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Link Journeys With Mad Ones #2

Ah the lazy Sunday, I love it. There are good and bad ways to be lazy though. Bad might be spending all day watching CSI marathons (guilty) and sleeping in until noon (guilty!). But a good kind of lazy is making yourself a nice cup of brewed coffee, staying in your PJs, and reading a few really awesome, inspiring, and interesting blog posts.

And what do ya know?! I’ve got a list of those for you right here!

Writings From Experts In Being Mad To Live:

The Real World byΒ Chuck Manley at Nomadic Zen

I have to say, I related quite well to this post. I recently wrote about why my memories of my travels can be so bitter sweet to recall, and this post was yet another reminder to focus on the sweet part. Chuck talks about how he left on his journey to travel the world in search of “figuring it out“, something I think a lot of us embark on journeys to find. I know that’s a big thing for me. Honestly, every paragraph of this post is packed with a thought-provoking anecdote, and if you know me at all, you know I’m a sucker for that πŸ™‚

The Other Eight by Joel Runyon at Blog of Impossible Things

Joel is the man. If I lived in Indiana I would make it a point to become his partner in crime and do as many impossible things with him as I could. In this post he teaches us that all it really takes to do EVERYTHING you want to do but seem to can’t find the time to do is to remember t hose other 8 hours. If you harness those it’s an extra 86 days a year!!! Joel, you always drive a clear and inspiring point home.

Not a Vacation by Erica at Over Yonderlust

An awesome rant post from Erica setting the record straight that just because you’re trip is short doesn’t mean its not meaningful! A short time anywhere can be a pilgrimage of sorts. It can be defining, and life-changing, and challenging. Think about those spontaneous instances in your life that change you forever. They often don’t require months or years, but just that right about of time. Our girl Erica here makes that damn clear!

A Wider World Means a Smaller Me by Caz at yTravelBlog

Do you ever feel like you don’t really have one home, but rather the whole world is your home? Where you feel more at home drinking a GuinessΒ in London one moment, trekking in northern Thailand the next, and eating empanadas in Buenos Aires the next? This is a post for the citizens of the world. I just loved Caz’s reflections here and how we are all a part of this world, and how every piece of it be it our views, countries, identity can be found in ever nook and cranny of it.

360 Degree Panorama of Mt. Evereset

This is one of the coolest shots I have ever seen! I once hiked where the Himalayas first started at about 18,000 but I can’t image being at the top of that peak. Absolutely breathtaking to say the least.

Why Every Scanner Should Start a Blog by Emilie at PuttyLike

Emilie is awesome and that is that! This post really resonated with me because I am a Scanner myself! What is a Scanner you ask? Someone that is passionate about many many many things. If you’re someone that has many interests and wants to pursue them all, than this is an excellent blog for you and a great post to start with!

A Photo Essay: Daily Life in Pakistan at Boston.com

These shots are so moving. The culture of the Middle East is more of a mystery to me.I want to explore Pakistan and other parts of the Middle East. Well, I want to explore everywhere! But these photos give us a real look at the daily life of Pakistan, the simple things, the the peaceful things. My favorite, if I HAD to pick, is # 15. What about you?

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A little self-love time since we all have to love ourselves to be happy. πŸ˜‰

The Saturday Six at The Misadventures of Andi.

Andi told me she reads over 400 blogs a week!!! So, she knows how to pick em’! In fact it was her post that introduced me to Chuck’s NomadicZen blog!

The 20 Signs You’re a True World Nomad. Plus One More at Flighster

Written by yours truly! For those of you that are travel addicts like me, you probably can cross off almost all of these! I’m damn proud of that! πŸ™‚

Amplifying Negativity: Tips to Thinking The Opposity at The Vantage Journey

Negative Self Talk makes us the biggest Debbie Downers in our lives. Tariq and Shaheera let us know how to tell that voice to quit down!

Onto The Next Journey

Well that’s it for this week! I hope you’re able to check out each and every one of these posts and bloggers! These are the people and sites I consider experts on being Mad to Β Live. They inspire, they create, they live, they create change. And I will say I’m very grateful to have come across the great things they’re sharing with the world. You guys rock!! πŸ™‚

Inspiring Photo Of The Week found on Jen’ Smiling Heart

Inspiring Photo Of The Week

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About Lauren Rains

Life gets pretty f*cking nuts sometimes, doesn't it? Every day I wake up more to myself and more to this world. This website is an expression of that.

