About Jon…

I’m an aspiring author that is looking to connect with everyone I possibly can. I’ve put together an autobiographical piece about  how I recently overcame a lifelong battle with five severe issues: chronic skin issues, weight problems, depression, anger, and anxiety. With the help of natural healing, martial arts, and becoming an organic vegetarian, I have now found ways to mitigate and completely cleanse myself of these ongoing issues.

The premise of me putting this book together is to reach people with the same, or similar, conditions find a healthier, safer alternative as well. Conventional, western medicine relies primarily on using shots, creams and pills for a variety of issues; the problem with relying heavily on western methods is all the harmful chemicals, toxins and steroids that are inside of them.

Besides the writing, I’m a big clown and try to always laugh at myself. I enjoy a number of different activities: traditional shaolin kung-fu, hiking, surfing, Tai chi, Qigong, meditation, hot yoga, skiing, kayaking, being with family and friends etc. I’m also a huge supporter of the Venus Project and the Zeitgeist Movement. They both look to help society transition to a resource-based economy as soon as possible. I can’t stress this enough but please, when you get a chance, go and check them out on YouTube.

 

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161 responses to “About Jon…”

  1. goddesschinh says :

    Hi Jon! Thanks for liking and following my blog! I am also a vegetarian and organic food enthusiast, so I’m so thrilled to hear that it made such a difference in your life. I’m glad to hear you overcame those challenges in your life and now are on your way to living the life of your dreams. I think your story would make a great book, I can’t wait to see it on the shelves at Barnes & Noble!!!

    • wartica says :

      Thanks a lot…it’s always nice coming across like-minded people. Thanks for all the positive support about the book; I’ll definitely let you know when it “hopefully” gets to the point of getting published. I totally agree that Kashi is truly amazing, I can’t get enough:)) You also have a great layout to your page:))

      • RespectedEclectic says :

        Thanks for following my blog! I look forward to reading your posts, since I am interested in learning more about natural healing and emotional health especially since I’ve been discovering the harm done by Western medicine and etc.

      • wartica says :

        Thanks, and the same with your future posts as well:)

  2. viviennemackie says :

    Hi Jon,
    Thanks a lot for taking a look at my blog and I hope you enjoy following it/me. I”m also happy to get the the opportunity to get to know your blog and writing. Good luck with the writing. I have a family with many members who have various multiple food allergies, so cooking for them can be a challenge—-the best/only way is to buy and eat fresh and organic, so I hope that we can share some ideas.
    Vivienne

    • wartica says :

      You got a great blog put together, Vivenne. I totally agree; you can never go wrong with fresh, raw foods. I guess it was good that my other two sisters didn’t have severe food allergies because my mom would have had to make three separate meals for each of us. I’m looking forward to connecting more as well:))

  3. viviennemackie says :

    PS You might be interested in looking at a recipe blog that we have started to set up, in which we try to indicate allergy foods. perhaps you’d llike to add to it?
    It’s at http://mackierecipecorner.com
    Cheers,
    Vivienne

  4. pinkleo says :

    Thanks for stopping my blog! I look forward to learning more about you and your little piece of the world here!

  5. yi-ching lin says :

    hi, Jon, thank you for your following my writing/photo blog. i appreciate the support and hope you enjoy my daily doses! best wishes to you, y

  6. Emmy says :

    Thanks so much for following our blog, we so appreciate it! My sister (and co-blogger) and I are both lifelong vegetarians and put a lot of thought and effort into healthy, organic food and living. You sound so interesting and from the sounds of it, we have quite a lot in common. I’m also an aspiring writing, so I wish you the best of luck! I’ll definitely be stopping by your blog on a regular basis from now on!

    • wartica says :

      We definitely have a lot in common , Emmy; it’s always a bonus running into another aspiring writer on here 🙂 Thanks again and I will be doing the same for you as well :))

  7. omsatcitananda says :

    Just started surfing this summer too… after aspiring to do it for ages. Your description rings so true! I also found another passion out there.

    Thanks for following my blog…
    ~ Another Barney 🙂

  8. Nafees Mahmud says :

    all the best… interesting stuff

  9. healthfitguru says :

    Thank you for following me! I am loving your blog so far and look forward to reading more from you. I hope you are doing well. Maybe we can work together in the future on some pieces.

  10. amholt11 says :

    Thanks for the encouragement! Great blog ya have here, friend!

