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22 favorite personal growth blogs: which one could change your life?

I’ve  been blogging just over a year and enjoy visiting other personal development and inspirational blogs and seeing how they do things.

A remarkable adventure is underway in this world. Although much is disintegrating, I strongly believe something very positive and beautiful is emerging in the midst of the pain and suffering. It's a renaissance of spirit in which more and more people are seeking deeper happiness and inner peace, and embracing timeless qualities such as compassion, integrity and courage.

The following is a beginning list of 22 personal development blogs I enjoy  – some large, some small -- that have “heart” and in their own unique ways are offering real help to people in these troubled times. I hope you will enjoy checking out  these blogs too.

 1. http://www.lessordinaryliving.com

“A guide for people who believe that life is too short to be ordinary,” says entrepreneur and coach Phil Bolton. He lives in London, where I grew up. A great place to visit, but I am sold now on the sunshine in Colorado…haven’t used my umbrella since I got here.

2. http://www.realsimplepeople.com

Just seeing John Sherry’s smiling picture on his blog is enough to make your day.

3. http://www.urbanmonk.net

This blog has such a genuine, helpful feel to it – must be because my friend Albert, who runs it, is one of the most genuine and helpful people I have met across this wild ocean we call the internet.

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

This blog is becoming a second home to me. Steven is a true and generous friend and his determination to be a blessing to his world in whatever way he can is a beacon to many people, certainly including me.

5. http://www.everydaygyaan.com

Sometimes you don’t entirely know why you feel such a strong connection with another person you’ve never even met. It’s just there. Gyaan, in Hindu, means “wisdom” -- and everyday wisdom is what my friend Corinne shares with her happy readers.

 6. http://www.thesecondhalfofmylife.com

Marion is a coach who writes about “success tactics for the game of life.” I was touched by this excerpt from one of her testimonials, “Marion is just what you need if you are struggling with goals, or feeling that life is an uphill battle…”

7. http://www.aflourishinglife.com

Gail Brenner offers “Practical wisdom for Clarity, Freedom and Happiness.” Such a fine blog, imbued with a deep love for enduring peace. Gail believes in examining even our most cherished beliefs and facing painful emotions “without the drama”.

8. http://www.alexshalman.com

Alex offers posts on practical personal development. A recent headline: “7 ways to cultivate the ultimate personal freedom through minimalism.”

9. http://www.lifehack.org

A heavyweight blog with numerous well-known contributors.

10. http://www.marcandangel.com

Marc and Angel promise you will not find a “regurgitation of someone else’s point of view” on their well-known site.

11. http://www.lifeoptimizer.org

A quality blog by Donald Latumahina, who lives in Indonesia. He shares his deep passion for information technology and personal development.

12. http://www.thechangeblog.com

Peter started blogging in 2007 to share his story of personal change. It’s now a multi-author site. Peter lives in Vancouver, one of the most beautiful cities in the world where I once met an English lord and rancher (turned spiritual teacher) who changed my life forever...

13. http://www.thistimethisspace.com

“Timethief,” as she calls herself, has a fierce determination to be of service to others and to her world and it lights up her blog.

14. http://www.lionslinger.com

Walter showed up at my blog one day expressing appreciation for my message so of course I knew right away he is intelligent, charming and very wise. His message:”Life is all lessons—ignorance is not a destiny.”

15. http://www.nakedineden.com

Robin Easton is a remarkable woman who enjoys running barefoot up mountains and communing with wild creatures in the middle of the Daintree rainforest of Australia. Such a warm, generous heart, who empowers everyone she meets.

16. http://www.Julianamatthews.net

In her welcome message, Juliana says: “I write about recovery from addiction, getting the most out of life, laughter, gratitude and developing spiritual balance. Always from the heart, always honest.” Sums up what this world needs doesn’t it?

17. http://www.liveboldandbloom.com

Barrie Davenport writes about “Personal growth for fearless living.” I found out about Barrie through a guest post she wrote for Problogger, Darren Rowse’s hugely helpful site, entitled “Reach out and touch someone: How the power of personal connection creates blogging success.”

