Carnival of Blogs #2: Motivation


In my first carnival of blogs I wrote about some of the sites and posts that have inspired me to continue down the path that I am currently on.  In this next iteration of the carnival I wanted to focus on articles that I have read that provide motivation for me personally.  Maybe someone has become successful at being location independent, or perhaps they are doing something on my list.   Either way something about their writing has motivated me enough to want to share it with you.  A few will be familiar names if you are a regular reader of my blog, but this is only because I am a true believer in what they are doing, and they continue to put out great content!

Free Pursuits10 Lessons Learned on a Six Month Sabbatical.  In this post Corbett talks about just that, his experiences and growth that occurred during his sabbatical in Mexico.  Each of his 10 points were  either answers to a questions I had, or lessons that I have been wanting to experience for myself.  To read about someone doing it successfully is pretty exciting.  Not to mention he is currently sailing in the San Juan Islands…rough life.

RC ThinkSailing the Whitsundays.  Speaking of sailing I recently learned about Ross of RC Think.  In this post he talked about his recent journey sailing in the Whitsunday Islands off the coast of Australia.  This is motivation for me because, as many of you know, one the things I would like to do most is learn how to sail.  Reading this made me want to learn even more!

Wage Slave RebelHow to Break Free from the Conventional Life.  I have recently come across JD’s site and have really enjoyed his writing.  A few years ago with very little planning he quit his job and pursued his dream lifestyle.  One of the things I like most JD is how honest he is.  He isn’t going to tell you that his pursuits have been easy or 100% successful, but he does prove that it can be done.  Even if you have no clue what you are going to do once you leave your job, you can make things happen.

The Art of Non ConformityGetting to Saudi Arabia.  I imagine there are very few of you who have not heard of  Chris Guillebeau by now.  However, he has been such a big source of motivation that I couldn’t not mention him.  I mean really, who else do you know that decides to try and hope a flight to Saudi Arabia?  I’m not gonna lie, I don’t have much of a desire to go there myself, but I am also not trying to go to every single country in the world.   This post from him, discussing his misadventures while trying to gain entry to the country is very entertaining, and goes to show that even seasoned travelers can have their share of problems along the way.  Still, the idea of traveling to exotic and unexpected places was enough of a personal motivator for me to include it in this list!

Dreamin’ the Life Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway – Karen only started this blog last month, and has already been getting a lot of recognition for her positive thinking  and writing.  This particular post talks about how fear can be one of the most debilitating factors in our lives.  If we can learn to tune it out when necessary, we will live much more rich and fulfilling lives.

Two Backpacks – Amber of Epic Self recently started her new blog chronicling her journey around the world.  I am fairly new to Amber’s sites, but there is a lot of really good motivating content there.  I  included the link to her about page,  because I found these words in particular very encouraging.  She is currently living and traveling through Australia with you guessed it, nothing but two backpacks.  I am also for some reason, finding myself wanting to pick yoga back up after reading Amber’s site, maybe I should do that…

Nomadic MattThe Top Ten Scuba Diving Sites in the World.  This is an older post of Matt’s, but for as long as I can remember I have wanted to learn to scuba dive.  So in the next year or two I hope to get the chance to accomplish this goal.  Looking at some of the dive sites that he has laid out here only makes me want to go that much sooner!

Live Uncomfortably My Next Journey – Biking the Pacific Coast Route. I think part of the reasons I like Derek’s blog so much is that I can relate to him the most.  He is about my age, ditched his job, traveled, came back and put out a few ebooks, and now is gearing up for his next adventure: biking from the Canadian boarder all the way down to Mexico.  This is something I have always wanted to do, mostly because hiking the PCT is way too intense for me.  But this post is just a reminder that if you want to do something, GO DO IT.  There is always a way.

I highly encourage you to check all of these people out.  Each has very unique things to offer and I know I have found them useful in my journey!

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Cody McKibben July 27, 2009 at 7:57 am

Awesome roundup Sean! All these folks have some really awesome, inspiring adventures to share! Nice work

Karen July 27, 2009 at 12:15 pm

Wonderful list, Sean! Thank you for including me 😀 I’m off to go check out the people that I’m not familiar with… I love seeing lists of who inspires you!

J. D. Bentley July 27, 2009 at 1:48 pm

Thanks for sticking me in there! I’m glad I was able to motivate you and I’m even happier that I now have a list of mostly new-to-me sites to check out. Thanks, Sean!

Ross July 27, 2009 at 4:47 pm

Wicked list Sean. Reading about other people doing exactly what they want to do is definitely motivation for me to get moving on my “list” and not just sit on my arse reading all the time 🙂

Sean July 27, 2009 at 4:54 pm

Thanks for the comments everyone! I appreciate you giving me the motivation to write about you 🙂

And Cody, you are just as deserving as everyone else to be on this list, but I gave you a whole post, so I figured I would spread the love this time around! But glad to hear your weekend at the beach went well!

Amber July 27, 2009 at 5:53 pm

Thanks for the shout out Sean! I agree with Cody… this is a great list of some very inspirational folks. Thanks for including my work. I hope I get you back into your yoga habit. Yay for stretching and meditation 😀

Brooke Ferguson July 28, 2009 at 10:05 am

Thanks, Sean. This is a great list. I liked your comment about Wage Slave Rebel… I can relate. This lifestyle isn’t free of worry or regret, but it is definitely free of boredom! I’m looking forward to digging into these sites a bit more. It’s always great to connect with others that are living an unconventional lifestyle.


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