  11. meexio says :

    Hey thinks for the follow and stopping by. I look forward to learning from you too and expanding on my knowledge to help others. Keep it coming 🙂

    • wartica says :

      I’m right there with you; meditating in the relaxed comfort of your bed is a always a recipe for a great meditation. Same to you, I’m looking forward to your future posts as well:)

  12. MelissaR says :

    Hi Jon! thanks for checking out my blog! Good to hear you’re focusing on a holistic and natural approach to health issues. I’m a pretty active organic flexitarian myself. Always good to connect with other writers – looking forward to your posts!

  13. Tarig Anter says :

    Thanks Wartica for visiting and following my blog and liking the article about bomb Healthiest Foods.
    Great to get your interest on this subject. I hope you checked the wonderful source (The George Mateljan Foundation for the World’s Healthiest Foods) and bookmarked it.
    Soon I will write another article on foods & nutrition; herbs and alternative preventive/curative medicine; and symptom checker web services. I think health care and food industry are getting more commercial bias and people must take charge and maintain a good balance.
    NutritionData.com and caloriecount.com supplement more information to the article you liked.
    I’m looking through yours and enjoying it. Best wishes for you.

  14. Tanya Ruckstuhl-Valenti says :

    Hi Jon: I’ve always wanted to try surfing: really, I’ve just wanted to live in a place where surfing was even a possibility. Thanks for your comment on my blog.

    • wartica says :

      Of course, Tonya; you have well thought out blog ideas 🙂 If you ever get around to an area that has waves, I would definitely give it a whirl:))

  15. stormcrossing says :

    Hi Jon: What styles of Kung Fu and T’ai Chi are you studying? I am a long time practitioner/teacher of Wah Lum Kung Fu and Chen T’ai Chi. CMA can be a real rewarding pursuit, like a set of Chinese ‘nesting’ boxes, one opening up inside another as you age, same external shape, but with more and more detail. Good luck with it all.

    • wartica says :

      Same to you:) I train in Lohan and Fa’men Chuans; we do the 18 hands of lohan, meditations, and all the famous tai chi family forms. That is amazing:) It’s nice coming across fellow martial artists on here…talk soon:))

  16. dadirri7 says :

    yay jon! i will enjoy following your blog, thanks for finding mine!

    • wartica says :

      Thanks for all the kind words; I feel the same about you and your blog:)) What kind of yoga do you teach?

      • dadirri7 says :

        very middle of the road hatha yoga … my most recent teacher is/was Donna Farhi … now i am going more towards Dru yoga, very gentle, flowing, more use of mantra and mudra, heart-centered … moves are influenced by Qi Gung i believe 🙂 yoga classes start again tonight, all ready for the new year!

      • wartica says :

        That is great to hear:) You can never go wrong with any form of yoga.

  17. thehouseoftrue says :

    Hi Jon! I just read a few of your pieces and you have it totally right. Eating healthy and treating our bodies with respect will afford us the life style we are craving. Thanks for reading my post on motivation!
    I am excited to read your future posts….

  18. journeywithjen says :

    Hi Jon,
    Thanks for following me and for your nice note. I’m inspired by your writing and am interested to read more from you. Love the post on surfing, which is something I have been dying to try.
    Wishing you all the best,
    Jen

  19. Ho Ho Ho says :

    Ho 😆 Ho 😆 Ho 😆

    😆 💡 HAPPY 2012 DRAGON YEAR TO JON 💡 😆

    Ho 😆 Ho 😆 Ho 😆

  20. UCTeja says :

    That’s very impressive and inspiring… All that you’ve altered to achieve a better life and more importantly, the idea of sharing your experiences and happiness with the world…

    Thanks for checking out my post… and for your supporting words…! 🙂

  21. Hope Varnes says :

    Hi Jon,

    Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment on my blog. I thought I’ll drop by your blog instead of replying on mine. Like you, I’ve been battling with depression on and off and my blog has been a great help in releasing my thoughts. Good luck!

    Hope

    • wartica says :

      I know what you mean; it’s never fun having to go through that but the health blog sections offer you alternatives – and tips – on how to overcome these issues. which is a very big bonus.

    • wartica says :

      Thanks so much, Hope:)) Writing is definitely a good way to get our emotions out – from time to time.

  22. yumscrub says :

    Thanks Jon for reading our blog and for the comments. I like what you have going on here with your blog; keep writing.

  23. makingchallenges says :

    Hello,

    Thank you very much for the comment and following me. You’re the first! I know you’re excited about that. I find your blog interesting and look forward to reading more.

