My favorite blogs to read have changed throughout the years, but one thing that hasn’t is my love for reading them. Most recently, I’m loving blogs that focus on personal growth and mindfulness. I love bloggers who discuss how we can improve our mind, body, and soul. We’re all trying to become better people and improve ourselves, so it’s nice to find blogs where we can learn how to do that and how to foster great relationships with ourselves and others. Whether we’re trying to learn how to be more productive, get in shape, or how to achieve our goals, websites focusing on these personal development topics can get us inspired and motivate us to put some real effort into ourselves.

Here are my current favorite bloggers who I am constantly getting inspiration from.

1. The Blissful Mind

I recently did an interview with Catherine of The Blissful Mind (read the interview here), but I had to mention her again, because she kills it in the mindfulness and self-development area. I love every single one of her posts and find that they are all relevant to me (which is pretty rare!) If you haven’t checked her out already, you’re missing out on some seriously great content.

Main topics: Self-care, Mindfulness, Wellness, Productivity, Minimalism 
Start with:
Develop a self-care routine, How to budget your money (Budgeting might seem boring, but I found this post extremely helpful (and even have it bookmarked), so I think you might too.)

2. Cait Flanders

Cait from Blonde on a Budget is such an inspiration. She has done several shopping bans and gives great information on how to start one on your own. She paid of $30,000 of debt in two years and each month gives us a look into her budget and how much she earns and saves. She is also an avid traveler and gives us great insight on how you can do so on a budget.

Main topics:
Budgeting, Simplicity & Minimalism, Travel
Start with:
How to start a shopping ban, December Budget & Goals (to give you an insight on what I mean by her budgeting posts), How to let go of your belongings

3. Smart Twenties

Sam writes on Smart Twenties all about making the most out of your twenties. She hasn’t updated in a while, but I’m hopeful that she’ll continue blogging. The content on her blog is inspiring, so I had to share.

Main topics: Personal Growth, Lifestyle
Start with: What to do when life feels messy, How she saved over $20,000 for travel

4. The Sunday Chapter

The Sunday Chapter was created by Angela Giakas and it’s a website inspiring others to “live a stylish and adventurous life.” Her content is so up-lifting. I love this website for travel inspiration and for tips on food, beauty, and lifestyle.

Main topics: Lifestyle, Travel, Beauty, Food
Start with:
Ways to feel more confident, Reminders for the new year

5. Career Girl Daily

Career Girl Daily is by far my favorite website for career-related posts. They’ve got all of it covered. You can learn how to nail an interview, dress for success, and become the best #girlboss through reading their material. If you’re a twenty something who cares about your career and future, you need this online magazine in your life, pronto.

Main topics: Career, lifestyle, beauty, fashion
Start with: How to stay motivated, Nail your elevator speech, Ways to decide on your dream career

6. Embracing Simple Blog

Embracing Simple was created by Christina. It is such a great and inspiring blog. It’s all about, you guessed it, living a simple life. She talks about topics across the board, but sticks to topics that encourage self-development. She has an awesome (and free!) 4 week course about living a simple life if you sign up for her email list. It’s a great course and I highly recommend joining her email list.

Main topics: Household Tips, Self-Development, Blogging & Business
Start with:
Ways to make your morning happier, How to crush your goals, Create a workspace that fuels productivity

7. The Everygirl

I have been obsessed with The Everygirl for a few years now. It has just about everything you could want in a website. Self-improvement tips galore! I personally visit to the wellness and career sections the most, but they also have home decor and party tips that I adore. They even have job opportunities posted occasionally!

Main topics:
Career, culture, wellness, living, travel, fashion & beauty
Start with:
How to grow old with yourself, Lessons learned from living alone, Network with confidence

8. The Wonder Forest

Dana Fox, the founder of The Wonder Forest, is a rad human being. I have a special place in my heart for her, because I purchased my first blog theme from her. She had the best customer service and is super helpful. But also, she has amazing blog content.

