Hi, I’m Roxine. I’m a blogger, entrepreneur and copywriter. I’m currently finishing up my degree in Business Technology Management int Toronto’s Ryerson University.
As a kid, my nose would always beburied in one book or another. I started with the Berenstein Bears and worked my way up to The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew. I read The Chronicles of Narnia.
Eventually, I got into personal development books. And I think that’s where the problems started.
If you factor in the very first personal development book I’d ever read when I was about 9 years old or so, up to now, I’ve had 13 years of personal development books under my belt.
I’ve devoured almost everything in the genre: from personal finance, to productivity and time management, to study strategies, to general principles (think The 7 Habits), to social skills, to science + business (think Malcolm Gladwell), to general business stuff. I recently got into marketing, Stoic philosophy and lifestyle design, as well. And I still have a long list to go!
When you think about it this way, that’s A LOT of books, a lot of time and a whole lot of knowledge. But now all that knowledge is bursting at the seams.
In hindsight, I should have started writing about all this, as soon as I started reading about it. But you don’t really know a lot when you’re 9, right?
- When you’re 9, you don’t know that you’re supposed to start blogs and write about what you learn in life.
- When you’re 9, you don’t really know that all these books, if they are good ones, are interconnected.
- When you’re 9, you don’t know that good non-fiction should be about principles that you can apply to different situations.
- When you’re 9 you don’t know that, when you read enough, all that knowledge can get muddied together, despite the authors’ best interests to distill everything down.
- When you’re 9, all you know is that there’s so much knowledge and wisdom you need to grasp to be good, functioning members of society in this day and age. (OK, maybe not all 9-year-olds know that.)
I mean, there’s already there’s a lot of amazing blogs out there that try to catalog all this knowledge.
- Shane Parrish’s Farnam Street is about making its readers better decision-makers.
- Maria Popova’s Brain Pickings is about tapping into our collective experiences as a species and connecting the dots in between to glean new insights.
- Cal Newport’s Study Hacks is about patterns of success and living a deep, meaningful and focused life.
- Tim Ferriss’s blog is about effective living, lifestyle design and becoming a world-class performer.
- Chris Guillebeau’s The Art of Non-Conformity is about doing what you want to do and marching to the beat of your own drum, regardless of what everyone around you says.
- Ramit Sethi’s I Will Teach You to Be Rich is about practical skills and advice on how to live a rich life, mostly financially.
In addition to the books, I still read every single one of these blogs. And a bunch of other, smaller blogs I browse from time to time. And they’re all great places, with great, interesting people.
But now, if only to preserve my sanity, I think it’s time to stop consuming and start producing.
- Defy Gravity is a combination of all those blogs and all the books I’ve read and will ever read.
- Defy Gravity is about practical, step-by-step advice on how to solve the thorny issues in life.
- It’s about living a life that’s unashamedly different and, yet, is perfectly suited to you.
- Defy Gravity marries things that, at first glance, don’t seem to have anything to do with each other at all, like philosophy, science, sports and business.
And when those lofty ambitions fail, Defy Gravity will also be about how one 22-year-old tries to get her life together by pulling from the collective wisdom of the people who came before her… So maybe you can learn from her bumbling mistakes, too.
To let you know about updates to the blog and what I’ve been up to, I send out a weekly email newsletter with a blog post or an answer to a reader question. If you’ve read all the way here to the end, I sincerely hope you’ll come along for the ride.
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