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Helpful Books, Podcasts, and Online Classes

I am lit up right now. I have more motivation, energy, passion and drive than I've ever had in my personal life. And there's not a doubt in my mind that I had nothing to do with bringing this change about.

I am lit up right now. I have more motivation, energy, passion and drive than I’ve ever had in my personal life. And there’s not a doubt in my mind that I had nothing to do with bringing this change about.

The Before

8 months ago I was living a very complacent, apathetic and frankly- a very lazy life. I would wake up with only enough time to get ready for work in the mornings. I’d work “all” day. Then say I was too tired from working to do anything worthwhile in the evenings and waste hours in front of Netflix. I would push off silly things like doing the dishes because I had already worked “so hard” that day. I’d wake up and do the same thing the next day, falling deeper into the pit of apathy. Can you relate?

Don’t get me wrong, I had (and still have) a great life. My husband is wonderful, I have a good job, my family is amazing, I’m healthy, I’m happy, I’m loved by God. I was just not living up to my potential. I had my justifications like the weird hours I had to work and the constantly changing schedule, but they were just excuses.

The Pivot

Almost overnight that all changed. I came alive and started taking classes, reading more, learning more, setting goals…trying. No more wasting time away because I felt sorry for myself working a normal job and having a normal life. I wasn’t doing any more than any other normal functioning adult; I was just unmotivated, uninspired and lazy. But not anymore.

As of this post, I don’t know why I have this passion. I can’t tell you one specific thing I want to do with this energy. I’m pursuing a bunch of different things. And that’s how I know it’s not something that I could have come up with on my own. I didn’t bring about this change in my life.

This new-found passion is without a doubt a gift from God.

If it were up to me, why would I not have chosen comfort and “easiness” for the rest of my life? If it were up to me, wouldn’t I have been motivated by a passion or certain topic? If it were up to me wouldn’t it have been slow changes that happened over time that I almost didn’t notice happening?

Well it was none of those things. It was God saying enough is enough. I didn’t create you to sit around and squander the gifts I’ve given you- so here’s another gift. Take this energy and use it.

But like I said the funny thing is I don’t know what to use this gift for. I have so much hustle and hunger–but for what? I know I want to help people, serve them, impact them. But I don’t really know how to do that right now.

I have all faith he will show me that reason later. Right now he’s preparing me for something I can’t even see yet. He’s preparing me for something big. Something beautiful and I can’t wait.

The Here and Now

So it’s here where I find myself today. Here is where my head had been. Learning–constantly, incessantly, obsessively learning. Absorbing everything like a sponge. I’m learning about business, entrepreneurship, marketing, productivity, social media, faith, fitness, eating healthy. I’m learning more about Jesus and how much he loves me. I’m learning how to be a better wife. I’m learning how to follow through on things I said I’d do for other people. I am becoming a student all over again–something I said I’d never do again after graduating college.

So if this sounds intriguing to you here are some of the resources I’ve been devouring.


Pat Flynn’s Smart Passive Income
Amy Porterfield’s Online Marketing Made Easy
Darren Rowse’s Pro Blogger
Rick Mulready’s The Art of Paid Traffic
Eric Fisher’s Beyond the To Do List
JLD’s Entrepreneur’s on Fire
Michael Stelzner’s Social Media Marketing
The Social Media Marketing Talk Show
The Flipped Life Style

…and a few others I sprinkle in every now and then


My goal this year is to read 10. I’m in the middle of my third one now. Here’s the list of ones I’ve read recently, am reading now and want to read soon-in no particular order.

Radical: Taking Back your Faith from the American Dream by David Platt
The New Rules of Marketing and PR by David Meerman Scott
The Magnolia Story By Chip and Joanna Gaines
The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Crushing It by Gary Vaynerchuk
Enjoy your prayer life by Micahel Reeves
You can pray by Tim Chester
Rise of the Youpreneuer by Chris Ducker
Millionaire Success Habits by Dean Graziosi
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
The Art of Possibility by Rosamund Stone Zander
The Thank You Economy by Gary Vaynerchuk
All Marketers Are Liars by Seth Godin
Overlap: Start a Business while Working a Full-Time Job by Sean McCabe
The Free-Time Formula by Jeff Sanders
Facebook Advertising for Dummies by Andrea Vahl, John Haydon, and Jan Zimmerman-I actually did check this out from the library-gotta start somewhere right!?
The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson
The Cashflow Quadrant by Robert Kiyosaki
Blue Ocean Strategy by W. Chan Kim
Managing Oneself by Peter F. Drucker
The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr.
A Simplified Life by Emily Ley
Crazy Busy by Kevin DeYoung
Expert Secreats by Russel Brunson
Tested Sentences that Sell by Elmer Wheeler
The Energy Bus by Jon Goron
On Writing Well by William Zinsser

Ya’ll this is way more than 10 and full disclosure about 4/5 of this list is yet UN-read. But I have a feeling my goal of reading 10 is a little too easy. Like I said before, I wasn’t planning on all this passion and drive! Anyway I’ll keep you updated as I make my way through each one to see if I actually recommend you spend time reading it as well.

Also, download Goodreads! I’m amazed how many people don’t use this app yet, it’s fantastic. You’ll never forget what book your friend suggested again because you can enter and organize it on your phone right when they tell you the name of it. Get your phone out now and enter the ones above that sound interesting to you.


About Instagram:

Jasmine Star’s Insta180

About Facebook:

Rick Mulready’s FB Advantage: I haven’t taken this one yet, because I’m waiting very impatiently for enrollment to open. I know there are other courses out there, but I’ve been listening to Rick’s podcast for awhile now and just know he has to be the one to teach me more.

On Skillshare:

Creative Writing for All: A 10 Day Journaling Challenge by Emily Gould
The Writer’s Toolkit: 6 Steps to a Successful Writing Habit by Simon Von Booy
Context is Key: Social Media Strategy in a Noisy Online World by Gary Vaynerchuk
Productivity Hacks that Stick: Using Time Theming by Mike Vardy
Create a Perfect Morning Routine by Jeff Finley
Lessons in Launching Your Creative Career: The Art of Self Promotion by Brad Woodard
Real Productivity: Create your Ideal Week by Michael Karnjanaprakorn
Going Freelance: Building and Branding Your Own Success by Justin Gignac

Honestly I started on Skillshare and binged for a few months, but I haven’t revisited it lately because I’m finding podcasts a better fit for my schedule. But Skillshare was one of my first discoveries on this path of motivation, and I’d still highly recommend it. You can take so many classes and learn practically anything.

I sincerely hope this list helps you in some way. As I said earlier I want to help people somehow, but right now I don’t have anything to offer people because I’m just learning everything myself. So for now I’ll just offer you my list of resources and remind you Your Alarm Didn’t Wake You Up. So get after your goals!

Lastly, I have a favor to ask you. All you have to do is answer this one question for me. How can I help you? Honestly. If you know me, what is something you’d find yourself texting me about if you didn’t know the answer? What makes you think of me? And how can I spend my never-ending zeal to make your life better? What can I teach you or help you learn? Seriously —I want the answer to this more than anything right now. Please let me know in the comments below!

There’s life to be lived.


Up next: Putting What I Learn into Practice (will be released Friday, March 16, 2018)
Previously: Lessons from a 5 Year Old

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