We’re all told we need to say No to the things in life that aren’t all that important or meaningful to us in order to say Yes to that which truly matters. But what if you HAVE NO CLUE what is most meaningful to you? What if you are in the middle of a creative slump, an “existential crisis,” or just a transition to a new season of life? Maybe there’s room to give yourself permission to say Yes to that slump, that crisis. Make space for your indecisiveness. Try a little bit of this, a little bit of that. See what sticks. See what resonates. I’m going through this process right now!
Season 3, Episode 2
Essential Life with Jared is a vlog series all about Portland, the Pacific Northwest, and the philosophy of essentialism. It’s about finding your own way and never walking somebody else’s path. It’s about living a life that’s most meaningful to you.
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So the children thought it would be fun to be interviewed about their YouTube
& gaming aspirations…but then they turned the tables on ME! Mayhem ensues, and then…well,
I have no idea what THAT was at the end…
I thought I was taking an Amtrak train from Portland to Seattle, like I had done before. I was wrong…the train was delayed and they threw me on a bus instead! Not cool…BUT it did still get me to Seattle in a reasonable timeframe. From there I headed off to work at WeWork, visit the Seattle Waterfront, and meet up with my bro. Next day Shayne and I got to see some stunning views of Snoqualmie Falls, as well as visit a beautiful country lake in the town of Kent, WA.
I had a FANTASTIC time boating out on the river…my first time even after having lived here for several years! Also don't miss the gorgeous sunset views the kids and I got to see overlooking Portland's South Waterfront. Breathtaking!
Portland boasts many fine bridges which span the Willamette River, and Tilikum Crossing is no exception. Named after the local Chinook word for people, and opened to the public in 2015, Tilikum Crossing was the first new bridge built in the region since 1973’s Fremont Bridge, and it’s notable for being the first major American bridge to be designed for public transit, bicyclists, and pedestrians—but not automobiles.
Welcome back to my YouTube channel! Kickstarting the next vlog series…a casual record of my life in Portland, Oregon on a regular basis and finding a path forward after a very difficult last two years. In the back half of the episode, I explore the Molalla River Recreation Area!
The official debut of my kids on Essential Life! 🥳👏 (also apologies for some of the shaky footage here and there…they were also my cinematography assistants! 😉) This is part ONE of a two-part vlog of our summer vacay up in Seattle. We were tickled pink with our GORGEOUS hotel room and got to see many incredible sights along the way. Enjoy!