I’m Jason. Thanks for dropping by!
I used to believe managing my stress, anger and mental health was simply about taking deep breaths.
I was wrong. There’s so much more.
I’ve spent the better part of my life feeling angry, and for the longest time feeling depressed and never pleased with just about everything, including life at home, at work and in my relationships.
Then I started asking myself some thought provoking questions:
Where are my struggles coming from? Is there a link back to my childhood experiences of abuse and trauma? How does my past relate to my present day struggles with depression, anger and anxiety? What does a life of recovery look like? How can I take accountability for my behaviors? What are some tools I can use to promote happiness?
I began exploring these questions and discovered some simple truths.
From a very young age, I experienced a challenging life of bullying, family violence, anger and abuse. And when my older brother was diagnosed with schizophrenia in his early twenties, I was not prepared to accept what mental illness was. As an adult, I lacked the self-awareness skills to understand my own personal struggles with depression, anxiety and anger. I also failed to realize how emotionally hurtful I was towards others in the process. Thankfully I took the brave steps of facing my past, working together for years with some outstanding therapists. As a result, I felt a responsibility to share my journey with others, in hopes to inspire change in behaviors and mindset, especially in men. I became a published author, speaker, blogger, podcaster, mental health advocate and online instructor. I learned by understanding my past with wholehearted acceptance, I’m able to map out my future with greater clarity, peace and happiness.
In the process, I realized everyone has a story to share and it’s just a matter of finding that delicate and safe space to do that in. I found my voice through my work and managed to connect others with similar struggles, while creating a community of belonging and recovery. When I began to openly share my story, others realized they were no longer alone.
Thus, I started this website to share my stories with you; sometimes of my past struggles, other times about my successes (and sometimes about my random quirky thoughts!) My goal is to promote a healthy balanced lifestyle, while raising awareness to our mental health.
I hope you’ll take your time in my website discovering nuggets of useful information, humor and insight. I welcome your constructive comments and feedback because I learn equally as much from my readers.
Wherever the stage you’re at in your life, I wish you much happiness, love and wisdom.
While mental health is an incredibly important subject to me, I’m also a certified foodie (yes, there is such a thing!) who enjoys exercising and going on the occasional hike. Sitting at a coffee shop, reading and writing on a Saturday morning is one of the most relaxing things I do. I’m a Lakers fan, traveler, ramen junkie, owner of an adorable cat from Bellingham, coffee drinker, half marathon-er, daydreamer, north of the 49th parallel man living the Dad Life.
But most of all…
I’m Just Jason.
Author | Blogger | Speaker | Podcaster | Instructor | Mental Health Advocate | Dad