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Lessons in Living Your Dreams


Conor McMillen and Brittany Taylor

We can bitch and complain about modern life, the poor diet and lifestyle, dwarfed by forces beyond our control. And we can defend it all, too, while inside numbed, burnt out, frustrated. It takes concerted effort to shrug it off, or just roll with it, and begin crafting a life more in line with ideas we once called our dreams.

While recently visiting Chiang Mai, Thailand, I was lucky enough to meet three people doing just that, and clearly having a fantastic time. Fortunately, I have a podcast and therefore an excuse to talk to them and steal learn and share their secrets. With two YouTube channels and a podcast between them, admittedly they weren’t the most guarded.

I was in the city to attend Fruit Winter, a free festival of daily meet-ups and activities with dozens of inspired and inspiring folks from around the world, held there for the past two Januaries.… Read the rest

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Charles Bukowski’s letter to the man who inspired him to quit his soul-sucking day job to become a writer


Sometimes all we need is a little push and for someone to believe in us.

via Brain Pickings:

In 1969, the year before Bukowski’s fiftieth birthday, he caught the attention of Black Sparrow Press publisher John Martin, who offered Buk a monthly stipend of $100 to quit his day job and dedicate himself fully to writing. (It was by no means a novel idea — the King of Poland had done essentially the same for the great astronomer Johannes Hevelius five centuries earlier.) Bukowski gladly complied. Less than two years later, Black Sparrow Press published his first novel, appropriately titled Post Office.

August 12, 1986

Hello John:

Thanks for the good letter. I don’t think it hurts, sometimes, to remember where you came from. You know the places where I came from. Even the people who try to write about that or make films about it, they don’t get it right.

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