Introducing the New Addition to Team Illuminated Mind

I have some very exciting news for all of you.

For the past two years, my wife Ev’Yan has been working with Illuminated Mind behind the scenes. Not only has she edited every article here at IM (making sure my posts sound coherent and not ridiculous), but she’s also helped shape products and has played a significant supportive role in the development and success of this (our) business.

And now she’s stepping out of the shadows and into a more official role as Co-Pilot of things around here. She won’t be just working behind the scenes anymore; she will now have a face in the business and blog operations of Illuminated Mind.

In this video, I talk with Ev’Yan about how we decided to join forces and the way she’ll be contributing. (Note: if you’re viewing this in a Reader or email, be sure to click here to watch the video.)

Here’s some things Ev’Yan will be helping with:

  • Schedule Management Ninja and Relationship Extraordinaire. She’ll be the first point of contact for all coaching inquiries and general questions. This is something Ev’Yan is amazing at, so I’m really excited to add her personal skills to this part of the business.
  • Visual Aficionado. Ev’Yan is a pretty incredible amateur photographer (see her Project 365) and I’m looking forward to having her manage all photographs on IM. All post images will either be shot or found by her from now on. (And in case you haven’t noticed, there hasn’t been much consistency in whether or not a post has a picture. That will be changing now.)

Most of where you’ll be seeing and interacting with her is through email; she’ll be managing most of it from here on out: all inquiries regarding coaching, interviews, general questions about IM, etc. Building relationships and radiating warmth is Ev’Yan’s strong suit, so I know she’s going to be a huge benefit in this way. I feel so grateful to be able to partner with my wife in this way, and that we can both contribute to the success of IM.

I know some of you have met her already but if you haven’t yet, feel free to send her an email, follow her on Twitter, check out her blog, or just leave a comment here and introduce yourself.

Give her a big welcome, I know she’ll appreciate it!

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Sarah-Mayy June 17, 2010 at 1:10 pm

You guys make such a great couple – can’t wait to see Ev’Yan’s work on here!


Eric Grey June 17, 2010 at 1:12 pm

Awesome! I think one of the greatest things about working for yourself is being able to work with the coolest people you know. In my case, it’s my fiancée. In your case, it’s your wife! Or… in her case, it’s her husband! :D Kudos to both of you and enjoy the journey. Looking forward to seeing more beautiful imagery.



Jonathan June 17, 2010 at 4:25 pm

That’s really cool that you’re able to work together with your fiancee. I was a bit apprehensive, mixing those two relationships. But ultimately, the message I spread here is about integration, not separation, so I had to use my own advice. It feels good to know that a lot of other couples are out there doing it.

Bamboo Forest - Tick Tock Timer June 17, 2010 at 1:24 pm

I need a woman to help me with my blog :) *Project*.


Nathalie Lussier June 17, 2010 at 1:31 pm

Yay that’s awesome, welcome to the forefront Ev’Yan! It’s awesome to see the two of you together on camera. Great energy!

Keep on rocking the Illuminated Mind!


Marcy June 17, 2010 at 2:23 pm

Could you guys beee any cuter?!! Loved your video!


Trav June 17, 2010 at 3:08 pm

Just letting you know, Jon, I tried to check out Ev’Yan’s site, and it’s claiming an “internal server error.”

Other than that, this is great stuff- it’s refreshing to see a dynamic duo behind a personal development blog.


Ev`Yan June 17, 2010 at 3:22 pm

Hi Trav,

My website is currently experiencing some technical difficulties right now. Check back in a few hours (& perhaps cross some fingers for me!) & it should be fixed. :]

kelly June 17, 2010 at 3:31 pm

oh how awesome! I will check out the video when I get home (work blocks such things from working properly)


Flora June 17, 2010 at 5:20 pm

I love it when married couples do business together. It makes the world a better place.

I know several successful married couples who work and live together. Love is the basis, after all. Well done you two.


Jonathan June 17, 2010 at 8:38 pm

I think you are absolutely right. Of course, I’m biased.

Ash June 17, 2010 at 5:34 pm

You two are *absolutely* adorable.


Carma June 17, 2010 at 7:45 pm

Great video! Welcome Ev’Yan. I am a fan of couples working together. Loved the intro. Thanks for sharing it!


diana June 17, 2010 at 11:32 pm

Illumination. That’s what you bring Ev’Yan. You just light up that screen.
Welcome to the visible world.
Cheers D


Ev`Yan June 18, 2010 at 10:04 am

Why, thank you! That’s so flattering. :]

puerhan June 18, 2010 at 2:41 am

Great stuff, look forward to the photos! Welcome Ev’Yan. :-)


Gregg Swanson June 18, 2010 at 7:13 am

Fantastic that you’re able to blend so many parts of your lives together! My wife and are a similar relationship, but we are still in the behinds the scenes for each others business. Looking forward to seeing the growth that comes from this.


