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Well hey there! I’m Jayson. That’s me there at the bottom of this page inside a TJ Maxx demonstrating my best substitute high school teacher garb. Also, in case you didn’t catch my name, yes, people have been misspelling it my entire life. Heck, I still have family and friends who misspell my name. Quite possibly the most unique thing about me is that there is a Y between the A and the S in my Christian name. Cool, huh?

I specialize in tragedy as it pertains to life and the grief that comes along with it. But don’t get me wrong, this isn’t by choice. It just happened. The best way I can think of to deal with such things is to meet them with a willing heart. I want to take from these times what I can and then allow them to make me better for life moving forward. That’s really all this blog is about.

Up until recently, I lived in Portland with my wife Lauren and our two children. Lauren died on May 29, 2014 due to a traumatic brain injury she sustained from a longboarding accident. Since then I have remarried and my wife Jacquelien and I have three beautiful children and live in our hometown of Sisters, Oregon.

Life since then has been challenging, to say the least, but it is also oddly better than it has ever been.

This blog used to be devoted to my career in music journalism, but when Lauren died I found it to be the perfect place to couple my love of writing with the journey on which I have found myself. It is a great platform from which to share my experiences as I continue to try and learn and grown as a person.

If you’re interested in getting to know a bit about my story as well as my writing style then feel free to start with these posts:

Depravity and Exhaustion Into Courage and Wisdom

Letting Go vs. Being Without

There Is a Choice (Oceans)

Thank you for visiting, and I sincerely hope that you find something encouraging while you’re here.