How To Improve Your Creative Skills

Hello all, I’ve heard it said from many super-talented creatives that a proven formula to improve your creative skills is actually quite simple. The formula?

Do more work.

It doesn’t matter if the results are amazing or fall very short of your expectations. Simply doing work, and doing more of it, allows you to see what you need to improve on and what you are proficient at. Taking this formula to heart, I created a short clip with my friend, roommate, and superb actor, Leo Patterson. The end result is the first episode of what I’ve termed “The Lifestyle Series”.

Is the work amazing? You be the judge (I’m leaning on the side of not ground-breaking, but I’ll let you decide). Was the project fun and educational? Absolutely.

Be on the lookout for future episodes. Here’s to doing more work! (& continuing to learn :)) Cheers -George-

10 Step Guide on How To Make A YouTube Video

(my most recent YouTube)

I’ve recently started to get back into videography and have been searching for an effective methodology on how to take a project from idea to completion (in film making this is called a workflow). Taking inspiration from Tim Ferriss and Adam Patchs’ “Behind the Scenes” post on how to make a book trailer, I’ve decided to share my own workflow.

Here are the ten steps I go through to make YouTube video:

1. Shoot footage Working on projects where the subject matter is of interest to you is highly recommended. The more you enjoy whatever activity you are videoing, the more likely it is that you will produce something that represents your authentic artistic vision. I love yoga and the outdoors, thus I most recently worked on a project for Street Yoga and Yoga Slackers. I had a blast getting close up shots and spending time doing post production.

2. Backup & organize your data Backing up data is essential. Harddrives fail and memory cards accidentally get formatted. Having one backup is good, having two is great.

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Volunteering with Street Yoga

For those of you who may not know, I love to volunteer. Volunteering has proven to be an amazing way to meet new people, participate in amazing events, and get involved in positive causes. One of my more recent volunteering adventures has been with Street Yoga.

Street Yoga is a non-profit yoga foundation with a mission to spread Yoga to at risk-youth. With a chapter established here in Portland, Oregon, I’ve been fortunate to link up with Street Yoga on several occasions. Most recently, Street Yoga hosted a pot-luck style picnic infused with a bit of acro-yoga and music. The picnic was the first of many that will be happening this summer in the aim to spread awareness about Street Yoga. Enjoy the short I put together from the event and look out for Street Yoga chapters in an area near you. If you have any volunteer recommendations in mind, please do share below. Cheers & Namasté -George-

Learn How To Make A Raw Chocolate Smoothie

I’ve been working a little bit with my friends over at Earth Shift Products. Dr. Robert Cassar, Founder of Earth Shift Products and Earthshift Project, is a brilliant naturalist, parasitologist, doctor and researcher. The video above is just one of the recipes I’ve created with the amazing food stuffs he advocates.

The smoothie is this video is super aphrodiasac powered and has lots of mentally stimulating and clearing properties.

The recipe is as follows:

Cashews (small handful)
Coconut oil (1 tbs)
Cacao powder (2 tbs)
Cacao nibs (1 tbs)
Caca powder (1 tbs)
Himalayan salt (pinch to taste)
Heirloom banana spears (small handfull)
Honey (t tsp)
Spring water (1 liter)
Tribulus (1/2 tsp)
-Blend all ingredients together to a smooth and rich consistency

All ingredients are ideally raw, organic, and heirloom. To purchase any of the foods listed in this video, or simply to learn more about high vibration foods and lifestyle, please visit Earth Shift Products and Earthshift Project,. Namasté -George-

Green Synergy Festival 2010

Hello Friends! I just got done putting together a little video clip of the good times had at this year’s Green Synergy Festival. I was super fortunate to volunteer with an amazing group of people at this event during a majestic August weekend.

Ariane Glazer, the event’s organizer and Chicago Raw Food community leader, put together an incredible weekend full of presentations and activities about spirituality, fitness, raw food, yoga, and fun! Be sure to check out the official website and Facebook page of Green Synergy for a full listing of the event’s presenters, photos, and updates for next year’s party. Namaste -George-

How to Make a Green Smoothie on the Road

“I see my path, but I don’t know where it leads. Not knowing where I’m going is what inspires me to travel it.” -Rosalia de Castro- (Galician romanticist writer and poet)

I am currently touring my way across the United States and having a blast! As adventures continue to cross my path, the people I’m spending my time with are making my experiences memorable. Aside from learning to navigate a vast expanse of road ways and foreign cities, I am also having a fun time experiencing life on the road while trying to eat a vegan and mostly raw diet. One of my favorite foodie experiences thus far has been making a green smoothie at a highway rest area (Limestone Rest Area in Illinois). Enjoy the video and continue to enjoy life! More adventures coming soon… Namaste! -George-

Today’s Top Five-Tips for Reading

I do not consider myself a superb reader by any measure.
The average reader’s word per minute (wpm) speed is somewhere in the range of 125 to 250 (my current rate is about 200 wpm). Think of people, “Speed Readers”, who read at rates of 1000, 2000, or 12,000 words per minute (watch the video for a demonstration of advanced speed reading-note movement of eyes). Currently, I am trying to complete a “Proven Self-Study Plan” to bring my reading speed up to 600 wpm. This is my fourth attempt at the plan. Learning to speed read is difficult.

  • About Speed Reading

Speed reading is intended to improve a readers’ wpm. Dispelling a common myth, the improved rate of reading does not come with a loss of comprehension or retention of the read material. Improved comprehension is often a claim of many speed reading programs.

  • Difficulties Learning To Speed Read & Goals

The difficulity of learning to speed read lies in practice of the mind numbing drills intended to expand peripheral vision and train your eyes to remain focused on the center of a page. The allure of speed reading is multi-faceted. Some of my desired benefits include: ability to read all the books I have on my shelf (that I thought I was going to read when I bought them), spend less time reading and more time doing other cool stuff, impress others with my super abilities (just kidding…kind of :)), and learn a foreign language (not directly related to speed reading, but free time would help accomplish this goal)

  • Five Tips for Reading

As I continue to work on my current speed reading plan, I have come up with five tips to improve anyone’s reading:

  1. Read books that you enjoy. Reading something boring, dry, and uninteresting will make reading an activity you do not want to do. If you start reading a book that sucks, stop reading the book and get rid of it. Donate, re-gift, re-cycle…whatever. Someone else may enjoy the content more than you and may end up raving about the information that you missed or may have enjoyed. Use your precious reading time wisely.
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Summer Reading Challenge-10 Books in 10 Weeks (Contest with Prizes)

Some of my recent reads...

After hearing about how TD Bank North was giving $10 to anyone who read 10 books during the summer, I got very excited about pulling in some cash for an activity I enjoy already doing. Plus, working with a goal in a fixed time period is something I know helps me stay focused (think Parkinson’s law). However, after discovering that TD Bank was only offering this monetary prize to children with a “Young Saver” account, I decided to create my own 10 book challenge.

  • Here is challenge that I’m offering to anyone else who wants to join my Summer of Reading 10 Books (no bank account required). Read 10 books by the end of the summer (creative, I know). With the beginning of Continue reading