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Blogging knows no boundaries. No matter who you are or where you live, with a computer and an internet connection, you can have a blog.

The two blogs I’m showcasing today prove just that.

The first time I visited this blog from Spain, it’s name was something I didn’t understand -“Eldietario”. In fact, some of the posts are written in Spanish. Fortunately for me, the author, Miguel de Luis Espinosa, writes most of his posts in English. In November when he changed the name of his blog to Wisdom and Life he wrote a post describing his blog. In part he said,

It’s probably a bit like Zen Habits, only a bit less practical; or like Writer Dad, just worse written; or like the lost chapters of GTD on how to fill that 50,000 feet (life) goals; or like A Day To Share; only a wee less practical; like Let’s life Forever, only a wee less optimistic; like Oliver Twist only a wee better (yeah, sure 😉 )… or like Blogging Without A Blog, but with a blog and a whole different subject 🙂

How can you not like this blog?

In his post titled: Acheiving Your Dreams Part 1 Of 3, Miguel writes,

Boy I am excited. Soon enough, I will be posting my best article ever. How do I know that? I am going to share an activity that rocked high school teenagers. I used it with middle schoolers too, with the same great success. I even used it with adults in my church. It was a success every time.

Can you just feel his excitement? His wanting to share his findings? I can.

He then finishes the lesson with Part 2 and Part 3. This is a wonderful experiment well worth participating in.

The second blog comes to us from Singapore. It’s name is Attraction Mind Map and is written by Evelyn Lim.

When you land on this blog, the first thing you’ll notice is the positivity that emits from the pages. Evelyn writes about living consciously, abundance, intention manifestation and the law of attraction. On her About page, you’ll find she’s a certified life coach whose goal is to write articles which will help her readers become the best they can be.

From her post titled 7 Ways To Center Yourself In Gratitude she shares,

Having the right attitude towards life makes a great deal of difference of how you live and it is a choice that you can make. You can have a positive attitude about the events in your life or you can come from a place of misery and complaints. Gratitude and appreciation are positive emotions that come with adopting a great attitude!

I’m a big proponent of counting our blessings, and Evelyn’s post has been a great reminder to make it a daily habit.

Another fascinating concept Evelyn shares is “Have Do Be or Be Do Have

We define our dreams mostly by material things. A big house. A flaming red sports car. A million -dollar online business. We need to HAVE what our neighbors are having, so that we can DO the things they enjoy and then we will BE successful. Or, we need to HAVE all these material possessions, then we can DO all the various things (like travel the world, lead the high life, or sip champagne on our yacht) and then we will BE happy.

After reading this post, we quickly realize how important it is to have our priorities in order.

So there you have it. My two blog picks for the (Not so) New Blogs of the Week (NBOTW).

Start clicking, hop on over to Miguel’s and Evelyn’s blogs and leave a comment and say “Hello”.

Evelyn and Miguel, enjoy your reign, and again, it’s a pleasure having both of you as part of the Blogging Without A Blog community.


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  1. J.D. MeierNo Gravatar says:

    Congrats Miguel and Evelyn!

    Miguel’s posts are quick with wit.

    Evelyn’s posts nail stuff.

    I love the fact that voices can pop up from anywhere in the world.

    J.D. Meier´s last blog post..Reward Yourself in the Moment

  2. LanceNo Gravatar says:

    Great choices again, Barbara!

    I have visited both several times. Miguel, your posts always make me think, and that’s always good.

