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

Hi my name is Lauren Rains. I write about the human experience. Through thick and thin, I’m dedicated to growth, adventure, integrity, and love. The Mad To Live is based on my pursuits, experiments, research, and lessons of challenge and triumph in all areas of life, including being entrepreneur, a writer, a philosopher, a traveler, a teacher, a student, a creative, a friend, a daughter, a sister, a significant other, a stranger and the list goes on. At the end of the day, I believe human beings are here for two reasons: 1.) to love one another with total acceptance, and 2.) to see what we’re made of as we create the possibilities for an abundant life for ourselves and for others. No more bullshit, let's just enjoy our lives.

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