On this page is a list of my favorite things broken out into a few different categories. While these are all things (or people) that I recommend, this is not a “sales page.” In reality, I just want to keep track of, and over time, update the things that have positively impacted my life.
I have not been sponsored by anyone to share a product. If I no longer use it, I will remove it from this list. I'm not bound by affiliation to these products.
The only book I read every single year. For me, no book has better-provoked my own reflection on what the human experience can be than this one.
Favorite quote: “You are wrong if you think joy emanates only or principally from human relationships. God has placed it all around us. It is in everything and anything we might experience.”
Discovering my WHY, HOW, and WHAT was an important milestone in my personal growth journey.
Favorite quote: “Working hard for something we do not care about is called stress, working hard for something we love is called passion.”
A beautifully moving story that demonstrates how life can be unfair and cruel but having hope and a dream is a powerful weapon.
Favorite quote: “Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.”
With each passing year it becomes a more valuable reminder of the dangers of in-authenticity and the importance of being true to ourselves.
Favorite quote: “Somebody help me, I’m being spontaneous!”
I knew that if I was going to wear a watch every single day it had to be lightweight and simple to use. The Coros Pace 2 is both these things and also packs a ton of awesome features that are perfect for helping me keep track of my health and fitness activities.
Strava is the app I use to track my runs and bike rides and compare fitness progress over time. It syncs beautifully across all my devices and has so much awesome data if you are like me and geek out over that kind of thing. (free + paid options)
At long last I have found my perfect hiking pants. The Zion series from prAna looks nice, has all the right features, and lasts forever. I’ve put hundreds of miles of hiking into pairs of these pants in tough conditions, and they don’t show any wear.
I’ve tried so many different note-taking apps over the years that I’ve lost count. Joplin wins for me because it is open source, fully encrypted, available on all my devices, and isn’t cluttered with unnecessary features. (free)
My brain processes information best when there are bolded words, bullet points, and headers and subheaders. Workflowy is a tool that provides me a simple way to organize my most complex projects. (free + paid plans)
I love having a good old fashioned calendar around. I’m a planner and I like being able to schedule my time at the daily, weekly, and monthly levels. Google Calendar can do just that AND sync across all my devices. (free)
AllTrails is an app/website must for anyone who loves hiking. All hikes can be filtered by location, distance, altitude gained, popularity, etc. so chances are it can find your next favorite hike. (free + paid plans)
Anytime I go off the beaten path I rely on Gaia GPS for my map needs. It has the best collection of layers available to cover all my topographic, nautical, and historical needs. (free + paid plans)
When I need to find out the quickest way to get somewhere: Google Maps. When I need to find a vegetarian restaurant that has more than 4.5 stars: Google Maps. When I need to create a custom map for my next road trip: Google Maps. If I could only have one app on my smartphone: Google Maps. (free)
Prior to our first major road trip together, Shannon and I decided to try out what having a rooftop tent would be like. We went with TentBox’s Classic model because of it’s claim to fit any vehicle. Sure enough, it fit my beat up, weirdly designed, Chevrolet Equinox.
Alpha Foxtrot Designs makes some beautiful looking products. The rack I have is engineered for 5th Gen 4Runners only, and has the stylings and sturdiness that matches the rest of the vehicle. It’s awesome.
This rack holds two bikes on the hitch of the 4Runner and does so magnificently. It takes less than a minute to load or unload bikes with it’s ingenious clamp bar locking system.