Main topics: Create, Explore, Inspire
Start with:
How to improve your writing, How she overcame anxiety, How to deal with haters

9. Mind Body Green

Mind body green is the ultimate website for those who love (or want to love) being healthy. Whether it’s spirituality or eating better, they’ve got it all covered. They even have courses! Such a great resource for living a healthy lifestyle.

Main topics: Eat, move, breathe, love
Start with:
Beliefs of the happiest people, What giving up alcohol does for you, Harnessing good vibes – Aura 101

10. Verily Mag

Verily Magazine is by far my favorite online magazine. I wish they still sold physical copies, because their blog speaks to me so much. I love the opinion pieces. They give me new perspectives on topics that I hadn’t even given much thought to in the past. They’re truly inspirational and I could browse on there all day long if I let myself.

Main topics: Relationships, Health, Culture, Lifestyle
Start with:
New years resolutions for couples, What you need to know about mental illnessA week without makeup

11. Boho Berry

I recently discovered Boho Berry and boy am I glad that I did. She focuses a lot on planning and bullet-journaling. She recently inspired me to get back into using one – here’s our guide to starting a bullet journal if you’re curious about it. She is extremely talented artistically, but she’s also super motivational and all about goal-setting and working towards making your dreams happen.

Main topics: Bullet journaling, living better, achieving your goals
Start with: Personal development books that’ll change your life, Organize your goals

12. Yogi Approved

Yogi Approved has tons of lovely content about mindfulness and spirituality. I don’t do yoga, so I’m certainly not a yogi but I love their blog content anyway. I think it’s great to learn more about meditation and balance. This website makes me feel more connected to my spiritual side.

Main topics: Yoga, meditation, health & wellness
Start with: Law of attraction hacks, Meditation for beginners

13. Tiny Buddha

Along the same lines of yoga and spirituality, I love Tiny Buddha for mindfulness and personal growth. You definitely do not need to be Buddhist to appreciate this website. It’s got more than just a blog, it has forums too. It’s definitely an inspirational internet place where wander and click for hours at a time.

Main topics: Happiness, love, mindfulness, health
Start with: What you should learn before you die, Why it’s ok to fail at meditation 90% of the time, The power of no

14. The Elgin Avenue

Monica Beatrice Welburn started The Elgin Avenue blog, all about “leading a stylish, happy, and inspired life.” Her photography and content are beautifully crafted. It’s the kind of blog that you want to peruse for hours. Her guest contributors are just as great, and I know that if you love our content here, you’ll enjoy her  She also has a podcast with her friend called “Let’s Discuss,” all about how to live a great life.

Main topics: Lifestyle, fashion, beauty, career
Start with: My 5 social media sanity rules, Macro to Micro to-do list technique

15. Best Kept Self

I discovered this blog, created by Shauna, not too long after creating Life Goals Mag and was so happy to find a website with the same mission as us – to be the best version of yourself. Their tagline is “self-help for the self-employed.” Whether you’re self-employed or not, I think you’ll love their content.

Main topics: Your health, your look, your mind
Start with: Improve your public speaking, How to stop being so busy, Meal prep like a boss

16. Gen Twenty

I used to be a contributor for GenTwenty and I love their message. They’re all about making your twenties awesome and their tagline is “a twenty-something’s guide to life.” Such an empowering website and I feel like they truly get how it is to be in your twenties.

Main topics: Career, college, finance, self-development
Start with: 25 things to do before turning 25, Love yourself as a single girl

17. Life Goals Mag

Up for a humble brag moment? If you’re looking for personal growth content, we’ve got you covered here too. I started this online magazine to inspire women to become their best selves. We have different women from all over the world talking about how they’re doing just that.
Main topics: Personal growth, lifestyle, career, relationships, wellness
Start with: 5 steps for breaking past your conditioned beliefs, Mindset shifts for good vibes

Bonus: Marie Forleo

This one is a bonus, because Marie Forleo’s content is mostly on YouTube, but when I think of personal growth, Marie comes to mind. She tackles business and life topics to “help you live a life you love.” She’s such a badass boss and I love her attitude and personality. If you haven’t watched a video of hers before, get on it, immediately.

