Hi, my name is Jon Oldham and I am happy you stopped by my blog. I was born in the beautiful town of St. Joseph, MI which is right on Lake Michigan in the southwest corner of the state. As a child I was a fat butterball turkey who liked to watch TV and eat my Mom’s cooking. I loved to learn when I was in elementary and remember having tons of books about dinosaurs, airplanes, space, and the human body. My love of learning was early on squashed by school and I soon began to despise all the worthless assignments, projects, and tests I had to endure for all of middle school, high school, college, and grad school. I did not read for pleasure during my formal education because I associated reading with school and hence it was on the level of homework.
About the time I was a junior in High School I decided I was sick of being a butter ball turkey and I started to lift weights like Arnold Schwarzenegger. I lost 60 pounds in a couple years and got the nerve up to ask out my future wife Christina. By the time I was 20 I felt like I wanted to venture out of my comfort zone so I traveled to Honduras to teach nutrition for 3 months. That experience changed my life because I started to see that there were alternatives to the rat race and I didn’t have to live like a “stereotypical” American. I came back to my junior year at Hope College with a desire to be a Registered Dietitian and help people with health. Fast forward three years and I graduated from the University of Michigan with a Master’s of Public Health in Human Nutrition and a Master’s of Science in Kinesiology. This feat was amazing if you remember that I hated school from the time I was 10 years old. Now, in the present, I am married to Christina, teach cooking classes to adult alternative ed students, and am living the or so familiar “grown up life.”
I have been out of school three years now and am currently 26 years old. My love of learning has been rekindled through this blog and I am now bettering my education on my own terms. I have made this blog because my goal is to read 1000 books each in the subjects of history, psychology/sociology, and philosophy to become a master in each field (see my first blog post for a more in-depth explanation) while helping people along the way. Each week I write posts about what I have read and events in my life that teach me little nuggets of wisdom. I also spend time writing longer nonfiction pieces on complex subjects which are a lot fun to read. My ultimate goal in life is to spend my time writing, learning, traveling the world, and living the most optimistic life possible. I hope this blog becomes a manifestation of my personality, beliefs, and my desire to share knowledge with others.
Thank you for the support and let’s continue this awesome journey…