30Fresh Aces: Jacob Boysen

Each week during 30Fresh, I'll introduce you to a couple of incredible people whose soul, energy, humor, talent, intellect and dreams light up my life. I think the world of them and hope you do too!

I have a very strict rule against talking much about him on the interwebz, but in the spirit of 30Fresh, it's only right to finish the month with an introduction to my boyfriend, fellow hustler, mentor, sounding board, sometimes antagonist and always my very best friend. Meet Jacob Boysen!

If you ask him, the story of how we met will be very different from my account. He stalked me, alright? I was minding my own business walking home from UW one fine spring day. I'd just bought the latest issue of YM because Brandon Boyd of Incubus was on the cover (LOL) and was on the phone with Paula telling her all about the issue. I noticed this business school-lookin dude creepin' me from about 20 feet ahead. He slowed down to wait for me and I was like, "Paula, there's a dude over here creepin' me but he's cute so I'll call you back." (LOL) He told me it wasn't nice to stalk people on their way home from school, I gave him the Nicki Minaj eye roll and we had a wonderful conversation the rest of the way home. When we got to my corner, I said, "So are you gonna give me your number so we can have coffee or what?" I'm not sure where I found my sassy pants that day but I'm sure glad I did! Over ten crazy years later, we are still going on those coffee dates.

While Jacob and I have a lot in common, we couldn't be more different in many other ways. He's into Swedish House Mafia & Macklemore, and I can't live without my trap mixtapes. Somehow we make it work. I appreciate that he's so different from me, because I've learned worlds from his perspective on the world. In the over ten years we've known each other, I've seen him take on the role of college student, magazine founder and editor, nightclub promoter, overseas (Baghdad!) contractor and now Gates Foundation analyst darling moonlighting as a professional MMA fighter. In turn, he's dealt with a reserved college student who somehow found her way as an events director, social media agency face and now a blogger-turned-entrepreneur. 

I feel incredibly lucky to have a partner in life who is as ambitious and motivated as I am in pursuing his dreams. A lot of times, you'll find us at a coffee shop on a Friday or Saturday night working on blog posts and watching jiu-jitsu videos. 10,000 hours, alright? He doesn't give me grief if I go to a few events for my blog or have to work all night on something, because he trains MMA or jiu-jitsu every night anyway. With our ridiculous schedules, we still come home every night and talk about our day, and there is no shortage of time to talk about our next moves or just relax with our bulldog Spike. We are not perfect, but we make it work. It's been amazing growing and evolving next to this handsome face, and I can't wait to see what the future holds for us in this next decade.

What's on your playlist right now?

  • Get Lucky – Daft Punk, Pharell Williams
  • F**ckin Problems – A$AP Rocky
  • Punching In A Dream – The Naked and Famous
  • Love Train – The O’Jays
  • Can’t Hold Us – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  • Jah No Partial – Major Lazer
  • Get Away – Snoop Lion
  • Ten Thousand Hours – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  • Wild for the Night - A$AP Rocky

Describe your style.

The Jiu-Jitsu lifestyle! Hahahaha, for real, I spend a lot of time in the gym or on the mat, and it’s all about being comfortable without looking sloppy. I love fresh kicks, nice shirts, and shorts. If I could wear shorts 365 days a year I would. My favorite brands include RVCA, Shoyoroll, Alive & Well, Quiksilver, Artlete, Nike, Ben Sherman, Uniqlo, and Brooklyn Industries.

Doing what we do best. Look at my hair though!

With Jacob's future boss

Who inspires you?

Oh man, that’s such a loaded question. I would say that I’m inspired those that dream and have the balls and fortitude to chase those dreams with reckless abandonment in spite of all the crap life throws at you. If I had to say it more eloquently, I would say I’m inspired by those that innovate, those hat think outside the box and are willing to put in the necessary work to make those ideas come to life. Real change, real innovation, real disruption isn’t easy and those that “do” inspire me.

What are you reading?

Just finished Interventions by Kofi Annan and Renegades Write the Rules by Amy Jo Martin. Both are must reads!

What are you most excited about in the coming months?

My goal is to get four more professional MMA fights in 2013 – it looks like my next fight will be June 8th.

Thank you!

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