Here are some words of wisdom and books I recommend. The list of great books is endless, so I don’t dare to dream I can list them all…. Incidentally, I would love to hear from you about your inspirational sources, so send me a note and share your wisdom.


  • The Power of Kindness: The Unexpected Benefits of Leading a Compassionate Life – Piero Ferrucci
  • Big Magic – Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Tribe of Mentors – Tim Ferris
  • Tools of Titans – Tim Ferris
  • The Atlas of Beauty: Women of the World in 500 Portraits (Books) – Mihaela Noroc
  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F* – Mark Manson
  • Meditations – Marcus Aurelius
  • Love Works – Joel Manby
  • Dream More – Dolly Parton
  • Tao of Pooh and Te of Piglet – Benjamin Hoff
  • Le Petit Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  • The Art of Non-Conformity – Chris Guillebeau
  • MarieTV (Marie Forleo)
Fresh food

Travel & Food

  • I’ll Never Be French (no matter what I do): Living in a Small Village in Brittany – Mark Greenside
  • (Not Quite) Mastering the Art of French Living – Mark Greenside
  • Uncorked: My year in Provence studying Pétanque, discovering Chagall, drinking Pastis, and mangling French – Paul Shore
  • Walden – Henry David Thoreau
  • My Life in France – Julia Child
  • Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking (Books) – Samin MacNaughton
  • Atlas Obscura – Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras, Ella Morton

Marketing, Business, Management

  • Zapp! The Lightning of Empowerment: How to Improve Productivity, Quality, and Employee Satisfaction – William Byham, Jeff Cox
  • Exceptional Customer Service: Going Beyond Your Good Service to Exceed the Customer’s Expectation – Lisa Ford, David McNair, Bill Perry
  • Mind Your X’s and Y’s: Satisfying the 10 Cravings of a New Generation of Consumers – Lisa Johnson
  • Battling Marketing Myths: Foxhole Tales from a Corporate Warrior – Chris Schoenleb
  • Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies – James C.(Author) ; Porras, Jerry I.(Author); Collins, Jim(Author) Collins
  • Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t – Jim Collins
  • The New Rules of Marketing and PR: How to Use Social Media, Blogs, News Releases, Online Video, and Viral Marketing to Reach Buyers Directly, 2nd Edition – David Meerman Scott
  • Orbiting The Giant Hairball: A Corporate Fool’s Guide to Surviving with Grace – Gordon MacKenzie

Words of Wisdom

  • Life is a journey, not a competition.
  • Never apologize for trusting your intuition – your brain can play tricks, your heart can be blind, but your gut is always right. – Rachel Wolchin
  • You must love the process not just the outcome.