The Monk Life is actionable self-improvement tips and strategies for everyday warriors.
This website is for those that want to…
- Engineer a happier life for themselves and loved ones
- Ease anxiety, decrease stress, and become more focused
- Build self-confidence and be a stronger person
- Simplify their life
- Improve relationships and social skills
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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. Your brother. Your sister. Or a close friend.
Everyone has their own struggles they face on a daily basis…
- Suffering from crippling anxiety but too ashamed to ask for help
- Struggling with some sort of body image issue
- Plagued by a physical ailment
- Dealing with the pain of a job you hate with every fiber of your body
- Just looking to become a better version of yourself, however that may be…
This site and this community are for you. Happiness is within you, and it’s your mission to bring it out.
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?
Hi, my name is Jason Gutierrez. I live with my fiancé and Chow Chow, Lexi, in the suburbs of Asheville, NC.
I help people engineer their own happiness through lifestyle changes and by taking action.
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.
Now a 28 year-old engineer, I began my self-improvement journey almost 6 years ago. Back then I was an anxiety-stricken college student with no clue how to pilot my life. Since discovering the wonderful world of personal development, everything changed. I finally got my act together and stopped blaming everything else but myself.
Here’s a small sample of the things I’ve accomplished so far:
- Stopped having a victim mentally.
- Began following the 1% rule for improving myself.
- Became less shy and awkward in social settings.
- I began eating healthier and being mindful of my diet.
- Started meditating regularly.
- Healed my anxiety and stopped stressing about every little thing. It still pokes its ugly head occasionally, but I’m much better equipped to handle it.
- Started lifting and exercising 4-5 days every week, without fail. I love it and it’s a part of who I am now.
- Greatly improved my productivity by practicing just a few daily habits.
- Became a writer. I’ve written every day for the last year and a half. Now, I’m a top self-improvement writer on Medium, freelance writer on Upwork, and owner of this website :).
- Found the girl for me and married her.
I realize that list isn’t anything Earth-shattering, but to me, it means everything.
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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