The 7 link challenge

First I read about 7 links challenge was from Karen Ruby, then I saw my another friend Marion also posted her 7 links. The idea originally started at, a blog I read often whenever I get a chance. So, I thought why not I also do some sharing with my 7 link challenge with little bit creativity to dig through my older posts and here is the result. Hope you like it.

My very first posting day

I started out on free blogger platform because it was super easy. I was so excited to share my knowledge and reasons for writing about finding balance between what my heart and mind wanted. I did not know anything about blog or blogging world at the time I wrote my first post. Matter of fact, unlike my slow blogging now,I wrote 3 posts then in one sitting; even though I had no readers.

Welcome Post
20 things that heart desires
20 things that mind desires

The post I enjoyed writing the most

This post I enjoyed writing the most, as many of us want to be helpful to others but we simply do not know how, when we have never been in similar situation. Where we live, there are quite a few who are out of job or worse foreclosed upon. While we are so fortunate, I wanted to write something that will help others even when you do not have extra money, we can still help.

10 ways to help during bad economy

The post which had a most discussion

After writing for almost 10 plus months under a pen name of Zengirl, I finally decided to reveal my real name with pictures of myself and family. Al though I always was 100% honest about me and family, except names, it was finally great to come out and share 101% about me here on heart and mind blog that I really cherish.

It was a great feeling to finally write under my name and I got lot of support from blogging friends on that post.

Coming out the shadow post

The post on someone’s else blog that I wished I had written

There are lot of blogs I admire and read so picking one was not the easiest as I truly liked many posts and have bookmarked it often to read it again and again. I have narrow it down to 2 posts out of many that I like. I am believer of sharing knowledge is better so I am breaking a rule and sharing 2 links here!

How not to hurry By Leo Babauta. I really believe in slow balanced life so I really wished I could have written it, but I doubt I could have been as persuasive as Leo.

My most helpful post

I like to write a post where I share something from my real life, like my recent life lessons series. One of the reason I was writing under a pen name was due to a fear, a fear of rejection that I got as a high school student trying to publish my short story on New York Magazine. It scared me for awhile and made me feel worthless compared to my grandfather and my mom who both are published authors. It took some courage to feel better about my own writing and I shared a few ways to overcome fear, no matter how different your fears maybe, solution is the same, check it out.

5 ways of overcoming your fear

The post with a title that I am proud of

I have been married to my best friend Zenguy and have kids, sure my life is more kid-centric but romance is still there and should be for everyone. I wrote an article to keep romance alive no matter how busy we might be, even if you are newly married or married for 60 years, we can take time to show someone we love in simple ways from the heart always.

25 tips to make your marriage rock

A post that I wished more people had read

We have been simplifying our lives for past 5-6 years slowly, even before being simple and minimalist became new media darling that everyone talked about. The biggest benefit of minimalism in my life has enabled me to stay home with my young kids without worrying about income much. When 100 things minimalist came I was intrigued but when there was 50 things minimalist movement along with one of our local friend, I thought it has gone too far and lost the real meaning of minimalism. This is one of my longer post, that I wished more people had read as I still think minimalism comes in many shapes and sizes.

Why we can not win on 100 thing minimalism

Share your 7 links

Did you enjoy this? I surely enjoyed going through my old posts and dig through various posts to find the right one to fit in each categories. Even though I did not started this challenge, If you are reading here, I wish for you to join this 7 links challenge so we can learn more about you and your blog. It could be fun for you as well.

In addition to 7 blogging links, I want to share ebooks from Bloggers I admire. I may make little money if you buy from these link.

eBooks from Great Bloggers and Experts

I love everything Leo Baubuta of Zen Habits does and has created. Here are some of his ebooks that I like?

Simple Guide to Minimalist life : Its sells for $9.95 only and believe me it has great many information that is worth lot more.

ZenHabits Handbook for Life : $6.95 only for handbook for life.

Zen to done Guide: This is best of “getting things done” by David Allen with Zen habits view point, one of the best guide I have seen in productivity: $9.50 only.

If you want to buy all thress ebooks for one low price, click here: Buy Now $19.99 only.

Adam Baker of Man Vs. Debt has 2 great ebooks that tells you how to get out of debt and make money selling your stuff.

