I’ve learned over the years from so many guides. Here are a few I frequently check in with.
Seth Godin – Seth blogs almost daily with great advice on marketing and life. Reading this blog is what got me to self-publish a novel.
Leo Babauta – Zen Habits – Leo blogs about innovative and inspiring ways to change your habits. Leo’s advice to do what you love first thing in the day is what got my novel written. See above!
FastCompany – Fast Company publishes terrific on-line articles on business, innovation, and so much more. I love the content and the writing. I can’t believe they offer so much content for free.
Sharon Salzberg – Sharon is a Buddhist meditation teacher. Her blog is great if you’re looking for ways to get started or continue a practice of meditation. Sharon’s focus is on loving kindness. Oh, my, don’t we need more of that?
Getting Things Done by David Allen – David’s ideas on how to waste less time and get more done are a big part of what got me started on an organizational path.
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg – This is one of my favorite books for explaining why we do what we do. It’s well-written and is filled with excellent case studies that stick with you.
The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo – This is a book I did not want to read. Then I read it and did not want to like it. I loved it. It inspired me to straighten out the last few cluttered closets and drawers in my house. It really is kind of magic 🙂
Mind Over Medicine by Lissa Rankin – This is a terrific book about finding balance in your life and being healthy. Lissa’s work got me started with meditation. I also love her exercises on ways to prioritize your life.
The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron – If you’re pondering big projects in your life, Julia offers a ton of great exercises to help you get back to your “why”. I loved reading this book with a group of friends. The exercises are a great way to learn about others AND about yourself.
A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle. Eckhart Tolle is a philosopher with a very droll delivery if you listen to him on audio books, as I mostly do. I turn to him for very, very strong advice about living with intent.
In Defense of Food and The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan. Michael’s focus is knowing what’s in your food and understanding how it gets to your table. If you want to eat healthier, Michael Pollan gives you lots of data for how to get there.
Thank You For Being Late by Thomas Friedman. This book changed my outlook on what I can do to help make the earth a better place at a time when everything feels more than a little out of control. Lots of data crafted into an interesting and compelling storyline.
BOOKS AND YOUTUBE
Pema Chodron – Pema is an incredibly wise and witty Buddhist nun with an A+ take on life. The above is a YouTube link to a large volume of work from Pema. She also writes terrific books that can help shape how you see the world.