Welcome to my resources section. This is a hand-picked list of my absolute favorite books, tools, apps and resources.

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MY FAVORITE SELF-HELP BOOKS

The Secret – by Rhona Byrne

I have been listening to this audiobook 4-6 times a year for over ten years.

This is a great book for anyone looking to make major changes in their lives and get an overview of how the Law of Attraction works.

I have manifested many of the people and things in my life due to this powerful Universal law.

Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life – by Byron Katie

I first discovered the work of Byron Katie in 2018 and have already re-listened to this audio book multiple times. I wish I came upon this book a couple of decades ago.

It's so incredibly powerful and life changing and yet so simple to learn.

A New Earth: Awakening To Your Life's Purpose – By Eckhart Tolle

The first of Tolle's books that I read. It felt like a natural progression on my spiritual journey.

This book will teach you about how the ego attempts to control us and how we can break free of the pain-body and live more purposefully.

The Power of Now: A Guide To Spiritual Enlightenment – By Eckhart Tolle

I believe this is my favorite of Tolle's books. I find the words of this book carrying through my daily life.

His spiritual teachings have transformed and allowed me to find the present moment. I now understand the power that this moment contains thanks to this book.

MY FAVORITE ART BOOKS

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain – By Betty Edwards

I constantly hear from people at my art shows or online about how they can't even draw a straight line. I believe that anyone can learn to draw. You may not become the next da Vinci, but you can definitely learn to see a person or object and draw it.

When people ask me which book to get to learn the basics, this is the one I recommend most. It gives a good basic insight into how an Artist sees and how to break down objects into shapes in a logical way.

Lessons in Classical Drawing: Essential Techniques from Inside the Atelier – by Juliette Aristides

If you want to get more serious about your drawing, I love this author's books. In this drawing book, you'll learn how the Old Masters rendered form, lights, shadows, and shape with pencil, charcoal, and classic mediums.

This is a sophisticated and necessary drawing book for the intermediate and expert artist.

DE-STRESS & CHILL MODE

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This is a go-to for me when my sleep cycles are off or when everyday life, work and parenting cranks up my stress.* Also, after an intense yoga or rock climbing session, this can really help with inflammation.*

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This is the CBD brand I trust to help me with regulating my sleep cycles and to chill me out when everyday life seems a bit too heavy*. This is more than I'd like to admit.

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Waking Up Course – Learn Meditation in 10 minutes a day

This is my go-to app for learning to meditate. I tried at least 5-6 other apps and none of them got me to stick with meditation like this one by Sam Harris.

It takes literally just 10 minutes a day. I wrote more about this app here in my blog.

JC Free Hypnosis – Hypnotherapist in an App

I have been a fan of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy for probably twenty five years. It's incredibly powerful and has helped me with my anxiety and past junk that I have been carrying around.

I have been using this app regularly and I love how it has so many topics to focus on.

MY FAVORITE APPS FOR ARTISTS & WRITERS

Procreate – The only digital drawing app you need for iPad

I have been a Photoshop guy since version 2, but this app has quickly become a favorite for digital artists. This can knock out Band Posters, Sketches and Professional Level Artwork with the smoothness that you once needed a stand-alone drawing tablet for.

Scrivener – My favorite tool to write in

I used the desktop version of this to write my book and I used this mobile version to edit and add notes and jot down ideas when I wasn't near my computer.

This is exponentially better than using your regular text editor if you're like me and love re-organizing structure and adding notes as your write. For any serious writer, blogger or author, this is a must have.

PRODUCTIVITY & ORGANIZATION

Evernote – Organize & Keep Notes

Another one of my most used apps. I use Evernote to save notes, links, web clipping, articles, pdfs and emails. You can search the entire database quickly and organize into notebooks and use keywords too.

Simple Mind – Mind-mapping made easy

This app has been a huge help to me in getting my thoughts out of my mind and organizing ideas. I've used this extensively when writing my book and also in my business.

Time Track – Get a grip on your time management

If you're the control free, anally OCD organizer that I am, you'll love this to find out where you're spending your time. Track habits, activities, routines and tasks and run reports to get a grip on your schedule.

Trello – Organize & Collaborate like a Pro

I've been using Trello for years. It's one of my most frequently used apps. This app is so easy to use.

I use this multiple times per day to organize ideas, links, notes projects, lists and structure my businesses by simply dragging and dropping cards. I also use this to coordinate tasks with my assistant and studio manager.

Best of all, it's free.

 

FAVORITE APP FOR LEARNERS

DuoLingo – Learn a Language

If you want to learn or improve your foreign language skills, this is a must-have app. I've been using this to improve my Spanish and learn a little French and Italian. It's simple to use, it actually works and it's free!

Audible – The Best Audiobook App

If you're like me, finding time to sit with a book seems impossible sometimes. I rely on audiobooks to learn and expand my mind daily.

I'm on this app probably more than any other. I listen to about one audiobook a week at the gym, while driving or while painting. If somehow you've never got on the Audible train, you're missing out.