What does Abe like?

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In recent months (as of May 2019), the following four books have been helpful and/or influential in my life and blogging/podcasting pursuits.

1. “The 5 Second Rule” by Mel Robbins – This book almost single-handedly inspired me to start blogging and podcasting. If you’re not sure you’ll like this book and/or the author’s style, then look up some YouTube videos of her speaking (especially her TED talk).

2. “The Motivation Myth” by Jeff Haden – This book rocks the boat by suggesting that the concept of motivation is actually a myth. As crazy as that sounds, Jeff Haden presents a compelling case for that argument. It was so compelling, in fact, that it sparked me to a 100-day running streak!

3. “This Is Marketing” by Seth Godin – There’s a reason that Seth Godin is considered one of brightest business thinkers of this day and age. I picked up this book to better understand how I might be able to grow my blog and podcasts. This book presents easy-to-understand theory (even if you’ve never taken a marketing class like me) and practical action items. I HIGHLY recommend this book if you’re doing anything for an audience.

4. “The Magic Of Thinking Big” by David Schwartz – This is actually an older book (it was written a few decades ago), but I would classify this book as a timeless classic. This book is especially helpful for people who are constantly held down by thoughts like “I’m too young/old” or “I’m not good enough.”

[Personal Finance]

Personal Capital – I use this app to track of all of personal finances (e.g., banking accounts, credit card accounts, retirement accounts, etc.). Very easy to link all of my accounts, and the data/info is presented in a visually appealing format! Oh, and it’s free to use!

[Online Savings Account]

Ally – After holding out for so long, I made the jump to an Ally online savings account a little less than a year ago. No regrets, especially because the interest I receive from Ally is more than 16 times what I received in my previous savings account!


Canva – In my opinion, this is the best graphic design tool for those who have no or very limited graphic design experience (like me!). Canva has a lot of pre-existing templates that probably match what you’re trying to create. Canva is free to use, and the free version is good enough for most people!

I love to run, and I have been running somewhat regularly since 2011!

My current running shoe rotation (as of May 2019) is:

1. Nike Pegasus 35 – In my opinion, some of the best running shoes in balancing function (performance for running is solid) and fashion (these make really good casual shoes for non-running purposes, too)!

2. Adidas Solar Boost – My first foray into Adidas’s Boost technology. It look me long enough. Hahaha! Each stride feels like I’m bouncing off of a cloud. The Solar Boost is very comparable to the Nike Pegasus, but not quite as dual-functional in my opinion (in terms of function and fashion).

For post-run recovery, I have been using “The Stick” muscle massage body stick for over 10 years (since my college days).

To track my runs, I like using the Strava app (which comes with a free version that should suit most runners). It’s available on iPhone, Android, and online through their website.

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