18. http://www.illuminatedmind.net

“Don’t read this website if you want ordinary,” declares Jonathan. I love another of his remarks:” We’re born free but as we become domesticated we lose our authenticity.” More power to you Jonathan.

19. http://www.zenhabits.net

“Smile, breathe and go slowly,” advises Leo Babauta. His blog -- one of the top 100 blogs in the world – is about finding simplicity in the daily chaos of our lives. It’s a message that resonates far and wide and Leo is a true leader.

20. http://www.dragosroua.com

Dragos was a Romanian soldier in the Romanian revolution in 1989. Now he puts his courage and his heart into a blog that’s well worth a bit of anyone’s time. His most visited post was entitled “100 ways to live a better life.”

21. http://www.kikolani.com

Kristi Hines describes herself as a happily married, artistic girl geek from the Southwest. She brings a wide range of interests and skills to her blog.

22. http://www.thehappyseeker.com

Hmm. Okay to include my own blog in this list? Heck, why not? I’ll stand up straight, pull my shoulders back, and be proud to be part of this fine family of writers and explorers and friends. I write about happiness and inner peace, and the timeless, unconquerable  being who we truly are.

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Gail Brenner (AFlourishingLife) July 25, 2010 at 8:19 am

Hi Chris,
I am so honored that you chose my blog for this list and humbled to be among such amazing company! I don’t know all these blogs, but I want to. Off to check them out right now…

Thanks for offering this beautiful service for people.

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Christopher Foster July 25, 2010 at 9:24 am

Hi Gail. Thank you so much for your comment. I’m the one who feels honored — your material is terrific and I’m so happy to be sharing the path of life with you and for this opportunity to connect with you.

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Alex Shalman July 25, 2010 at 10:25 am

Hi Christopher,

Thank you for putting together this list of excellent blogs. I’m humbled to be included amongst such greats! 🙂

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Christopher Foster July 25, 2010 at 11:38 am

Thanks Alex. A pleasure to hear from you. All the very best to you in all your endeavors.

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Robin Easton July 25, 2010 at 11:39 am

Dear Chris, I was sooooo tickled to see my name here, because you are such a beautiful writer and person, inspiring many souls around you, including myself. In my other comment I mentioned how I strongly relate to your ability to find (and claim) the joy in even the smallest of life occurrences. And you do so with great kindness and what seems like a deep sense of peace. I know for certain, that part of you makes a HUGE difference in the lives you come in contact with each day, hence a difference in the world. In your posts and comments you generously give off a deep sense of caring and love, two of the worlds simplest and yet MOST powerful gifts we can give. You radiate them. For that I am grateful. And I am grateful to be part of your circle. It is an honor, Chris. Hugs, Robin

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Christopher Foster July 25, 2010 at 12:15 pm

Oh Robin, you are very kind. But it is I who am grateful to be part of your circle.
I am touched by your kind words. Love and blessings to you.

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Steven Aitchison July 25, 2010 at 12:13 pm

Hi Christopher, you have a fantastic list of people who inspire you here and I am honoured that I am on the list. You’re doing great and I wish you even more success for your next year of blogging.

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Christopher Foster July 25, 2010 at 12:44 pm

Thank you for your kind and encouraging comment Steven. Such a pleasure to know you and share life’s journey with you.

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Jonathan - Advanced Life Skills July 25, 2010 at 1:52 pm

Nice list Chris. Many are friends and personal favorites who really deserve recognition. Thank you for bringing them together here!

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Christopher Foster July 25, 2010 at 6:15 pm

Thankyou Jonathan. Happy indeed to make your acquaintance.

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Dragos Roua July 26, 2010 at 1:11 am

Hey Christopher,

Thanks so much for including me here, I do know most of the blogs you’re talking about and they’re all, without exception, solid A-listers in their category. It’s a great honor to be included here.

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Christopher Foster July 26, 2010 at 9:40 am

Thanks for your note Dragos. I’m very happy to have connected with you and wish you all the very best.

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Corinne Rodrigues July 26, 2010 at 8:52 am

Chris – I’m indeed honored and humbled, because I rate you real high in my list of wise people. 🙂
Thank you.

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Christopher Foster July 26, 2010 at 9:39 am

Good to be living on the same planet with you Corinne. Give my love to India, fond memories of past visits there.

