The Monk Life is actionable self-improvement tips and strategies for everyday warriors.
Hi, my name is Jason Gutierrez. I live with my fiancé and Chow Chow, Lexi, in the suburbs of Asheville, NC.
I help people heal their anxiety through mindfulness and other lifestyle changes.
What is an “everyday warrior?” I’m glad you asked.
An everyday warrior is just your average Joe – engaged in his own private battles day in and day out.
It’s you. It’s me. It’s your brother. Your sister.
Everyone has their own struggles they face on a daily basis…
Whether you’re suffering from crippling anxiety but too ashamed to ask for help, or struggling with some sort of body image issue, or a physical ailment, or perhaps dealing with the pain of a job you hate with every fiber of your body…
This site and this community are for you.
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena…” — Theodore Roosevelt
Who am I?
If you made it this far, you’ve likely read my writing and you’re probably wondering who I am, and what have I done that’s blog-worthy.
In short, nothing special. I’m not world famous, or a doctor, or the next LeBron James. What I am is a regular guy, who’s overcome some adversity, by continuing to engineer better habits into my life.
When struck with anxiety several years ago, my world came crashing down. It was a multi-year hell that brought me through a full spectrum of emotions.
At first, I was depressed and scared.
Then came anger – “Why me?”
Then frustration – “When will this darkness end?” “Why does nothing work?”
I found reprieve once I stopped looking at external sources for help and instead searched within.
It didn’t take a day, a week, or even a month, but after some time I started feeling like a rock-star again.
I’m not perfect. I’ve failed a ton. And I’m absolutely still learning. The Monk Life is where I share my stories, past experience, and knowledge in hopes of making a difference in others’ lives.
Why The “Monk” Life?
I’ve always viewed monks as people who have it all together. Even with nothing, they have everything. Not an ounce of energy is wasted unless it is through deliberate action.
That said, the traditional monk lifestyle is rather extreme for me. I enjoy my family, friends, and many other things Western civilization has to offer. My ideal life is to find balance somewhere in the middle.
How can you send me messages?
You can email me at Jason [at] themonklife.net. I’ll do my best to respond as quickly as possible.
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