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“What if they knew who I really was, and didn’t accept me?” This isn’t something that I’ve necessarily always articulated, but I feel as though it’s always loomed over me throughout my life. The last two years have been somewhat of a personal exploration of myself, life, and what it all means. As most people, I have found myself following the same path as most Americans have for the several decades; go to school, get a good degree, find a job, spend the rest of your life climbing the corporate ladder, living a mediocre life controlled by everyone else but you. It wasn’t until recently I began to question all of this.

I spent a lot of my life moving around. This resulted in finding myself in new areas, having to meet new people, and make new friends very often; rather than growing roots to grow up and develop from, I constantly found myself being uprooted and trying to settle in again. When meeting new people and making new friends, it tends to be easier to be amorphous; easily blending in to already established social circles. This led me, to a certain extent to, filter my degree of self-expression.

The reason I’m sharing all of this is to kick off a bit of a personal experiment. As many know by now, I am planning a month long trip to Argentina during the month of January (2012). This trip is more than just a vacation; it’s something of a transitional phase in my life in which I’m taking control of what I want to do with my life and how I want to do it, without living in the constraints of the world we allow others to define for us.

During this journey, I wanted to create a blog to share my thoughts, stories, and adventures.

My Education

As I said before I moved around a lot as a kid. I attended four elementary schools, one junior high, and two high schools. It wasn’t until college that I felt like I really settled down. I attended the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan. There I studied Industrial and Operation Engineering, which is basically a collection of ergonomics, supply chain optimization, inventory control, statistics, and finance. I addition to that, I also minored in Economics. As seen in the picture above, I also enjoyed playing hockey as well as dabbling in a few investment clubs.

My “Professional” Experience

Before I even graduated, I was amazed to find myself with a job offer, let alone in the struggling state  of Michigan. After graduation I went to work for a consulting firm, best known for it’s previous affiliation with Tiger Woods and vaguely odd, airport ad campaigns. Since I started, I’ve helped a Michigan chemical company divest an entire business product line, improved quality control at a Dallas, TX mortgage lending firm, and translated industry codes for a Michigan health insurance payer.

In my free time, I have been working on starting my own functional beverage company (more to come on that), learn web development, SEO, and marketing techniques, and am managing the creation of a parenting book with the mother of your truly.

Outside of work, I remain fairly active. In the past year I have remodeled both my bathroom and master bedroom, obtained my real estate license in the State of Michigan, gone skydiving for my second time, become a PADI certified SCUBA diver, and have become self-taught in HTML and PHP. Aside from my recent endeavors, I love to travel, try new foods, and explore new cultures; in fact, I have been to Spain twice, visiting mostly cities near Madrid.

My trip to Argentina is just the first step in a much longer journey; I hope you can join me in my pursuits!

Jason M. Shoemaker


2 comments on “About

  1. Hey Jason, just droppin’ in to say I really dig the blog and have tremendous respect for your willingness to go all “Into the Wild” and search for meaning in such an adventurous way. That’s something I’ve always wanted to do — something I still have a lot of time to do, in fact — but just never developed such an intense passion for the adventure and spirituality as you must’ve felt. This is great stuff you’re doing here though, man, and I’m looking forward to reading about your future insights and adventures.

    • Hayden, thanks for the comment! Funny that you reference “Into the Wild,” a girl that I met during my trip recommended the book to me; I’m about half way through. I think life should be fun and exciting, mediocrity and boredom is death; finally I resolved to do something about it! I suppose we’ll see where it takes me… Hope you keep reading!



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