Meet 2 Live Longer
Welcome to 2 Live Longer!
Starting as a small business in Kalamazoo, Michigan, we have big dreams. Our passion for mental health and wellness, means that we provide our customers with nothing but the highest quality of products, that are guaranteed to meet their needs and keep them satisfied! With a motivated team, we strive to be the creative minds that bring a smile to your face.That’s why we’re always looking for innovative new ways to get the best to you.
What started as an opportunity to leave the corporate world and be more present with our family, has grown into an opportunity to help create a better, more fulfilling life while utilizing our resources and and creating quality products.
With acceptance & encouragement,
The 2 Live Longer Team
Meet Jennifer and AJ Zoulek
While AJ and Jennifer both come from different sides of the state and different family backgrounds, they found love in Kalamazoo and have continued to build their life there with their two daughters, Zoey and Peyton, and their adorable dogs, Remington and Mabel. AJ and Jennifer met while working towards their undergraduate degrees in Psychology at Western Michigan University and continued their journey through the mental health field together. AJ and Jennifer decided to start 2 Live Longer, LLC as a means for their family to build a legacy and for Jennifer to be able to stay home with their daughters. Building 2 Live Longer has been the best decision they ever made, besides getting married of course. It gave their family the chance to function in a healthier way and the opportunity to focus on the mental and physical health of their whole family.
AJ began his MSW in the Fall of 2020 and also began working on himself and focusing on his mental health and well being. This was no easy time for him as he comes from a trauma filled life. AJ chose to become sober, persevered throughout his masters courses and became a more patient, understanding, and present individual in life. AJ received his LLMSW from WMU in May 2023. He currently works in Kalamazoo’s community mental health clinic as well as providing therapy through a private office. AJ is proud to be a girl dad and enjoys being in nature and snuggling with his pups.
Jennifer left her job as a Case Manager in January 2022 after dealing with severe Postpartum Depression and feeling unable to care and be present for her family due to the workforce demands post-COVID. The decision to leave the workforce wasn’t an easy one but it was the best decision for not only Jennifer, but their entire family. Jennifer is the driving force behind 2 Live Longer and enjoys dedicating her time to her family, her home, and her business. She finds passion in designing custom work, wood burning, and encouraging others to focus on their mental health and wellness. Jennifer likes to stay involved in the Parchment and Kalamazoo Communities as well as the surrounding areas.
Meet Matt & Sara Klempel
From their Grand Haven, MI home, Sara and Matt are finding new passions in their lives through being creative and thinking outside of the box, both literally and figuratively. They specialize in not only making the most clever signs out of reclaimed and salvaged wood from pallets and shipping boxes, but they do some outstanding woodworking in general and always provide quality products. They are continuously working towards building a better life for themselves and their children. While raising two amazing and hilarious kids, Kayla and Mason, they enjoy exploring Michigan, rock collecting, and attending their kids’ sporting events. Matt and Sara have been together for 17 years and continue to enjoy creating new things together.
Matt is an avid hunter and fisherman as well as a dedicated Detroit Lions fan. He is currently an Assembly Technician at Structural Concepts, but enjoys building new projects in his garage in his spare time. Matt is innovative in his thinking and always finding ways to make things more efficient. He does work with a Dremel, hand carving, wood torching, and trying new ideas with his projects.
Sara currently works as the Operations Manager for New Standards Muskegon Grow. She enjoys reading, camping, and refinishing furniture and other items in her spare time. Sara has a wealth of medical knowledge due to her previous experience in nursing and is meticulous in the details of her projects, which Matt appreciates greatly. Sara is always present with a new, creative idea.
They have all been friends for (at least) 10 years and have created a strong bond over watching their children grow together and all of life's changes. They continue to find ways to make life more fulfilling both together and separately. They enjoy camping with their "Tribe of Friends" and attending concerts and sporting events too.