The Lively Show with Jess Lively – Adventure, travel, mindfulness, and the power of presence are all in Jess’ wheelhouse. Her show is encouraging, insightful, and occurs in realtime alongside her lively life.

Unmistakeable Creative with Srini Rao – Interviews with writers, artists, and entrepreneurs from around the world. Contains some adult language from time to time and is incredibly insightful.

The Simple Show with Tsh Oxenreider – Inspiration for simple living, family life, travel, and encouraging reads along the way.


Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist – Shauna is honest and candid about overcoming perfectionism to seek a more present life. Her advice is timely in the fast-paced world we live in.

The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo – The book for creating a home that is full of less stuff and more joy.

The Nesting Place by Myquillyn Smith – This book is wonderful for homeowners and renters alike who want to create home wherever they are.

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert – Centered on overcoming fear and embracing the creative within you, this book is funny, honest, and Liz tells it like it is.

The Crossroads of Should and Must by Elle Luna – The book that sparked my desire to paint, sketch, hand letter, and more. For anyone struggling with the “shoulds” in your life, this book is for you.

Life After Art by Matt Appling – Matt believes the art room’s most enduring and timeless lessons are not only for children, but for adults who finally want discover how to live the lives they were created for.

Tinkerlab: A Hands-On Guide for Little Inventors by Rachelle Doorley – An excellent resource for encouraging your children to let go and live art.


I am a guest contributor at Exceptional Lives, a non-profit organization in Boston, MA that provides free, plain language guides and resources to individuals with special needs and their families. If you have a family member with special needs and live in Massachusetts, please visit to learn more about our organization and how we can help!