About Me

Beneath every person online, is another person.

I believe the internet is an obfuscated lens we hope to be seen through. It’s the staged version of us that we tragically spend most of our time creating.

I’m tired of living this way, and decided to do something about it. I created a blog called Unfiltered, which is founded on authenticity.

Here’s a little more about who I am. And trust me, I’m telling you things that aren’t on my profile pages. Things that you won’t find anywhere else.

The Person Behind This Blog

My name is Brian Gardner, and I’m the captain of this so-called ship. I believe in packing light, minimalism and life without numbers.

I could tell you that I’m 39 years old, but that would be my way of avoiding the reality that very soon I’ll be turning 40. Sometimes I convince myself that I’m ok with this, but the truth is that it really bothers me.

I’ve lost my youth, and have entered the years of my life that scare me. As each day goes by, I realize the sand is quickly falling through the hourglass.

In June of 2002, two became one. It’s safe to say that I married up, because at the time I was in pretty bad shape. Thankfully Shelly looks past my flaws, and loves the guy who tries his best.

Two years later we had a kid. They are the best thing and the worst thing that can ever happen to you. While we should have waited a few more years before going down this path, I love him dearly and am proud to be his dad.

Authenticity and Being Unfiltered

There are way too many blogs and websites around that skim the surface of life. My own personal one fell dangerously close to that category, and this is my attempt at doing it the right way.

I don’t want to apologize for things that I say, mainly because I feel there’s intrinsic value in people hearing truths. It only does everyone a disservice when we avoid how we really feel and choose to hold back.

Even though I’m a Christian, I still have the same struggles as the next person. I want to embrace the challenges that I face every day without the fear of being judged, and in return, I promise to do the same for you.

What to Expect From this Blog

There’s so much baggage attached to my personal blog that I needed a fresh start. I don’t want expectations set on things that I want to write about.

I’ll be upfront and admit that this is going be more of a journal than a place for self-help content. I don’t want to tell you what to do and why you should do it, rather why I think what I think and why I do the things I do.

With that said, I reserve the right to write about anything. This includes my spiritual journey and walk with God, to my sincere infatuation with Sarah McLachlan and Starbucks. And, of course, everything in between.

There is a tremendous amount of substance found within the little things in life, and that is where I want to live deliberately.

I’m glad that you’re here, and sincerely welcome you with open arms.

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