Health, wellness, mindset…

Integrative Nutrition, feed your desire for health & happiness by Joshua Rosenthal – an easy to read overview of why we’re so confused about nutrition today and the keys to health and happiness (download this FREE, here)

A New Earth, by Eckhart Tolle – the master at presenting the difference between our thoughts, ego and who we are at heart.



Crazy Sexy Diet, by Kris Carr – the book that really opened my eyes to nutrition’s role in disease prevention and quality of life. Grounded in science, but presented in a heartfelt, hip way, Kris delivers her experience of dealing with Stage 4 cancer, the kind that can’t be treated…

Crazy Sexy Life  – Kris Carr’s crazy sexy hub, with a variety of bloggers on health, happiness, recipes, juicing and more. Not familiar with her?  Watch this video trailer for her first book… it will definitely make you stop and think about your own health. She’s since written several books and has even been on Oprah, a few times!

The Kind Diet: A Simple Guide to Feeling Great, Losing Weight, and Saving the Planet, by Alicia Silverstone – for anyone “flirting” with becoming a vegetarian.



Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual by Michael Pollan – this simple little book makes sense of all the nutrition nonsense out there today, and it can be read in an hour!



Journey to the Heart, by Melodie Beattie – daily inspiration cultivating the skills of acceptance, gratitude, vulnerability, faith, creativity, confidence and the courage to be you.



The Alchemist, by Paolo Coehlo – a sweet, soothing story about a boy, on a mission to find his Personal Legend.



What Should I Do With My Life, by Po Bronson – real life stories of real people finding their way.



“Why Do I Love These People?”: Understanding, Surviving, and Creating Your Own Family
by Po Bronson – real life stories of normal families, where you learn that there is no normal family.


Meditations from the Mat: Daily Reflections on the Path of Yoga
by Rolf Gates – daily insights on yoga and life from a guy’s guy and master yoga teacher


The Bhagavad Gita -Eknath Easwaran
a lovely story about life, choices, faith –  the only one Gandhi kept by his side



Anatomy of the Spirit
by Caroline Myss – especially helpful with love, non-attachment and forgiveness



The Four Agreements
by Don Miguel Ruiz – really, the only 4 things you need to gracefully get through life



The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are
– Brene Brown has a PhD in vulnerability and has written the book on imperfection… literally.

Pinterest – for the bulletin-vision board obsessed, an easy, online way to capture your favorite everything, and see what others are “pin-ning.” It’s invitation-only to join… just email me at and I’ll send you an invite. Follow my Pinterest boards here. – an online journal where you can log in and ramble, unedited, punctuated and spelled however you please. It’s password protected so you don’t have to be afraid of anyone reading your mish-mash mess.  Here’s how I use it to help my writing process.



I’m by no means a cooking expert. I just know that I like eating real food and most of the time, would rather eat at home than out. I don’t mind cooking but I don’t want shopping and prepping for it to feel like a part-time job. Here are the places I’m getting most of my recipes (and lessons) these days…

With Style Grace
 – Lisa presents great gluten-free recipes and health tips with a sense of humor and style. She’s also a food stylist/photographer so everything looks extra yummy.

101 Cookbooks – Heidi has published two books based on her blog…Super Natural Cookingand Super Natural Every Day
. She’s also a photographer… maybe, if I take up photography my cooking will get better!

The Organic Kitchen – I take cooking classes from Rachel… She simplifies everything, including how to cut kale.

Lilly’s Table – the hardest part of cooking more is figuring out what to make.. then shopping for it. Lilly does it for you with her online menu planning site. Each week you receive a weekly menu, you select what you want to make, and a grocery list is automatically prepared. easy and so yummy.

Institute for Integrative Nutrition – here’s a collection of recipes from health & nutrition experts from around the world!

Health counseling school…

I chose the Institute for Integrative Nutrition because its philosophy  and whole life approach to health made sense to me – the only one that knows what is healthy for you, is you.  The founder, Joshua Rosenthal gathers the world’s leaders in nutrition, wellness, mindset and more to present their theories and how to counsel people to reach their health and life goals. They even have an impressive business-building aspect to the program (and, they give you an IPad!)


Marketing, Blogging, Social Media, Entrepreneurs…

I left 15 years of corporate marketing in 2009 to start my own business. I had to learn social media marketing in the process. Here are some of the resources I found particularly helpful (and still do):

Seth Godin  simplifies marketing concepts like no other. He’s also a master of cultivating that intuitive sense and authentic voice, the one that is so important in any marketing, because the only true point of differentiation you have is “you.”

Hubspot marketing resources are targeted toward small or solo businesses, those without a big marketing department and offer great, free webinars about social media.

ProBlogger, Darren Rowse started blogging well before blogging was big. His 31 Days to a Better Blog program provides all the insider tips any blogger needs to know to either start or grow a blog.

Mari Smith is the queen of Facebook for business.

Michael Stelzner leads Social Media Examiner and an annual Social Media Success Summit where he gathers all of the social media gurus and has webinars, how-to’s, etc. I’ve attended every year…’s a great resource, but following his blog is just as valuable.

Fast Company and Inc. magazine for their articles on leadership and building businesses, trends and hearing about people who are following their passion.

Fear.Less online magazine has great stories of people following their passion. It’s also a great example of a magazine done well… It’s led by the PR champion for Seth Godin’s books.

Tobi Fairley interior design (she also teaches other designers how to blog/market themselves)



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