Choosing Hope in Devastation: Jason & Kim Kotecki


It is rare for me to have tears streaming down my face as I read a blog, but that happened to me last week.

One of the most wonderful couples and families I have ever known shared the story of a rare “wind event” tearing through their backyard, ripping out hundreds of trees in a hurricane-force moment that left them reeling to figure out what to do with their now apocalyptic landscape destroyed by nature.

Having just moved into their dream home on Lake Michigan, The Kotecki Family have inspired so many through 2 decades, finally able to achieve the great American Dream with their hugely successful company Escape Adulthood, while Jason paints & speaks, Kim runs the business details and homeschools their darling children, and found the perfect home on a property surrounded by trees, a majestic wonderland preserved for their joy.

What you’re about to see is how The Promise can be put into action, just by your choice and attitude.  

I would ask that you might watch this 6-min. video, as Kim shares the heartbreaking story, even with her Signature Smile, walks you through their yard, and candidly shares how their family, choosing hope in the devastation, will uplift you to see the embodiment of finding the good, gratitude, and blessing in a time of challenge.

Can you believe what you just watched? 

Not only how crazy the devastation is, but how incredibly inspiring Kim’s manner, hope, and love shines through amid the carnage.  You can’t fake what she just recorded, it’s who she is, it’s who Jason is, it is the way The Kotecki’s live every second of their lives.  Amazing.

Jason’s blog arrives in my inbox every Sunday and always brings a smile due to his storytelling and faithful attitude of optimism.  I send my blog out on Sundays because of Jason’s example to me as a man, husband, father, artist, and mentor.  I recommend you subscribe to his words in order to fight “adultitis” from now on and equally learn how to live The Promise that much better (since he’s my example of how best to do it).

As shared in Kim’s video, her book project is now on hold since insurance does not cover what happened to them, to the tune of at least $50,000 in damages to clean up their yard.  Please consider joining me in supporting Kim in her new book efforts, and this family, who inspires my writing, which you receive weekly, as The Kotecki’s live The Promise unlike any family I have ever known.

Thank you for your support of them and here are links to the writings of what they’ve experienced.

Lessons From My Older Self

Wonderhunt Book Pre-Order

Hewlett’s and Kotecki’s Grand Canyon 2016


~ Jason Hewlett

Husband, Father, Writer, Mentor, Hiker

  • Speaker Hall of Fame * Award-Winning Entertainer * Promise Legacy Project Coach
  • World’s Only Keynote Speaker utilizing entertainment, musical impressions, and comedy to Create Legendary Leadership through the Power of Commitment
  • Author of “The Promise To The One”


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4 thoughts on “Choosing Hope in Devastation: Jason & Kim Kotecki”

    1. Oh my goodness Tom, I didn’t know you’d been through such an ordeal! It is so sad to see what they’re going through, yet inspiring to see how they’re handling it!

    1. Wow! Thank you Laurie. As you do, I love this family, honored to be their friend, and yours! Hope to see you in Nashville!

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