9 Shocking Reasons I’m Trying To Become Vegan (And Why You Should Consider It, Too)

9 Shocking Reasons I’m Trying To Become Vegan (And Why You Should Consider It, Too)

March 30, 2015

This post is a part of an ongoing series entitled MIP (Man In Progress).After my 25th Birthday I decided to improve three aspects of my life, my physical well-being, my romantic relationships, and my writing career. My philosophy is that a writer’s work and his life are irrevocably intertwined and in order to improve one, we inevitably have to improve the other. … Our story today begins with Xanthan Gum. A few months back, I saw the ingredient “Xanthan Gum” on a food label on the back of one of my food packages and wondered out loud what it was. “Wouldn’t it be cool,” I thought, “If someone did a documentary about what Xantham Gum was, and what all these other unpronounceable ingredients on the back of all my food package labels were?” But just as that thought came to my mind, it passed, and I was distracted by something else. To be honest with you, it never occurred to me to look […]

Why I’m Finally Revealing The Identity of The Person Who Banned Me From Her Blog For Being Gay

Why I’m Finally Revealing The Identity of The Person Who Banned Me From Her Blog For Being Gay

March 23, 2015

A few years back, on this very blog, I shared with you that another blogger had “banned” me from guest posting on her blog for being gay. (Read: I Was Discriminated Against. Now What? and Where We Go From Here.) I shared with you the pain and hurt and confusion this incident caused me, and I urged us all to work together to make sure discrimination like this did not occur in the writing community. The outpouring of support for me during that hurtful incident was tremendous and was one of the most positive experiences I’ve ever had on the blog. But although there were steps we all took to help create a more peaceful, loving and supportive environment in the blogging world, I never actually told you who that person was. Today, I plan on telling you. But first I’d like to explain to you why I’ve finally reached this decision: Why I’m Finally Revealing The Identity of The […]

The Secret To Becoming Better At Creativity: Be A Rebel

The Secret To Becoming Better At Creativity: Be A Rebel

March 16, 2015

You look around. You see everyone doing the same thing. The expected thing. All the same stories, the same clothes, the same ideas. Tired, old, worn-out. You feel trapped, suffocated. You wanna dance, but you’re in a middle of a business meeting. You wanna laugh, but you’re in a courtroom. You wanna smile, but the teacher is speaking. Life is boring. Life is trying. Life is predictable. The status quo. The machine. The system. The adults in the room. You don’t belong, but you pretend. Put on a tie, but you wanna wear a black shirt splashed with paint. Comb your hair, but you want it to be wily. Sleep, when you want to stay up all night. Walk, when all you want to do is run. They write the things that have been said–you crave to shout something new. You’re stuck. In a slump. In a dry spell. A fallow period. That’s because you’re eschew. This train is too tied […]

The Key To Unlocking Your Hidden Treasure

The Key To Unlocking Your Hidden Treasure

March 9, 2015

“What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson Imagine yourself on an island called “The Self.” Imagine that this island has two towns, one called “Future” and the other called “Past.” You are currently standing in between both of these towns in a place we will call “The Present.” “The Present” is not a town: it’s just a dirt trail you have always used to get to the other towns on the island called Self. On this dirt trail, underneath your very feet, lies hidden a treasure of tremendous value. This treasure, coincidentally, belongs to you and only you —and you are the only one who has the power to access it. In fact, one could say that even if another were to find this treasure and unlock it, they would find it void of meaning. Another would find no intrinsic value in your treasure and so […]

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