How To Find Your Voice

How To Find Your Voice

August 24, 2015

“I am not hiding behind my canvass. I am living in it.” – from Stephen Sondheim’s Sunday At The Park With George Who I am is a writer. I am a storyteller. My life is one story unfolding as we speak. I write a novel, hoping to finish it, never knowing when it will be published. As I speak about my journey, and as I write my novel, I’ve uncovered that storytelling is an important part of how I live my life. It is the way I interface the world. But I discovered that not everyone is interfacing with the world the way I do. Some have a mathematical lens, some a more scientific lens. Some view the world through education, others view it through computation. I have discovered that each way of viewing the world is valid, and that the way we interface with the world is not just how we view the world but how we live in […]

The Covert Toxicity of Mediocrity

The Covert Toxicity of Mediocrity

August 18, 2015

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” – Marianne Williamson The truth is, many of us believe ourselves to be mediocre just as we are. […]

How To Become An Effective Community Leader

How To Become An Effective Community Leader

August 14, 2015

Do you feel as if it is your destiny to become a community leader? If so, today’s blog post is for you. This is a special post that I am writing specifically for those of you who feel a desire to build your own platform, or community, to help the entire world become a more peaceful, healthy, and happy place. I wish to share all the wisdom I have gained from being the leader of my courageous creator community (if you didn’t already know: courageous creators are what I call the fanbase of my blog, Courage 2 Create) over the last five years. I am going to structure the following post in an easy to read question and answer format as if I was speaking to an individual who wishes to be a leader of their very own community. Here we go: “I feel a desire to be a leader of a community, but I don’t know what my particular […]

A Beginner’s Guide To Community-Building

A Beginner’s Guide To Community-Building

August 12, 2015

“Hey Ollin, could you give me some tips on how to build a community of creative individuals like you did for your blog, Courage 2 Create?” For more than five years on this blog I have talked about the benefits of building a strong relationship with your community. Connecting with people is so essential to who we are as humans beings, not only as creatives, and we suffer greatly if we don’t have this type of connection. In her book, Daring Greatly, Brene Brown, a shame researcher, says that our lack of feeling connected with people can cause us to feel shame which leads to suffering. Brown says we are “hard wired for connection” and we seek empathy wherever we go in order to rid ourselves of feeling ashamed; and if we don’t get a shot of “empathy espresso” at least every once in a while, our life starts to feel awfully lonely and unfulfilled. Therefore, building our own creative […]

Nothing Is Personal

Nothing Is Personal

August 5, 2015

In his famous book, The Four Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz shares the ancient wisdom of the Toltecs. The Toltecs were an ancient civilization that once resided in the country we now know as Mexico. One of the Toltec-based lessons Ruiz shares with us is the idea that nothing we experience in life is personal. He recommends that we always approach the negative things that happen to us as not, in actuality, directed towards us—but as neutral occurrences. When we start with observing life events as being neutral, it is much easier to go straight to trying to understand why we have such an emotional reaction to those events in the first place. This is where healing begins: with an awareness of what truly ails us. This same Toltec principle is often called “non-attachment” in Buddhism. It is the principle that says that by taking events personally, we are attaching importance and power to these events that they do not deserve. […]

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