Currently #9: Books to change your relationship with money, introducing yourself, and my favourite productivity app

You didn’t ask, I answered.


Worry Free Money by Shannon Lee Simmons


I recently finished Worry Free Money, and yes, it’s just as good as everyone’s saying it is. It’s got me thinking about changes I want to make to my cash flow and how (or more importantly, why) I spend money.

I also love Shannon’s approach to financial planning, and found reading this inspiring for my own work.

“It’s never about what I think people can do, it’s about what they can do, And more importantly, what they will do.”

Yes! Thank you, Shannon.

The Year of Less by Cait Flanders

You guys. This is such a powerful read.

You know when someone puts words to something you’ve been wrestling with for years, and then all of a sudden you feel free? That’s this book for me. It’s the solidarity I’ve been searching for.

And, of course, it’s left me rethinking my own consumption and spending.

“Who are you buying this for: the person you are, or the person you want to be?”

Yup. It’s good.

I’M watching…

The Perfect Intro, a talk by Clay Hebert

I can’t think a worse nightmare than walking into a room full of people ready to ask, “So, what do you do?”

Kidding. (Sort of…)

I’ve always been terrible at explaining what I do. Even amongst my own family it’s a question I dread. When you’re a freelancer with multiple projects and types of work on the go, how do you explain it all without sounding scattered? How do you wrap it all up neatly in a bow?

Well, my problem probably lied in the fact that I felt like I had to explain it all. You don’t. Clay has some awesome tips on this.

I’M listening to…

Um, did you know that The Wall Street Journal produces seriously good podcasts?

I’ve been listening to Secrets of Wealthy Women and The Future of Everything. My favourite episodes have been Dottie Herman: The Secret to Real Estate Risk-Taking and The Rise of Experiential Retail.

I love how each episode of The Future of Everything podcast will tackle one topic but interview multiple people on it (similar in style to Freakonomics Radio), providing multiple different contexts. That retail episode is really, seriously interesting.

I’M loving…

Dynalist! Oh my goodness, Dynalist.

The last 3 months or so has been a serious experiment in planning, scheduling, and timing. I’ve been testing out routines and systems to figure out what helps me be most effective and present, and this little app has been a game changer.

It’s everything I’ve ever wanted in a list making, to-do type app. Clean, simple, easy. It’s replaced Todoist and now between Dynalist, Google Calendar, and Evernote I’ve got a system I’m in love with.

Yes, it’s love.

oh, that’s good…

Learning is Never Cumulative

The head coach at my crossfit gym has been covering the walls in quotes and man, I love this one.

Also, try slacking off on a WOD when Bruce Lee is staring back at you ;).

What have you come across lately that’s stuck with you? Articles, interviews, a really great ad… Comment or Tweet me!