So we have a store that stocks some cool things, most notably the things we’ve dreamed up with our own little brains and made with our own little hands (with the help of our little computers). But there’s a lot of other things out in the world that other people have made that we really, really love.
This page is a collection of some of these things. Things we heartily and enthusiastically recommend.
Please note that many of the links on this page are affiliate links, which means that if you purchase something here, a portion of the sale will come back to us, which will probably go toward some new shoes for our daughter Lucy. In other words, we don’t expect to make millions from this, but we do guarantee that these goodies will help you fight Adultitis and design a life with less stress and more fun.
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How to Stop Sucking At Your Job Search.
We love Jenny. She can help you not just find A job, but THE job. The way she describes it, “Everyone’s trying to cram through the front door, using methods of job search that just don’t work very well anymore. (Like Monster.com and counting on recruiters to find you something cool.) In reality? You’ll get noticed a heck of a lot faster today if you say “screw that front door,” and instead, head around to the side window, flip open a step ladder, climb up and hoist yourself through. I will teach you how to cook up a plan that gets you through the side window.”
Sell Your Crap: Turn Your Clutter Into Cash
Stuff can be suffocating. If you don’t pay attention to the stuff that makes its way into your life, that stuff will eventually take over your life. Our friend Adam (aka Baker) has a great, insanely affordable product for anyone looking to make money by cutting down on clutter. It’s called Sell Your Crap, and it not only delivers detailed step-by-step instructions (with pictures!) for selling your unwanted things on eBay, Craigslist, and Amazon.com, but it actually deals with why your stuff is suffocating your potential and helps you to remove the roadblocks that keep you from letting go. And Adam and his wife Courtney know what they’re talking about: in 2009 they sold nearly all of their possessions and set off to travel indefinitely overseas. With a toddler in tow!
Unconventional Guides Chris Guillebeau is an awesome dude who helps people do more of what they are most excited about. If you have a dream to ditch Adultitis by starting your own business but don’t know where to start, these will help:
• Working for Yourself: Create your own personal freedom with a very small business. You don’t have to be a slave to the cubicle anymore.
• Freelancer’s Survival Guide: You know how to do the craft. Now learn how to run the business.
• Art + Money: Learn to thrive as a working artist without selling out. Avoid gatekeepers. Do it yourself. Yeah, that’s good.
• Empire Building Kit: How to build a meaningful lifestyle business in one year by doing one thing every day. Toga and scepter not included.
Hotelspinner.com Wouldn’t it be cool to visit a single website in which you could compare the best hotel prices from all those other travel websites in one place instead of having to visit all of them individually? Created by a good friend, Hotelspinner.com is that website. And it’s free! You can read reviews and sleep soundly knowing that you really DID get the best deal.
This site runs on the WordPress blogging platform. It’s simple yet powerful, and easy to use and customize. Basically, it rocks. We actually run it our own servers (WordPress.org), but for any aspiring bloggers or folks looking to create their own website without a lot fuss or technical knowhow, there is also the free hosted version that we can’t recommend enough.
The Path: Creating Your Mission Statement for Work and for Life
Written by Laurie Beth Jones, this book was a MAJOR influence on us. We are always recommending it to anyone struggling to figure out what they’re supposed to do with their life. Step by step, it guides you through the process of creating your life’s mission statement. Far from the generic corporate mumbo jumbo you see spewed forth from Fortune 500 companies, this is the sort of thing that will help you make decisions about what to do next in life. What we really love about it is the idea that being a mom (or a dad or a pastor or a student) is NOT a mission. It may be part of your mission, but your mission is bigger than any one role you may play.
A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: How I Learned to Live a Better Story
In his speaking programs, Jason talks a lot about the idea of living a better story, and this book is a huge reason for that. Donald Miller honestly shares his reflections on his own story, and through it, provides some real food for thought about the importance of story and how you can make yours better. An awesome, awesome book.
The heavenly harmonies of this husband and wife duo is constantly spilling out of our iPods. We love them. Even wrote a blog post that was inspired by them. Apparently, we have a thing for husband and wife teams who bring their kids with them on the road. Go figure.
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
Seriously, what’s not to like?