Jonathan June 21, 2010 at 7:35 pm

Thanks Gregg, it’s really a blessing.

Ali Davies June 18, 2010 at 7:41 am

Read your article about you guys working toegther with a lot of interest as me and my husband are just exploring ways of doing a similar thing. Knowing you have someone who totally has your best interest at heart on your team is a great asset. Good luck to you both.


Jonathan June 21, 2010 at 7:36 pm

That’s probably one of the best parts about it, you know they are going to understand your vision and have a real stake in making it a reality.

Jens P. Berget June 18, 2010 at 10:35 am

Wow, that would be awesome to be able to work fulltime with my wife. It seems like it’s a dream come true for you guys. I know it would be for me.

By the way, are both of you going to be earning a living from your blogs and your projects?

– Jens


Jenny Blake June 18, 2010 at 2:37 pm

You two are adorable! So exciting that Ev’Yan is joining the team.

Jonathan – I’ve been meaning to reach out ever since I met the lovely and fabulous Ev’Yan in Las Vegas. Ev’Yan – you are gorgeous, sweet, amazing and talented – so great that you’re “emerging from the IM shadows” :D

I’ve been a long-time Illuminated Mind reader (albeit an infrequent commenter) – I really admire and respect the work that you do, and I’m looking forward to hopefully keeping in touch with both of you!


Marissa Bracke June 18, 2010 at 9:43 pm

“I think you need to simmer down.” Literal LOL.

I adore you each individually, and I think it’s fantastic that you’re “officially” teaming up here at IM. Double the great energy and creativity. I dig it.

Cheers for great teams!


Martin June 18, 2010 at 11:06 pm

Welcome Ev’Yan!


Tia Singh, Coach T.I.A June 19, 2010 at 3:42 am

Oh my how cute are you two!? Congrats on this new journey together – here’s to fun, smiles, success & a good time :) @TiaSparkles


Richard Scott June 19, 2010 at 5:01 pm

I’m new to this blog, but I will say one thing… This video was cute and inspiring… Enough for me to leave a comment. You guys make such a great team. It’s good to see couples working together. I think more blogs need partnerships like this. :) Congrats!


Francis June 21, 2010 at 10:01 am

You two are such a good looking couple! Really beautiful people.

Good news on Ev’Yan stepping forward.



Joshua Black | Underdog Millionaire June 21, 2010 at 10:43 am

Welcome aboard Ev’Yan. It’s always great when a couple can build a business together. I’m hoping to bring my fiancee on booard my business as well, so it will be exciing to see how yours unfolds.

-Joshua Black
The Underdog Millionaire


Marc and Angel Hack Life June 21, 2010 at 11:57 am

Fun stuff! Angel has been my behind the scenes partner in crime for years. Maybe someday soon she’ll emerge from the shadows as well. ;-)

Congrats to both of you on the new beginning here.



Jonathan June 21, 2010 at 7:37 pm

I would love to see more of Angel on the “outside.” I’ve heard so much about her but have yet to actually meet her. It would be awesome to see her emerge from the shadows.

Elaine Brady Smith June 21, 2010 at 12:58 pm

It is great to see Ev’Yan working with you!!! She definitely softens your image!!!
Together you will rock and conquer the internet!!! Good luck to you both!!!



Farouk June 22, 2010 at 4:31 am

you both have been doing a great job, keep it up :D


Christelyn Karazin June 24, 2010 at 3:18 pm

You guys are a great looking couple. Can’t wait to see what you’re all about. BTW, will your co-pilot be giving photography lessons? :)


Christelyn Karazin June 24, 2010 at 3:28 pm

BTW Ev’Yan is as CUTE AS A BUTTON!! You lucky guy, you!


Jonathan June 17, 2010 at 4:26 pm

It’s working now! Thanks to my genius. :)

… okay I just reinstalled the old version of Wordpress, since the new one broke it. But still.


diana June 18, 2010 at 3:40 pm

Jonathon, trust your heart. The ONLY two things that you have control over are your ATTITUDE and your BEHAVIOUR. The rest – memory, thinking, images, urges, sensations, emotions and their subsequent feelings – are ALL illusion. They’re just stories we tell ourselves.
So guys, ATTITUDE and ACTIONS in integrity with what you say you VALUE will do it every time.
You and Ev’Yan started a new life-legacy story today. Together you can spin a fabulous yarn; just go with what’s in your hearts. LOL :-D


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