Being ‘present’ is a concept I’ve been working on lately. I often get caught up in the chaos of my ambition, but I also know intimately how valuable it is to keep a mindfulness practice. So, I try. Here’s a note I took after I meditated a few days ago—I’ve put together a nice routine lately. If you’re interested in knowing more about it, send me a message on IG (@jakobgollon) or an email at

We’re all on our own timeline, and it’s full of peaks and valleys, ups and downs.

Today, I thought back on a night not long ago.
We were just sitting on the couch, in the “back room”, which no longer even has a couch.
I’d meditated not long before we sat there.

We had no good news or bad to share, but the days were long, and my keeping busy had, like it often does, suspended my mind in a constant state of activity. I was exhausted.

Jamie, my wife, knew exactly what to say, which if I recall, was but a few simple, meaningful words.

Then, at that moment, I found my balance.

Everything was still.

I turned to her, and said in natural honesty, “I’m here now.” I was staring graciously, focused intently, but not too tight, into my wife’s eyes.

After holding eye contact, “welcome to the present moment”, is what trickled out of her mouth, and a few tears puddled in her eyes. She’d wanted so badly for me to slow myself down and to be there with her, in the moment. She knew, above all else, that I needed it — for her and I’s well-being, for my health, and for a multitude of other reasons.

I’ll never forget that moment. It was one of those turning points. As if something that was understood in principle was suddenly experienced in real time.

I would like to replicate that. 
I WILL replicate that.

I’d like for you to experience that if you have not.
You WILL experience that soon.

At that time, I’d been on a consistent streak of meditation, maybe close to 20 days straight — twice daily. Of late, my consistency has suffered, but tomorrow’s a new day, and with that comes the opportunity to choose. Do so wisely. Do so mindfully.

I have re-written this section countless times. This is the crisis of our generation, defining one's self in an 'about me' box knowing that 95% of our peers will log that as 'who we are' without ever speaking to us, because reading the long-version is just too cumbersome for our over-crowded, busy lives. // In short: I'm a polymath with a hyperactive mind, curious about and fascinated by the complexities of, basically, everything. I'm firmly committed to living a life of "areté"—omnipresent excellence, and my mottos are 'making the best of this life' (Mt. Botl), and "Do it now or forever wish you had". // I had a 'famed' basketball stint (captaining the 2014 Mercer team that upset Duke in NCAA Tourney + winning a Nat'l Title as a coach). I quit the sports industry all-together, cold turkey, soon after. I had an existential crisis with 'glory' and 'meaning' and other challenging thoughts revolving around how many hours (90+/week) I was spending trying to 'win games'. // Since 2017, I've been in pursuit of several entrepreneurial ideas and am educating myself on a few new areas of focus. The following is a condensed list of the countless curiosities and industries that I've explored, worked in, or studied the last 3 years (of which I will need to choose 1-3 of to focus on sooner than later). Writing, Podcasting, Teaching—Adjunct College Professor, Public Speaking + Workshops, Building & Construction, Sustainable Real Estate Development—Industrial + Urban Repurposing in particular, Negotiation, Marketing—Branding/design/communications, Woodwork, Gardening, Permaculture-based farming and homesteading, Psychology, Industrial Engineering—Process Improvement + UX consulting, Project Management, Renewable Energy, & Executive Coaching for (select) clients focusing on leadership, personal brand + career development, health habits, productivity, networking, and communication skills. Yes, all of it, and since I sleep minimally, and my mind races like an ostrich all day and night, I know a fair bit about each of those topics. I have an obsession with learning. I'm always looking to connect and have conversations with folks, so, hit me up. I hope my work brings you joy, value, a challenge, or a ripe perspective. Much love, Jakob

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