Why Life Begins at the End of Your Comfort Zone

Why Life Begins at the End of Your Comfort Zone

Life Begins at the End of Your Comfort Zone.” We had the chance to sit down with Jake Moon, the Founder of MoonMountainMan.com to learn more about his journey building his business that has amassed over 400,000 people on Instagram alone over the past few years. 


When asked, what is the one thing that keeps you going every day, Jake promptly shared that quote with us, and said he hopes that you remember it as you go on with your day. Taking chances, taking risks, and understanding what you want with your life, that’s exactly what Jake believes is how you really LIVE your life. 

Starting his career as a nurse in Utah, Jake always had a love for the outdoors. When life hit a rough patch for Jake right after college, he decided to go back to his roots and explore something he had always loved– nature. And from that moment on, he knew where he needed to go with his career and his life.  

“I’ll never forget my first trip,” Jake said. He took his dads camera and went and climbed  Mt. Timpanogos, a mountain in Utah. When he came back from that trip, Jake remembers looking back at the photos he took and memories flooded his mind. The good and the bad parts of the hike, everything came back to him, and that’s when he fell in love with photography. Not only that, he knew he needed to pursue it full time. 

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For Jake, photography and sharing stories with his community is a way to bring him back to the moments that are worth remembering. “To LIVE A GREAT STORY is to live a life that is worth remembering,'' Jake said, “and for me that is captured through the photography I’m able to share with my community. I’m very proud of that.”  

When we asked Jake, what about his life makes him the most proud he said, “ I can do anything I want to do with my life. And can live a life that I truly am proud. Do what you want to do, and don’t get too comfortable, go out and make memories you will always remember.” 

So what does this mean for Jake right now? At the moment, Jake and his family have decided to find a home back in Utah where Jake is originally from. Sometimes life happens, and for Jake and his family to truly LIVE A GREAT STORY, it’s important to take a moment to realize that it’s okay to stay in one place. Jake said “while life on the road is amazing, it can be hard, and it’s okay to recognize that, and take some time to settle down to be present for your family.”

As a way to remind you what you think it means to LIVE A GREAT STORY, Jake has rounded up his favorite LIVE A GREAT STORY reminders.  Use code Moon15 at checkout to get 15% off your order. 

We hope they serve as a daily inspiration for you to live the life you've always wanted to live. 

Shop the Unisex Zip Hoodie  

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Shop the Premium Double Sided Pillow


  • Jameson Schultz

    Just read the article and have followed your story from the beginning. It has been inspiring to watch!

    I’m proud of taking the leap of faith in myself to pursue photography and climbing that all started when I quit my 9 to 5 in July. I’m proud that I was able to spend the first few months volunteering for and amazing NGO and now am on my own making my way through some of the middle east. I’m proud that I don’t know where I’ll end up at the end of this trip, but will live it and see where it takes me with excitement, fear, and all the rest.

  • Casie Van Der Weide

    My grandpa has always been one of the most inspiring people in my life. One thing he would always say if I was feeling lonely is “To have friends you need to be a friend”. He would encourage me to show kindness to people that I might not have noticed before. In big ways or small ways he was always willing to lend a helping hand. That’s something I have tried to follow in his footsteps with and something I would like to someday pass on to my kids. There can never be too much kindness in this world!

  • Andy Graupman

    I’ve followed @moonmountainman on IG for a while and am continually impressed & inspired by his photography. And, his dedication to nature, particularly with attending climate rallies and encouraging his followers to pick up any trash they find. He reminds me that we are only borrowing this world during our lifetime and gifting it to our children. That’s why all my adventures now involve bringing my kids along and inspiring their love for being outside. Whether it’s family camping trips, ice skating, kayaking, hiking, or even just riding bikes around the neighborhood, I want them to see there’s a whole big world out there outside of a device screen. And, for me, it’s the awe in their eyes that make me relive my childhoods. Love making memories with them.

  • Kayla Olinger

    I love the simplicity of waking up in a tent in the mountains or even in our own home knowing wherever we are, we are building a place full of love, respect, and adventure. For the past few years I’ve been getting through grad school and taking tests, but there are always the simple moments in between when you just get to appreciate a sunset, take in a morning of freshly fallen snow, or even see the northern lights. I’m so grateful for this beautiful life no matter where it has taken me. But mostly, I’m proud of the spirit of adventure that lives within me and my marriage. I’m blessed to have a partner that supports my dreams as much as I support his. I’m lucky to get to wake up in the middle of nowhere and in our home. It’s a beautiful yet simple life.

  • Cormac O'Brien

    I fell in love again with travelling to more awesome places a little later in life. I’m 40 now and I’ve learned to live by the mantra – OWTFDWIT (oh WTF, do whatever it takes) when even thinking of pulling off some more extreme trips or adventures. I once was asked if I wanted to take someone paragliding off of the summit of kilimanjaro for charity, and all I thought at first was how much? Soon i realized it wasn’t the $ that was in my way, but I was in my own way. I made excuses until I had that flash of inspiration that said (OWTFDWIT) and couldn’t have made a better decision. I reached out to my community and a lot of brands and got the entire trip sponsored!!!! I was in disbelief and so inspired. We ended up hiking the mountain, I was one of the lucky ones to fly off the summit, and we raised a considerable amount for the masaii people! Opportunity rarely knocks twice.

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