Like a lot of people, I’m a personal development junkie. I love the idea that I can improve who I am, what my life looks like.
And I love personal development blogs for a quick dose of reality, perspective or controversy especially if they are unconventional or inspire me to think differently.
The internet is drowning in these type of blogs but those that are unconventional stand out and are worth following because these bloggers are true leaders. They have their own style and take on life. They don’t have a ‘me too’ self-development blog.
Here are five great ones I read regularly.
Why it’s unconventional: Updated daily with a wide variety of commentary related to happiness – interviews, insight, quotes and thoughts – many of them those we think but rarely say out loud.
I read Gretchen Rubin’s book back in January and like the thousands of her readers am enthralled by the idea of happiness and having more of it. I like how she updates it with blog posts that are either inspiring or useful or make me think. I love this one, an interview with blogger and plane crash survivor, Stephanie Nielson.
Why it’s unconventional: Karen Kingston manages to turn an ancient Chinese practice (feng shui) into something universal that everyone can relate to.
This is a blog that appears at first glance to be about strange things like feng shui, altar cloths and tinging bells but in reality it is about the emotional benefits of living in spaces that are clean, bright and uncluttered and how to get to that point. I love the readers letters on how to get rid of ‘stuff’ and her insightful replies.
Why it’s unconventional: Common-sense, no psycho-babble, no-nonsense. Discusses some challenging subjects.
Linda’s blog is such a blast of reason that I go there to benefit from her experience as a psychotherapist specializing in anxiety and teens even though I am not either (anxious or a teen.) Her post on boundaries was one of my favorites ever.
4. Being Primal
Why it’s unconventional: Teaches principles and pushes the envelope.
Dean’s blog initially looks like it’s a “how to look good naked” site, and while in some respects it is, it is really about the psychology of change especially as it relates to weight-loss and eating. Dean’s a pretty funny guy too, check out this post about how he got stopped by a cop on a horse.
Why it’s unconventional: Tim’s personality stands out and his points always stem from his personal experiences.
I often go to Tim’s blog when I have a few minutes. Something about his blog is visually appealing and draws me in. I like the cartoons that always accompany his blog posts and how he is so sensible in a very down-to-earth way. I particularly like this post: 50 Things You Won’t Say On Your Deathbed
We’re always looking for new people to inspire, educate and entertain us. Who are your favorites in the blogosphere? Let us know in the comments!
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