After graduating from The Pennsylvania State University in 1997, Jason had a dream to travel the world, but only $1500 in the bank along with no car and no job. What’s a man to do? Well…not give up on his dreams of course!
Jason began working as a freelance independent contractor, managing events for agencies and Fortune 500 clients. This took him all over the United States and combined his passion for meeting new people, exciting work, and non-stop travel. In addition to managing events, Jason spent a summer as a guide for an adventure travel company and worked as a tour manager for an award-winning rock band in 2009/2010. He has traveled to over 20 countries while living out of a backpack, and hopes to add to that number in the near future.
Currently based in Boulder due to his love of the outdoors, Jason has a “real job” as a marketing coordinator for a beverage distributor. The flexibility of his corporate job allows him to pursue other passions through multiple side hustle projects including: mentoring at Pursuits, writing a blog about personal freedom, developing new business leads for a staffing and digital agency, and involvement in a new Los Angeles based restaurant. Recently, he wrapped up a year volunteering for the Boulder Community Justice Service as a mentor for an at risk youth.
How does all of this qualify him as a Pursuits mentor? Let him explain how and why he would like to help out.
My role in Pursuits:
On my friend Emilie’s blog Puttylike, she describes a multipotentialite as a “person who has many different interests and creative pursuits in life.” Somebody with no “one true calling” who “thrives on learning, exploring, and mastering new skills.” That pretty much sums me up!
Prior to pursuits, I felt like these characteristics of my personality could be detrimental. At times I put serious pressure on myself to find “the right thing.” If I couldn’t focus on one thing, how could I succeed at anything?
Pursuits allowed space for intimate connections while also providing support, valuable tools, and resources. The guest speakers and group members provided unique, life altering perspectives, which stick with me today. They appreciated my multipotentialite personality and encouraged me to embrace it. I took their advice.
Everybody has fears, struggles, and questions surrounding their present situation and impending future. Changing your life, choosing a new direction and/or adjusting to a transition are difficult periods of time for anyone. As a mentor, my hope is to be a great listener and help you to uncover what you may already know. I love to kick around ideas and come up with non-traditional solutions to common problems. I look forward to supporting you on your journey towards personal freedom.