Editor’s Note: Every Friday, I post a Simple Living News Update that includes links to some of my favorite articles of the week. In addition to the update, I answer a reader question via video.
Earlier this week a few readers asked me:
“I’ve seen a few tweets go by about the Yogathon you’re participating in. Can you tell us more about the Yogathon?
For those of you who can’t watch the video, here’s my response:
Before I tell you about the Yogathon, let me give you a little bit of background. Most of you know that I’ve been volunteering in the Living Yoga office since I moved to Portland last year. I’m still volunteering in their office and I’m hoping to start teaching classes soon.
What is Living Yoga all about? In short, Living Yoga is a non-profit outreach program “teaching yoga as a tool for personal change in prisons, drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers, transitional facilities, and to populations who would otherwise not have access to it.”
The Living Yoga Yogathon is kind of like a Walkathon. The Yogathon began on April 15th and ends on June 10th. My goal is to attend 50 yoga classes during this time and get a small sponsorship for each class. All the money raised during the Yogathon will go to Living Yoga. Please consider sponsoring me.
Normally, I close comments on Friday round-ups. But this week, I want to hear your stories about giving. How do you give and how does giving make you feel?
For more about yoga, read this post: How to Change the World By Doing Yoga
Now onto the news . . .
“If we take the total for purchasing and operating a passenger sedan of $9,412 per year and subtract the total for purchasing and operating a bicycle of $1,100 per year, we’re left with $8,312. If we divide that amount into the typical work year of 2,080 hours, we have $4.00 per hour. That’s a significant raise people can give themselves by eliminating a car!”
“I used to spend a lot of time worrying about getting more people to subscribe to my blog. And I’m not the only one; seems like most of the blogging advice out there revolves around two things:
1. How to grow subscriber numbers.
2. How to monetize those subscribers.
Those are the two driving forces behind nearly all blogging advice, whether it’s about putting pictures in your posts or writing a benefits-driven about page or obsessing over branding.
But blogging like that? Always worrying about maintaining the right “personal brand?” It’s exhausting. And it doesn’t feel real.”
“I have listened to my 10-year-old self and spoken to my 80-year-old self. Both have taught me to look beyond age – to listen, to learn and to respect the wisdom of both young and old. Recently, a 25-year-old woman taught me a few things not only about herself, but about life and how to truly live it with whole-hearted gusto.”