Main topics: Career, life
Start with: How to be consistent, How to sharpen your intuition

Whew, that’s a lot of bloggers. And a lot of websites to browse while procrastinating. I hope you enjoy these blogs as much as I do. Feel free to leave more suggestions in the comments below.

The best blogs on mindfulness and self development.



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  • Hey Coley, thank you so much for including GenTwenty! This is a fabulous list with some old favorites and a few new blogs + magazines I’ve never heard of! We miss you over at G20 but we’re in love with what you’re doing here with LGM! I’m now off to go read more on your recommendations :)

    • Of course, Nicole! I’ve seen that you’re doing some amazing things over there recently. I’m continuously impressed by all that you do with GenTwenty. Such an inspiration and so glad that I got to see a bit of how an online magazine should be run through contributing with you. Thanks again for that opportunity!

  • I’m such a fan of The Everygirl, too! Glad to see the Wonderforest as well (I’m a contributor!).

    • Ah, that’s awesome! I’m always obsessing over Wonderforest. I’ll have to check out your posts on there ASAP!

  • Thanks so much for including Best Kept Self! We’re so grateful! Great list and honored to be among some pretty awesome blogs.

  • Thanks so much for including me Coley!! So honored to be on this list :)

  • Hey Coley, thank you so much for featuring my blog!! Your words were so, so kind – I am so grateful :) have a lovely day xxx

  • This is such a great list! I’m always looking for inspiration from other bloggers! I will definitely be checking all of these out!

    • Thanks Kristen! Yeah they are definitely all inspirational. You’re going to be so happy that you checked them out. :)

  • Thank you so much for compiling this list. I’m always looking for bloggers who focus on personal growth like myself.


  • Laura

    Absolutely love this article! Personally, this list has given me an incredible reference point to where I would like to take my blog. Life Goals Mag is an outstanding concept and executed brilliantly!! :)

  • Hi Coley,

    this is most likely the best collection of self-development blogs I have ever seen! I really enjoy to read blogs like this, so thank you for offering so many great ones! I actually also have a kinda self-development themed blog, but I also write about interior design and fashion and so on. It is really brand new, but I already have some posts!

    The one thing I’m sure of is, that I am going to visit your blog very often :)


  • isabel

    Out of all these blogs I just know The Everygirl, who I love. So I guess I’ll have some reading to do now! Thanx!


  • Jenna Yoder

    Wonderful post! Thanks for putting together a great list!

  • Great list Coley, a couple of my favorites there, and a few new ones to check out! Would love to invite you to come over and check out when you have a spare minute, maybe an option for next time around. :-) Enjoy!

  • Awesome list! I’m a fan of many of these, particularly Tiny Buddha and Mind Body Green. Might I also humbly suggest my own blog, I write about mindfulness, fitness, parenthood and productivity from the perspective of a harried 40-something husband, father and all-around busy guy. Namaste.

  • Shaina McGregor

    Thank you for the list! I was drawn by the title of this post because my blog is called The Mindful Rise, in which I want to highlight the importance that mindfulness can create success. It is so helpful as a follow twenty something blogger to read your content!

  • Thinking Clearly

    Great list, lots of wonderful blogs. I am a doctor and blog about mindfulness. I hope you enjoy it

  • I really like the blog Tinybudda, they have great posts. Also very good list. I’m working on my blog too, it is still starting, but feel free to check it out!

    Have beautiful day!


  • Brooke

    Excellent list. I recognize quite a few on here, but several I don’t and look forward to reading! I think it’s just great that so many are out there spreading the word on mindfulness. Check out

  • What an awesome list, a lot of these bloggers truly inspire me

  • Narcisse James

    Love this list! You’ve made my life as a publicist at Coffee x Hustle, a lot easier!