Defiant Individualism

“All growth is a step into the darkness”

Defiant individualism and growth being a step into the darkness are two themes that have been lingering in my mind for quite some time. Today is day 18 of 365, and I thought I didn’t feel like writing so I was just going to generate a list with 18 things as my content for today, but I realize now that I have a few things I want to say…

One, it is cold and rainy out now, and all I want to do is curl up, cuddle, and watch Netflix. I want to be warm, cozy, and rested, but before I do that, I want to talk about defiant individualism. I’m saying this as I want to remember this 365 day challenge and journey and remind myself that I create whether it’s raining, snowing, sunny, hot, cold, humid, etc. It does not matter what is happening around me, part of the challenge of this is doing what I say I am going to do, no matter what. #selfdiscipline

I was told defiant individualism is not a good thing, and I’m not sure I agree. I think it depends on why you are being defiant- if it’s just to be difficult or cause trouble, then I agree it may not be a good thing, but if it is that that your views, opinions, and values do not align with others, I’m not sure it’s always a bad thing.

Defiant and defiance have negative connotations. Here are some synonyms of each:

  • Defiant: resistant, obstinant, uncooperative, noncompliant
  • Defiance: open resistance, bold disobedience

There are different ways to express one’s individualism, and I think some of those ways are defiant and disruptive.

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One of the reasons I am thinking about this is because I am thinking about creating a new personal website and am thinking about how defiant or disruptive I want my design, brand, and/or services I offer to be- what kind of personal and professional boundaries I want to set, if any…. where to draw the line. If I want to brand myself as this rebellious, defiant millennial or how I can brand myself as a “Mover & Shaker” a funkyinnovator, someone dedicated to creating positive change in the world through disruption.

Here is the list I originally intended on posting – 18 personal websites I adore, in no particular order, in honor of today being day 18. Hip hip hooray! I hope they inspire you as much as they inspire me.

1. Lydia Huth

2. Estlin Haiss

3. Riley Neville Reid

4. Dominique Brielle

5. Miki Agrawal

6. Destiny Lalane

7. Lazy Girl Glam (Thu Do)

8. IAN SUÁREZ

9. Mal Rothstein

10. Felicia Fitzpatrick

11. Square Hippie

12. Mariah Mariah Mariah

13. Ariel Sun

14. Emily Williams  (I Heart My Life)

15. Lucy Xu

16. Nancy Nystrom

17. Bryanda Minix

18. Trevor Wallace

*Bonus 19- Stellar Examples of Online Portfolios & Personal Websites

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