Getting Our Linkage On! Friday January 14th, 2011

by Scott Kostolni

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How are you doing this week?  I was sick for most of it and now that I’m better I am excited to get back to work.  I was up till six in the morning writing last night as inspiration hit me.  It felt great, though it’s definitely left me tired.



Why Creating Is So Important – Click Here!

Creating, like I do here, like Mike Donghia does, like Everett Bogue does and Tanja Hoagland does is one of the most powerful things going on right now.  Mike explains why it’s so important and what is does for you and the world in the link above.


I think you should join us and start creating meaningful art for the world.  I tell a lot of people this and one of the things I hear is that they aren’t a creative person.  They are afraid that they just don’t have it in them.  In the beginning I was terrified of that too.  I wasn’t a creative person until I started to create and many times the ideas I have come out of no where.  They grab me and force me to write even if it’s 2AM and I want to sleep.  It isn’t something I’ve ever had inside me.  It is an energy that from time to time I tap into.  I learned this years ago in a term called Awen which means divine inspiration.  In the video below Elizabeth Gilbert explains this perfectly.  You don’t have to be a creative person, you just have to let creation flow through you.

Minimalism Is Personal – Click Here

I had a discussion with a friend of mine yesterday regarding minimalism with a family and as a home owner.  He was impressed with the things I’ve done but said that there is no way he could get down to 67 Things.  That may be true but minimalism isn’t about the number of things you own, or how little you spend.  It’s not a competition with everyone else though sometimes we like to make it that way.  Minimalism is something you define for yourself and in the link above Jenny Smythe has done just that.  Take a look at her definition and then think about what yours is.

Lets Get Primal – Click Here! (Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3)

As Matt Madeiro wrote “The Primal Lifestyle is a return to our roots.”  It is a focus on eating simple and healthy foods that our bodies enjoy and a way of exercise that breaks us free from the sedentary office lifestyle.  It promotes good health and in the few weeks I have been practicing it I have lost 15 lbs. put on a nice amount of muscle (without setting foot in a gym) and I feel great!  Matt has put together a three part guide that lays out all the basic information you need and resources to learn more.  You aren’t gonna want to miss this stuff.

Awesome Update! Matt is running a contest on his site to give away two books on the this lifestyle. The Primal Blueprint and The Primal Blueprint Cookbook both by Mark Sisson.  All you gotta do is head on over to THIS POST and leave a comment for a chance to win.

A Travel Planning Bible – Click Here!

I am a little late on finding Tyler Tervooren’s Advanced Riskology blog as it’s already garnered 3,000 subscribers and is full of fantastic content.  This article is a massive 7,000 beast on how to plan an “international adventure.” It covers a bunch of tools and tactics that will put you on the right path when planning for travel.  I’ve bookmarked this in Evernote so I can go back and read it whenever I need to.

That’s the great stuff for this week. I hope you guys enjoy it and I’ll see you on Tuesday!

“Bottling Day!” photo provided by Me! Beer coming in 4 Weeks!


Tyler Tervooren January 14, 2011 at 3:21 PM

Hey Scott, thanks so much for sharing! I really hope you and your readers get a lot out of the article. Have a great weekend.

Scott Kostolni January 14, 2011 at 3:24 PM

No problem. I’ve been blown away with the stuff you’ve been writing and I wanted to share it. You have a fantastic weekend too! Thanks for stopping by.

jenny smythe January 14, 2011 at 4:36 PM

Thank you Scott for the mention! I’m very flattered. Providing linkage is such a good idea. There is so much that you mentioned here that I have yet to discover. Thanks for the heads up!

Scott Kostolni January 14, 2011 at 4:51 PM

No problem Jenny. I’m glad you found some new stuff. I know its an addiction but I love finding new stuff like this!


Tanja from Minimalist Packrat January 17, 2011 at 11:26 PM

I like the new format Scott! You were talking about shaking up your Friday linkage and I really like it. That video looks great. I’m going to have to come back tomorrow and watch it. (It’s late here and I’ll wake the others up if I play it right now.)

For me creativity is one of those funny things. You either feel it or you don’t. Just like you I’ll be up writing a mega-post at 3 in the morning sometimes, my fingers flying across the keyboard trying to keep up with the energy streaming out of me. Then other times I struggle writing one paragraph. It was the same with other art forms for me as well. I’ve learned now to let it flow when it’s flowing, and go enjoy my life when it’s not!

It’s funny, I’ve seen the name Mike Donghia a billion times now, but somehow I hadn’t headed over to his blog. I followed your link and loved the article on creativity. Your linkage at work! Turning me on to more great blogs and bloggers.

Thanks Scott!

Joe Dixon January 25, 2011 at 4:22 PM

Hey Scott,

I love these little slots, they’ve given me a bunch of ideas for my own stuff. Also, kudos for showing Liz Gilbert’s talk on creativity. It’s pretty special. She’s kind of one of my heroes! (Or should that be heroines?)

Thanks again!

Scott Kostolni January 25, 2011 at 6:55 PM

Hey Joe!

I’m glad you like them. I love sharing the cool stuff I find on the web. That TED talk was phenomenal. I loved the book too. =)


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