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Alissa – Writer, Seller, Mother

Alissa blogs at in addition to being a freelance writer, cheesy novelist, mother along with 9,997 other projects.  These are her good things.

Good things to read.

Wicked by Gregory Maguire.  I was very disappointed by the play, ONLY because I read the book first.  The play is really, really cute-sy and I think I would have enjoyed it a lot more if I didn’t go into it thinking it was going to be a lot deeper than it was.  The book was full of political undertones that weren’t even hinted at in the musical… Usually I say read the book before you see the play/show/movie, but in this case read it after.

Meredith Gentry Series by Laurell K Hamilton.  I haven’t read this series in a while, because once I start reading any of these books I can’t stop.  They are like book crack. If I let myself pick up one of these books, I would never get anything done.  My house plants would die (if I had any), my kids would run off to join the circus and my fiance would starve to death.

Without a Net by Michelle Kennedy:  I’ve read this book three times and I like it even more each time I read it.  I also like that the author, Michelle, is so approachable.  I have gotten the pleasure of corresponding with her a few times over the years and she’s also a friend on my Facebook page.  I don’t know if it’s just because my early twenties were somewhat similar to hers, but I can really relate to her story and I love that she was able to triumph over her problems to get to where she is today.

Good things to watch.

How I Met Your Mother.   Slightly cheesy show, but the characters are relate-able and it will keep you laughing.

Teen Wolf.   I was very surprised by this show.  I’ll admit that I judged it for being on MTV, apparently I have a prejudice against certain cable channels… but it is a really, really good show!  I watched all of the episodes that were on Netflix this past summer (and I got to use the excuse that it was research for my novel).  Viewers do need to keep in mind that this show rates pretty high on the cheese-o-meter.

Glee.  This show is the Kraft Macaroni of television.  It is extremely cheesy and not afraid to admit it!  I ❤ Glee, and yes, I cried like a baby during the episode where the show dealt with Cory Monteith’s death… and so did my 6’3” 200 lb macho-man fiance.

Good things to use.

Google Voice.  I love Google Voice, because it lets you set up a free phone number that will ring to any phone (even multiple phones at once).  It also lets you view your messages in text form, allowing you to skip messages you aren’t interested in and go straight to the ones that are actually important.  Before I found Google Voice, I never checked my voice mail.  In fact, I kept it purposely full so I couldn’t get new messages.

Google Maps Phone app.  I use the Google Maps phone app whenever I need to use a GPS.  Sure it drains the phone battery, but as long as you have a car charger it isn’t really an issue.  When you’ve reached your destination, it will even show you the street view so you can be sure you are in the right place.  Want to find one of a kind Christmas/Birthday/Wedding presents?  Go to!  Etsy is an awesome e-commerce site where you can find just about anything handmade or vintage.  I’ve both bought and sold products on this site and I’ve had nothing but good experiences.

Connect with Alissa on Twitter, @iequalsAlissa.

Mike Hrostoski – Men’s Coach

These are Mike Hrostoski’s good things.

Good things to read.

The Way Of The Superior Man. This is my go-to book when someone asks me for a book recommendation. Of any book I’ve ever read, it has had the shaped me the most of how I show up in the world as a man. This should be required reading for every man in the world.

The Millionaire Fastlane. This is one of my favorite books on money, investing, and entrepreneurship. MJ Demarco is very straight forward and doesn’t beat around the bush, but I respect him more considering he was a millionaire BEFORE he wrote the book, not after. Meaning he didn’t make his millions from selling books on how to make millions.

Loving What Is. Byron Katie’s system of The Work is one of the simplest and most effective healing modalities that I’ve come across. I use it all the time in my coaching practice and in my life. This book helped me stop suffering from arguing against reality and start accepting things as they are.

Good things to watch.

Nature. I work from anywhere in the world with my laptop and an internet connection, so it’s easy to spend a lot of time sitting behind a computer screen. I make sure to go outside every day whether it’s a hike, jog, walk, or just a 10-15 minute meditation break from my work. I feel the most alive when I’m outside, so I try and maximize my time outdoors.

Live Music, Dance or Theatre. There’s something that’s beautiful about watching live music, dance or theatre. Anything can go wrong. Every moment is so fragile. I’m blown away any time I watch a large production with hundreds of moving parts, all working together in symphony. You don’t get that feeling from watching reruns of Scrubs on Netflix.

TED talks.  I’m sure a lot of people mention TED, but it’s my go-to place for killing an hour or two. I don’t watch TV and I rarely watch movies, but I’m always up for being inspired, moved, or educated for 18 minutes.

Good things to use.

Your Body. Move! Our human body wasn’t designed to sit for 10-12 hours a day. I’m always trying to add movement into anything I do. I take phone calls while walking around the block. I’m always stretching. I work out regularly whether it’s at a gym, park, or in my living room. My health is my most valuable asset and I structure my life around it.

Google Voice. Since I starting traveling internationally more, I’ve started using Google Voice for making free calls to any US number through the internet. It’s amazing. Even when I’m in the states, I use it because it’s so convenient.

DuoLingo. I started learning Spanish before a recent trip to Colombia and Mexico. This is one of the best language learning systems I’ve ever used. And it’s totally free.