    Evelyn, my friend, your blog and your writings are ones I am continually drawn to. In fact, I often save your posts to read – because it’s important for me to do so when I have plenty of time – so the words can really sink in, and can really reach to my soul. And they do, and in so doing – you challenge me with new ideas and new ways of looking at things. I get completely absorbed in your writing, in a very powerful way…

    Lance´s last blog post..Small Gestures of Love

  3. Congratulations to both of you!

    Betsy Wuebker´s last blog post..PLAY OFFENSE WITH YOUR LIFE’S WORK

  4. As I was pondering how to word this comment, four words came to my mind; yet I did not know very well how to make with them a coherent paragraph, so:

    Thank you so much. Thank you so much. Thank you so much.
    Thank you so much. Thank you so much. Thank you so much.
    Thank you so much. Thank you so much. Thank you so much.
    Thank you so much. Thank you so much. Thank you so much.
    Thank you so much. Thank you so much. Thank you so much.
    Thank you so much. Thank you so much. Thank you so much.
    Thank you so much. Thank you so much. Thank you so much.

    Miguel de Luis´s last blog post..Fearing change, fearing improvement

  5. Chase MarchNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara,

    Thanks for sharing those blogs. I hadn’t looked at them before. I really like Miguel’s post on achieving your dreams. I plan on using in with my class in the future. What a great metaphor!

    Chase March´s last blog post..What’s the Big Deal?

  6. LingNo Gravatar says:

    @ Miguel – LOL! that’s a heck of a lot of thank you’s. You type them all out, or copy paste? And I read your post about Change & Obama, and let me assure you that anything after 8 years of absolute incompetence is bound to be a change with improvement, not just change. 🙂

  7. Great blogs! I am familiar with the wisdom at Attraction Mind Map and am excited to now know about Wisdom and Life.

    And yes, ain’t it great how we can reach all over the globe. When I move back to Canada in a year or two I won’t lose any of you!

    Jannie Funster´s last blog post..And the ukulele song winner is…

  8. GennaroNo Gravatar says:

    It’s one of the great things about blogging. I admit to getting a little grin when I see a visitor from a new country on Google Analytics. It’s fun to know that my message is reaching people from around the world. Especially in my niche.

    Gennaro´s last blog post..Olympians Name Top Snowboarding Locations

  9. Great digging, Barbara! You consistently serve up the most intriguing blogs and bloggers. Can’t wait to get over to these two, as they seem to have the kind of focus that I enjoy.

    Tammie @ Are You For Real?´s last blog post..How To Use Blessings?

  10. DavinaNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara. I visit and enjoy both of these blogs regularly. Congratulations Miguel and Evelyn!

    Davina´s last blog post..How Curious Moments Add Value

  11. JenaveveNo Gravatar says:

    And this is why I subscribe to your posts!

    I haven’t been over to those sites yet, but I’m on my way. From the snippets you’ve given here, I think I love them both already. Thanks again.

  12. I’ve been following Evelyn for a long time now, but I haven’t discovered Miguel yet. Thank you!

  13. I have not visited Miguel’s blog yet -but I agree – his excitement shines through. I do visit Evelyn’s and enjoy it. I enjoy reading these highlights – thank you!

  14. Evelyn LimNo Gravatar says:

    Barbara, I was away yesterday and did not realize that the beautiful gift waiting for me here – a feature on your blog!!! Thanks so much for highlighting some of my posts. I’m soooo happy!!

    Thanks also to all who’s already a subscriber to my posts. I appreciate your support & encouragement. Lance’s comments made me blush – thanks!!! Also, a warm welcome to those who are intending to hop over!!

    It’ll be great to visit Spain. Off to Miguel’s blog!!

    Evelyn Lim´s last blog post..HAVE-DO-BE or BE-DO-HAVE?

  15. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi J.D. Thank you for dropping by and sharing. Isn’t it awesome how we can communicate with the whole world?

    Hi Lance – Thank you for your recommendations, as well.

    Hi Betsy – Thank you for showing your support.

    Hi Miguel – You’re welcome many times over. 🙂

    Hi Chase – You’re welcome. That’s a great idea to use Miguel’s experiment in your class.

    Hi Ling – Thank you for stopping by.

    Hi Jannie – Thank you. You’re right. It doesn’t matter where we move to, we can still blog (well, almost anywhere)

    Hi Gennaro – It is exciting to see visitors from foreign countries, isn’t it?