  24. 1stjoeyanna says :

    Jon, when I read about you, it was a reflection of myself, except I’m not so healthy. So many obstacles. One small step at a time. But also, I too, LOVE to write. I enjoy your writing skills and your purpose here! I will be reading on! Congrats to you for coming such a long way! 🙂

  25. cathybrooksusana says :

    Hi Jon.
    Thanks for liking my blog and leaving a comment. I too had severe skin allergies and other than stopping using all products except soap and shampoo, the hives and itchy rashes continued until I found products and started my own business. Since these products are all natural I am able to use the shampoo, body wash and skin care products without any reactions! I am very conscientious about eating healthy and although have not become total vegetarian I do have vegetarian meals very often.

  26. cathybrooksusana says :

    Here is the link to my webpage. http://abundance.mybwtonline.com/

  27. cathybrooksusana says :

    You could also check out my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/CathyBrooksUSANA

  28. sliceofshanghai says :

    Hi, you have a great blog here. It’s good to know you follow a natural approach to health issues. Our family are also vegetarians, with our two kids raised vegetarians from birth.
    I look forward to reading more of your posts!

  29. quierosaber says :

    Thanks for showing interest in my blogs, Jon. Though it may sound strange to you, perhaps, reading about local events, just the same, I hope you like them. Wish you always good health and good luck in your book.

  30. janusphotoarts says :

    Wonderful! Glad you stumbled upon my blog and I’ve now found yours. Best of luck to you in everything! -Jenn

  31. Missus Tribble says :

    Hi Jon; thanks for liking and following my blog. I’ve suffered a few of the issues you’ve mentioned in the past and then discovered that I’m lactose intolerant – problem solved! It’s amazing to discover that working with nature can improve physical issues that many doctors say we’re stuck with (unfortunately I am very much “stuck” with my epilepsy but them’s the breaks).

    I’m now following your blog and look forward to learning more about you 🙂

    • wartica says :

      Same about you; I’m looking forward to your future posts:) I’m sorry to hear that; the doctors always told me that my skin issues would NEVER go away; now they’re gone – go figure.

  32. beccadistel says :

    Hi, thanks for liking and following my blog-though I accidentally re-published it because I forgot to add the title so it doesn’t show up that you liked it nor that you are a follower of my blogs-yikes I am still new at this. But, I do look forward to future blogs from you, and sorry to hear about your head-ouchie!

  33. ohiocook says :

    Thank you for reading and the “Like”of my post.

  34. lijiun says :

    Hi! Great to know you are organic vegetarian.Very nice blog! Health is Wealth! Let’s share this good diet with more people. Cheers!

  35. Kathleen Goldson Clarke says :

    Hi, Thank you for liking and following my blog post. We sure can encourage each other in this challenge of sticking to the plan. I also do the 90 day plan and a monthly review to keep me focused an what it is I said i was going to do. Kind of fix it and celebrate as I go along. I will be following your blog. Peace and Love.

  36. Anonymous says :

    Thanks for taking a look at my blog. Sounds like you’re doing well. I look forward to seeing your book in stores. Cheer. Patricia Cohen

  37. healingpilgrim says :

    Good on you Jon! For turning your life around.. for discovering that natural healing is the healthiest, holistic, most nurturing and sustaining way to recover (whenever possible).. our bodies are meant to return us to health. Thanks for dropping by my blog. And good luck to you!!

  38. peacefly says :

    I am an aspiring author myself, although my cause isn’t as worth as yours. I look forward to hearing more about your journey to better health. I am such a fan of non-Western medicine myself and would rather focus on eating healthy now and preventing sickness in the future. What’s the status on the book so far?

    • wartica says :

      Great to meet a fellow writer and like-minded people. I’m done with the book, I just need to get it to a beta-reader for self-publishing. From there, I can start working on my next book:)) Do you have anything in the works?

  39. Anita S says :

    This is a great resource you are providing, Jon. I look forward to your future blog posts and your book as well!

  40. April says :

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! It’s always great to be around people who share similar thoughts. I look forward to your future posts 🙂

  41. Skin Care TipsX says :

    Hi Jon,
    It’s nice to see a fellow book author around. I wish you the best of luck. I know how difficult the publishing process could be. Feel free to check out my author site, and thanks for the WP support.
    http://www.hgillette.com

  42. americanexpatchiangmai says :

    Thanks Jon. I look forward to your future blog posts.

  43. eatandgetmoving says :

    Always a joy to meet others who share the same aspirations! 😀 I’ll be on the lookout for that book of yours 😉 ttyl

  44. Laura DeAngelis says :

    Thanks for following my blog (and for liking today’s post). I look forward to hearing more about your story! Kudos to you for taking on the issues in your life head on and for sharing your story with others. Have a wonderful weekend!

  45. cys2011 says :

    Good for you! stay positive and thanks for commenting and the encouragment on my blog!

