From New York City to Cd’A: An outsider’s take on life in North Idaho

Jacob Myong

Name: Jacob Myong

Age: 37

Nationality: Korean American

Profession: Marketing and Advertising Executive

Education: Graduated from CUNY with a B.S. in Computer Science

When and why did you move to Coeur d’Alene?

“I moved to Coeur d’Alene in January 2012 for a change of pace, and because my aunt and uncle live here.”

What is your favorite place in Coeur d’Alene?

“My Aunt’s home in Hayden, which is where I live. It’s relaxing and quiet. I live in a neighborhood with a lot of kids. It’s a great family oriented environment.”

What’s your favorite resource in Coeur d’Alene?

“Real Life Ministries. It’s really a great church. I like their philosophy and vision. It’s where I’ve really come to grow my relationship with Christ.”

What are your hobbies?

“Film, quality TV, and most of all, music.”

What does faith mean to you?

“I’ve been an atheist most of my life until I got here. This is where I first found faith and spirituality. I became much less of a skeptic and critic of all things. I love to read and in my 20’s was drawn to existentialists like Nietzsche, Sartre, Camus, and other writers. I truly believed you just died and turned to dust. At some point while attending Real Life Ministries, I finally knew what it meant to feel the spirit of God. I think so far it’s changed me for the better, but I have a long way to go. I am the most imperfect person I know. Your walk with Christ is a life long journey and it never stops.”

What are some differences between Coeur d’Alene and New York City that you notice?

“If you were to take a random sample of my friends and acquaintances from the New York City area, most of them are single and have never been married. Now if you were to do the same in the Coeur d’Alene area, most of them are married or divorced and have kids. It seems like most people get married earlier here. Most have children early. I like the importance of family. I know that starting your own family does not always mean happiness, but there is something very sacred about marriage and having children which I’m drawn to. I wish sometimes that I got married and had children as well.”

What does faith look like here?

“I’ve never been to a place where there are so many churches. In all of the places I’ve been to in the U.S., which is quite a lot, I’ve never seen more Christian churches.”

Where did you grow up?

“I grew up in suburban New Jersey where everyone was pretty wealthy. Most of my friends came from wealth, except for me. I was the poor kid in the group, haha.”

How did you your family afford to live there?

“We rented in one of the cheaper neighborhoods. My sister and I were raised by a single mother, whom I love dearly and am very grateful towards.”

Have you ever been married?

“Nope. Never. I have met one person my entire life that I wanted to marry. It’s a really long story. I am still completely in love with her.”

What are your long-term goals?

“If you would have asked me 10 years ago, I would have known exactly what my goals were. But now I am not exactly sure. I guess my long-term goal is to find a peaceful and simple life, to have love and companionship, and to serve God.”

Do you think you’ll always live here in Coeur d’Alene?

“I am not sure yet. I hope to stay as long as possible. I really like it here, except for the long winters.”

Have you traveled?

“Yes, but I’d like to travel more. I’ve been to Europe… London is my favorite city, Paris is beautiful, Venice is surreal, Dublin is small in its charm. Asia… I’ve been back to Seoul, Korea several times. In the U.S. I’ve jumped around here and there. I like upstate New York. San Antonio, Texas is a great city. Northern California is wonderful. I spent significant time in the Bay Area. Los Angeles and Southern California is a bit like New York’s been squashed flat and spread all over.”

When you lived in New York, did you get to meet some interesting people?

“If you spend so much time in Manhattan it’s inevitable. I’ve bumped into a handful of B List and some A List celebs, but one precious moment was when I got to have drinks with the Icelandic band Sigur Rós in Atlantic City after their show. It was at the Borgata Hotel and I was completely star struck because they are one of my favorite bands.”

What was a great job you had?

“I worked for a very popular men’s magazine for about 10 years, mostly during their heyday. It was a great time and I was doing really great work… challenging and fulfilling.”

Who’s an inspiration to you?

“Vladimir Nabokov. He wrote “Lolita,” which is the greatest piece of literary nonfiction written in the last 100 years. Just my opinion. A few other inspirations… Tchaikovsky, Thom Yorke, Ridley Scott, Salman Rushdie, Ravi Zacharias, and of course Jesus Christ.”

What’s a fun fact about you?

“I never misspell words. I have not misspelled a word since the 2nd grade, not even in an e-mail or a text. Not on purpose at least. Never.”

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