Four Self-Improvement Blogs

Want to empower yourself?

These four  blogs can make that happen:

The Self-Improvement Blog (written by Irene Conlan, MSN, PhD)   In a nutshell, this blog is all about taking care of yourself and finding your own happiness.  Categories include: Self-Improvement, Health and Happiness, Coping Skills, Self-Esteem.  You can find the Irene’s Self-Improvement Radio Show on this blog.

Pick the Brain (edited by Erin Falconer – with 200+ contributors) This blog focuses on self-improvement, focusing on “personal productivity, motivation, and self education.” I enjoyed her articles:

Live Bold and Bloom  (written by Barrie Davenport, a blogger I’ve admired for several years) Barrie is a certified Life Coach, who knows what she’s blogging about!  Categories on this blog include Relationships and Self-Improvement.  Try her free download:  The Bold Living Starter Kit

Barrie also created a course titled Simple Self Confidence, 30 Days to Personal Empowerment $127 for the 30-day course.

Dumb Little Man  Jay White (Pen name) started this blog, and he’s invited readers to submit articles and share their tips and ideas. This blog offers readers “Tips for Life,” and includes a variety of categories, including: Personal Development, Motivation, Earning and Saving Money, Health and Fitness and more.

Recent posts include:











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Why Read? Why Not?

Reading, Simply Fundamental

As a kid and into my teen years, my hometown’s library was one of my favorite places. I read to escape from reality into a world where anything could happen, and life often had a happy ending, or at the very least, a satisfying ending.  Real life wasn’t always tied up into a tidy little bow, like books were.   I liked fiction and series books:

  • Nancy Drew
  • Boxcar Children
  • The Borrowers

As a teenager, in the seventies, there were those teenage dramas such as Go Ask Alice and the very popular and tragic (*sigh*) Love Story and Jonathon Livingston Seagull.

Help Me, Please! As a young adult I figured I needed help.  So I read all those “self-help” books – God knows, there were enough of them, and I had a lot to improve upon in those days.  You remember them, don’t you? Titles like “I’m Ok, You’re Ok,” “Your Erroneous Zones,” “Games People Play,” and stuff like that.  Yikes. Some of them were really silly, but hey, I was young.  The eighties also became my Stephen King phase.  I kept reading his books until they just got so darn long and convoluted that I just couldn’t finish them!

50 Something Reading Fun

I still enjoy reading so much that I slip a book into my purse even when I go to the $$casino$$ with my husband. Then, if I’m “at a loss,” I can go to the buffet for my “free” comped meal and have something to do while I’m eating, if my hubby can’t be dragged away from his favorite slot machine to join me.

Nowadays, memoirs are always a good read, especially the ones about family craziness.  Nothing like a over-the-edge family memoir to make your own childhood look normal.  I read health and wellness news, blog posts, and articles, to help me come up with ideas for blog posts. I still like self-help books, but nowadays I call it “personal development.” To relax at the end of the day, I read the Bible or other inspirational books.

I also read simply to keep learning.  Hey, I don’t trust those brain cells; if I ignore them, they might just slip away.  I’m not letting them  go without a fight. And if my eyesight fades, I’ll use a magnifying glass to pick out those words on the pages!

  • Don’t feel like reading? How about listening to a book instead? If you’ve got an IPOD or MP3 player, check out Audible, become a member and choose from a wide selection of audio books. (I admit, I haven’t joined yet – I’m probably the only person left in the U.S.A. without an IPOD or MP3 player).
  • Do you want to be a lifelong learner, for free? Check out

How about you?  What are your favorite things to read?

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