  46. chunze says :

    Hello there Jon, nice meeting you and thanks for the warm welcome and really appreciate it! So now we’re now the ‘vegetable’ club? Can’t get enough of those – serriously 🙂

  47. pobept says :

    Thanks for finding time to visit my humble little blog.

  48. Mark says :

    Hey! Thanks for joining my blog…right back at ya! From reading your posts, it sounds like we’ve got a lot of similar interests, so I look forward to the dialogue!
    Mark
    http://www.forthebetterme.com

  49. Heather says :

    Thanks for checking out our blog and for your kind comments. I look forward to reading through yours as well. 🙂 Peace.
    Heather

  50. Rachel says :

    Hi Jon, thanks for visiting and liking my blog. After reading many of your posts it seems we have a very similar outlook on life, particularly after reading your post ‘New “life” Resolution’. I went very much into 2012 with the same principle. Who needs New Year’s resolutions when we should be making conscious decisions to change our lives for the better every day! 🙂
    Rachel

  51. goodnewsvabeach says :

    Jon,
    I wanted to thank you for taking the time to look over my blog and I appreciate your comment. I am also interested in living a healthy organic lifestyle and have a home business I am starting up based on that idea. If you need any help with your book Id be happy to contribute! Blessed Be.

  52. steffie26 says :

    Thanks Jon,
    I look forward to following you, anyone who has overcome issues with themselves and/ or health is to me a fighter and has plenty to offer people in similar positions. My goal is to inspire people to be better, stronger and HEALTHIER!
    TTFN
    Stef

  53. Aja says :

    Thanks for checking out my blog. Your book sounds absolutely amazing. I wish you the best of luck! I completely agree that Western medicine is probably not the best decision when it comes to healing because of all those chemicals. There are better ways to do it and I hope to inspire some people to pick the better road in their health and overall life.

    • wartica says :

      Thanks a lot, Aja; it means a lot to me:)) I, too, feel that the Western way of medicine , has its benefits, but there are so many natural approaches to try out first!

  54. fringster says :

    Hi there! Thanks for dropping by at my blog! Hope we can share stories!

  55. Healthy Wealthy Help says :

    Thanks for following my blog! Looking forward to reading your posts as well. I have overcome lots of health issues and continue to struggle with headaches, so I know where you are coming from. I chose to work in natural health and wellness hoping to make a difference in people’s lives 🙂

  56. Ben Murphy, AthleteDad.com says :

    Thanks for following AthleteDad.com, Jon! Appreciated! I’m very interested in your book – as it embodies a lot that I’ve found to be true as well – that our lifestyle habits entirely dictate our quality of life. Best of luck in all your endeavors and let’s stay in touch! -B

  57. Marianne Clements says :

    Jon,

    If you are an aspiring author, I highly recommend you connect with other authors (aspiring and published) on 48Days.net (http://www.48days.net/group/writeforprofit).

    Have a Victorious Day!
    Marianne Clements

  58. Maria A. Hernandez says :

    Hi Jon, thank you for liking my post and following my blog. It is so refreshing to find like minded people. I look forward to sharing with you my progress. I appreciate your input and the way you have managed to persevere to become healthier, stronger and in tune with your inner self.

    All the best!!! 🙂

  59. Sarah Jane says :

    Hey Jon,

    I really admire all that you’re involved in. I’ve recently been involved with the Cancer Wellness Centre in my area and have tried reflexology and reiki which seem right up your alley and I highly recommend. They are great, natural, feel-good alternatives. I hope that coming out of my treatment I can adopt the have-at-it attitude that you have demonstrated. You’re great!
    Cheers.

  60. Spiritual Junkie says :

    Hi Jon, we have similar aspirations as I am interested in writing myself. I hope to have a novella out in a fewmonths which is about my buddhist experiences and the upa and downs so will let oyu know when I am done. I wish I had ur energy : )

    David

    • wartica says :

      Great to meet another writer, David:)Please let me know the status because I will want a copy:)) My book will hopefully be ready by the end of this year:))

  61. realityishealthy says :

    Hey! First of all, thanks for follwoing my blog. I see that we have quite a few things in common that will make your blog an interesting read! Can’t wait for your future posts 😀

  62. projectwhitespace says :

    I just became vegetarian 2 weeks ago. It was something that I had always thought I should do, because of the animals first, and because of the healthiness of it second. So cool. Where’s your book–the autobiographical sketch you put together?

    • wartica says :

      I have to wait until the summer because I’m self-publishing it and pushing the blogging ; as soon as I know when it’s officially coming out, I’ll let you know:))

  63. Julianna says :

    Hi Jon! I’m always so happy when people find (and resonate with) my blog. I certainly put those quotes and photos up for my own artistic and spiritual joy, but I love, love, love knowing that they’re raising the vibration of others who visit my site.

