Resources

In my life I’ve learned that living a life built on fostering daily purpose and meaning is a team effort. My team consists of a wide cast of people, but also a variety of tools that allows me to make my time, focus and money work harder for me.

On this page you can find all those tools.

Browse Tools By Category

📚 Books

The following are books that have either changed how I see the world, or have directly impacted my life. Click here to browse all the books I’m reading.

Into the Wild

by Jon Krakauer

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.

The Giving Tree

by Shel Silverstein

Many people interpret it differently, but I have always seen it as a poignant reminder of the various forms of love and loss that we all must face.

Start With Why

by Simon Sinek

Discovering my WHY, HOW, and WHAT was an important milestone in my personal growth journey.

💼 Business

This website is my business and the following tools power the critical infrastructure behind the scenes.

A2 Hosting

paid

A2 Hosting is who I trust to keep my website up and running 24/7. For an entrepreneur such as myself, the cost is economical and the customer service is always reliable.

Mailchimp

free + paid plans

Email marketing is important if you have any interest in building an online audience. I use Mailchimp for creating and sending out my weekly newsletter.

💰 Money

The following are tools that have helped me in my journey to becoming more financially educated and savvy with my assets.

Lunch Money

free trial + paid plans

Budgeting is essential to tracking where money goes and this is my favorite tool to do so.

Personal Capital

free + paid plans

A robust piece of software that securely links my portfolio (investments, banking, student loans, etc.) together in a single place.  

Public

free

An app that makes stock trading fun. No fees, no complicated steps. Just add a funding source and start trading. The best part is the social community that exists within the app that offers knowledge and insight into how others are managing their own portfolio. 

🎥 Movies

The following are movies that have either changed how I see the world, or have directly impacted my life. Click here to browse all the movies I’m watching.

The Shawshank Redemption

directed by Frank Darabont (1994)

A beautifully moving story that demonstrates how life can be unfair and cruel but having hope and a dream is a powerful weapon.

The Truman Show

directed by Peter Weir (1998)

With each passing year it becomes a more valuable reminder of the dangers of in-authenticity and the importance of being true to ourselves.

🗂️ Organization

To be honest, organization is not one of my strengths. These tools go a long way in helping me keep track of my thoughts and work. 

Airtable

free + paid plans

If you've ever had a lot of information and no ideal way of organizing it, Airtable might be for you. You can see how I used it to compile my "movies" list here

Notion

free + paid plans

Part task manager, part note-taker, part web clipper, and so much more. Notion is hard to explain, but once you dive into its various applications, you'll be hardpressed to remember how you lived without it. 

Workflowy

free+ paid plans

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.

👋 People

The world is filled with fascinating and wonderfully talented human beings. Here is a list of some of those who have impacted me the most.

Writers

Arthur C. Clarke – Writer

James Clear – Writer

Tyler Cowen – Marginal Revolution – Writer

Chris Guillebeau – Writer

Stephen King – Writer

Brendan Leonard – Writer

Mark Manson – Writer

Derek Sivers – Writer

Tynan – Writer

Tim Urban – Wait But Why – Writer

Artists

Wes Anderson – Film Director

Harry Chapin – Musician

Nathan Fielder – Comedian

Lorde – Musician

Christopher Nolan – Film Director

Taylor Swift - Musician

Taika Waititi – Film Director

Hans Zimmer – Composer

📅 Productivity

It’s so easy to lose track of time if you don’t properly schedule it. 

Google Calendar

free

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.

📜 Quotes

Words are powerful. Sometimes you read or hear a quote and it sticks with you. The following are some quotes I spend a lot of time thinking about.

Blaise Pascal

“All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.” 

Morgan Housel

“Your personal experiences make up maybe 0.00000001% of what’s happened in the world but maybe 80% of how you think the world works… We’re all biased to our own personal history.”

Unknown

“Never make fun of someone who mispronounces a word. It means they learned it by reading.”

Unknown

“The fears we don’t face become our limits.”

🧭 Travel

The best travel to me involves good hiking, great views, and delicious food. All the tools below are essential for helping me plan and enjoy all my trips.

AllTrails

fee + paid plans

AllTrails is an app/website must for anyone who loves hiking. With thousands of hikes that you can filter by location, distance, altitude gained, popularity, etc. chances are it can find your next favorite hike. 

Gaia GPS

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. 

Google Earth

free

It currently doesn't play an active role in my travels, but there is no website I enjoy using more than Google Earth.

Google Maps

free

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.

Resource Changes

May 26, 2020 – added Public to ‘Money’ category.

May 27, 2020 – added Lunch Money to ‘Money’ category.

March 17, 2020 – swapped Mailchimp for MailerLite under ‘Running a Business’ category.

March 12, 2020 – removed Robinhood from ‘Money’ category.

March 10, 2020 – added Workflowy to ‘Planning & Organization’ category.

March 10, 2020 – swapped GaiaGPS for Caltopo under ‘Travel’ category.

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