Life Design

by Deb Mallett on January 24, 2010 · 4 comments

in Art Business, Business, People

Writer on the beachIf you are looking for inspiration, there are many people you can follow. I would like to tell you about one of my favourites.

Chris Guillebeau lives the life and writes the blog, The Art of Non-Conformity – “a home for unconventional people doing remarkable things.” In his blog Chris focuses on life, work, travel, helping others, and achieving goals that are unconventional. In his own life, one of his goals is to visit every country on the planet before his 35th birthday in 2013. As of writing this, his site shows that he has been to 122 of the 192 countries in the world.

One of the things Chris writes about is “life design, with the conviction that you don’t have to live your life the way other people expect you to.”

The reason I bring this to you is that Chris’s site is all about giving merit to whatever dream you might have for yourself – no matter how unconventional it may be. It’s about taking it seriously and making it happen. You know this is important stuff. Especially if you want to make art a bigger part of your life.

Chris and six of his readers have been featured in the January/February 2010 issue of Psychology Today – Earnings and Yearnings: Life Uncharted. It’s a fantastic article about some amazing people. I’m not sure what about it gave me the a-ha moment, but I had one today.

I have been trying to find my unconventional niche. Something that is different than what everyone else is doing and what society expects these days. It’s an intimidating process and I stalled a lot. But I realized today that I am still hung up on what people will think. Believe it or not, after reading about these people, I was worried whether my unconventional choice was unconventional enough!

So anyway – my a-ha moment? I am reminded that I need to get back to what matters the most to me. And I need to be brave and do that with purpose. No matter what great things others are accomplishing.

Not conforming to the expectations around us – that’s how to be unconventional. I get it now.

Are you living the unconventional life? I’d love to hear how.


1 Chris Guillebeau January 24, 2010 at 22:09

Hey Deb!

Thanks so much for the kind words. I’m honored… or actually, honoured.

Good luck with your own world domination plans. It looks like you’re well underway.

All best,


2 Deb Mallett January 25, 2010 at 21:07

Thanks Chris. I have a long way to go before I dominate my world! :) But I love what you’re doing and it gives me hope. So onward and upward! Thanks for stopping by!

p.s. Sorry I took so long to moderate – in the midst of a family emergency.

3 angela kelsey February 1, 2010 at 10:56

Thanks, Deb, for the reminder that what matters most is doing what matters to me, bravely and with purpose–and i have to do it because no one else is going to care about that quite as much as I do!
PS Your blog is a beautiful example of your art!

4 Deb Mallett February 1, 2010 at 11:51

Exactly, Angela. And the older I get, the grumpier I get and the less I care about other people’s opinions on what I should be doing. Too bad I didn’t figure that out years ago. Oh well, better late than never!

And thanks so much for your comments on the site.

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