Here are some blogs that have helped me think about how I want my life to be:

  • Puttylike, started by Emilie Wapnick, is about and for people with many interests and many passions, who don't fit well into the standard model of a full-time job and a hobby on the side. I have found it very encouraging on those days when I felt strange for loving science AND art AND writing AND craft AND so many other things at once.
  • Zen Habits, by Leo Babauta, is about living ordinary life in a mindful way. Sometimes I get overwhelmed by all the material there and wishing that I could put all the lessons into action at once!
  • Alien's Day Out, by Mipa Lee, is a lovely vegan food and life blog that always makes me happy to read. But I think what really keeps me reading is the inspiration I get from seeing how Mipa focuses on what she loves, like making vegan food, spending time with friends and family, and exploring Seoul, and from following on her journey as she builds up her own business around the food she loves.
  • Brain Pickings, by Maria Popova, is her collection of comments on interesting things to read and look at, in particular featuring many quotes on life, art, and love by great thinkers from the last hundred and fifty years or so. It's full of insightful thoughts and always gets me thinking.

And here are some blogs that I love to read for world-changing ideas and optimism:
  • I love the New York Times blog Fixes because it focuses on novel, but tested solutions to big problems like poverty. Always thoughtful, always well-researched, and it gives me hope.

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