It’s been an incredible 2009 for me and I’m sure for many of us. I’ve done more than I could ever imagine in 2009 and the time has come to give proper credit to my inspiration sources. I was never alone in this journey. On the contrary, I’ve been honored with warm, strong and continuous support from my friends. This post is to spread the word about their wonderful work.
1. Change Your Thoughts
Energetic, precise and supportive, Steven, from Change Your Thoughts, was one of the closest online friends during 2009. His blog is one of the fastest growing self-improvement blogs in the world right now. Subscribe, read and enjoy, if you are even remotely thinking to improve your life, this is the spot to start.
Jonathan, from Advanced Life Skills, was an incredible support for me during this year. His blog is one of the most balanced and well written in the self-improvement niche. Not only he was updating it like clockwork, but the quality of the articles was steadily growing up. Check out his ebook, by the way, you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
Ian Peatey, from Quantum Learning, was one of the first self improvement bloggers I met in real life. And we started a very fulfilling real life friendship. His writing has the rare quality of being both healing and motivating at the same time. If you’re looking for the best source of nonviolent communication, his blog is THE blog.
Blog Address: QuantumLearning.pl | Twitter Account: @IanPeatey
Stephen, from Rat Race Trap, is another constant and reliable online friend of mine, He writes about self-improvement, brain improvement techniques, achieving success and goal setting. And not only. I highly recommend reading his blog, if only to escape from our daily rat race trap every once in a while.
Blog Address: RatRaceTrap.com | Twitter Account: @ratracetrap
Sid is one of the first online friends with whom I agreed to disagree. Although we were quite opinionated on a specific topic, and none of us would quit their position, we found a way to keep a very solid online friendship. His blog is neat, clean and filled with well thought information. A must read in self improvement.
Mike, from Learn This, owns one of the first blogs I started to read this year and it paid a lot. He was behind my first huge list post – which started as a challenge from him – and he as also one of the top commenters in my blog. He writes about leadership and self improvement. And he writes very well about that.
Robin, from Naked in Eden, is an incredibly warm, authentic and powerful woman. Her writing is so powerful that I seldom spend less than 30 minutes on her blog. Recently, she got a book publishing deal, which means we’re all fortunated: we’re going to read even more from her.
Armen, from Timeless Information, writes about personal development, leadership and a lot of other self-improvement related topics. I was attracted by his boldness and lack of inhibition as well as by his alert and well-documented writing style. Be sure to take your daily dose of mental energy.
Oscar is relatively new in my circle of online friends, it was only in the last few months that I started to follow his blog. Not only we share the fact that English is not our primary language (his primary being Italian, mine being Romanian) but we do share a lot of common ideas about self-improvement.
Blog Address: FreeStyleMind.com | Twitter Account: @OscarDelBen
Luciano, from Lite Mind, was such an inspiration this year. His structured blog helped me to better organize my ideas and also made me ponder a lot. Thought provoking and neat, this is how you could describe his very popular blog. Not to mention his crazy challenges, like crafting lists of 100 items.
Steven, from My Wife Quit Her Job, is one of the most honest successful online entrepreneurs I ever met. He writes about the adventures of his online business, as well as about how to start, maintain and grow your own online business. First hand information, updated often, a must read resource.
Celes, from The Personal Excellence Blog, was one of my biggest discoveries in the first half of the year. With an elaborate style and a clean perspective, her writing is extremely motivating. She recently started a series of workshops but she keeps updating the blog constantly.
Tim, from The Discomfort Zone, has a rare talent: to write comfortably about the discomfort zone. Don’t expect to find the usual paths in his blog, you’ll be disappointed. Instead, be prepared to find new approaches, surprising angles and sometimes upsetting situations. It’s the discomfort zone, after all.
Evelyn, from Abundance Tapestry, was a big surprise for me. Not only she writes about abundance in the most simple way I saw, but she is also a qualified Akashic Secret reader. Although brief, our direct interaction was powerful and enlightening. Her writing is simple, but extremely inspiring.
Blog Address: AbundanceTapestry.com | Twitter Account: @evelynlim
Alex, from Someday Syndrome, is a very gifted writer and also quite a disciplined one. His blog theme, the syndrome of “Someday” is very close to me. As a chronic procrastinator, I suffered a lot from it in my younger days. Highly recommend his blog if you think your life will become better only “someday”. As opposed to “right now”.
Blog Address: SomedaySyndrome.com | Twitter Account: @AlexFayle
One of the best personal development blogs around during this year. It was often an inspiration for me and definitely one of the blogs I read without skipping any posts. What stands out is the “no bullshit” personal development approach.
Blog Address: PluginId.com | Twitter Account: @pluginid
One of the latest entries in RSS feed, Jay Schyrer’s Porsidan.com is an enlightening experience. The clean and clear blog interface is letting the powerful message to flow away unobstructed. Jay is compassionate, warm and inspiring.
