BY SOFO ARCHON
The older I get, the quicker time seems to pass away. Yet, when I look back on my life at the turn of each year, I realize how many things I’ve experienced and learned in just a few month’s time.
A big part of my learning experience in 2017 was communicating with you, the readers of The Unbounded Spirit, and here I’d like to take a moment to thank each one of you for your incredible love and support.
Because of you, The Unbounded Spirit keeps on growing, maturing, and developing in unbelievable ways. To my amazement, The Unbounded Spirit is now followed by over 380,000 people on our Facebook page, while more than 30,000 readers receive my posts via email, which is something I would never have imagined happening when I created the blog nearly 6 years ago. This success is owed to you, so again, thank you.
In this post, I’d like to share with you some of my favorite articles from 2017, my future plans for The Unbounded Spirit, as well as updates on my own journey. So, starting with my personal journey, here are a few things (other than blogging) that I did last year which I find worth mentioning:
Traveling. Although traveling is one of my biggest loves, I didn’t travel a lot in 2017. Still, I did have the opportunity to visit three beautiful countries last summer — the UK (London), Ireland (Dublin) and Germany (Nuremberg and Nördlingen).
Reading. As most of you already know, I find immense joy in reading books, and in 2017 I was able read some amazing titles — here are the ones I enjoyed the most: The New Human Rights Movement by Peter Joseph, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts by Dr. Gabor Mate, and Animal Farm by George Orwell.
Meeting like-minded people. I don’t tend to socialize much, which means I don’t get to know new people quite often, but in 2017 I was fortunate to meet and connect with some amazing human beings from all around the world, and I feel blessed for that.
The Unbounded Spirit in 2017
Website. I redesigned the site and migrated it to another hosting provider. Although that was a stressful thing to do, it eventually payed off. Now the site runs faster, looks better, and is fully responsive.
Blog. I published a total of 25 blog posts, which, although far less in number compared to the year’s before (in 2016 I published 67 posts), they are much longer, deeper, and far more engaging. In case you missed any, here are my favorite posts from 2017:
- How Accepting Death Makes Life Richer
- Breaking the Shackles of Social Conditioning
- The Trap of Romantic Love
- A Helpful Guide to Cultivating Gratitude
- Removing the Blindfold of Dogmatic Belief
- How to Live Simply in a Complicated World
YouTube. I created a YouTube channel to connect more personally with my readers and to reach a wider audience. So far I’ve published three videos and the feedback I’ve received has been very positive.
Patreon. I launched a Patreon page for those of you who appreciate what you read on The Unbounded Spirit and would like to support the blog. More than 20 people already contribute there with a recurring donation, while many others choose to contribute with a one-time donation via Paypal. Whether you are a monthly patron or a one-time contributor, I’d like to thank you from the depths of my heart for your support — it helps me a lot and encourages me to continue what I do.
Future Plans for The Unbounded Spirit
Writing. Although I might be publishing a few videos every now and then, in 2018 my main focus is going to be the consistent creation of long, in-depth educational/inspiring blog posts on topics that I consider of utmost importance for learning to live in contentment and for turning the world into a more beautiful place.
Creating an online course. Many of you regularly send me emails asking for personal advice on how to live a life with less suffering and more joy, freedom and meaning. So I decided to create an online course through which I’ll share with you all the important lessons I’ve learned over the last 10+ years on the spiritual path, and provide you with a simple, practical step-to-step guide that will help you leave the burdens of the past behind and take a step forward to a brighter future. The course needs a lot more work until it’s completed, but if you consider taking part in it, feel free to sign up to the course’s waiting list and I’ll notify you first as soon as it’s available.
Thank you, all of you, for being part of my journey. Your loving support means more than you can imagine.