Inspirational Blogs and Websites

A Little Inspiration…

I’ve been wanting to compile a list of the most frequent places I visit on the web.  All these blogs and websites are ones I visit at least once a week, if not every day.


For creative inspiration, to feel good, to get direction, to understand writing, art or photography a little better, and to learn.

I will never stop learning.  I thrive on learning new things every single day.  Each of these websites teaches me something every time I visit.

If you’re a creative person – a writer, artist, photographer, or otherwise right-brained – I recommend you take a look at these sites.

They might change your life!

Some of them are well-known.  Others are getting started.  Either way, you’ll walk away feeling better about yourself.

Take charge of your life


Brain Pickings  – this website has lots of inspirational posts on a variety of subjects.  One of my favorite recent posts is about Bruce Lee and his rise from obscurity to being an American cultural icon.


Leonie Dawson – I just love this woman!  She’s Australian and created a business for herself based on doing her art and signing people up for her Life + Biz Academy.  I’m thinking about signing up, actually.  I’m still thinking about it – it’s a commitment – but I keep thinking something like this could change my own life.  (And no, I was not compensated to link to her site.)


Motivation to Move – I started listening to Scott’s podcasts a little over a month ago and I’ve been hooked.  He can change your life in 9 minutes a day.  He has lots of great podcasts on changing your outlook and motivating yourself to follow your dreams. (I wan’t compensated for this one, either – I just happen to like the message.)


Maria Brophy – I love her blog because she demonstrates, together with her husband Drew, that if you’re willing to put your mind to it, you can live the life you dream of.  It takes perseverance and patience, but it can be done.


The Skool of Life – I recently found this website.  The post that resonated with me?  Well, all of them, actually.  He’s a surfer, was unemployed, experienced immense personal growth, learned to live on a tight budget and then got an incredibly stellar dream job.  Check him out.  All of his posts.  Pretty incredible.


Lifehack – I discovered this website through a job board, actually.  I might become a staff writer for these guys (keep your fingers crossed for me).  As soon as I saw this site, though, I was hooked.  Who doesn’t want to read about the 20 Best Inspirational Speeches From the Movies?  Or find out about more inspirational stories?


Dreamwalker’s Sanctuary – I discovered Sue’s blog a little while ago and I keep thinking that her site is one I’d really like to emulate.  She’s got photography, art, symbolism and a deep appreciation for Mother Earth.  She understands the cycles of life in the same way that a jeweler makes a perfect ring.  Be prepared for bliss with a touch of soul-grounding advice.


Scribbles and Smiles – I have to include Melanie’s blog here.  Every time I visit, I feel like I’m reading about myself.  I don’t know what it is, but I love a kindred spirit when I see one.  We live thousands of miles apart, but I can tell you that every time she posts something, I can’t wait to read.  I get everything from inspiration to how she deals with life’s issues and I feel like my cup fills up when I visit.

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Another Jennifer – I love this blog.  Ever since I found it, I’ve had this nagging feeling (but in a good way!) that I need to give more of myself.  In fact, I came up with a ginormous idea about philanthropy after reading her blog.  I am working out the details and I don’t want to reveal anything, yet – I have to make sure it’s viable – but let’s just say that I think I need to start a non-profit.  After reading about Jennifer’s efforts, I keep thinking that I need to make a difference more than just with my teaching, blogging or creativity.  I need to make a dent in the human time continuum.


The Wakefield Doctrine – When I found this blog months ago, I can’t tell you how much I’ve come to just adore the theory of clarks, scotts and rogers.  In case you couldn’t tell from this post I’m composing right now, I’m a clark.  SUCH a clark.  I understand people so much better and it helps me relate to the world on a whole new level.

Do You Have Inspirational Websites You Visit?  Let me know in the comments.



32 thoughts on “Inspirational Blogs and Websites

  1. Yes, Cyndi you are “SUCH a clark”! And that’s a good thing:) I find a sense of comfort when I read your posts. There’s an instinctive feeling of “simpatico” whenever I read your words. They (words) are strung together the way we like people strive to put our lives together.
    Thank you for the list. I intend to copy the links and visit each one!
    Do you mind? Here’s a shout out to fellow clark Melanie! I don’t visit your site(s)nearly enough but I do enjoy them!


  2. Oh man, you totally MADE my day!!! 🙂 Thanks so much for the shout out…and it means a lot knowing that you find my blog/writing inspiring. Yay! Haha, you and I are so much alike it’s quite funny sometimes. I feel the same when I read your posts. Thanks for making me smile on this gloomy, grey, cold and rainy day outside. Hope your side of the world is nice and sunny! x


  3. Wow, CC, thanks for including Muses on a list here too! And we do need to listen to others often to give ourselves perspective. I am familiar with a few of these blogs, one or two I must check out! Thanks for sharing!


  4. I was reading this and taking in all the new websites I need to visit and then I saw mine on the list. I am honored! Thank you, Cyndi. I can’t wait to hear more about your endeavors for giving back. You will most certainly have to write a guest post for a future Philanthropy Friday that chronicles your journey!


    1. Jennifer – You’re making me want to give more and more of myself and I NEED to. 🙂 Thank you for your inspiration – you’re remarkable. 🙂


  5. What a great list. I am going to have to check some of these out. I have heard of a few of them before, but I have to admit, I haven’t been active with the whole blog reading thing lately since going back to school. My brain is drained! 🙂


    1. Stacy – you have an excuse: you have three kids, a husband AND you’re in school. Holy moly! Give yourself room to breathe and you just finished a book, too! You’re allowed to slack in the blog department. 😉


  6. Wow Cyndi, imagine my surprise when I opened my email and then logged into your Post to see Dreamwalker’s Sanctuary mentioned in such a wonderful way.. I am so pleased and overwhelmed that you enjoy my Blog… I think our energies blend as our thoughts often reflect the same truths…Such is the way as we are linking more and more with Like-minds..

    With Love and Gratitude..


    1. Sue – I feel like a warm, gentle spirit washes over me when I visit your blog. I love your words and energy – it resonates with me and supplements my own energy. Aho and peace!


  7. Yes — definitely agree with Melanie and Clark’s blogs and now have to check out these others too..great list and can’t wait to explore these blogs too.


    1. Emily – I love Melanie’s and Clark’s blogs and the others – while bigger and more business-like, definitely give me a dose of happy when I need it. 🙂


  8. Sue of Dreamwalker is my inspiration too. She always has a new angle to things…love her.

    Melanie is also awesome! I visit her frequently.

    Gotta check out other blogs.

    Thanks for the list, cyndi.


      1. Bless you Ruchira, and Cyndi, you have made my Weekend! 🙂 Sorry I will be working it, but will catch up with you guys next week…
        Love and Blessings…


  9. I’ve not seen most of these blogs (though obviously I have seen one or two of them!) I’ll definitely have to check out those I don’t know now, thanks for sharing these sources of inspiration – what a good idea. Good luck with writing for Lifehack.


    1. Yvonne – thank you for coming by! As for Lifehack…well, never heard back. Oh well. hhaha…Guess it’s not meant to be. On to the next adventure! 😀


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