Welcome to Lilolia

I created Lilolia in 2009 as a blog for readers and writers focusing on reading.  I wanted to improve my writing and I knew this meant I’d have to be more intentional about my own reading.  I got to know the world of literature past and present and shared it on Lilolia for like minded people.  Reading and Writing continue to be important to me and I share a great deal on how to expand your reading and improve your writing.

The way I restructured my reading toward achieving certain goals got me thinking about other areas of my life.  I looked at my other hobbies in a new way having realised that, with a slightly more intentional approach, I could get a lot more out of them; they could be both enjoyable and constructive for my life.  I added Photography and Self Enrichment to Lilolia.  I love to learn; skills and information, so the Self Enrichment section was born out of this love and I share tips and information I’ve found about how to make continued self education a part of your life.  You’ll find tips specifically related to the areas I’ve dedicated my self education to like language learning, writing, and the digital world.  Photography has always been a great passion of mine and I love to share inspiration and information for other self learning photographers.

Naturally, as a result of this line of thought, I also started thinking more about how I wanted to live and what I wanted to get out of it.  I began thinking and reading about all the ways we make our lives what they are, how others are living, and what we can do to make beneficial changes.  Life Design was born.  In this section I try to write about our internal and external worlds and the ways we can make those worlds a happier and healthier place to live.

“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”
Annie Dillard

Lilolia is the result of an evolution of thought about life and how to get the best out of it.  It’s the little things we do each day that accumulate into a life of quality.  With this in mind I like to neil gaiman quotewrite about improving on that quality through topics like creativity, writing, photography, life design, self enrichment, and, of course, reading.

We’re all looking for purpose, meaning, and happiness and the journey we take toward these things is what life is all about.  By being creative and conscious, you set yourself up to get the best out of your life journey.  I hope Lilolia serves as a bit of inspiration for that.

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