A few of the people, books, videos and resources that have inspired me on my path.
More Peace and Positive Self-Talk
Dr. Hanson works at the intersection of brain science and Buddhism, showing how you can use meditation and "taking in the good" to rewire your brain to think more positively than negatively. His soothing, calm presence is a bit like meditating with Mr. Rogers, yet he seems to have a similarly genuine, caring heart. He's won me over.
The Happiness Trap by Russ Harris
This book is particularly helpful if you're really struggling with negative self-talk. Instead of trying to overpower negative thoughts with positive ones, this book helps you learn to live with the radio hum of the chatter in your brain, paying attention only to the thoughts that are helpful.
If you're a recovering perfectionist or hesitate to show your true self to others in fear that you're not enough, you'll want to check out this scholar on shame, vulnerability and wholeheartedness. You'll feel better for it. She's amazing.
Self-Compassion by Kirsten Neff
If you struggle with a tough inner critic, you'll likely benefit from the daily self-compassion practices suggested by Kirsten Neff in her book, or through the many resources on her website. Neff is a leading expert on self-compassion, offering tools you can use to "motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism."
Dr. Cathy Collautt, MarieTV Interview How to Re-Program Your Subconscious Mind to Get What You Want
When it feels like you're stuck or getting in your own way of your success, I highly recommend the technique Dr. Collautt describes in this video. This is about looking at your fears and seeing what wisdom they have for you, so you can move forward without endangering yourself. This really works.
Health in Body, Spirit, Mind and Relationships
I love listening to Chopra's audiobooks. He's got great presence and heart. I highly recommend the latter book for those who struggle with their weight -- it's one of the most grounded, lasting approaches to maintaining a healthy weight that I've come across.
How Successful People Think by John C. Maxwell
If you're a thinking person, read this book. Maxwell goes through all the different ways that a person can think, as well as practical ways to do so in your everyday life. Among my favorite suggestions are "possibility" thinking and "shared" thinking.
Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman
This is a wonderful book to help you improve your relationships, especially romantic ones. Dr. Chapman is a marriage counselor who identified five basic love languages: Words of Affirmation, Quality Time, Receiving Gifts, Acts of Service, and Physical Touch. These are the common ways that people show or feel love. If you understand your dominant love languages and those of your loved ones, you can be more effective in showing love and feeling loved.
I discovered Marie when I was starting up my business. She's a hardworking, fun, sassy entrepreneur with a huge heart. She always delivers big. She has lots of free content about how to create a business and life you love. Recommended!
Delivering Happiness, by Tony Hsieh of Zappo's
Entertaining and inspiring personal and company memoir by Zappo's CEO Tony Hsieh. His humility, drive, eagerness to learn and grow, and have fun at work is an inspiring example.
Money & Spending Wisely
J. Money of Budgets Are Sexy
J. Money's blogs land in my in-box twice a week and it's rare that I don't read every one. He's thrifty, funny, irreverent, creative and anonymous. That's because he publishes his monthly net worth. Always great advice here about how to get out of debt, save more, live well on less, and invest.
He's a regular guy in Colorado with a 'stache, and he and his family live a full life on only about $25,000 a year. Mr. MM sends out regular tips, tools and inspiration on how to do it.
You Need a Budget (YNAB)
A great budgeting software that shows you how to "give every dollar a job." YNAB gives free educational workshops, has lots of videos and an active user community who are using YNAB to get out of debt, save more and spend their money wisely.
Orman is kind of old school now, but her books offer comprehensive, no-nonsense advice on how to better manage all aspects of your money.
Cultivating Good Habits (And Dropping Bad Ones)
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
For anyone struggling to lose weight, stop smoking or break any other tough habit, you'll get a lot out of this book and the free resources on Duhigg's website. Duhigg takes the best insights from research on habits and shows you how you can change your own.
Willpower by Roy F. Baumeister
Did you know that research shows that we have a limited amount of willpower, and that you can make it stronger like a muscle? More information here on how to change your habits and routines for the better.
Make Better Decisions
Decisive, by Chip Heath and Dan Heath
What decisions are you currently struggling with? Breaking up? Saving for retirement or buying a house? Firing an employee? Switching jobs? This book is full of different ways you can evaluate your decision, so you can choose the best option. The Heath brothers are two of my favorite non-fiction authors because here, as in their previous books Made to Stick and Switch, they take the best and latest research on a topic and show you its practical application in your life. They also have a helpful free resources on their website.
Boost Energy, Productivity & Creativity
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
This is the best book I've ever read about creativity and the creative process. In my 20s, I struggled with being a creative writer, and before now, I'd never found a book that so well described the difficulties in that experience, or how to overcome them. This is an inspiring must read for anyone undertaking any creative project.
Maria Popova's Brainpickings Newsletter
To me, Brainpickings is basically a newsletter about what it means to be a human being, and the creative works throughout history that have added to our understanding of what this experience is all about. Beautiful weekly inspiration.
The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
It's all the rage and there's a reason for that. The KonMari method will help you declutter, simplify, and show greater care and appreciation for all the material things you already have in your life. You're likely going to feel more peaceful, appreciative and energetic after applying the techniques of this book, plus your t-shirt collection will look positively snazzy in your drawer.
The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz
Even top athletes are not expected to perform at their peak day-in and day-out, like an average office professional, realized Loehr and Schwartz after working with both groups. They offerstrategies for boosting your own energy renewal and productivity so you can really do everything you want in life.
Champions of Time Off and Sabbaticals
Stefan Sagmeister's TED Talk The Power of Time Off
Sagmeister has a NYC design firm, which he shuts down every seven years in order to take a sabbatical. In doing so, he's noticed that everything he does or learns during his sabbatical enriches his work in the following years. His TED Talk helped me convince me that my own sabbatical was worth taking. He was right.
Attract Good Things in Life
28 Laws of Attraction by Thomas Leonard
Leonard is known as the founder of the modern coaching movement in the United States. This book offers 28 ways you can change your habits and mindset so that you attract all the good things in life that you desire. Leonard's voice can come off as a bit rigid and strict, but if you try his ideas you'll likely see big change in your life.
Jeanette Maw's Good Vibe Blog
Maw is another blogger whose posts nearly always deliver interesting new ideas and things to try out. She's into really woo-woo stuff like manifestation, vibrations and the teachings of Abraham, and she's also refreshingly down-to-earth about it all.
Have I missed one of your favorites? I always love to hear new suggestions. Let me know by sending me a message!