Why Me?

Why me?  Why am I writing a blog about creating a happy, healthy, balanced and fulfilling life?  Well… because you asked.  Okay, perhaps YOU didn’t ask, but many people have asked me to share my story.

Over the years I have experienced numerous ups and downs – so high and so low that at times that even I’m surprised – and throughout it all I have maintained a very balanced perspective and positive outlook on life.  I’m living the life of my dreams and I hope that some of what I have to share at Stop and Breathe can help you find the same fulfillment in your life.

Some of my successes in life have been considered extraordinary by a few, but modest by most.  I’m just a regular guy.  However, over the years I have accomplished and learned a lot that you may find valuable.

Are my thoughts and life lessons any more valuable than yours?  Absolutely not.  I’m simply interested in sharing mine.

I believe that to lead truly fulfilling lives we cannot become complacent.  Life is constantly changing, and so must we.  Only by taking the time to reflect, learn and focus on those things that are most important to us, can we be truly happy.

What are some of my accomplishments?  I have…

  • Married the woman of my dreams and become a father
  • Embraced healthy lifestyle changes that allowed me to lose 80 lbs. and complete multiple Ironman triathlons (swim 2.4 miles , bike 112 miles, run 26.2 miles)
  • Realized my ongoing dream to travel the world by visiting, living and working in over 35 countries
  • Helped raise over 10 million dollars for charity
  • Achieved my dream of becoming a personal and professional coach, helping others discover and realize their own dreams  
  • Taken control of my finances, eliminated my debt and become financially independent
  • Physically and mentally overcame a debilitating back injury that resulted in major surgery, a spinal fusion and six months of bed rest
  • Followed my passions and enjoyed success working as a coach, writer, actor, entrepreneur, banker, comedian, event planner, filmmaker, fundraiser and juggler (yes, I said juggler)
  • Overcome fears, allowing me to skydive solo from over 12,000 ft. (50+ times) and dive unaided to over 150 ft. below the ocean on a single breath of air
  • Received funding to write multiple feature length screenplays, two of which were award winning scripts that were optioned by notable producers or directors
  • Found a balance in life by cultivating a regular yoga and meditation practice
  • Experienced a very hurtful divorce and then learned how to trust again
  • Been on an ongoing journey to free myself from a material life of excess
  • Experienced the thrill and excitement of performing live on stage in front of tens of thousands of people
  • Embraced a simpler, more clutter free and minimalist approach to life
  • Discovered ways in which one can eliminate or reduce their need for a vehicle with relative ease
  • and much, much more that I’m proud of

By sharing what I have learned from these and other achievements (and failures), I hope you will discover ways to create a more fulfilling life for yourself.  If you’d like to know more about me, feel free to contact me.

 

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10 Comments

  1. When I see the lists of the accomplishments and credentials of other persons, I am reminded of a very small number of my achievements 🙁
    and… then I become motivated 🙂

    • I think we all have accomplishments that we undervalue.

      I never understood why my Ironman achievements were inspiring to others. After all, in my opinion anyone could do it if they put their mind to it and trained. It took me a long time to realize that it was inspirational because I had taken the time and dedicated myself to achieving the goal.

      Take a good hard look at your past and I’m sure you’ll realize there are more accomplishments that others would be inspired by than you realize.

      I’m about to become a father for the first time and I find myself amazed at the other parents I see around me. I’ve mentioned this to some of them and they think it’s just normal, but great parenting can be so inspiring.

  2. Hi Jason,

    You sound like an interesting guy who has followed his heart and has something worth sharing. I am amazed when I look back on my life and what I have done. More accurately what I made it through! 🙂

    I’ve been a fan of simple living for a few years now and am on an ever evolving path toward a place (inside) that feels just right. I enjoy reading and sharing what others have to say about their progress toward a simple life, so I’ve added your link to my blog roll.

    Your travel dream above caught my interest in a big way. I dream of being in far away places, but have no idea how to make that happen with my very limited resources. I should capitalize “very”! That’s one reason living simpler appeals to me. I hope to have more funds to just take off for a few adventures before I no longer can. May I suggest future posts about how to travel simply and creatively…?

    I look forward to visiting again and listening to your story. Much joy and happiness to you on your soon to be newest family member.

    Peace~
    Debi

    • Hi Debi.

      Thank you so much for visiting my blog and for your kind words. I’ll look forward to sharing more with you in the future. I hope you’ll comment often.

      Thanks for the suggestion to blog about travel. I definitely have plans to do so. In the meantime, I’d suggest you visit the blog of Tim Ferris and a blog called the Art of Non-Conformity written by Chris Guillebeau. Both have written extensively regarding travel on a limited budget. I would encourage you to explore traveling with volunteer organizations. They will often subsidize travel and you’re given the opportunity to help others while getting to know locals, which is always my favorite part of travel.

      You have a lot of great information and resources on your blog. I’ll certainly plan to spend more time visit. And I have to say that I loved the picture of the pregnant woman’s belly. As my wife’s belly has been growing we’ve been painting it. It has been lots of fun. I think we’ll have to try painting the earth next. 🙂

      Thanks again for visiting.

  3. Thank you for the travel suggestions. Great ideas! Yes, I agree. Being involved on a local level creates a completely different and much more meaningful experience.

    Thank you for visiting my blog. I’m glad you enjoyed it. 🙂

    Cheers,
    Debi

  4. Hi Jason,

    Congratulations to both you and Tracy! I look forward to meeting both her and your son soon. As I am struggling with many of the issues you have come to terms with (spending, stuff, complicated life, unpleasant work, etc …) I plan to creep over this new website of yours for a little guidance.
    I have always held you in pretty high regard… especially after what you have endured and accomplished the last couple of years. At least I recognize good character!
    Warm love from the three of us, to the three of you!
    Matt

    • Thanks for the kind comments and for checking out the blog, Matt. It means a lot, especially coming from someone such as yourself who I admire and has accomplished so much. I know you’d have a lot to contribute to the site and I hope you’ll participate in the comments regularly. And yes, it’d be great for you to meet Tracy and Calen, hopefully sooner than later.

  5. Hi Jason … It’s your ol childhood pal from southkeys.. Stumbled on your blog. Great stuff man. I am enjoying it

    Andrew

    • Jason Billows |

      Andy, it’s so good to hear from you. Drop me an email when you have a chance… just use the contact page. Hope you had a great birthday.

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