    Best to you as you write and journey along your path. It sounds as though you’ve done a tremendous amount of work already (healing), and the rewards of such awareness and commitment are always beautiful. Happy reaping!

    Peace – Julianna

  64. xanderturian says :

    Congratulations on such a great blog!
    I enjoy reading it so much I have selected you as a worthy recipient of The Versatile Blogger award.
    Visit http://xanderturian.com/2012/03/11/versatile-blogger-award/ to find out more.
    Once again; thanks for a great blog.

  65. thehomeheart says :

    You’ve been tagged! I hope you will play 🙂 See my recent post ‘Tag, You’re It!’ for instructions and have a great day.

  66. Anonymous says :

    Sounds like you are on a great path. I have found that if you just get out of your own way and allow your true destiny to unfold it is true heaven.

  67. Maggie says :

    Jon, thank you for following my blog. I’m looking forward to exploring yours.

  68. Catherine Cornell says :

    Hi Jon and thank you for reading and following my blog. I will be interested in how your journey into writing develops and will follow you back.
    I am also a Tai Chi/Qigong practitioner, I eat only whole organic foods whenever possible, and find that all sorts of things get better when we stay away from chemicals in our food and environment.

    • wartica says :

      Thanks for all the positivity, Catherine, and the same to you:)) That’s AWESOME, how long have you been training?

      • Catherine Cornell says :

        I’m not a very disciplined person and then my family and work always get in the way of taking care of myself. I am an off and on meditator and tai chi practitioner I should have said. Reading your blog will help me get back to it…that and spring.

      • wartica says :

        That is still really good because most people will – unfortunately – never open up to this kind of training.

  69. lisareichenbach says :

    Jon – I’m delighted to have found your blog. Good luck with this project…it’s inspiring to see that there’s momentum building for altnerative – and healthier! – ways of defining the good life.

  70. elongoria says :

    Hi Jon,
    your blog is quite inspiring too. I’m happy to see so many people who enjoy good and healthy life.

  71. Taylor Bennett says :

    Hi Jon, thanks for your support, and I look forward to reading your posts as well.

  72. Adrian says :

    Thanks for liking/following my blog! Very interesting stuff here. I`m loking forward to read more about it. 😀
    Best regards, Adrian.

  73. goldennuggetde says :

    Hi Jon,
    I’ve read your comment on Julien Matei’s site and I see that there is more …

    Have a look at http://entkomplizieren.wordpress.com/2012/03/16/dare-to-be-yourself/ and we might see that we all follow the same higher aims.

    Thanks,

    Ricardo

  74. veehcirra says :

    Hi Jon,

    You have a lovely blog, makes me wonder why you opted for green…is it because you are a vegetarian? 😉

    Looking forward to start exploring more of your posts.

    Veeh

  75. TestingTrueChange says :

    Hi Jon, thanks for checking out my blog hope you enjoy! I look forward to reading yours 🙂

  76. Gabrielle Whitney, M.S.S., M.A. says :

    Thank you for following my blog. I look forward to reading your posts and learning more about your journey.

  77. kathryningrid says :

    Sounds pretty sensible to me: live a holistically informed and ecologically sensitive life and seek joy and peace within it. May you find wholeness in this!
    Kathryn

  78. Rich says :

    Thanks for the follow Jon. Good luck with your writing.

  79. aky says :

    Hi Jon,

    Thanks for liking and following my blog. It’s great to know that you’ve found ways to mitigate and completely cleanse yourself from the challenges and issues faced. I’m sure you could write a great book sharing with people your experiences, and to inspire them as well 🙂

    Feel free to share some of your experiences on my blog too.

    Cheers!!

  80. NutriSue says :

    Hi Jon, thanks for liking my blog and for following it too! I can relate to your issues around chronic illness. To manage my illnesses I became a holistic nutritionist and was my first client. I had poorly managed type 2 diabetes for almost 20 years and had been overweight almost my entire life. I now no longer have diabetes and am almost at my goal weight. I have never had more energy and with that energy, I can now go to the gym on a regular basis, which only adds to my energy! Last year I ran my first 5k (after never running in my life!) and I look forward to all the wonders my future holds. All this, I can attribute to good quality food! In good health, NutriSue

  81. Simon Pipe says :

    Thanks for the follow, Jon. You will be glad to know that while it is unlikely ever to be mentioned in a post, The Island That Was Eaten By Goats is a strictly vegetarian blog.

    How on earth did you manage to get so many followers?

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