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My Speaking Schedule For 2019… And Possibly Two Workshops!

Speaking engagement for Gary Collins

Oh I know it has been a bit since my last post, but as most of you know I don’t have a regular blog post schedule – I only post when I have some important to share or say. There is nothing worse than forcing it, so I just do it when it needs to be done 🙂 I guess that is good and bad, as some of you may like regularly scheduled blog updates in you inbox, if you have an opinion either way just reply to this email and let me know.

With that being said, it has been a whirlwind of a month I attended my first ever writers conference, which was a blast, and had a lot of fun meeting a variety of different writers. The conference I attended is called the 20booksto50k conference in Las Vegas, I believe it is the largest indie writers (self published authors) conference in the U.S. I know some of you have emailed me in the past about being interested in becoming an author. For those just starting out I recommend taking a writing/author marketing course and attending a writers conference, as I think that is the best way to learn and see what this type of business is all about. Yep, I just used that dirty word in the artistic and creative communities “business.” If you plan to be a writer and make a living doing it you better treat it as a business or you will be one of the millions of want-to-be authors laying in the dust bin. Take it from me, once I treated the writing side of my business… well as its own independent business, things drastically changed for the better.

In addition, I’m put the finishing touches on my next book, which is the follow up to Going Off The Grid, called Living Off The Grid. I’m also in the finishing stages of a very in-depth workbook (still working on the title) that will come out shortly after Living Off The Grid. This workbook will go together with both of the above books, so it is the perfect package for those serious about living a life off the grid or at the very least in a more remote area. Living Off The Grid is scheduled for release the first of January 2019, and the workbook should be ready with thirty days of that release.

There is a lot happening in 2019 so definitely stay tuned. If you haven’t subscribed to my newsletter make sure to sign up here for my updates. Remember folks old Gary doesn’t like social media, so this is the best, well and only way, to be a part of the “Simple Living” in crowd.

Ok, got a little side tracked now for my speaking schedule for 2019. I recently finalized a book publishing deal with Mother Earth News and coinciding public speaking tour at all the locations for the 2019 Mother Earth News Fairs. In addition, we are working on two half to full day workshops on numerous topics to include, living off the grid, primal health, and simple living. Here is the best part – no two speaking engagements will be the same, as I like to tailor them to what the attendees are interested in. As always, I like to leave a good amount of time at the end for questions. See below for the locations with tentative dates and link to purchase passes (I will update dates as they become available).

Mother Earth News Fair Speakers

2019 Mother Earth News Fair Locations – Dates

Belton, Texas – Feb. 16-17

Asheville, N.C. – April 27-28

Frederick, Md. – June 1-2

Albany, Ore. – Aug. 3-4

Seven Springs, Pa. – Sept. 13-15

Topeka, Kan. – Oct. 19-20

To purchase your tickets CLICK HERE

I will also have a book signing at each event and answering questions. Be on the lookout for the workshops and the locations they will be held at.

Well, I think that is wrap for this newsletter update, and I hope to see some of you at my speaking engagements and workshops in 2019!

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Living Off The Grid

A short update until we get to the free book part 🙂

I know it has been a bit since my last update, but a lot of great things are going on I plan to share some of them with you next week. I have three books coming out in 2019, which will include a traditionally published book, with six speaking engagements scheduled throughout the U.S., to include book signings. Two off the new books will be on the topic of “Living Off The Grid” and one will the third installment in my “The Simple Life” series titled The Simple Life Guide To Decluttering Your Life. A couple half-day to full day workshops are being currently discussed, I will updated you when I know more. Needless to say 2019 is going to be a busy year!


An Update And Top Tips To Survive Outdoors: How Not To Get Lost


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I know, I know it has been a bit since my last post and update, but I have a good excuse I promise! I just finished the manuscript for my next book called Living Off The Grid the follow up to my popular and Amazon best seller Going Off The Grid. Be looking out for it in early 2019. I have some exciting news about upcoming books, so keep in the know with my newsletter you can sign up here. I will be sending out special deals for every release of a new book to my followers on my email list just a little hint… sign up to be cool, and a be a part of the in crowd 🙂  I’m also in the mix for some speaking engagements and book signings in 2019, I will post the updates as I get them.

In addition, I just completely finished the inside of my off the grid house, see a couple pics below on some the projects I have been working on this season.


Two Things Stopping You From Living The Simple Life

two things stopping you from living the simple life

Simple living is easy, well easier than today’s modern lifestyle, but getting there sometimes is not. I know from the questions I usually get on the subject most people want to live a simpler and happier lifestyle, but they are not sure where to start. I must emphasize this – anytime you make a fairly drastic change in your life there is pain in the beginning – nothing that improves your life long term comes easy, it takes work and perseverance.

I have found there are two main things that stop people dead in their tracks when pursing what I like to call “The Simple Life.” I plan to expand on these two simple living killers in a future book, but I want to share some of the basics for you to get started on your journey of happiness, and freedom.


The 5 Principles Of The Simple Life Healthy Lifestyle Plan

the simple life 5 principles

For those of who follow me or are familiar with my teachings know, I consider health and nutrition to be the cornerstone and key to living The Simple Life.

I always recommend to people interested in improving their life in anyway by starting with their health. Why? It is not because I’m a health guy, and former athlete, but because I have found that health is key to anything and everything to do with living the life you want. How are you going to improve your productivity, relationships, and your overall life if you are like most Americans – overweight, on multiple prescription drugs, problems sleeping, stressed out, depressed, and just flat out unhappy!