The Chubby Writer’s Guide To Losing Weight

The Chubby Writer’s Guide To Losing Weight

July 28, 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. … After one week of working with my new nutritionist, I was amazed how balanced my energy was for the entire day. Not only was I able to perform better at my job, but my writing was vastly improved. I was so amazed, in fact, that I thought I was psyching myself out, so I asked my nutritionist what was happening. He responded with a laugh: “You’re not psyching yourself out, man. You’re blood sugar levels are evening out!” As the days passed, I continued to be assisted by my nutritionist. He monitored my eating habits and helped me make the […]

How To Not Overcommit Yourself

How To Not Overcommit Yourself

July 21, 2014

“Hey Ollin, my struggle is that I’ve overcommitted myself to too many creative projects. Help!” “Hey Ollin, how can I pursue my passion for writing while simultaneously pursuing my other passions, without making any these passions a main priority? Is there way I can follow my passion for writing as well as my passion for other things all at the same time? Can’t I just do it all?” Somehow, somewhere down the line, the advice to “follow your passion,” “follow your purpose,” or “live your life to the fullest” got translated into: “make yourself really busy and commit yourself to as many projects as you can every day.” This translation has caused a vast disconnect with many people and actually has made it far more difficult for folks to commit to following their passion than anything else has. This is why so many have you have told me that you do not struggle to write, but you struggle to keep […]

My Thoughts On Poverty and Privilege

My Thoughts On Poverty and Privilege

July 14, 2014

“The fault-finder will find faults even in paradise. Love your life, poor as it is. You may perhaps have some pleasant, thrilling, glorious hours, even in a poorhouse.”  - Henry David Thoreau  Despite what you’ve read in novels, heard in musicals, or seen in the movies, poverty is not romantic. To be a Cinderella (pre-fairy godmother) is nothing to sing about. Despite what you may have heard, no rats come to help sow a poor woman’s dress at twilight, and no deers poke their heads into her windowsill at dawn. Poverty is often miserable and far be it for me to argue that you should be “happy” being poor. Feel however you want to feel: hey, you’re poor, there are not many other choices you have the power to make at this point, so why not, at least, let yourself have complete domain over your feelings and thoughts? That said: I do want to share with you that there is […]

A Beginning “Mind Control” Guide for Writers

A Beginning “Mind Control” Guide for Writers

July 7, 2014

“Hey Ollin, could you give me some tips on how to deal with my mind? My worries, my self-defeating thoughts, my negative outlook on life (etc.) are all constantly getting in the way of my creative work. Can you help?” For more than four years on this blog, I’ve talked about how our minds can get in the way of our creativity, and I’ve also talked a lot about how our negative thinking can often get us stuck. Personally, it took me a long time to recognize and understand that my thoughts are not who I am; and it took me even longer to recognize that I could actually shift my thoughts in a positive way–simply by choosing to change the thoughts I was thinking. Over the years, I’ve included “mind control” tips inside many of my blog posts, but today, for the first time, I would like to dedicate an entire post just to the skill of “mind control.” (And by “mind control,” of course […]

Meet Ollin In Person: Live Event Next Sunday

Meet Ollin In Person: Live Event Next Sunday

July 6, 2014

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