Daniel Wallen

Writer. Programmer. Social Media Marketer.

The Story of My Past Life as a Professional Writer

I made a living as a writer and content marketer for several years. This is important to know, as you'll discover a huge gap between employers on a background check, and it's because I was serving many different clients as a freelancer. While I can't name most of those clients due to NDA's, I can share work samples written under my own name. It all began when I got picked up as a contributor at LifeHack.


15 Things Highly Confident People Don't Do

If you don't believe in yourself, why should anybody else have faith in you?


10 Signs You're a Critical Thinker

Your brain is the most important muscle in your body. Here's how to use it effectively.


How to Make An Introvert Feel Loved

Have any introverts in your life? Click below to learn how to treat them right.


Improve Your Relationship with Food

Being a mindful eater is easier than it sounds. This article reveals seven simple ways to eat mindfully.


LifeHack Led to Two of My Most Loyal Clients

The CEO of a corporate wellness software company (BSDI) found health articles like the one above. He resonated with the message and offered me a column on his website, which I did for over a year. Full archives are available on the Motivation Alliance blog.


7 Things to Remember When You Don’t Feel Like Exercising

Exercise isn't all about weight loss. It also influences your energy, productivity, and mental health.


6 Fitness Myths Your Personal Trainer Wishes You Would Stop Falling For

The fitness industry is rife with lies and misinformation. Here are the six biggest myths you need to know.


Forget the Scale: a More Empowering Way to Track Your Fitness Progress

If you obsess with the scale, it's easy to get discouraged. Here's a better solution worth adopting today.


The Most Random Writing Opportunity I Ever Had

Fun fact: I used to write self-help content for a blog concerned with the start-up culture in Pakistan. Didn't know that was a thing? Me neither! I provided Pakwired with content for nearly four years. Three of my personal favorites are linked below.


5 Reasons Why You Don’t Get to Be “Bored”

"I'm bored" is a worthless expression. Below, I reveal why you should eliminate that phrase from your vocabulary.


Embrace the Struggle: How to Stay Optimistic during Tough Times

Struggles aren't a bad thing. They force you to learn, grow, and evolve into a better version of yourself.


Meditation for Beginners: 13 Practical Tips to Easily Build the Meditation Habit

Meditation isn't reserved for Buddhist monks. Anyone can benefit from the habit.


Speaking of Mindfulness and Meditation...

While I was juggling these columns (along with other clients that can't be named), I decided to become a yoga teacher. Note: I completed the 200 hour Yoga Alliance program in 2015. The following DoYouYoga blog was published around that time.


How Netflix Unwittingly Supported My Yoga Habit

"Live in the present." Harder than it sounds. If you're a yoga newbie, release yourself from that obligation.


At Last, We've Arrived to the Present Moment

I took a break from writing -- mostly because the skill is becoming devalued due to overseas competitors -- but got back into habit a few months ago. Now I am an active contributor on the Practical Dev. You can find more current content on my portfolio.


5 Healthy Habits for Programmers and Web Development Students

Burnout can wreck your ability to concentrate. Adopt these healthy habits to stay refreshed.