Space Travelers is multi-layered exploration of our existence here on this rock we call Earth. We're going to talk about the matrix, UFOs, and astral travel, and explore our awakening into the divine masculine and feminine. We'll discover our bodies both the physical and subtle body. We'll contemplate the sacredness of mother earth and the concept of who/what the hell made this place in the first place?

I also aim to keep this website rooted and grounded, referring to topics that are effecting us in the here and now, such as fighting against the oppression of women worldwide, pealing away layers of social conditioning greedy capitalists are using to turn us into consumers, and navigating this insane technological revolution before the AI take over. I can geek out on consciousness up in space all day, but life happens here on the ground and this is the time we were born into.

This website is about integrating into our full human experience, aligning with ourselves and with each other, shedding skins and transcending into the unfolding layers of ourselves.

My wish for you, and for myself, is to unfold and evolve into our highest selves. We are spiritual beings having a human experience. We need not sell our souls to the status quo.

I'm on the journey too. I write this blog to speak to others who are waking up, or who desire to wake up. Because we can't do this alone.

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  • Nice! These articles look awesome. I’ve totally got my reading material for break time today. πŸ™‚

    Thanks for including me among all these awesome posts.

    Have a lovely Sunday!

    • Hey Emilie!
      The pleasure was all mine πŸ™‚ YOu are sure to love all of these. They are all wonderful!!!!!

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  • Is another bad way to spend Sunday is reading hundreds of blogs? I have a compulsion to “clear out” my blog reader which means I’ve been reading blog entries I got behind on this week instead of copyediting some dissertations that desperately need my attention. And now you give me even more to look at! Ha!

    • Hey Jessica!
      haha I promise you that you’ll enjoy all of these posts! Plus some of them are pretty quick reads or just amazing and fantastic pictures to see. And of course, I only put inspiring posts, so maybe a few of them will inspire some creative editing on your dissertation! Keep up the hard work! I am sure you’ll enjoy these reads!
      – LAUR πŸ™‚

  • Oh wow.

    Thanks Lauren! We didn’t expect this at all. We really appreciate your support and we love coming back to your blog for more of YOUR inspiring posts. πŸ˜€

    Off to read some of the other featured posts now. πŸ™‚ Thanks again!

    Tariq and Shaheera

  • Get up when naturally wake up. Find a teahouse in a nice park or along the river in the city, enjoy reading a book . Or maybe explore a small town or village around the city, take a long walk there, try some unique snacks, there are too many unique snacks or food in China. After dinner, read some blogs, send some emails to friends , and watch some Desperate Housewives, or Everybody Loves Raymend, or maybe Boston Legal, or Little Britain, or some humorous Chinese TV programs, or anything else. Or sit on the bed and continue to read a book until become sleepy. Or maybe have a chat online with cool friends such as Lauren Rains.

    • Hey Liu! My good friend πŸ™‚
      I LOVE LOVE LOVE your sunday!!! You are one of the most wonderful people in this world Liu.
      – Love Laur πŸ™‚

  • Lauren,
    I just *discover* you, and then you have all these other amazing sites to check out, too!! I love it!

    Oh…and the view of Mount Everest…stunning!! Very, very awesome that you hiked in the Himalayas!!

    • Hey Lance!
      You will love each and every one of these it is sure! πŸ™‚ And that view of Mount Everest…I KNOW! Breathtaking isn’t it? It’s amazing the beauty that mother nature offers us. It is a crime not to explore! πŸ™‚

  • So many places to check out. I had to pick and choose a few of these since I’ve already got too much going on right now. Good choices though. I’ll have to come back and check out the rest later when I get some time.

    • Hey Steve!
      Well when your day winds down and you’ve accomplished all your COOL things, I hope you enjoy relaxing and taking in these good reads. πŸ™‚

  • people are awesome!

  • Thanks so much for including me in this list of great bloggers and articles. Really appreciate it. Looking forward to catching up on some reading this week. Will be reading some of these.

    • Caz, the pleasure was all mine! I absolutely loved that post and felt it had to be shared! You have such a great outlook on life it is sure to inspire others. πŸ™‚

  • Hi Lauren,

    This will be my next lazy Sunday reads…thanks for sharing. : )
    Keep on inspiring.
    peace & love