Another month, and millions of new words published to the Internet.
Here are some of those words I especially enjoyed, and think you will too.
Some friends of mine saved up their money, quit their jobs, and left to go on a world adventure. Aka they are the coolest people I know.
One of them, Jamie, also happens to be a talented writer! She’s been chronicling their experiences on their blog Blessedday.ca and this is my favourite post yet because it touches on an important theme in travel and life in general: expectations.
More than anything on this adventure, Jamie eagerly anticipated the Lantern Festival in Chiang Mai, Thailand. She craved the breathtaking scene she’d witnessed in photographs and yearned to experience it firsthand.
However, due to a number of unfortunate circumstances, what she arrived to find was basically a complete shitshow. But her disappointment quickly melted away as she realized what she’d arrived to see was the real thing, in all its chaotic beauty, and not the idealic, photo-perfect version she’d expected.
The moral of the story? Screw expectations. They get in the way of real appreciation.
If you enjoy this post, be sure to follow Blessedday.ca for more.
Nothing is more inspiring to me than the strength of the human spirit and our capacity for overcoming incredible adversity.
I love stories like this to remind me of how fortunate I am for my cozy, Canadian life, and also to remind me of how much work we still have to do as humans to provide a good quality of life for everybody, regardless of where they are born.
In this article, Charles tells his story of fleeing from an oppressive and repressive regime in North Korea to build a better life in North America.
The journey was arduous. The fear of being caught, tortured, and executed was palpable at every step of the way.
This is a story of courage by fire, hope in bleak times, and steely grit that blasts through dire situations.
I am a big fan of sober people.
Why? Because self-control is badass. I believe that if you can break an addiction, you can do basically anything.
You know what else is badass? Being healthy. And most things that are addictive are bad for your health.
This is a great story of how the author overcame her addiction to live a happier, healthier life.
Thanks for sharing, Kelly!
By: Etta | Website
This post is short and sweet, and I like it because the message is important.
How often do we take people for granted, only noticing their flaws? How often do we let a good job go unrecognized?
Neglecting to compliment and congratulate isn’t something that only mean-spirited people do. It’s something we all do because we get lazy, or feel awkward, or – most often – we simply forget.
But if you remember how good it made you feel the last time someone acknowledged you with a kind statement – the way Etta’s supervisor acknowledged her – you might remember to pass those kind words on to someone else.
Maybe you will even form a habit of it, and spreading positivity will become a matter-of-fact component of your daily life. Maybe you already do this (if you do, you rock).
The small gestures have a big impact.
This post takes on procrastination with the aid of quirky humor, scientific knowledge, and rich wisdom.
This guest post by Dr. Christine Li, a psychologist and a productivity coach, on Sandra Pawula’s blog, dissects procrastination and exposes its neurological bases, psychological triggers, social implications, and cultural connotations.
The result is a delightful, intriguing, and thought-provoking read that takes the fear, shame, and frustration out of procrastination and equips readers with the insights and information they need to be and stay productive.
That’s it for November! If you read something and think it should be included on the December list, or you are a blogger and would like your article to be considered, feel free to contact us and let us know.