WDS 2014

This year I make my return to Portland, Oregon to attend the World Domination Summit. And this being my third year I intend to do more an enjoy than I ever have. With that in mind. I have a few things that I would like to go after. Here are some of my goals:

1. Face my fear. The fear of heights.
2. Meet and reconnect with old and new friends.
3. Foster and nurture the relationships that I have already built from previous years of the summit.
4. Share my knowledge of photography with other WDS photographers.
5. Have the most fun I can.
6. Dance more.
7. Drink good Portland coffee.

Oliver the Blogger…express yourself!

So writing this blog has been a personal experiment of sharing my thoughts, ideas, and interest with my fellow readers. As far as I have been doing so far, it has been an interesting journey thus far. I started with the optimism of writing practically everyday to the more recent point of practically not writing and posting at all. Despite the successes and some of the pitfalls that I have experience this far, I have found it personally gratifying to post and put my work out there. I had a friend tell me to it straight that; ” I just had to ship it,”. I had to put forward the work that I was working on and out out there for the world to see. And so I have at least done this with the blog that you read.

Blogging to me isn’t the easiest of things to do. I have found that I need to be in the right mindset, the right mood, and at least have about 30 minutes of me time to myself. I have also found that having a place to write that is consistent and if possible has white noise has helped. If you have followed me long enough here or on my Instagram you that one such place that I have found has worked for me is the Coffee and Tea Collective. But I have also tried to mimic this experience in other places with a great app called Coffitivity. It’s an app that plays the ambient noises of coffee places. Yes, you read that right; it plays white noise of coffee houses. Lol.

The one thing that I have enjoyed is that I have been able to express myself here. I have taken the leap to just post and share. Early in this journey I kept this blog pretty quiet and low key. Now when I push publish, it goes out to the interWebs of current and it is out there for all to see, read, critique, and response to. I don’t have fairly large readership and or possibly and audience but that is not the point. Just like my friend suggested, I should just ship it. And write, edit, and ship, it goes.

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Oliver the Blogger…Oops I think I did it Again…

Howdy! Well it’s been awhile since I last posted. I hit one of those procrastination walls once again. It was one of those walls that I’m pretty sure that everyone is accustom to every once in awhile or in my case every few months, 6 months to be exact. How do I know this happen? Well I have well documented myself on what I do when I run into this procrastination wall. Here’s usually a sequence of events.

1. Usually there is an impending deadline.
2. The deadline date is far out in advance.
3. Another task pops out. Yes is said and life continues.
4. Then another….
5. And then throw in a vacation in there.

Then let the adventures begin.

The one reason that this happens to be often is that fall into the trick that I can accomplish it all. I think that with proper time management and strong will I can accomplish it. Well then comes the “thinking part.” And then I start to think a lot of what I can do to make the process that I’m doing much more efficient. And when that happen I experiment. And experiment. And experiment more. And before I know it. I have gone through multiple experiments and I think to myself that I haven’t accomplish much. Although as I sit here I should realized that I have accomplish something. And that one accomplishment is that i figured out multiple ways of not to do one task and eventually I end up with a optimal solution.

So with the thought that I haven’t done anything…I start thinking that I have a monumental task now. And that kind of thinking is really effective to making me believe that I can do more and that the task is impossible to accomplish. And then starts the vicious circle of procrastination. And then hence we arrived the the situation that I currently find myself in.

So let’s start this all again and see what the coming days and weeks take me on this blogging and sharing journey. Well that’s an update to the blog at least. I will do my best to post more and post more often like I did previously.

Thanks for reading. :)

Oliver the Gentlemen…31 Life Lessons, So Far

I recently celebrated my 31st birthday. And like most birthdays lately, I didn’t do a party or anything to “celebrate.” My birthday to me has become at least at this moment, just another day for me. And it is not that I don’t want to celebrate with much fanfare because if it happen, I wouldn’t say no. But I rather have a small gathering of family of family and friends over some good food and drink. And I did have that and I got some 100+ greeting throughout the day which was awesome! Thank you to you all. I’m grateful for the well wishes.

But enough about me, I would like to give you a gift since you all have had a part in my life. Here is some things I have learned over the last 31 years. You may have heard some of these before and some you my not have but all of these things together have paved my path in life and lead me to where I am today.

Here are 31 Life Lessons I have Learned so far. Note: They are not in any particular order.

1. Treat people the way that you want to be treated.
2. Travel often.
3. Always share with others.
4. Listen to your parents, they are only doing their best and what they know from experience.
5. Our Teachers are the real heroes. Say Thank you!
6. Treat EVERYONE the same.
7. Be polite.
8. Nurture a good set of friends. Those will be the ones that will stand by you when you are at your worst.
9. Take good care for yourself. You can only care for others if you care for yourself.
10. Learn to eat.
11. Always feed your curiosity.
12. Be spontaneous.
13. Always carry a camera with you.
14. Always carry a notebook and pen with at all times. And keep one at your bedside.
15. Reach and share.
16. Support local businesses. They are the places where you will find opportunities that you didn’t know existed.
17. DANCE!
18. Learn how to make a good cup of coffee.
19. Learn how to tell a story.
20. Make “me time” a priority.
21. Follow your gut, always.
22. Never stop learning.
23. Be truthful to yourself.
24. Find a hobby and always find time to do it.
25. Speak up.
26. A hand written note is always better than a email or text message.
27. Always ask questions.
28. Keep a journal.
29. Be open minded.
30. Learn to cook.
31. Design your life, business, career, and etc to MAKE YOU HAPPY.

Oliver the Traveler…where have you been?!

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Okay, so it has been a nearly a week and a half that I haven’t posted here on the blog. The reason being is that I was out discovering the wonderful state of Utah with my buddy Randy. This trip gave me an opportunity to relax, explore, and learn. From visiting 5 national parks, 2 state parks, and 1 national monument. And add the immense beauty that a Utah fall has to offer, there was a lot to take in during the whole trip.

Plus during the trip the internet connectivity was fair and few. Which meant that emails, texts, and calls were not happen at all. It was one of those times that you realized what you did when you didn’t have such access. And what I did with that, was talk and reflect. Enjoyed the quiet and the company. It was just one of those trips.

Over the next couple of post I will be posting more about the trip. And quite possibly make a move with some of the post to another blog. The post that will be transferred and move will be the photography related post.

There has been a lot of things that I have been able to realized and think while I was away for the last week. It was one of those things that I needed to have for myself so that I can move further. So with that, I am back and I will be sharing more things in the coming days. But I wanted to touchbase with you all and make you know that I didn’t fall off the blogging bandwagon again. Although some of those thoughts did enter my mine.

So stay tune; some exciting adventures, stories, and news will be posted soon. :)