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JohnSherry July 29, 2010 at 1:15 am

Christopher a true honour to be listed as a favourite of yours and by a person with such a loving, giving blog himself. A fab list including blogs I didn’t know so this will help people uncover more positive light into their lives (plus yours!). Blessings and keep the vibe alive.

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Christopher Foster July 29, 2010 at 2:48 pm

Thanks for your kind comment John. Much appreciated. Blessings to you too.

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Shamelle@EnhanceLife December 22, 2010 at 10:17 pm

Thank you for posting this A-list. I found a lot of worthy blog to add to my feed reader and also spent more time reading some of the posts than I initially anticipated!
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Pat March 15, 2011 at 10:05 am

Christopher,
My blog is not on your list. Yet. Maybe someday it will be. Meanwhile I have a lot to learn about life and about writing, and a list of tutors. I only just one week ago started secretly referring to myself as a writer. I’m a late-blooming newbie . How fun, though, to discover this link of yours on my website. How fun that I found you in this cyber world and that you found me. Maybe that’s what it’s all about.

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Christopher Foster March 15, 2011 at 2:56 pm

Thankyou so much for writing, Pat. I agree 100 percent. It is fun. It’s magical really how life works things out, I sometimes think it’s a bit like a river. It winds this way and that but it gets to the sea in the end. Very happy to have connectd with you.

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Rapid Profit Formula May 23, 2011 at 10:33 am

Hey Christopher,

I guess you must have taken some time to complie this list of blogs. I have to a few of them and they are pretty good. Thanks for sharing this list. I guess a lot of people would benefit from having a more positive outlook on their life. Because nothing happens unless there is a burning desire to achieve something in life.

Regards,
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Christopher Foster May 23, 2011 at 12:01 pm

Great to hear from you Edmund and thank you for words here. Much appreciated. Every good wish.

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Hi Christopher,

This list must have taken you quite some time to put together. Kudos to your effort. I checked out a few of them. All I have to say is “They look great~!” I am pretty sure I will read those blogs often as a way to keep myself on the track of what I want to accomplish in life. Thanks for the list again~!

Best regards,

Chet

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Christopher Foster July 29, 2011 at 11:35 am

Thanks so much for your kind comment Chet. Every good wish and have a great life.

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Jimmy/Life Architect September 2, 2011 at 7:42 pm

Dear Christopher,

Thank you so much for this list of personal development blogs. I have looking around for all these wonderful resources for a long time. It’s great to be in the company of like minded and positive people striving to make the world a better place.
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Christopher Foster September 5, 2011 at 11:35 am

Hey, good to hear from you Jimmy. Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment, and I hope the info helps. Best of luck.

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Luisa November 14, 2011 at 6:47 am

Os recomiendo el blog de mi coach personal, tan sugerente como sus sesiones y cursos.
http://www.coachingespiritual.com

Un legado impresionante para aprender y crecer. Para mi el mejor coach de España.
Luisa Gonzalez

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Shirley December 11, 2011 at 6:05 am

Thank you so much for sharing these brilliant blogs with us here. It is great to read them and discover some different views on things especially when I have so many readers looking for different things. I will most certainly be sharing this site with others. Thank you again. Warmest Regards Shirley
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Christopher Foster December 12, 2011 at 2:21 pm

Shirley, thank you so much for these kind words. It’s a great pleasure to connect with you in this way. Best wishes to you and the people you are helping, and more power to you.

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Tamisha December 22, 2011 at 10:44 am

Wow! This is a great list! I’m going to be checking these out over the next few days. Thanks for putting this out there. 🙂
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Christopher Foster December 22, 2011 at 7:23 pm

Thanaks Tamisha. The title of your new post is absolutely irresistible. Blessings to you and have a wonderful Christmas.

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Tamisha December 22, 2011 at 10:40 pm

Thanks! I’m glad it resonated!

Judith January 29, 2012 at 5:31 pm

This is a great website, thank you! I’ve been blogging on personal growth for some months now and I love the people that are drawn to this topic.
I am going to check out this list asap!
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Brenda May 11, 2012 at 12:12 am

Great list. Its so important to keep people in front of positive material nowadays. By the way, I recently read the book 25 Laws for Doing the Impossible by Patrick Bet-David and was blos away by his book. It influenced me to follow his blog and I’m very impressed with him. He’s a big too cocky but I like him.

