Readers frequently ask what books, tools, or other resources I use and recommend. On this page, you’ll find a summary of everything I use in my daily life as a writer, entrepreneur, health enthusiast, and creative.
Each of these resources has in some way shaped and/or improved my life, and I hope you'll find them useful too.
I've made sure to include everything that someone has asked about at some point in time. If you feel like something is missing from the list, let me know.
The best, freshest coffee around:
Dreamweaver Coffee Co. - Locally roasted "craft" coffee delivered across the nation for those who dream BIG. It started as a fun, quarantine side project but quickly turned into a legitimate business.
The 50/30/10/10 Rule for How to Wake Up Earlier and Work on Your Dream (published on Better Humans)
How to Overcome Fear with 20 Seconds of Courage (published here)
How I “Cured” My Anxiety and Night Terrors to Live a Life Worth Living (published on The Mission)
The Ultimate Guide for How to Stop Sleep Paralysis (published here)
The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz -- No book has made more of an impact on my daily life than this one. Simple thoughts and simple wisdom for lifelong happiness.
Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan -- Basically the best book I've ever read. Thought it was pure fiction until about 75% of the way through, but it's a true story about a young hero in Nazi-occupied Italy during WWII.
The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle Book 1) by Patrick Rothfuss -- Forget Game of Thrones. Forget Harry Potter. This book and the second one (A Wise Man's Fear) will sweep you away on a journey of magic, pain, determination, music, and love. I've never read two books faster in my life once I got into the story. Please Pat, when's the third one coming out?
Reincarnation Blues by Michael Poore -- A wildly creative book that follows the many lives of a man named Milo, who is reborn again and again while trying to achieve a "perfect" life. But, he only has 10,000 lives to do it, and he's quickly running out of chances.
Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker -- Looking to solve most of your health-related problems? Look no further than that free activity you do (or don't do) each night.
I Will Teach You To Be Rich by Ramit Sethi -- The personal finance book that taught me more about money and life than any class I've ever taken. A must-read for everybody.
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson -- Learning what not to care about is often more important than what to care about. By far one of my favorite self-help books I've read.
Atomic Habits by James Clear -- One of the best and most practical books on how to change your habits and get 1% better every day.
Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson -- A must-read for anyone with anxiety. Jenny is so damn relatable (and funny) in sharing her stories with anxiety that it helped ease mine by a good bit.
Tools for Health
Athletic Greens -- One of the few dietary supplements I will ever recommend. These helped get my gut health back on track and keep my anxiety in check. I've been taking them every day for the past 5+ years.
Born Fitness -- Honest and easy to follow health and nutrition advice. Highly recommend reading this blog if you’re just getting into exercise. Adam Bornstein makes fitness fun and not-so-scary. Also, his recipes are pretty bomb.
Tools for Writing / Creating an Online Presence
Medium -- One of the hardest things about starting out as a writer is finding an audience for your writing. This website creates a level playing field for all writers and focuses on quality content. The community is incredible and the opportunities are endless. I suggest every writer (new or veteran) use Medium to their advantage, especially for growing an online presence.
Quora -- In my opinion, the easiest way to improve your writing is to approach it from a different angle. If you look at writing as simply answering questions (which is what Quora does), it eliminates a slew of mental roadblocks you might run into.
Grammarly -- Keeps me honest and humble in my writing. I don't have an editor yet so this is my saving grace when it comes to grammatical errors and readability.
Google Drive (especially Sheets and Docs) -- I use Google Drive exhaustively for creating my content plans and sharing documents across devices when traveling. It's also awesome for collaborating with others on a project.
Webflow -- This year I moved my website from WordPress to Webflow and can't recommend it enough. After an initial (pretty painless) learning curve, it's SO much easier to manage myself and design it the way I want.
MailChimp -- The OG when it comes to E-mail marketing. There are lots of options out there, but I prefer Mailchimp and it's what I've been using for years.
Tools for Productivity
Google Calendar -- If something's not on my calendar, it basically doesn't exist in my life (and I will forget about it).
Trello -- For weekly planning and task management. Also for project collaboration with partners/friends.
Evernote – This is my brain dumpster for catching all the good and bad ideas that pop into my head.
Notecards – These 3x5 notecards from Amazon changed my life. I fill one out every night and carry it around with me during the day. They help me prioritize my life and minimize distractions. Easy. Effective. Awesome.
Dropbox -- My file management system in the clouds. Essentially limitless storage and available from any device.
Sony WH-1000XM3 Noise Cancelling Headphones -– The brand I use for deep focus work, blocking out distractions, and conference calls. They're fabulous.
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