Jeremiah Byron

Jeremiah is now a father. Alongside with his wife they are putting in the work to pay off their debt.

Tell us what your childhood home was like. I grew up in a small town 2 hours west of Boston. We didn’t have much money but we did have each other. Family was the important thing in our household.

What do you hope your son, Hazen Reed, says if he were asked the same question? I would hope he will say that family time and humor was the most important part of his home when growing up. 

Who was your favorite teacher in grade school? Mrs. Lyons would read to us for 30 minutes after each lunch in 3rd grade. She taught us all to love the classics, like James and the Giant Peach and many, many others. She had a heart of gold and a smile that could win over the crankiest kid.

Was she your inspiration to become a teacher? My inspiration to become a teacher was fueled by my Mother and my Mother’s Father both being teachers. However, the school system has greatly changed since they were teachers.

Fast forward to now, who inspires you and why? I don’t have a specific person that inspires me right now but more a specific type of person. When I see a person that has a life situation that most people would say is debilitating but they are able to have a positive life outlook and bring humor into the lives of the people that they touch… That to me is inspiring.  

In high school what did you usually do on weekends? I loved to play guitar on the weekends. I had a basic acoustic but would spend hours memorizing progressions from the Beatles. It was a way to let go and just explore my creativity.

What was your first job? My first job was washing dishes at the local diner. The owner yelled at me a lot for not knowing how to make potatoes into french fries. I quit and walked out after half a week, with no regrets.

Why do you call Des Moines home? I call Des Moines home because it’s cheap and we’re paying off debt. It’s also a nice place to call home while we create a good life for our child.

What’s currently keeping you busy? I have multiple jobs I work all day long in the hope that one day my wife and I will own our lives.

What is one thing you can't leave home without other than your phone?  I could never leave home without my wedding ring on my finger. Everything else is meaningless. My wife and my son are my life.

If you don’t mind, walk us through your sacrifices? Right now my main sacrifice is not being able to spend as much time with my family as I would like to. This is due to having multiple sources of income that need my attention or actually take me away from them physically for extended periods of time (Amazon FBA, Ebay, Kindle, Uber). This is extremely hard but we know that if we live like this for a few years then we will have our debt paid off much quicker then if just paid off following the normal schedule. Also, My Sacrifice is a great song by the classic band Creed but I’m not sure if that applies to your question.

What advice would you have to someone moving to or living in the Des Moines area? If you’re renting you’re probably paying too much. We were paying much more for an efficiency apartment on the South Side then we are now paying for our beautiful home in West Des Moines. Take some time to do your research because chances are there’s a better place for you in this city. Des Moines has awesome events and concerts.. You just have to know how to find them. Yelp, the Register, and Facebook are a great way to stay in the know. Enjoy Des Moines. There’s great local events such as the Farmer’s Market and awesome bike trails and hiking trails just a bit north of the city. Check out local coffee shops such as Ritual Cafe to get a good pulse of the city as well by checking out their events board.

Persuade us to go to your favorite restaurant downtown. Krunkwich Ramen House. The Miso Mac ’n Cheese with pulled pork and picked red onions is the top comfort food in the whole city in my opinion. Also, if you’re vegan in Des Moines and you’ve never been to Krunkwich then drop everything and go.. right now!

If you could grant the Des Moines area one wish what would it be? Food trucks stay forever. No questions asked. Also, Dart turns into Trimet public transit from Portland, Oregon. Ok, that’s two wishes but whatevs.

Derek Jensen