Heads up: I’m a context is the point” kind of person; if you’re a get to the point” kind of person… well.

I’m told I’m disciplined.

I know better.

I can be a chaotic mess. Easily distracted, manic, obsessive.

— Hey there, I’m Jared.

I grew up on five acres, in a farming town, in the west.

First son in a family of 13, I shared a bedroom with five other brothers. Our parents gave us a back-to-basics, non-conformist upbringing. Minimal consumption, with a moderate dose of cult.

Other than chores, meals and religious practices, how we spent our time was largely up to us. So, high-pressure, with a lot of lateral freedom. Five acres worth. Oh, and books. Shelves, boxes and cubbyholes stuffed with books.

This freedom comes with its own set of trade-offs. Like, being self-educated, I have an intrinsic love of learning, but weird knowledge gaps (which I enjoy filling).

On the upside I’m endlessly curious.

— I explore

I was born with a pioneering spirit.

Raised on the stories of my pioneering ancestors. Equal parts exploration and sacrifice. If you aren’t prepared to eat your grandmother, bury your child, and change with the landscape you’re probably not pioneer material. (Ok, these days it’s less about braving the wild and more about managing to look past the screen and out a window.)

I moved from home when I was 19 and didn’t move back. I made a mountain of mistakes, sacrifices, and a few really interesting decisions that led to my unusual way of life.

I enjoy talking about all of it.

Really, ask me anything.

— Now?

After six years of white-collar work, as a creative, at Global Mess of a Company I decided downing Redbull at 2AM wasn’t sustainable.

So, seven or so years ago, I moved to the Pacific Northwest where I…

… collaborate with artists and craftsman from all backgrounds on creative projects. Local and abroad.

… put in a solid amount of study each week in my newfound career in the health care industry (never imagined I’d love this field).

… go on adventures every week with my two vivid sons. I’m raising them to be curious, educated, cultured. Independent thinkers and doers. They’re a fantastic inoculation against bullshit

But really…

Every person pays their price.

At the end of the day, I want to move freely, eat healthy, sleep deeply.

Everything I do, let’s me do that.