I am a creature of habit — until I accept/realize that something is no longer working for me. This list will undoubtedly change with the seasons of my life. Here are my current go-to’s in my quest to live free. Note: Some, if not many, of these links will be affiliates meaning I will receive some compensation (cash, credits, etc.) for the recommendation.
The Artist’s Way – establish a morning practice that helps you clear a path for more creativity.
Bird By Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life – Ann Lamott offers some great tips for the writer in you.
Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within – another good writing tool.
Imperfect Foods – Imperfect is a weekly grocery delivery service on a mission to build a better, less wasteful food system. Each week you have a 24hr shopping window to select from a full lineup of sustainable, affordable groceries that are delivered to your front door. They make it easy to skip any time before your shopping window closes!
Instacart – I HATE grocery shopping. When I need something in a rush, I use Instacart. You can shop from your phone and have your purchases delivered to your front door within a few hours. While many stores have grocery delivery or pickup options their turnaround time are longer.
Joy+ – app for gratitude journaling, creating vision boards, etc.
Libbie – Libbie is a mental wellness chatbot and self-care app that introduces BIPOC women toEFT-Tapping, a wellness technique that engages your mind and body to release difficult emotions. Tapping helps to rewrite negative thought patterns and limiting beliefs from microaggressions, gaslighting, and other forms of stress happening in your daily life.
AmazonPrime – my busy life makes it hard for me to visit four different stores to get all our household needs me. So, I use AmazonPrime to order things online. I (mostly) broke up with Amazon in 2020. I now use a variety of shops to get products. I haven’t found an efficient solution but I feel much better not defaulting to supporting bad leaders. #endrant
Bookshop – I now order books online via this non-Amazone site. Via my account, I support a local Black-woman-owned bookstore in Houston (Kindred Stories) every time I make a purchase. I have also set up my own online bookstore as a baby step toward my vision of one day owning a brick-and-mortar bookstore wineshop. If you order from my Bookshop store, 10% of the purchase goes toward SemiColon and 10% goes to me.
I am a follower of many organizers who blog and offer courses. I like to follow people who teach me how to put my own systems in place and who make suggestions that are free or low-cost. My current favs are:
Lime Fruit Trees (check out her artsy pages to make you feel all the love as you journal/plan your heart out)
Boho Berry (They seem to be on hiatus but no worries. Thanks to their cult following, you can easily find Boho Berry content online.)
Evernote – Evernote helped me stay on top of tasks for work, home, and business. I also used Evernote to go paperless in my home office via the Go Digital course mentioned above. While I still really like Evernote, it did not work for my to-do lists. I tend to use a simple listmaking system in conjunction with my phone. I also use Evernote to organize my genealogy research and blog posts.
Grammarly – an online grammar editor for people like me who forgot everything they learned in Language Arts. I especially love that Grammarly has a plug-in that offers edits my emails and blog posts while I type
One of my biggest accomplishments health accomplishments has been conquering my battle with insomnia. For many years stress manifested itself in my body via my sleep patterns. Every night I woke up in the middle of the night and so I struggled to arise for work in the morning. In 2016, I took a sleep workshop based on the Sounder Sleep System that CHANGED. MY. LIFE. Now, I know that my sleep is an indication of when I need to scan my body and mind for distress. When things get out of wack, I have practical tools to get my sleep back on track (sleep tracker, CBD, etc.)