I'm editing the bio paragraph of a graphic designer's resume, where she has written a sentence beginning,
"I depart from the philosophy that..."
-- this leads into a quick one-sentence summary of her design philosophy.
It is meant to be synonymous with "I take the philosophy that ... as my point of departure" -- but it's clearly ambiguous as written, and could be read to mean the opposite. However, this latter formulation is far too verbose.
Is there a way to say "I believe that..." as succinctly as above, without simply saying "It is my philosophy that..." ? "believe" is a bit too religious for my taste, and I think the sentence should begin with "I" in order to sound more active.