RECOMMENDED RESOURCES

For whatever it’s worth, these are some tools and ideas that have helped me.  Hope you find them helpful, too!

MUST-READ BOOKS

When I was little, I used to get in trouble for reading too much. (Can you even imagine such a thing?) As an adult, I still love losing myself in the latest book.   There are a million more I could cover, but here are three that I just know will leave an unforgettable impact.

I seriously can’t say enough great things about this book. Absolutely life-altering!!!

A whole new world opens up when we finally realize we are “perfect” just the way we are.

As eye-opening and thought-provoking as it is informative. Essential reading, especially for those of us plagued by stress.

A SAMPLER OF MY FAVORITE TED TALKS

I’m obsessed with personal growth and development. I could make a list 100-videos long of all the TED talks that left an imprint on me, but here are my top three for starters.

 

BRENE BROWN:
THE POWER OF VULNERABILITY

The message that absolutely EVERYONE needs to hear (if you haven’t already)….

CAROLINE MYSS:
CHOICES THAT CAN
CHANGE YOUR LIFE

Don’t ever forget that our choices are powerful!!! All the more reason why it’s important to CHOOSE simplicity and joy.

This *completely* changed my perspective. It’s so true: we’ll never “have” time, we have to MAKE time for what matters.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED PODCASTS!

I was a bit late to the podcast realm, but now I see what the craze is all about! Being able to listen and LEARN while doing [fill-in-the-blank] is just awesome! These are a handful of the podcasts that have made their mark on me–including motivating me to start one of my own! (Coming Summer 2020!)

Anna’s enthusiasm is infectious, and her knowledge of how to be a SUCCESSFUL “mompreneur” will astonish you. I’ve learned soooo much from her!

For the longest time, I was convinced that being an awesome mom inherently came at the cost of having a kick-ass career (and vice versa). This podcast is just one of many resources that’s helped me completely debunk that myth!

As I’ve shared in my story, my early stages of “mom life” were a total struggle to survive. But as I’ve evolved and grown into where I am today, I echo wholeheartedly the message in this amazing podcast: there’s nothing more fulfilling than to “lean into your fear and create a vision for your life that you’re obsessed with”!

PLANNERS, UNITE!

If you’re like me, the high-tech versions are handy but nothing beats going through the process of organizing your thoughts on paper and then gloriously crossing to-do’s off when done.

I love that this is both a planner AND a journal, with prompts to schedule my day each morning and reflect on my progress each night.

I’ve used this planner for YEARS. Love that it has so many places to elaborate your goals and outline your priorities, along with room to schedule out what’s going on each day.

This is way more than a planner…it’s an all-in-one life organizer. There’s so much crammed into these pages! I love that it has so much room for note-taking and dot-paper for bullet-journaling or time-tracking.

TECH TOOLS TO BOOST PRODUCTIVITY

In this increasingly high-tech world, it’s no surprise there are great ways to amplify our productivity, time management, and TASK management through the ample array of resources out there—most of which are free! This is just a small sample of some I find invaluable.

This FREE time-tracking program has both a desktop and mobile version. It’s awesome!

An awesome task-management platform that makes staying on top of all those to-do’s easier than ever. Integrates with your email, calendar, & tons of other apps so everything is seamless and clear. 

This seriously does everything: takes & organizes notes, saves webpages, files documents & pictures, and so much more. Eliminates paper clutter FOR GOOD and saves you gobs of time searching for things when you need to find them again.

We all have the best of intentions, but so often distraction gets the best of us. Use this app and website blocker to stay focused on the true task at hand.

For those versed in the Pomodoro technique…

Know how long you’re REALLY spending on things? Among many other things, this browser extension helps you see where you’re wasting time and syncs with other tools to help keep you on track.

JUST FOR LAUGHS

Life is too hard to be taken seriously. Let go and laugh already! It fixes everything. (Well, almost.)

BAD GROCERY STORE ADVICE

Don’t get any ideas….

PONDERING PARENTHOOD

So true it hurts. 🙂

STUPID QUESTIONS

I can’t help but hear this from the professor side of things, haha.

I WISH I'D KNOWN...

Absolutely hilarious.
And so sadly real.

A LITTLE OF EVERYTHING

We’ve all heard that opposites attract. Haven’t decided if that’s true but this cracked me up.

"ISMS"

I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so hard…partly because I’m like the woman in this clip, constantly saying the wrong things on accident. (I blame baby brain.)

ESPECIALLY FOR OTHER MOMS

Am I the only one who’s felt lost from time to time on this motherhood journey?!?! I used to think I had no choice but to figure everything out for myself, but then I realized how much great wisdom is already out there. I’m convinced we can’t uplift each other enough!

 

Ever agonized over whether you’re supposed to pursue your dream, and whether that’s even possible while holding down a family? Put your mind to rest.

HARD-WORKING MOMS

Parenthood is most challenging, exhausting, thankless, yet WONDERFUL job in the world. Enough of the stay-at-home versus working mom divide…we all work our tails off and deserve way more credit for doing the best we can.

You know those days when everything seems like a disaster and you feel like a total failure? This helps put all that in perspective and reminds us of what really matters for our kids.

BUSINESS-RELATED

Starting a business doesn’t have to be so intimidating! But even if you’re not interested in the business side of things, I’ve long employed most of these products for personal use, too.

 

I cannot sing their praises loudly enough. Their incredible platform helps you design the most awesome logo in just minutes. You’ve got to try it!

I’ve been using SurveyMonkey for over 10 years, first for my academic research and now for my business. It’s unbeatable! They offer so much for free, or click here for 10% off a paid plan.

I’ve only ever purchased my domains and web hosting through Namecheap. Their customer service is so awesome, I can’t even begin to tell you.

So easy to learn and so helpful for sharing valuable information!

Makes everything instantly brighter and better, for such an affordable price.

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