to inspire.