During this holiday season, I want you to spend some time and relax. Don’t think about work, politics, the economy . . . anything. What do I want you to do? Those things that make life special — spend time with friends and family, read a good book, watch a fun video, catch that movie you’ve been wanting to see.

Every year, I take off the last two weeks of December to do a few things:

  • Relax – Sit back, enjoy my tea by the wood stove.
  • Meditate – Take time out each day to reflect and be grateful.
  • Plan – Brainstorm new ideas for my practice and life.

To help YOU relax, I’ve linked to some of my favorite books, videos, and music I’ve experienced this year. ENJOY!

BOOKS

The Graveyard Book By Neil Gaiman
In The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman has created a charming allegory of childhood. Check out the Audible version too – read by Neil Gaiman – one of the best narrators around.

Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers by Tim Ferriss
I love Tim Ferriss’ podcast. Even though he has the best guests with incredible advice, I don’t have time to take copious notes while listening. This book is a great resource for reviewing the critical things said without having to scroll through hours of audio.

The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living by Ryan Holiday
A treasure for managing our choices, overcoming self-deception, and learning to act according to the true worth of things while keeping the common good always in view. Caring for the soul in this way makes not only better people, but a stronger society too.

VIDEOS

Innovative Leadership: Scott Galloway (start at the 4:00 mark)
One of the World Economic Forum’s Global Leaders of Tomorrow, which recognizes 100 individuals whose accomplishments have had impact on a global level, his video series Winners & Losers, has garnered the attention of viewers globally. If you like this – you can watch this one too.

One Day Builds: Adam Savage Makes Something Wonderful from Scratch
Watch Adam build, from start to finish, a stylized box to carry and display his Blade Runner Blaster prop replica. The entire project took less than one day to complete, and Adam narrates this video with commentary about his design and construction methods.

Cam Closer
One of the scariest short videos on YouTube today. I love this stuff!

The Birth Of A Wooden House
This is a documentary movie uncovering the process of building a wooden house with mostly hand tools from (as much as possible) local natural materials starting from forest till the living space.

The World In 2050 – Dr. Peter Diamandis
Co-Founder of Singularity University and Founder of the X-Prize – United States of America – He shared insights on how bright the future looks and what are the trends that will shape the world as we know it in the next 25 years.

MUSIC

Shakey Graves – Roll the Bones – Audiotree Live
First Aid Kit – America (Live at Polar Music Prize)
Maggie Rogers – Alaska
Dan Auerbach – Goin’ Home
Caravan Palace – Rock It For Me (live at Le Trianon, Paris)
Sigur Ros “Untitled 3”

See you in 2017!