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Four Personal Development Bloggers I'm Watching in 2010

Life can be stressful and lonely as we rush from place to place and task to task. During periods of downtime due to ill health I learned that connecting with people who inspire me via the internet was helpful when I couldn't get out and connect face to face.

As I worked on my own recovery I took to blogging to share what I've learned through my own studies and experiences. My desire with Living by Design was to reach out to anyone struggling with anxiety or adversity and encourage them to remember that in every moment we have the chance to choose how and who we want to be.

Inspired by Probloggers recent invite to "Create Your Own Bloggers to Watch List" here's my quick review of some of my favourite bloggers that I recommend looking out for in 2010...


Carole Fogarty - Rejuvenation Lounge 

Carole's posts are highly informative and easily digestible - perfect for busy internet readers looking for great advice on self care. Any mother of three who can write with such ease and enthusiasm gets my vote.


Some of my favourite posts of last year from Carole:

Dani - Positively Present

Dan's already been recommended on Serene Journey's list, but she has to be on mine too purely because Dani is such a bloody good writer. Prolific and free, I watched her stroll into the blogosphere in 2009 and establish herself with her regular thought provoking posts. I'll definitely continue reading in 2010.


Some of my favourite posts of last year from Dani:

Monica Bloom - HeyMonicaB  

Monica's tag line is "a blooming resource on Ayurveda" and that's exactly what she offers. Sassy, informative writing on the ancient art of self care with lovely text illustrations for many of her posts. Highly recommended for anyone wanting to learn about Ayurveda and pick up some great tips.

Some of my favourite posts of last year from Monica:

Shann VanderLeek - True Balance Life Coaching

Can you write from the hip and the heart? Shann can. Lively, audacious and groovacious, this is a blogger I've watched throughout 2009 with interest. In September this year I ran a project idea by some blogger friends and Shann picked it up with such open minded enthusiasm that we teamed up and launched AnxietySlayer

Some of my favourite posts of last year from Shann:



Someone you'd like to add? Leave me a comment and I'll look them up. 

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Reader Comments (12)

Thank you SO much for your mention of my blog in this post. It made my day to read the little write up of Positively Present above. Thank you!


Jan 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPositively Present

It's my pleasure Dani. I look forward to reading more from you.

with all good wishes

Jan 13, 2010 | Registered CommenterAnanga

Have just returned from holidays and only now caught up with your articles. I am indeed grateful and thrilled that you have included my blog. As you know my blog is my passion, we are like best buddies as we grow and evolve together. Look forward to connecting with you lots in the year ahead.

Peace, love and chocolate



Jan 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCarole


It's my pleasure to include your blog. Your passion shines through in your writing and that's one of the reasons I love your articles.

I look forward to reading more from you in 2010 and wish you a very happy new year.


Jan 18, 2010 | Registered CommenterAnanga

I love Dani from Positively Present too! She was kind enough to let me leave a guest post there.


I am trying to get the word out about the up and coming Life-Coach, Austin Vickers. As well as being a Life-Coach, Austin is a Corporate Speaker, Author, Yoga and Spin Instructor and the Founder of the non-profit organization, The Stepping Up Foundation. He is also finishing up his first documentary, People vs. the State of Illusion, which will appear on PBS in the fall. Everyone needs to know about Austin and all that he has to offer. Please help me get him out there!

Autumn Drozda

Jan 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAustin Vickers


I'm relatively new to the blog world...but I hope to make your list next year! :0)

Stop by the ParmFarm when you can... Thx! Amy Parmenter www.parmfarm.com

Jan 27, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteramy parmenter

Its my pleasure to read this post...its great.

Feb 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShamima Sultana

Beautiful descriptions ... I especially like "the ancient art of self care."

Sources of Insight

Feb 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJ.D. Meier


Thanks so much for sharing this list. I've enjoyed checking out these bloggers, all in a similar space but with a unique style. Hope you will add my blog to your list in the years ahead. Be well...


Apr 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmy Parmenter

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