2014’s Best Moments of Courage

2014’s Best Moments of Courage

December 15, 2014

Hey courageous creators, Well, it is time to wrap up the year with a round up of some of the best moments in courage! This year was a pretty momentous year for me. I rolled out a new home and website design for The C2C, I published not 1 but 2 eBooks, which meant for the first time this blog made some dinero off of my original writing and finally, I hosted my first live reading at a local bookstore and coffee shop. (Oh and I hosted this very awkward and incredibly long Google Hangout. Whateves.) Pretty awesome, eh? Also, some more unexpected good news: the person who was reading my novel finally got back to me with some feedback–and she loved it! Now back to the drawing board to make some fixes. So, I’ll be taking a hiatus from the blog and I’ll be back with new posts on January 19th, 2015. In the meantime, I’ll be sharing some […]

How To Be Awesome (Or: How To NOT Care If People Think You’re A Loser For Being Single)

How To Be Awesome (Or: How To NOT Care If People Think You’re A Loser For Being Single)

December 8, 2014

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. … There is a new mobile app that allows the user to look for a date by swiping through a series of pictures of potential love interests. As you browse through the various potentials, you can “swipe left” on your phone if you find them unattractive and you can “swipe right” if you find them attractive. If both you and your love interest “swipe right” then you are matched. If that sounds awfully shallow, that’s because it is. It is the epitome of superficiality. My Uneasy And Awkward Relationship With Online Dating I once explained to a friend of mine why I stopped […]

Read This If You’re Having A Bad Day

Read This If You’re Having A Bad Day

December 1, 2014

So, you’re having a day, eh? I’m sorry to hear that. I know what that’s like. I, myself, have had many bad days. They suck. I know. But before you start trashing yourself for it, I’m going to stop you and tell you this… 1. You are never as terrible as you think you are, even in your lowest moments. There are legitimate douchebags out there who are such big dicks you think they’re trying to make an art out of it. Don’t ever compare yourself to them: not only because it is an insult to you, but because it’s an insult to the REAL douchebags out there who are the douchiest of the douche. 2. There are tons of people who have your back. You just don’t realize it. We are often warned against the fact that some people are always “talking behind our back” negatively or working behind the scenes to sabotage us. But we are never reminded of this equally pervasive […]

You Are Beautiful

You Are Beautiful

November 24, 2014

I am often underestimated because of the way I look. People assume my pleasant demeanor as a sign of my weakness and gullibility, and my youthful appearance as a sign of my inexperience and immaturity. When people get to know me they are often surprised at how determined and ruthless I can be and how much more mature and wise I am than how I look. Appearances by their very nature are deceiving and by looking only on the outside you will set yourself up for failure because you will underestimate others constantly, and they, in turn, will get the upper hand on you. Instead of judging a book by its cover, then, always hold back your assessment of others until their actions reveal to you who they really are. Why Beauty Is In “The Actions Of The Beheld” What if beauty is not what we always thought it was? What if beauty is not something we can look at […]

Why Wisdom Is More Valuable Than Youth

Why Wisdom Is More Valuable Than Youth

November 17, 2014

“Love alone is a kind of reality with no manifestation, since love makes itself manifest in wisdom; and wisdom without love is like a manifestation with no reality, since wisdom is a manifestation of love.” – Emmanuel Swedenborg As I grow older, I’m surprised that I don’t have the same kind of terror associated with age that I’m told I’m supposed to have. Instead of feeling terrified because I’m closer to death, or that I’ve not accomplished my dreams yet, I feel so much more confident and happy than I expected I would be. I think it’s because I know more—I am wiser. I value this wisdom because I did a lot of stupid things when I was younger, and I also wasted far too much of my time on things that did not truly matter. Today, the things that younger people freak out about, don’t even phase me, and it makes me chuckle to think I ever worried about it. […]

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