Recommended by & for:
Artists & Designers
Tools & Resources: Adobe Illustrator, Paper Mate Flair pens, a DeWalt nail gun, always having a sketchbook with me, Pro-Create app on iPad with an Apple Pencil!
Book: The Crossroads of Should and Must by Elle Luna
People: Joy the Baker, her Let it Be Sunday blog posts inspire me weekly. Lindsey from The Blushing Script, she’s always creating one of a kind things and fearlessly tries new mediums.
Books: Art: Drawing and Painting People: A Fresh Approach by Emily Ball (fantastic whatever your subject), Abstract and Colour Techniques in Painting by Claire Harrigan. Non-art: Finding Your Way in a Wild New World by Martha Beck. The Twelve Steps of Forgivenes by Paul Ferrini.
Tools & Resources: WordPress, Teachery (online teaching platform), Pinterest, Instagram, Aweber, endless art supplies, an experimental mindset.
People: Kristen Kalp, for her combination of insightful sensitivity and irreverent honesty when it comes to life and business as an introvert. Rob Bell, for his life affirming, fascinating and hilarious podcast and books.
Books: Journal of a Solitude by May Sarton, Women Who Run With the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes and The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron.
Tools & Resources: Sakura Micron pens for on-the-go sketches, a deck of Tarot cards and a Letterpress notebook for journaling.
People: Effy Wild (journal artist)
Books: Gift From The Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Write It Down, Make It Happen: Knowing What You Want and Getting It by Henriette Anne Klauser, The Fire Starter Sessions by Danielle LaPorte
Tools & Resources: Photoshop, Sendowl, Hootsuite, Bullet Journaling.
People: Amy Walsh (The Bureau of Tactical Imagination), Susannah Conway.
COATES, JR., KEVIN
Books: Relentless: From Good to Great to Unstoppable by Tim S. Grover, The Go-Giver by Bob Burg, Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters by Meg Meeker, The Millionaire Mind by Thomas J. Stanley.
Tools & Resources: Caroline McHugh’s TEDx Talk “The Art of Being Yourself”
People: Teresa Coltrin, Simon Sinek.
Books: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.
Tools & Resources: iPhone, Spotify, meditation, journal, computer, headphones, Skype, Google Drive, Camtasia, Audible, social media to share content, WordPress.org, TED Talks, Hoffman Institute, iPEC, Dr. Michael Joseph Levry and Naam Yoga.
People: Dr. Joe Dispenza, Jen Sincero (Author, Life Coach), Gabby Bernstein (Author, Life Coach, Speaker), Melissa Ambrosini (Author, Life Coach, Speaker), Marianne Williamson (Coach, Author, Speaker), Byron Katie (Coach, Author, Speaker).
Books: The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor, What I Know For Sure by Oprah Winfrey, and Screw Finding Your Passion by me! (I know it’s a cheeky add by I’m very proud of it!).
Tools & Resources: My MacBook Air is my office, my iPhone is my social media tool and my Moleskine notebooks are my brainstorming centre.
People: Shawn Achor introduced me to positive psychology and he is a big inspiration to me to this day. I’m also a huge fan of Marie Forleo for her fun, quirky business tips; and Susannah Conway for her reminders on staying true to who you are.
Books: The Desire Map: A Guide to Creating Goals with Soul by Danielle LaPorte.
Tools & Resources: Acuity Scheduling – for easy online appointment bookings. Muji notebooks and pens – for studying, planning, designing. Bose noise-canceling headphones – for peace and calm. Amazon.com – for continued learning and general book addiction. Paypal.com – for international payments. Planoly app – for scheduling Instagram posts. Essential oils – for balancing moods. Candles/flowers/crystals – for a beautiful environment.
People: Tosha Silver, Caroline Myss, Desmond Tutu, Lissa Rankin, Tara Mohr, Susannah Conway, Anne Lamott, Danielle LaPorte, Elizabeth Gilbert, Tarryn Brumfit, Brene Brown, Glennon Doyle, Trevor Noah, Marc David, Pema Chodron.
Books: Secrets of the Millionaire Mind by T. Harv Eker, The 10X Rule: The Only Difference Between Success and Failure by Grant Cardone, 80/20 Sales and Marketing: The Definitive Guide to Working Less and Making More by Perry Marshall, The Millionaire Fastlane: Crack the Code to Wealth and Live Rich for a Lifetime by MJ DeMarco, books by Jim Harrison.
Tools & Resources: iMac computer for drafting and editing video. Husky rolling tool tote for hauling tools to remote construction projects. Launch by Jeff Walker.
People: Entrepreneurs in Cars (YouTube channel)
Books: The Red Tent by Anita Diamant, The Lost Lands by Lucy Cavendish, The Sophia Code by Kaia Ra, The Crystal Bible by Judy Hall, Astrology for the Soul by Jan Spiller.
Tools & Resources: A willingness to take responsibility for ourselves. Creating sacred space: for me this includes incense, candles, some crystals, journal, pen and tarot or oracle cards. Gratitude. Mindfulness. Presence. These three things are most easily cultivated by placing my hand on my heart and breathing deeply into my heart space. This enables me to feel anchored in my body, I notice the support of the chair on my seat and back. This grounds me and allows me to stay with my emotions and feel them fully. Sometimes my emotions subside rather quickly, other times I am riding the wave. Taking a bath every night helps me to settle, relax and release the happenings of my day.
