10 Passionate Bloggers Who Have Already Inspired Me Before I Even Get Into 2011

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What has attracted me to this small list of bloggers? Their passion.

I’ve been reading a lot of blog lists – some with top 30, 33, and others with 52 and even some with 101 blogs on their list. Whew! I get worn out just thinking about how on earth the bloggers could have put together such a comprehensive list.

Why have I been looking at these lists?

Well I’ve just sold off a portion of my web design company to free me for the pursuit of my passion for writing motivational, inspirational and personal development material.

For some time I had been telling my family that my web design company was a launch pad for my children and I. And lo and behold in September it finally hit me, sell the clients – and after three months we have done the deal. I’m now free, and will continue to coach my two children, who have been working with me these past 7 years, to launch their own global online businesses – http://www.elvanto.com and http://www.weddinghouse.com.au and http://www.weddinghouse.co.nz.

And in addition to that I’m purchasing my first hair salon so that my youngest daughter can begin to pursue her passion. She recently qualified as a professional hairdresser, and in her own words on finding out that dad is buying the business, ‘I’m soooooooo excited!’.

But what about my passion?

Well apart from helping my family, when it comes to me personally I’m in the process of taking my Motivational Memo blog to the next level – and with the publishing of my first article this past week on the Dumb Little Man website entitled 5 Sure-Fire Ways To Enjoy Every Day Of Your Life, I have already learnt a lot and have come across some great people who are inspiring and teaching me.

So I thought I would share my short list with you, and maybe in 12 months time I’ll be in a better position to add to it.

The one thing that has impressed me about the bloggers I have met so far is their openness to share, collaborate and give us newbies a chance, even though we may be the new kids on the block. I find that impressive and very attractive to join such an elite group of online champions.

So rather than me try to tell you about these great bloggers – I’ll let them speak for themselves…

1. Sherri -Serene Journey

Blog: http://www.serenejourney.com

So here is what Sherri has to say about herself – Sherri introduces herself as a work at home mom to two young boys and married to her high school sweetheart, Gwynn. She invites us to join her on a journey while they gather and share tips, tricks and philosophies that can help us all enjoy life a whole lot more. Serene Journey is about living your life deliberately, purposefully and fully by choosing happiness and remembering it’s often the little things that mean the most. Her blog focuses on simplifying our lives, creating new and fun experiences for our family, sharing new ideas that we’ve learned and improving our happiness. She hopes you get some valuable information out of their experiences and are inspired to focus on making your life the most enjoyable it can be.

2. Lance Ekum – Jungle Of Life

Blog: http://www.jungleoflife.com/

So here is what Lance has to say about himself – So what is ‘The Jungle of Life’? Good question… Life can seem like a jungle sometimes, overgrown with all the ‘things’ that are in our life. The animals that consume us (debt, busy-ness, work, family, etc) lurking around every corner.  Here at ‘The Jungle of Life’ I’m looking for you to walk through this jungle with me as I look at ways to tame this jungle we call our lives.  Join me on the journey as we discover more about who we are and what makes us each unique.

3.  Josh Hanagarne – Worlds Strongest Librarian

Blog:  http://worldsstrongestlibrarian.com/

So here is what Josh has to say about himself – I figure that either everyone is special or nobody is. If I’m someone, you’re someone. Right now I’m just a guy who can’t get enough of this stuff and has a simple philosophy of life: Don’t make anyone’s day worse. Make it better when you can, but first do no harm.I am also an aspiring strongman, bookish nerd, twitchy guy with Tourette’s Syndrome, devoted family man, tearer of phone books, and humble librarian. A tall, thin paradox wrapped in thick glasses.And I’m all yours!

4. Mary Jaksch-  Good Life Zen

Blog: http://goodlifezen.com/

So here is what Mary has to say about herself – Life is a wonderful opportunity! We can all become so much more than we imagine, and achieve so much more than we think. Really, our only limitation is in the mind. I think the key to lasting change lies in developing our natural spirituality. When we learn to experience the miracle of this moment right now, we can develop peacefulness, joy, compassion and generosity.

5. Steven Aitchison –  Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life

Blog: http://www.stevenaitchison.co.uk/blog/

So here is what Steven has to say about himself – Change Your Thoughts is a place to visit to help you try and change your thinking patterns, behaviors, beliefs and thought processes to live the life you were truly born to live. It is my passion to help people see the good in themselves and help change their negative thinking patterns and outdated beliefs about themselves. We are all brought up with other people’s beliefs and a lot of them are outdated, and my aim is to help you look at life from a new perspective and change your life, should you wish.

6. Celestine Chua – The Personal Excellence Blog

Blog: http://celestinechua.com/blog/

Here’s what Celestine has to say about herself – My biggest passion in life is to help you achieve your highest potential and live your best life.This is my purpose that I live by every day. My mission statements are: ‘To touch others’ lives, help them achieve their highest potential and live their best lives’  & ‘To achieve my highest potential and live consciously and freely in truth, love and power.’

7. Contrarianism

Blog: http://www.contrarianism.net/

I have come across Contrarianism commenting on  a lot of blogs that I am visiting and have enjoyed his originality of thought, so here is what he says about himself – I am a … forty-something proud dad of three and devoted husband to one, a serial entrepreneur, oil painter, masters lap-swimmer, avid sailor, alternative health and slow foodoligist, ardent truth seeker, slightly-warped in the head with a rye sense of humor, twenty five year-long love affair with personal development and spiritual growth, voracious reader and devoted life-long learner, fine wine connoisseur and coffee-snob , independent peace-loving libertarian-capitalist who believes in individual freedom over tyranny of government , who has insecurities, and foibles, has stumbled, bumbled and made more mistakes than I can remember…. and is the creator and writer of Contrarianism. Owning yourself – this is the genesis and essence of the Contrarianism. We hope Contrarianism will set you free and radically change your life for the better.

8. Leo Babauta – Zen Habits

Blog: http://zenhabits.net/

Here is what Leo has to say about his amazing blog – Zen Habits is about finding simplicity in the daily chaos of our lives. It’s about clearing the clutter so we can focus on what’s important, create something amazing, find happiness. It also happens to be one of the Top 25 blogs in the world, with about 200,000 readers, and is uncopyrighted. Zen Habits features one or two powerful articles a week on: simplicity, health & fitness, motivation and inspiration, frugality, family life, happiness, goals, getting great things done, and living in the moment.My name is Leo Babauta, and I’m the creator and writer here. I’m married with six kids, I live in San Francisco, I’m a writer and a runner and a vegan.

9.Yaro Starak – Entrepreneurs Journey

Blog: http://www.entrepreneurs-journey.com/

Here’s what Yaro has to say about himself – This blog is very special because when I started it in 2005 I was just barely making enough money to live independently. Over the years I chronicled all the different things I did to transform my life and ramp up my income.If you’re ready to take action and eager to learn, you can go through my journey and learn what I did, simply by reading the archives in this website, then replicate what I did right to start your own online business. All my blog content is completely free and available 24/7.

10. Darren Rowse – ProBlogger

Blog: http://www.problogger.net/

Here’s what Darren has to say about himself – My name is Darren Rowse and I’m a full time Blogger making a living from this new and dynamic medium from blogs like Digital Photography School and TwiTip – Twitter Tips. Back in 2002 I stumbled upon an article about ‘Blogging’. I didn’t know it at the time but that moment changed my life. Since then I’ve become a full time blogger and have blogged on over 20 blogs.

So to all those in my list of 10 – oh passionate ones – a big thank you for your inspiration – even before I step into 2011 and beyond.

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