My name is Jonas (yes, like the Weezer song).
Like many of us in today’s world, my life is multi-faceted. I really wish I could just say I was one thing, but that would be impossible.
I think the best way to lay this out to you is in segments…
I’m studying to become a minister in the New Thought (formerly known as ‘Religious Science’) tradition. This is a non-denominational interfaith tradition that gleans insights from all world religions and philosophies to help people live deeper, more meaningful lives.
A big part of this path is spiritual counseling where we train to work with people 1-on-1 to help them align with spirit so they can reconnect to the innate well-being and wisdom within.
This work has nothing to do with religion, dogma, or doctrine. I can work, not only with deeply religious (and non-religious) people of all types.
I’m a long-time writing/blogging coach.I’ve contributed to a number of large publications such as The Huffington Post, The New York Observer, The Daily Dot, and more.
These days, I help genuine people get traction and grow an audience (authentically) on Medium.com. It’s a tool that has changed my life and connected me to a growing tribe of 50k+ people who are as weird as I am. I’m a ‘Top Writer’ in several categories including creativity, writing, self-improvement, life lessons, and inspiration to name a few (see, they even gave me a spiffy badge…)
On a more personal note
Some random facts about me…
I have a deep background in martial arts and earned my black belt in Aikido in 2009. Here’s me moments before getting punched in the face…
I’ve cut my own hair with a Flowbee for the last 15 years.
I lost my parents early-on to cancer and grew up around a lot of poverty 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 in the spirituality/personal development world, this early rough start is probably where a lot of my drive comes from. I’ve tasted the bitter. Now, the sweet tastes a heck of a lot better.
Eight 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 live in a sleepy little town amidst the eastern shadows of the Sierra Nevada mountains where we drink too much coffee, watch Gilmore Girls reruns, and try to take over the world from our laptops.
I’ve been known to host workshops and one-on-one mentoring to inspire creative courage, practical spirituality, and impactful communication
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