Things I Love
Below are some of my favorite books and products (in no particular order). Although some of the links are referral links (indicated by a *), every single recommendation is based solely on my positive experience/opinion of the product. [You can read my policy statement on ads and referral links here.]
The Deficit Myth* by Stephanie Kelton
Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life* by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans
Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mere Mortals by Oliver Burkeman
Tiny Habits: The Small Changes that Change Everything* by B.J. Fogg
The Five Invitations: Discovering what death can teach us about living fully* by Frank Ostaseski
The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America’s Wealthy* by Thomas J. Stanley and William D. Danko
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business* by Charles Duhigg
Educated: A Memoir* by Tara Westover
The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America* by Timothy Egan
Fitness & Wellness
FattE Bikes – fat tire electric bikes (tell them Elizabeth sent you)
The Me-Mover FIT* is hands-down the most intense, most unique, and (no offense to my FattE bike) the most fun means of exercise I’ve ever experienced. [Actually it’s a dis-service to each to imply any equivalency between the two: the FattE was built to commute; the FIT is built for exercise. Each excels at its intended purpose.]
Original Tiger Tail Massage Stick – Classic 18″ Foam Roller I’ve seen many versions of this type of product and have hated every single one. The Tiger Tail is different. It’s great at working out the knots without doing further damage.
My Pearl Izumi women’s thermal barrier pants (sadly, discontinued) have been ideal for cold-weather bike commuting. If you can find a similar product, grab them.
And speaking of cold-weather commuting, this Pearl Izumi barrier skull cap is an essential piece of gear. It fits easily and comfortably under my helmet. And it has a handy split in the back for my ponytail!
Doohickies & Widgets
I have asthma. Hair-trigger asthma. And a bad habit of leaving the house without an inhaler. This little tactical gear clip doohickey attaches easily and securely to the webbing strap on my backpack. Now a quick glance ensures that I have an inhaler at hand when I’m running out the door to teach or work with a client.
And speaking of backpacks… my Tom Bihn Synapse 25 is 💯. I won’t lie, it took a while to get over the sticker shock but in hindsight my only regret is not buying one sooner. Some of my favorite/most-used organizational accessories are the Cubelets, key straps, and the Q-Kit.
As silly as it might seem, I don’t know where I’d be without bungee shoe laces. I live in chronic pain and my feet are particularly sensitive. Bungee laces make wearing shoes bearable.
The bane of my tech-filled existence seems to be earbuds and charging cables. I haven’t solved the earbuds issue but I swear by Anker charging cables Even my son, Destructor of Charging Cables, has yet to wear one out.
I use Eucalan Fabric Wash for all of my woolens. I usually avoid scents but I love the lavendar and it doesn’t trigger my asthma. I find the eucalyptus scent less pleasant but not offensive. Unscented is also available but I assume the scents add an element of moth-proofing.
Wool Dryer Balls by Smart Sheep shortens dryer time and soften clothes naturally. Save money and the environment by eliminating fabric softener and dryer sheets from your laundry routine.
I use a Blue Microphones Yeti USB Microphone when recording the audio for my tutorials and instructional videos.
The software I use to record, edit, and export my videos is ScreenFlow*. I find it super intuitive and easy to use but PC users are out of luck because it’s Mac-only.
I simply cannot imagine my online life without 1Password keeping me safe and organized. Don’t let the name fool you. I use 1Password for passwords, login, online profiles, secure notes, bank info, software licenses, etc.
Dropbox keeps me synced across devices and saves versions of documents. In other words, it has saved my bacon more than once.
Acuity Scheduling allows my clients to schedule, reschedule, or cancel appointments, sends out handy reminders, and keeps my calendars synced. Acuity is awesome and I highly recommend them.
I recently made the switch from MailChimp to ConvertKit as my email marketing provider.
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