Our founder's name is Jake Johnson. He was born and raised in Temecula, California with his two sisters by rockstar parents, Keith and Shawn. He is now 28 years old and living in Central California farming almonds, with his wife Colby and daughter Tatum. This is his story:
I was raised by a God fearing mom and dad whom I looked up to more than anything. They led simple, joyful, and fulfilled lives. I was fortunate as a child to not be exposed to any form of addiction, anger, divorce, abuse, or depression in our home. I was curious about worldly things that I had not experienced personally.
When I first felt the effects of an altered mind, I realized I was in trouble. I was only 12 years old. I managed to appear "normal" to my peers while under the influence, only because I worried so much about what others thought. In my head, I could not show my true colors. Others' opinions of me consumed my mind.
Fast forward several years, and I became addicted to the things of this world. Substance abuse and anxiety had its grip on me. Every action and thought revolved around my addictions. I was on a path to destruction.
My father, Keith, was everything I aspired to be as a child and as a man. He passed away tragically and suddenly this spring (of 2017), and it took me to the darkest days of my life. Although it has been incredibly hard, his passing was God-intended, and has brought about much needed change in my life. Because of this tragic loss, I was forced to look myself in the mirror and face the struggles and strongholds in my life head on. I recognized my ships and knew I needed to burn them.
Since then I have never looked back. I can't afford to. The joy and freedom that I have experienced through the burning of my ships is abundant and unexplainable, and I praise God for the changes He has enabled me to make. It has been very tough to stay strong at times, but there is a deeper satisfaction when I do not act on compulsion. I am called to share my story so that you can experience the same adventure and freedom that life has to offer. The first step is to Burn The Ship and the second, to stay the course. I can tell you from firsthand experience, it is worth it.