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Christopher Foster June 2, 2012 at 5:31 pm

Thanks for your very kind comment Lockard. It’s great to hear from you. All the very best.

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David Domincki June 5, 2012 at 11:47 am

I do accept as true with all of the ideas you have presented to your post. They’re really convincing and will certainly work. Still, the posts are too short for starters. May just you please prolong them a little from next time? Thank you for the post.

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Gary Coxe August 18, 2012 at 12:44 pm

Nice list Chris. Most of them are my favorite.

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Christopher Foster August 24, 2012 at 1:13 pm

Thanks Gary. Got to update or re-do that list some time. All the best to you on your life journey.

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Steve Grey March 21, 2013 at 3:29 am

I appreciate you putting up the personal growth blogs, really inspiring. I like the last blog on your list 🙂
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Christopher Foster March 27, 2013 at 2:12 pm

Hi Steve, thanks for your comment, I’m glad you found the list useful. Best wishes to you and please keep in touch.

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Christopher Foster March 27, 2013 at 2:15 pm

Thanks for your kind words and encouragement. I’ll see what I can do! Blessings to you.

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Andrea March 27, 2013 at 11:42 am

Thats a solid list! Thank you so much!

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Christopher Foster March 27, 2013 at 2:15 pm

Thanks Andrea. Good to hear from you. All the very best.

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Christopher Foster April 9, 2013 at 3:52 pm

I think your blog is lovely Lavanya. Congratulations on your new venture and I wish you every success. I love your words, “Being true to your true self.” You’ve got off on the right foot for sure.

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Ethan Poltrack January 28, 2014 at 1:25 pm

Thank you. First its nice to find a place that has everything really in one spot and second just for being online. Its nice to connect with like minded. Again, great post.

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Stu August 22, 2014 at 9:57 am

Chris,
Thanks for the list. i am familiar with life hacke and the changeblog. Just started on the life optimizer which is easy to read. My favorite is the change blog because there are so many new perspective. Hope to get to the others. Wish you all the best.

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Christopher Foster August 28, 2014 at 1:04 pm

I wish you all the best too Stu. Thanks for your comment. I’m glad the list was helpful. Stay well.

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Thanks for your comment. Much appreciated.

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Dan Giercke January 22, 2015 at 1:22 pm

Hi Christopher,

Thanks for compiling this wonderful list! There are some unfamiliar ones for me that I’ll have to check out.

Perhaps some day I’ll see my own http://www.MentoredLife.com make the list.

Thanks again!

Best of Success,
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Christopher Foster March 26, 2015 at 5:20 pm

Thank you Paula. It’s good to hear from you.

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Stu February 28, 2015 at 9:25 pm

Christopher,
Wonderful selection. I am 61 and hope that I will be as productive when I am your age. Love your wordpress theme. If possible would like to know which theme you are using, thanks
stu

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Christopher Foster March 26, 2015 at 5:22 pm

Stu, thank you for your comment, and I’m so sorry it took me so long to respond. It’s good to hear from you. It’s a thesis theme, an IT consultant named Larry Deane designed it for me. Love to you.

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Christopher Foster May 30, 2015 at 9:00 am

Thank you ashutosh, keep up the good work.

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Hitesh Israni November 26, 2015 at 5:23 am

Thank you Christopher for putting this list together. I have been searching for this kind of blogs from last few days and now my search is completed. Nice work. keep it up.

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Deepthi March 3, 2016 at 5:41 am

Hello Christopher,

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Ankita Singhal June 20, 2016 at 5:24 am

Thanks for providing this compiled list. It really helped me .

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Jen October 15, 2016 at 6:44 pm

This is just what I needed today. A few of these sites I already stalk but I am happy to add to the list. It is so refreshing to read other like minded folks on this journey of life. Thank you for sharing and I look forward to diving in.

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Christopher Foster October 18, 2016 at 9:56 am

Thanks for your comment, Jen. All the very best.

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