Sells your Crap: Clutter Crusher Edition: This edition has extra videos and details on how to sell on craigslist, ebay and more. Sells for $47 but promises that you will make $100 or more following his methods, and we agree.

Unautomate your Finance: Adam knows his debt and money and this guide sure it helpful to get your finances in order, sells for $17.


I am a big fan of Rachel from Simple Notebook and she has released a ebook about simple blogging.

Click here to visit Simple Blogging.: Only sells for $8 and it is perfect for people like me who blog part time between kids and life.
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  1. Mgirl says:

    Hi Zengirl/Preeti,

    Wow I missed a lot while I was out on vacation! Just catching up on old posts and good to know your family and this links are great as I got to some of your older posts that I had missed!

  2. S. Ali Myers - Soulful Body & Mind says:


    Yeah, I seen this idea somewhere else also. I’ve just finished up some things and think I may put one together too. Thanks for the added push. You rock!

  3. Karen says:

    Hi Preeti,

    I’m glad that you caught the inspiration from Darren, as did I, and many others. It’s fun to go back to what you have written and evaluate the articles to fit the categories. Plus, it offers new readers a chance to see your shining articles from the past.

    I think it’s sweet that you were so excited to share you knowledge that you wrote 3 first posts 🙂

    Having a parent and grandparent who are published authors can be very intimidating – but wow, what a motivation, too. You have the writing gene and now know what’s possible. A lot of people don’t even have that. You go girl!


  4. Jean Sarauer says:

    What a great way to get to know you better. I think this is a great idea to bring older posts to the forefront. That Darren Rowse is one smart cookie to come up with this idea, and you’re a smart cookie to follow his lead 🙂

  5. ZenGirl says:


    Welcome back! Hope you had a great vacation and thank you for kind words and catching up on older posts! It feels great to hear that!

  6. ZenGirl says:


    Yes, put your list together, I am sure I and others would love to see those 7 links! You rock too! Thank you for being a great supporter here.

  7. ZenGirl says:


    I agree that more we share, more free we become 🙂 I like to think I am making friends with you and others here. I know for sure, I am making a few great friends online! Love your new gravatar picture!

  8. ZenGirl says:


    Welcome and thank you for being an inspiration for me to write this 7 links as I read it first on your blog then on problogger and Marion’s blog. It was fun to share 7 links as it made me think and dig through my older posts!

    Thank you for kind words, yes having published author have a huge pressure on me, I have long way to go. Although I have published technical non fiction stuff, some day I would love to publish other fun stuff, until then my blog provides an outlet for me!

  9. ZenGirl says:


    It was fun, why do not you also do one, I would love to see yours? I have known you (your blog) for some time now and want to know more! Here is an invitation from me to join this 7 links!

  10. ZenGirl says:


    Thank you. It was fun to dig through my old posts and it brought some fun memories. Darren Rowse is sure one smart cookie and I love his blog. I read about it first in Karen’s blog so I should give her the credit for inspiration and Marion who wrote/shared 7 links wonderfully in her blog.

    Why do not you join and share your 7 links, I am sure all of us love to see that! Come join it!

  11. Justin Dupre says:


    7 links challenge is way cool! I agree with everyone here how this summary will help us get to know you better and connect with your readers. I especially enjoyed coming out of shadow post and 10 ways to help during bad economy.

  12. Abubakar Jamil says:

    Good to read you again Preeti and this time I got to read some of your past posts as well. 🙂

  13. Amit Sodha - The Power Of Choice says:

    Hey Preeti,

    Awesome, I saw this challenge too and was going to do it next week! I’m going to check out all your posts including the ones on marriage, even though they don’t apply to me yet I’ll definitely save them for the future! 🙂

  14. rob white says:

    Yes, this is a great idea. I’m glad I caught your minimalist post. It is wise to question the “in thing”, we should always be weary of trends that the world-voice is trying to push on us. Question everything and use the ideas that work of you.

  15. ZenGirl says:


    Thanks for reading my post again! It was great to dig through old posts for me as well. Are you planning on doing this 7 links? I think you should, I would love to see it.

  16. ZenGirl says:


    I am glad you checked out older posts including marriage tips! Are you planning to share a good news with us soon?