    Hi Tammie – Thank you. I’m guessing you’ll enjoy these blogs as much as I do.

    Hi Davina – ***smiles***. I know. I saw your comments on both of these blogs.

    Hi Jenaveve- You’re welcome. Thank you for subscribing. I truly appreciate it.

    Hi Vered – You’re welcome. I know you’ll enjoy Miguel’s blog, too.

    Hi Stacey – You’re welcome. Definitely. Check out Miguel’s blog, too.

    Hi Evelyn – You’re very welcome. It is my pleasure introduce you to readers who may now have found you yet.

  16. Hey Barbara,

    I have to say thank you for introducing my friend Miguel de Luis. What a person he is. I have followed him for a while now and I never go visit his site when I don’t feel refreshed. Lately I have been visiting his Spanish written only sites and trying to challenge myself to relearn my Spanish.

    I have also become fond of his online story. I take my laptop to my 8 year old’s school each Wednesday and read his story aloud. I began this in November and we are still going strong. They love it.

    He is a dear person and I personally want to thank you for sharing him.

    I have never been to see Evelyn. I am looking forward to a visit(s) to her site.

    Cricket/A Day to Share´s last blog post..Validation

  17. Hey Barbara,

    I think its rly cool what u are doing! Im gonna check the other blogs as well now, sounds interesting. Keep it up!

  18. Two very unique picks this week Barbara. I’m going to stop over at their blogs later today and dive a little deeper into their work.

    I’m always looking for some new perspectives that can help me improve my own blog. Thanks!

    Karl Staib – Work Happy Now´s last blog post..Open and Honest Communication

  19. TumblemooseNo Gravatar says:

    BWAB is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get!

    Actually, that’s not entirely true. You do know you’re always going to get some pretty cool stuff and this post is no exception. Thanks for finding and sharing these great things with us. it’s part of why I love this community.


    Tumblemoose´s last blog post..A guest post over at Mary Anne’s place

  20. Hi Barbara,

    Thanks for these! Your site is a treasure trove of valuable blogging-related information.

    I just subscribed and I’m looking forward to partaking of the “wealth.”

    Mary Anne Fisher´s last blog post..Do You Recognize the 7 Early Warning Signs of Self-Sabotage?

  21. MayaNo Gravatar says:

    I love Evelyn’s blog 🙂 Great choice!

    I will check Miguel’s blog – thank you Barbara for the wonderful intro to his blog!

    Maya´s last blog post..Preparing to Believe in Yourself: The Science of Ditchiness

  22. chrisNo Gravatar says:

    I should offer this guy a job at my school…

  23. NaTuRaLNo Gravatar says:

    i’ll echo: Congrats Miguel and Evelyn!

    i like the way miguel described his blog. i don’t think i’ve been there, but have been to evelyn’s, i’ll have to go pay them both a visit.

    thanks barbara!

    NaTuRaL´s last blog post..Fat and Happy?

  24. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Cricket – You’re welcome. From the comments I’ve seen you leave on Miguel’s blog, I knew you were a big fan of his. That’s cool how you use his story at your child’s school.

    I know you’ll enjoy Evelyn’s blog, as well.

    Hi Oly – Thank you. If you want to see more of the blogs I’ve showcased, just click on the “New Blog Of The Week” category.

    Hi Karl – You’re welcome. I think you’ll enjoy both of these blogs.

    Hi George – You’re so sweet. Thank you for your kind words.

    Hi Mary Anne – You’re welcome. And thank you for the compliment. Feel free to dig through the archives. There’s lots to pick from.

    Hi Maya – You’re welcome. Miguel’s will be a blog I’m sure you’ll add to your reader.

    Hi Chris – Haha! That’s true. Miguel could be working at your school.

    Hi Natural – You’re welcome. Yes. Miguel’s description of his blog is great. I like his sense of humor. I’ve seen you on Evelyn’s blog. I’m sure she’ll enjoy another visit from you.