What if we decided to turn the traditional definition of success on its head?

Yesterday, I had a very interesting conversation about the traditional definition of success. The person I was talking to very cleverly referenced the Harry Potter houses to illustrate the different definitions of success they see in the world today. Kudos to them for grabbing my attention using a HP reference! Ravenclaw: Knowledge & Intellect Slytherin: […]

Which of your needs are being met by the creative projects you take on?

I’m starting to think about this question a lot. Like, losing sleep a lot. Over the last few months, I’ve embarked on a creative journey involving publishing my first anthology of poems, entering my first short story competition, writing more regular pieces for the website, starting a podcast and generally focusing on my creative expression. […]

What if you left all your assumptions about other people at the door each day?

I woke up with a peculiar thought yesterday morning, after dreaming about being at an event with my parents, where they were supporting my sister for something which, well, took place sixteen years ago. In the dream, I kept mistakenly repeating “it’s been ten years!” (clearly I wasn’t doing the math correctly or I was […]

The importance of simplifying, especially when you’re trying to focus.

This past weekend, I’ve been thinking a lot about how difficult it is to focus, no, truly focus in the modern digital age. While being well connected is a big blessing, and enables us to connect with loved ones even if we’re thousands of miles apart, it also comes with a downside, in the sense […]

The publication of my second anthology, ‘Encomia’, kicks off today with the first English poem I wrote this year.

“Roaming”by Conrad Schwellnus She wandered the earth, an angel,Broken by a spirit of trust — Commanding the masses,But carry her family, she absolutely must. In her meandering, she fumbles, she’s done —But where were the coin smugglers in your troubled days?I weep for you, Ms. Houston, roaming even in death,A legacy of a ghost, but a […]

‘Encomia’, my second anthology of poems, will be published starting this week.

Now that ‘Autumn Haze‘ has been published in full, it’s time to prepare for the release of a brand new anthology, namely a collection of encomia written in reference to a select few people who have inspired me creatively over my lifetime. Encomia, you ask? Well, an encomium is a speech or a piece of […]

‘The Gentle Collective’ — our exclusive online community encouraging joy, belonging and acceptance — is here!

I’ve been toying with the idea of building an online community through Conrad was here, primarily because I’ve received so many wonderful, kind and compassionate e-mails from people who have been able to relate to some of my articles, poems and podcast episodes. I’d love to be able to connect more closely with the followers […]

I attended my first pride parade ever — and it proved to be a very memorable experience indeed.

Yesterday was the day after my 31st birthday, and what better way to usher in a new cycle of my life than by attending my first ever pride parade, in Alfenas in Brazil. First ever? But like, haven’t you been out for almost seven years? …I hear you. It’s true, this was my first experience […]