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A blog about mindful living, health, parenting and money.




Welcome to our FAVORITES page.  Here you will find our favorite quotes, favorite books and favorite podcasts/blogs. 




Favorite Quotes


Pretty much everything by Warren Buffet but here are some of the best: 


“If you get to my age in life and nobody thinks well of you, I don’t care how big your bank account is, your life is a disaster.”


“Basically, when you get to my age, you’ll really measure your success in life by how many of the people you want to have love you actually do love you.”


“It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.”


“If you aren’t thinking about owning a stock for 10 years, don’t even think about owning it for 10 minutes.”


“It’s far better to buy a wonderful company at a fair price, than a fair company at a wonderful price.”


“Lookit. Would you rather be the world’s greatest lover, but have everyone think you’re the world’s worst lover? Or would you rather be the world’s worst lover but have everyone think you’re the world’s greatest lover?”



By Stephen Covey (7 Habits of Highly Effective People)


“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.”


“Love is a verb. Love – the feeling – is the fruit of love the verb or our loving actions. So love her. Sacrifice. Listen to her. Empathize. Appreciate. Affirm her.”



By Charles Cooley


“I am not who you think I am; I am not who I think I am; I am who I think you think I am ”. 



By Mark Manson 


“The desire for more positive experience is itself a negative experience. And, paradoxically, the acceptance of one’s negative experience is itself a positive experience”


“The more something threatens your identity, the more you will avoid it.”


“Don’t hope for a life without problems,” the panda said. “There’s no such thing. Instead, hope for a life full of good problems.”



By Winston S. Churchill


“Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others.”



By Barack Obama 


“If you had to choose one moment in history in which you could be born, and you didn’t know ahead of time who you were going to be–what nationality, what gender, what race, whether you’d be rich or poor, gay or straight, what faith you’d be born into–you wouldn’t choose 100 years ago. You wouldn’t choose the fifties, or the sixties, or the seventies. You’d choose right now.”




By Voltaire or Evelyn Beatrice Hall


“‘I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it,’ 



By Deepak Chopra


Before you begin each meditation session, ask yourself the four soul questions: Who am I? What do I want? What am I grateful for? What is my dharma or purpose in life? It doesn’t matter whether answers come to you immediately. Simply ask the questions and let them go as you enter the inner quiet of meditation.








By Martin Niemöller


“First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—

     Because I was not a socialist.


Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—

     Because I was not a trade unionist.


Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—

     Because I was not a Jew.


Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”



By Richard Wagamese


"When you reach out to the love of living, instead of the fear of dying, you create more life."



By Mr. Money Mustache (Pete Adeney) - https://www.mrmoneymustache.com/


Every single article on his website. 






Favorite Podcasts and Blogs





Mr. Money Mustache provides so much common sense financial knowledge and was the main inspiration for us to pursue a path to early retirement. If you are interested in this early retirement blog, I would suggest you start by reading his early articles.





Its hard to explain why this blog is so great but it is amazing.  Tim Urban writes long form blog posts with hilarious but informative drawings about so many interesting topics such as artificial intelligence, the human brain, Tesla, how big and small things are and other crazy concepts. 



Making Sense Podcast (by Sam Harris) - https://samharris.org/podcast/


Sam Harris is sometmes a controversial figure but I find his insights on many topics in the world to be very balanced and supported by facts.  He always has great guests and explores very sensitive subjects. He has also written many great books on religion and spirituality.



Munk Debates Podcast - www.munkdebates.com/podcast


Every week this podcast hosts a debate about the pressing issues about society today. They feature top academics and overall great thinkers.  So far I have found most of debates pretty civil, very informative and the hosts stays unbiased.   I always learn something new about both sides of arguments. 



On Purpose Podcast - www.jayshetty.me/podcast/


A great podcast about being more present and learning to live a more purposeful life.  Jay Shetty is a former munk and has diverse guests every week. 



The Joe Rogan Experience - http://podcasts.joerogan.net/


Again, this is a host that is sometimes considered controversial but I find him very unbiased and centrist politically.  He just happens to sometimes have controversial guests at times but he is the perfect host.  He lets people talk and he asks the right questions.  






Favorite Books


Enlightment Now by Steven Pinker



The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson (and the sequel, Everything is F*cked)



The Coddling of the American Mind  by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt



When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi



Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande (and all the other books by this author)



Shamanic Voyages of Self-Discovery by Celeste Charland



Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari



The Power of Now and A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle



And the Birds Rained Down by Jocelyne Saucier



Early Retirement Extreme by Jacob Lund Fisker



MaddAddam Series and The Handmaid's Tale Series by Margaret Atwood



Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden (and the other two books in this series)



Wild: From Lost and Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed



I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai



The Body: A Guide for Occupants by Bill Bryson



The Boy on the Beach by Tima Kurdi



The Tattoist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris



The Book of Negros by Lawrence Hill



Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell

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