• About Jonas

    My name is Jonas, but most people call me Jonah, Jason, Josh, or Jebediah (no kidding, I actually got that once).

     

    As for what I do, first and foremost, I'm a writer. I write stories, poems, thoughts, quips, and whatever else I can make with words.

     

    I serve those who want to live more mindfully creative lives, both personally and professionally. In this work, I incorporate deep personal inquiry, candid human conversation, and introspective journaling.

     

    This brand of inner work has helped me in two main ways:

     

    For one, it's helped me enjoy this human experience more. Mindfulness has kept me grounded and energized. My journal has been my most trusted friend and ever-available therapist through good times, bad times and various transitions in life.

     

    Second, it's made me a better writer - professionally and personally. Mindfulness has strengthened my creative idea muscle while helping me turn 'writer's block' into a far-off memory. I found my voice in the uncensored creative playground that is my journal and have built a body of work that I'm proud of over at my blog, Higher Thoughts, a top Medium publication with a growing audience of 70k people.

     

    Taking a mindfully creative approach to my life has changed my world.

     

    Side note: When I say 'creative', I'm not talking about any one thing like painting, dancing, or chainsaw juggling. These are all expressions of creativity, not creativity itself. I'm speaking more broadly here and see creativity as an innate thing that makes us human.

     

    Let's see, what else should you know?...

     

    I have a hankering (yes, I said 'hankering') for spirituality. So much so that I decided to sign up for divinity school in the interfaith tradition, which I'm currently attending. I serve as an assistant minister-in-training at Cityside Church, in Chicago, IL.

     

    My work has been featured in the likes of Huffington Post, Observer, The Daily Dot, No Sidebar, OneUpped Magazine, and elsewhere across the internet.

  • On a more personal note...

    Some random factoids about me

    I have a deep background in martial arts and earned my black belt in the mindfully meditative Japanese martial art of Aikido in 2009. I even lived in the dojo for some time as an uchi deschi (live-in apprentice). Here’s me moments before getting punched in the face…

     

  • I lost my parents early-on to cancer and grew up around a lot of poverty, addiction, and dysfunction. As much as this likens me to Bruce Wayne, I also realize I need to stay as healthy as possible. As with many of us who tend to delve into the creative/personal development world, this early rough start is probably where a lot of my drive comes from. I’ve tasted bitter. Now, the sweet tastes a heck of a lot better.

     

    I used to be a golf professional. When I was a kid, golf was my place of solitude to get away from the madness at home. Just me and the little white ball on a sprawling field of carefully manicured grass. I eventually got into the business before getting burned out many years later.

     

    Here I am trying to hit a sailboat (don't worry: no one was injured here as my ball landed a good 500 yards short of the target).

  • I'm partially of Danish descent and am an enthusiast and practitioner of Hygge - a lifestyle based on the defining characteristics of the Danish culture, namely comfort, connection, and contentment. To me, Hygge is a great name for what arises when we live from the space within where spirit lives. When we find ourselves here more often, we can't help but spread that special sauce into our environment and social surroundings.

     

    Nine years ago, I married a girl and moved with her to Chicago where she finished up school. We moved back home a couple years later and had a little girl.

     

    Today, we're back in Chicago where we drink too much coffee, watch Gilmore Girls reruns, and try to take over the world from our laptops.

  • In Closing

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    Thanks again for swinging by and reading my story. Hope to connect somehow soon.

     

    As Ever,

    Jonas

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