    If you do this 7 links challenge let me know, I would love to check it out. How is life going without stress of traditional job?

  17. ZenGirl says:


    It so good to see you again, I thought I had lost you 🙂
    I am happy you found and liked minimalist post, that is something I am quite proud of 🙂

    Yeah, I am not usually one to follow the trends, doing from my own heart makes more sense. You seem pretty unique to me as well.

  18. Eric | Eden Journal says:

    I really like this idea. I’ve been seeing a lot of people participate in this challenge. I like your post on minimalism. That’s one of the cool things about this is we get to see the gems we may have missed. I started an index of 7 Link Challenge posts so we can find more of these hidden gems. The link is in the link love below, and I already added your post to the index.

  19. ZenGirl says:


    Isn’t it great? I am getting to know other bloggers site and about them too. I just saw your 7 links and glad to know more about it.

    I am totally surprised about the 7 link index and feel honored to be included in it. I know you and Ali very well, and others I will learn more from it. Thank you.

  20. Farnoosh says:

    The coming out of the shadows post was definitely your big hit – I am not surprised – and after that, I felt i know you so much better so I became a more avid reader so great move on your part, Preeti!
    Hmm. How to make my marriage rock, ha? I believe I am heading over to learn a thing or two now ;)!
    Thank you for doing the exercise!

  21. ZenGirl says:


    Thank you for becoming more avid reader here, I have been an avid reader of your blog since I found it!

    I hope you liked the 25 tips for the marriage, those are the ones I use it in my marriage, although I have to admit being married to Zenguy is lot easier as he is so easy going.

    Are you doing your 7 links? Curious minds want to know. You should!

  22. Farnoosh says:

    Hi dear Preeti, I am doing a million things before going on a short vacation without the Mac and I have already scheduled my blogs for next week – so not yet is the best answer. Dragos put me up for the challenge so I feel tempted but for now, not yet… 🙂 Are you teasing me too? Gosh I always fall for peer pressure! 🙂

  23. Sibyl-alternaview says:

    Preeti: I hadn’t heard about this 7 link challenge, but it sounds like a good one and I really liked what you put together here. I thought the “Coming out the shadow post” you wrote was a really good one and it sounds like everyone else thought so as well 🙂 It has really been great to get to know you and of course read all your posts. I am off to explore some more of those 7 links you shared.

  24. mark says:

    Hi Preeti,

    Nice list – I have read many of these, but I think this is a great resource for people who are new to your site!

    Also, thanks for the introduction to Leo Babauta. He sounds very interesting.

    I am going to go read “Why we can not win on 100 thing minimalism” now. Have a great day!

  25. ZenGirl says:


    Yes, this 7 links originally started at and I believe it is good for blogger and readers both as I had fun reading others too. I would love to see yours link list too.

    Hope you enjoyed these posts and articles.

  26. ZenGirl says:


    Yes, I think so too. I loved your 7 links list as well.

    Oh Leo’s blog is #1 blog as per Time’s 25 top blog list, he is simply amazing, although I do not know him personally he has been an inspiration to me like he has for many others. I know you will like his zen habits and mnmilst site both.

  27. Aileen says:

    I love the 7 link challenge – It’s a wonderful guide, as it takes me through your blog. It’s like having a guided tour.
    I appreciated the introduction to Frugalbabe blog too 🙂

  28. ZenGirl says:


    Yes, I guess I like the same thing about this challenge, it makes me know other blogs and digging though my own older posts, makes me re-live old memories of my blogging days. Are you planning on doing 7 links? I would love to see it.

  29. Theresa Bradley-Banta says:

    Hi Preeti,

    This challenge has given me such a wonderful opportunity to discover new bloggers. I truly enjoyed reading your tips to make a marriage rock. I’ve been married to a really great guy for 20 years! And, still after these years it’s always a welcome thing to hear new ideas.

    I’m glad I visited.

    Thank you Preeti and all my best to you.


  30. ZenGirl says:


    Welcome and thank you for comment. I am glad you visited. Wow, 20 years! that is so cool. Every good marriage needs this tips once in a while to break out of routine, at least I know I do.

    I am glad you visited here and hope to see you more.

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