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. :)

Oliver the…. And changing things up

Over the last few weeks I’ve been going through a whole process of trying to figure things out; both on the personal and business side. It one of those times where you start thinking and reflecting on what you are doing and where you can go. The key being is making sure thy whatever I do I end up happy.

So I guess we will start on the personal side. There’s has been a lot of things going on. A lot of things that has me thinking and reflecting on doing things. I have made and fostered more friends, reconnecting with some, working out some issues with others, and making plans with others. But ultimately I have realized that I need to make myself happy and make things happen no matter what. I have also been more willing to share a bit more in person. The conversations that I have had with friends recently have been good that have challenged and questioned me to do better and seek what it is that I want.

And that is where the question rest; what do I want. At the moment I don’t know. I just don’t know. I can’t at the moment decide on just one thing. But here a few things that I would like;

1. Do a little more traveling.
2. Display more of my photography work.
3. Open and share a photography place with friends.
4. Spend more time with family traveling and seeing the sites.
5. Improve and continue a good overall health outlook.
6. Advance further in my engineering career.

So as you can see, there is a lot of things on the plate of wants. I am starting on whatever allows itself to be work on. And I do recognize that every little victory that I accomplish everyday helps me get closer to my aspirations and goals. And that currently concludes the personal side of things.

The other thing that I have been working on has been on my business. Over the last several weeks, I have been reorganizing, rethinking, and redoing my business from scratch. This all began a couple of months ago when my friend Jared, invited to attend he in studio audience on CreativeLive. He’s class was about the business of photography. A lot of the topics we discussed and learned there hit home for me. It was one of those lightbulb moments of life. During the three days of class I realized the following;

1. I must design a business to make me happy.
2. I must make the business centered around me.
3. I have to understand every aspect of my business.
4. It’s going to be a lot of work and success won’t come easy.
5. Share your work and business with others
6. Be unique ( think of three words )
7. Your Art and your Business are two different things.

So over the last weeks I have been working on refining my photography business into a business that I’m proud to work on and share with the work.

With the help of my fellow friends that were in the audience with me, we are part of a group called the Bauman Six. Together we help each other through our processes and journey through the forest that is photography. Over the weeks I have discovered, toiled, and figured out my three words. I started with the words of; passionate, loyal, and explorer, and those have evolved into; tailored, outdoorsy, and geek. I have learned from and still learning from this experience. A few things I have learned is that you have to allow yourself to be seen. Allow yourself the time to figure it out. This is something that doesn’t occur overnight but it is a process that takes some time. And most importantly you have to be Yourself. Your true Authentic Self. With that in hand, I have found that you will and continue to discover yourself.

Other than a journey of self discovery, I have also been working on learning the process. The process being everything! And I mean everything. From the easiest to the most complicated task. Everything that I do, to run the photography business. This experience has been. Great and eye opening. It has been one of those things that you didn’t realized you do but once it out on paper you realized that you do a lot of work to run the business. And when you do this you realized that you are WORTH IT. And in doing this, I finally realized that all my work and art is WORTH the cost that I charge. I realized that my cost are justified and it is what I feel comfortable with. So now my outlook with my business is bright and shiny!!! And I’m looking forward to where it will go.

In the next couple of weeks I hope to have my new photography websites up and running. My goal with the websites is to have them represent me and my vision of the world. I will focus both on landscape and wedding photography. Both will be completely different from on another but still have the words; tailored, outdoorsy, and geek, as the main themes in them. They may not be visually apparent however they will be interwoven.

That’s been the latest with me in the personal and business end.