Blog Address: Porsidan.com | Twitter Account: @JayScyrer
I met Adam Baker, from ManvsDebt.com during one of mu trips to New Zealand. Energetic and passionate, extremely confident, I count the days until he will be wildly acclaimed as an A-list blogger in the personal finance niche. If you want to know where your money is, read his blog.
Farnoosh, from ProlificLiving.com is an incredible person: she writes about living life to the fullest, traveling the world and learning to tango. An amazing and refreshing blog. Be sure to check out her yoga videos.
Lance, from Jungle Of Life, was also an early discovery this year. I was a little bit of a lurker, not engaging too much in the wonderful community he created around his blog, but this didn’t stop me to take full advantage from what he writes, especially his Sunday Thought for the Day.
Again, one of the latest additions to my RSS reader, Jonathan Mead, from Illuminated Mind, is an incredible energetic writer. Adept of “no bullshit” personal development he’s spreading one of the most authentic self improvement messages. Check him out and be amazed.
Zeenat Merchant-Syal, from Positive Provocation, literally exploded a few months ago in the personal development niche. She’s an incredibly warm and passionate woman, with a touching message. The more you read her blog, the more you want to open your heart.
Lisis, from Quest For Balance, is a distinct voice. The name of the blog says almost everything about what she is writing about. But there is one thing you would find out only by reading the blog: and that’s the fact that she is truly passionate about you. Yes, you.
Blog Address: QuestForBalance.com | Twitter Account: @Serene_Balance
Kristi, from Kikolani.com, writes about the art of blogging and all that comes with it. I was inspired by her series called Fetching Friday, in which she shares tons of interesting links from a variety of topics, from SEO to personal development. You better check this out.
Maria Galca, a fellow Romanian coach, shares at Life Toolkit her life experiences. Although the blog is pretty young, I can tell that, if a certain amount of constant work will go into it (and from what I saw, it will go) we will all witness a new bright star in the personal development niche pretty soon.
Sophia, from Bunny got Blog, was one of the most interesting bloggers I met this year. He writes about famous people, about her life and her challenges. And she does it in a very honest way. By far one of the most authentic voices I heard last year.
Blog Address: BunnyGotBlog.com | Twitter Account: @bunnygotblog
I first met Jenny when I was searching for some health related information. She writes about healing, reconnection and law of attraction in the most sincere and warm way you can imagine. Every time I read her blog I am inspired.
Blog Address: JennyMannion.com | Twitter Account: @jennymannion
I met Diggy, from Upgrade Reality, through Glenn Allsop. They both share the same passion for life and they both write in the same persuasive and direct way. From what I saw so far, his blog is made upon a very successful recipe. Keep an eye on it.
Blog Address: Upgradereality.com | Twitter Account: @upgradereality
Matt, from Small Biz Bee, was one of my partners in my first massive guest posting project. He makes a big deal out of small business, as he often likes to say it, and he’s doing this very well. If interested in small business trends and info, do check it out.
That was a very nice surprise. I’m not a fan of online magazines, but this one proved to be quite different from what I knew. It’s a source of daily inspiration mainly for graphic designers but also for many human creatives, as they say. Highly recommend, refreshing reading and interface.
We all know them and we read them for years. They helped me quite a lot during 2009 and I felt the need to mention their work here.
I met Steve personally during his live workshop in Vegas, in October last year. The workshop was a great experience. Combine this with Steve’s inspiring writing and you’ll find out why I still follow him, although his days as a role model for me are over for a long time.
I was quite surprised when Leo from ZenHabits left a comment on my blog this year. It took me a while then to realize that even A-listers are just people, like any of us. Leo made me understand with that comment that success is something from within, regardless of outside validation.
Tim Ferris continues to be an inspiration to me. Things that still made me read his blog: diversity, travel and self-improvement. Not necessarily in this exact order.
Incredible things happens when you apply courage to get out of your comfort zone, initiating interaction with other people. A subtle yet powerful energy transfer starts. I’ve been exposed to all of the people I mentioned above and I’ve become better because of them. Most of what I did in 2009 is a direct or indirect result of being in touch with those energy sources.
All I can say now is: follow them. And watch your life changing as well.
Running For My Life - from zero to ultramarathoner
The spooky thing about depression is that it sneaks in. There aren’t really trumpets and loud voices announcing: “Hail, hail, this is depression entering the room, all rise!” Nope. It’s slow, silent, creepy. It doesn’t even look like depression. It starts with small isolation thoughts like: “Maybe I shouldn’t get out today, I just don’t feel like going out”. And then it does the same next day. And then the day after that and so on. And then it starts to whisper louder and louder in your ears: “Why would you go outside, you loser? Didn’t have enough yet? Want more people to make fun of how much of a big, fat loser you are?”
And then you start to breath in guilt and shame, instead of air. Every breathe you take is putting more dark thoughts into your body.
Until you get stuck. You can’t move anymore. At all.
If you want to know how I got out of this space, eventually, check out my latest book on Amazon and Kindle.