Outside of the Norm – Interview with Jon
The best inspiration for living your own life is seeing others who are living theirs out. None of our lives are the same, but that is the beauty of it. There are people living out their own life all over the place. I wanted to share with you some of their stories.
First is one of my friends from highschool – Jon.
Way back in highschool he taught me how to play guitar and helped me learn to be more authentic. He is pretty awesome! But let me let him tell you a bit more…
Interview with Jon
1. What are you doing with your time? and why?
Currently, I am a touring musician, in the process of getting an adventure and brewery tour company off the ground, working on my second book, hiking a lot, and bartending two nights a week. Why? Because these are the things that make me happy, and which I am passionate about.
2. What’s your story?
In a nutshell, I was born and raised in Michigan, graduated with a BA in Communications from Andrews University, moved to Oregon to become a worship pastor, got fired, and have been playing music full-time ever since.
3. Was there a time in your life you decided to go your own way instead of following the ‘expected’ track (kinda the ‘two roads diverged in a yellow wood’ moment)?
While in college, I had six different majors at different points. I realized that I was not passionate about any of the careers that these majors would have led to. I decided to spend my life trying to make a living doing the things I love, and trying, through being my own boss, to have the flexibility to travel, climb, etc.
3. What has been the difference this decision has made?
It’s made both positive and negative impacts. On the one hand, being an entrepreneur is a lot of hard work, and there have been times when I thought that things would be a lot easier if I could simply clock in at some corporation and collect a paycheck. On the other hand, this decision has let me tour in 45 states and 5 countries, and see the world in a way I never could have otherwise. I’ve gotten to meet thousands of amazing people; gotten to release 5 albums and publish a book; gotten to write my own schedule; gotten to do what I love; gotten to share my thoughts on the things that are important to me (God, meaningful relationships, etc.).
Hmmmm…Barack Obama, Jon Krakauer, and Dustin Kensrue.
5. What is a big challenge you had to face and overcome?
Two years ago, I bit my tongue off, detached half my nose, and got 40 stitches in my lips from a serious mountain biking accident. I couldn’t eat solid food, smile, or talk for almost a month. We had to cancel a tour and postpone the recording of an album as I healed and re-learned how to talk and sing. Through it all, my faith in God deepened as I saw the generosity of fans and friends alike pour in to help defray my medical bills.
6. 10 years from now. What do you want to be doing?
Exactly what I’m doing now, but to a larger audience.
7. What advise do you have for someone wanting to ‘forge their own path’?
As cliche as it sounds, you only live once, and life is way too short. Don’t wait till the end of your life to reflect on all the things you wish you would’ve done.
8. Can I share some of your work with my readers? What work are you most proud of?
Thanks so much for sharing Jon. You are amazing