Lifestyle Design Resources

Looking for some new books and products to kick-start your lifestyle design process? Here are some of my favorite resources.

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Stacy Fisher

Understand the 8 Dimensions of Self-Care.

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The Art of Fermentation

Sandor Ellix Katz

Learn to ferment real, whole foods.

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Isa Does It

Isa Chandra Moskowitz

Experiment with “meatless” meals and explore the vegan lifestyle.

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Nourishing Traditions

Sally Fallon

Get back to the basics of a whole food eating style.

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Vitamix 6300

by Vitamix

Make soups, smoothies and nut butters, and grind your own grains. (This is the model I use personally.)

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Cast Iron Skillet

By Lodge

Get back to the basics and avoid synthetic coatings.

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Reusable Mesh Produce Bags

By Earthwise

Machine washable and helps keep plastic out of the landfill. (I’ve used mine going on 2 years now.)

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Instant Pot

by Instant Pot

Cook meals in a jiffy.

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Food Politics

Marion Nestle

Understand the politics behind modern industrialized food systems.

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Green Pharmacy

Barbara Griggs

Understand the history of medicine and the role that plants play.

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The Art of Simple Food

Alice Waters

Get back to the basics of cooking with real food.

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In Defense of Food

Michael Pollen

Gain a deeper understanding of popular nutrition claims.

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Strengthsfinder 2.0

Tom Rath

Know your strengths.

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The Desire Map

Danielle LaPorte

Identify your core desired feelings.

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Martin Seligman

Understand the science of happiness and well-being.

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Live Your Life from the Front Seat

Jessica Butts

Understand how your personality type makes you unique.

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Creating Your Best Life

Caroline Adams Miller

Learn how the science of positive psychology intersects with goal-setting research.

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The Four Agreements

Don Miguel Ruiz

Challenge your self-limiting beliefs.

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The Happiness Journal

Gretchen Rubin

Focus on and document the happy moments in your life.

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The Firestarter Sessions

Danielle LaPorte

Learn to define success on your own terms.

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A Happy Pocket Full of Money

David Cameron Gikandi

Learn how to create abundance.

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The Total Money Makeover

Dave Ramsey

Learn to live debt-free.

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Greg McKeown

Focus on and document the happy moments in your life.

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Your Money or Your Life

Vicki Robin

Don’t just make a living; make a life.

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The Gifts of Imperfection

Brené Brown

Learn to embrace your imperfections.

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Loving What Is

Byron Katie

Learn to love the reality of your life.

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Man’s Search for Meaning

Viktor Frankl

Learn to find meaning in life’s heavy moments.

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The Power of Positive Thinking

Norman Vincent Peale

Learn how to maintain an optimistic attitude.

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Wherever You Go, There You Are

Jon Kabat-Zinn

Learn the art of meditation.

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A Course in Miracles Made Easy

Alan Cohen

Learn about love and forgiveness in a spiritual sense.

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The Slight Edge

Jeff Olson

Learn to optimize success and happiness.

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Jonathan Livingston Seagull

Richard Bach

Learn about the art of self-perfection.

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The Purpose Driven Life

Rick Warren

Understand your unique purpose.

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Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Learn the art of optimal experience.

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Stephen R Covey

Learn to cultivate habits that lead to success.

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What to Do When It’s Your Turn

Seth Godin

An inspirational and motivational take on leaning into your purpose.

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Codependent No More

Melody Beattie

Learn to resist the need to “fix” others.

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The 5 Love Languages

Gary Chapman

Understand the love languages of those close to you.

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The Power of No

James Altucher

Learn how to say no and when to say yes.

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Strength to Love

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Learn about the divine, loving presence that binds all life.

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Gaia’s Garden

Toby Hemenway

Learn to work with nature, not against her.

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Nature and the Human Soul

Bill Plotkin

Understand the ecopsychology of human development.

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Permaculture: A Designer’s Manual

Bill Mollison

A technical guide to natural ecosystems.

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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

Marie Kondo

Learn to surround yourself with things that spark joy.

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