People: I am a huge fan of Susannah Conway’s work. I find her approach to life both practical and grounded. She shares so authentically and vulnerably that it somehow gives us all permission to be who we need to be. I deeply admire her ability to weave such immense webs of community. Tanishka aka The Moon Woman has deeply influenced my work. I mentored with her for my Red Tent training. She introduced me to feminine archetypes, and it was her moon posts on Facebook that laid the foundation for me delving deeper into astrology. She gave me the context in which to bravely step into my own feminine power. Susan Grace and The Leo King are both my go-to people for daily astro posts and inspiration on Facebook. I love how Susan is able to integrate and transmute the shadow aspects of our collective psyche all while holding firm to her boundaries. David Palmer aka the Leo King interprets astrology in such an off-the-cuff approach that I find it infectious and fun! Lastly, Claire Goodchild with Black and the Moon. I am a HUGE fan of her independent oracle decks. Claire is such a gifted artist. She has an amazing deck called the Arcana of Astrology. I always use her astrology cards on the altar at my women’s circles. I have all of the decks she has ever published and they are amongst my most treasured tools. She is a fellow trauma survivor and feminist.
Books: The honest truth is I can’t sit still long enough to finish books, though I like reading/watching/listening to artist interviews: W Magazine, Interview Magazine, Off Camera with Sam Jones, Here’s the Thing with Alec Baldwin, WTF Podcast with Marc Maron, Chase Jarvis interviews/podcast.
Tools & Resources: Software: I practically live in Adobe Photoshop and Phase One Capture One Pro. Apps: Sun Seeker, Scanbot. Travel: Nickel Smart Carbon Fiber Buckled Belt, TSA PreCheck, Global Entry. For the kitchen: cast iron skillet, Hario V60 pourover coffee setup (grinder, kettle, dripper), Jennings CJ-4000 scale.
People: Standup Comedians for providing us an escape or just a funnier way of looking at things: Matt Braunger, Kyle Kinane, Ali Wong and Pete Holmes.
Writers & Bloggers
Books: Story Engineering by Larry Brooks, Infinite Possibilities by Mike Dooley, E-Cubed by Pam Grout, How To Be Everything by Emilie Wapnick.
Tools & Resources: Scrivener (writing software).
People: Stephen Lovegrove.
Books: One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
People: The Adventure Junkies
Books: For inspiration, I recommend the Freelancer’s Bible by Sara Horowitz and Escape from Cubicle Nation by Pamela Slim. The Escape Manifesto by Escape the City when I was getting ready to leave my job. For fun, I love mysteries, especially the Nevada Barr series about park ranger Anna Pigeon.
Tools & Resources: Even as a person who works in the tech field, I like to keep it simple and minimalist. I use Google Docs/Sheets/Forms both for me and my clients, as well as MailChimp and WordPress. I’ve decided to just use one WordPress theme for all my work and it has saved a ton of headaches. I also have to use Adobe CC, even though the fees are exorbitant.
People: I tend to gravitate toward women who are shucking the traditional job. Pamela Slim is one as well as Alexandra Jimenez of Travel Fashion Girl. I also have to admire my parents – they left Denmark in the 1950s when people rarely leave that comfortable country. They started over in the western U.S. and gave me the opportunity to live the life I want.
Tools & Resources: Upwork, although this platform has gotten more and more hostile to freelancers over the years. Most of my clients are from long-term relationships I’ve had for years.
STORY, RACHEL & SASHA SAVINOV
Books: Mother Tongue by Christine Gilbert for travel and language learning. A Better Life for Half the Price: How to prosper on less money in the cheapest places to live by Tim Leffel for inspiration to move abroad.
Tools & Resources: For teaching online with VIPKID, a touchscreen computer comes highly recommended. Sasha uses a mirroless Sony A6000 for his photos and videos. It’s much lighter than a DSLR camera making it easier to travel with. Using iMovie on a MacBook makes editing short videos pretty easy and straight forward. We recommend [the free version of] Buffer for scheduling Facebook, Twitter and Instagram posts. Tailwind is great for Pinterest. For tracking our spending we use an app called Trail Wallet. We almost exclusively use Airbnb.com for booking accommodation. We don’t really like hotels but if we can’t find a place on Airbnb we always go to booking.com for hotels and guesthouses. Skyscanner and Google flights are where we’ve found the best flight prices. Finally, packing cubes make keeping your backpack organized when traveling for long periods of time. We love the cubes from Amazon Basics.
People: Our focus is mostly in the travel blogging world, so we recommend Goats On The Road and NOMADasaurus. Extra Pack of Peanuts by Travis Sherry for leaning about airline miles and rewards. Zero to Travel by Jason Moore is a great website and podcast for anyone interested in travel.
Books: The saddest part about being a travel writer is that I don’t have a lot of time for reading books. Most of my reading is done online. But I do love a good historic fiction, like Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay or Follow the River by James Alexander Thom. My husband bought me How to Blog for Profit by Ruth Soukup for Christmas last year and it has proven to be a great resource.
Tools & Resources: As a blogger, obviously my most important tools are my laptop, cell phone and y camera. I don’t use an expensive DSLR with lots of lenses because it suits me better to travel light. I prefer my Canon PowerShot for its carrying ease and powerful zoom lens. I have several power banks and extra camera batteries with me all the time. I use Snapseed to edit all of my photos for Instagram and PicMonkey to create pins and collages for social sharing.
People: I credit my grandmother and father for giving me a wanderlust spirit. My grandmother sent me postcards from everywhere she visited and my father perfected the family road trip! Now, it is my husband who is always game for exploring just about anything. He understands that I have to ‘get the story’ and take lots of photos, and he’s so patient with the process. There are certainly other travel bloggers whose work has inspired me, but my favorite is Lara Dunning of Small Town Washington.