Wrap Up the Year with These 6 Wishlist Essentials

Wrap Up the Year with These 6 Wishlist Essentials
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Preparing for the new year always brings a sense of fresh possibilities and opportunities.

As I gear up for the upcoming year, I've compiled a list of my top six holiday wishlist recommendations that have proven to be absolute game-changers in my daily routine and pursuits.

Finish Calendar (annual wall calendar)

I'm often asked how I am able to accomplish so much in such a short amount of time. It's not a magic trick; it's just good old science. If you track when and where you are doing something, you double the chances of actually doing it. That should be the Finish Calendar tagline: "Wanna Double Your Success? Buy This Calendar!"

I've got mine in action every day, keeping tabs on weekly to-dos, plotting big trips, and getting a big-picture view of the whole year. Plus, there's a side of motivational quotes for each month. Winning!

I already snagged 2024.

Pigma Micron 005 Pens (really thin pens)

I'm a big-time notetaker, especially when diving into my Bible studies. It's my go-to method for processing information and making sure things stick. But let's talk about the struggle with most Bibles—tiny margins and paper so thin, it's like a note-taking nightmare.

Enter these little pens—total game-changers for me. Quick-drying ink, an ultra-fine tip, no bleed-through drama, and they come in all the colors of the rainbow. Pair these bad boys with the ESV note-taking Bible, and you're in business! It's like the dream team for card-carrying Bible nerds like me.

The pens in action.

Notion Software (free productivity tool)

I've always been a sucker for productivity tools. You know, the kind who's always hopping from one tool to another, trying to squeeze out every ounce of productivity magic they offer. It's a wild ride, but it often leaves me with information scattered across different apps in the pursuit of doing things better. Really, it often gave me a distraction to chase and put hard work aside.

I hopped onto the Notion bandwagon fashionably late, and I certainly don't use it to its full potential. But man, it was like finding a chunk of my brain lying around. With it, I've been able to move tasks from desire to done and keep things from falling through the cracks. I use the free version, and it's all I need.

My Notion hub

A Story on Purpose (an easy read to change your life)

77% of people admit to feeling like they're drowning in anxiety or stuck in life. Seriously, take a look around right now—three out of four people near you carry that weight. If it's not you, chances are you know somebody grappling with it. And that's exactly why I wrote A Story on Purpose.

Most of us sense there's something more, a grander design, but the road to get there can be a head-scratcher. A Story on Purpose is my attempt to break it down. It's a simple, honest, and thought-provoking fable. Follow a young man's journey, and you'll snag five practical principles to guide your life to a greater sense of purpose and joy.

Your story. God's purpose.

Annual Zoo Membership (experience over stuff)

When it comes to our boys, my wife and I are all about the experiences, not the stuff. Whether it's gifts or weekend plans, you'll catch us diving into a new adventure or having a blast at the nearest park. Memories over material, and our local zoo takes the cake.

If you're raising little ones, grabbing an annual membership at your local zoo is seriously one of the best parenting hacks. It won't break the bank, it's an educational extravaganza, and the bonus? You're soaking up knowledge while being outdoors and active. You learn on the fly, you know? We're huge zoo enthusiasts and gladly hit that membership renewal button every year. It's the gift that keeps on giving, both in fun and education.

Our picture from last weekend.

Board Games (guilty pleasure)

Board games are my not-so-secret obsession. I've got this competitive streak, and board games? Well, they're like these intricate puzzles blending strategy and luck that I just can't resist. Yet, it's not just about the gameplay; it's the whole vibe of gathering around a table with friends and family. Board games have this magical way of freezing time, creating these unique moments that leave me feeling absolutely refreshed.

Now, there's a ton I could rave about, but let me hit you with the top three heavyweights that dominate our household and are totally worth your time:

  • DC Deck Building: a deck-building game with memorable characters.
  • Everdell: simple-to learn gameplay with satisfying depth
  • Point City: a small box engine building game for the whole family!
Picture of Cascadia (top 5 list)

What's on your new year, new you wish list?