Your Life Is A Story

Your Life Is A Story

March 20, 2017

“I wrote my way out.” – from “Hamilton: An American Musical” I am an optimist – I am a positive person.  But this optimism and positivity was not born of external situations which were preferable or even positive to me. In fact the darkness always appeared to strike me down at every turn – especially when I was searching for hope. It is, surprisingly, the darkness that gave birth to my optimism. It is the thing that helped me survive. I am familiar with the dark aspects of reality. Dark times are more challenging than times of the light but it is in the dark where your light, your positivity is forged. We must not despair, never be afraid, never give our power away to any system or a person. We hold within us our true power and the freedoms of man have been and always will be “self-evident” and “endowed by our creator.” Humans always revolt when their basic […]

Harvest Time

Harvest Time

March 16, 2017

The Autumn of spirit has arrived. Now is the time for the harvest.  If the seeds you have planted all year were good then you will have a bounteous feast. If the seeds you planted were bad your fruit will be rotten and the autumn will be harsh on you. But those who have wasted the year in trivial pursuits have it worse: their autumn will be barren and empty and the seasons will seem meaningless to them. All three, those who plant good seeds, those who plant bad seeds, and those who plant no seeds are all learning the wisdom of the seasons. That all seasons are in communication with the seasons that came before, and you cannot escape what you have sown. Sooner or later, it catches up to you. Harvest Time Forgiveness, empathy, understanding, reconciliation are not isolated events. They are fruits that were nourished in other seasons – a winter of pain, a spring of rebirth, […]

Bummed Out? I Wrote This Post To Lift You

Bummed Out? I Wrote This Post To Lift You

March 13, 2017

Feeling down? Aw, chucks.  Don’t worry: I wrote this blog post to lift you. You’re welcome. Feeling Rejected? All the doors that are closing for you today – stop focusing on them, because a thousand more doors just flung open, turn around, look at the openings, the possibilities, the opportunities – leap into them. A closed door is a catapult not a boulder you must carry up a mountain, it depends on which way you are facing. Turn around – use your closed door to catapult you to an opened one. Turn around – your facing the problem the wrong way – you can prove it because it’s still a problem. Catapult yourself to the next chapter of your story by moving WITH the plot not against it. Catapult. Turn around. Face it a different way, that’s how you’ll make it through today. Feeling Like A Loser? British ski jumper Eddie “The Eagle” finished last in the 1988 Winter Olympics – […]

How Has The C2C Impacted You Over The Course of Its Run?

How Has The C2C Impacted You Over The Course of Its Run?

March 8, 2017

Hello courageous creators, This is the Last Chapter of the blog (to be clear: this means it’s the last year of the blog) so until February 2018, you may notice the posts I write have have a tinge of a bittersweet goodbye.  If you have any stories about how C2C impacted you over the last seven years please share them with me by sending them to courage2create@gmail.com. I hope to share the stories I recieve on the blog in a post before we’re through. Thank you. Much love, Ollin Buy Ollin’s eBook

One Last Time: The Start of A Very Long Conclusion

One Last Time: The Start of A Very Long Conclusion

March 6, 2017

“People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but actually from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint – it’s more like a big ball of wibbly wobbly… time-y wimey… stuff.” – from Dr. Who, TV Series In 1936, Franklin Lloyd Wright, the famous American architect, had a vision for an American home that was made of organic materials, blended in with the nature around it and was affordable to the average citizen. These houses were modern-looking, simplistic, practical, incredibly unique and small. There were several quirks; the entrance didn’t face the driveway, the kitchen was reduced to a tiny compartment that couldn’t be “visited” as much as only used.  Wright called these group of houses, located in Pleasantville New York, Usonia, a play on the acronym USA and utopia. No one had a mortgage in Usonia – everyone shared the cost of living. This town still exists today and the influence of Franklin Lloyd Wright on modern home design […]

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