The 2019 List

According to the internet, the grid above features my top 9 moments of 2019. As I pointed out in my “Best Nine” Instagram post, Instagram’s top picks [based on likes] don’t necessarily reflect how I see my own highlights for 2019. (I shared actual highlights, reflections, and some tips for looking ahead to a new year over on my Biz Blog.) In a world that often seems consumed by social media, it’s easy to get sucked into believing it. This time of year serves as a nice reality check and time to take a moment and look back at what really mattered.

This “2019 List” post is a roundup of what inspired me, inspired by Barack Obama’s own annual lists. It’s something I started last year and I think it’s a nice tradition. I like that it’s a way to keep a record of my favorite inspiration I’ve consumed, and serves as a way to celebrate the work of others. Sending my weekly newsletter where I share inspiration made coming up with this year’s list a bit easier. (As I’m posting this before the 31st, I still give myself permission to make updates—and add links!)

Without further ado, and in no particular order…


  • A More Beautiful Question by Warren Berger
  • The Art of Noticing by Rob Walker
  • Hustle & Float by Rahaf Harfoush
  • Company of One by Paul Jarvis
  • To Pixar & Beyond by Lawrence Levy
  • Everything written by Brené Brown
  • Mindset by Carol Dweck
  • Surely You’re Joking Mr. Feynman? by Richard Feynman
  • The Messy Middle by Scott Belsky
  • Made to Stick by Chip & Dan Heath
  • One Giant Leap by Charles Fishman
  • Sunburst & Luminary: an Apollo Memoir by Don Eyles
  • Originals by Adam Grant
  • The One Thing by Gary Keller with Jay Papsan
  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo
  • Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Hack the Moon (a Draper Lab project)
  • Julia Rothman and Shaina Feinberg’s NYT column
  • Wendy McNaughton’s illustrated NYT column


  • Hors Normes
  • Apollo 11 [documentary]
  • Le Grand Bain
  • Deux Moi
  • Les Misérables
  • Mission Impossible Fallout
  • Rocketman
  • Brené Brown: A Call to Courage
  • Toy Story 4
  • Spiderman into the Spiderverse
  • Free Solo
  • The Third Man
  • Dance your PhD (TED)


  • 13 Minutes to the Moon – the 13 minutes leading up to the Apollo 11 moon landing as told by the people who made it happen + scored by Hans Zimmer
  • Finding Fred – journalist Carvell Wallace shares stories of how Mister Rogers touched so many lives
  • American Girls Pod – two histories re-read the American Girl books based on the dolls and share a side of pop-culture in a way that’s engaging and entertaining
  • Building a Story Brand with Donald Miller
  • Hello Monday by LinkedIn with host Jessi Hempel
  • Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness
  • Where Should We Begin? with Esther Perel
  • Going Through It by MailChimp with Ann Friedman
  • Good Company with Grace Bonney
  • Ice podcast with Winnie Bertrand
  • Keep Calm and Cook On with Julia Turshen
  • Courage & Spice with Sas Petherick
  • Moonrise from The Washington Post
  • Marie Forleo podcast
  • Still Processing from the NYT with Wesley Morris and Jenna Wortham
  • Work Life with Adam Grant
  • Wireframe from Adobe/Gimlet Creative with Khoi Vinh
  • The New Paris with Lindsey Tramuta
  • The Earful Tower with Oliver Gee
  • The Thing About France with Bénédicte de Montlaur
  • Raise Your Hand Say Yes with Tiffany Han
  • Letters from a Hopeful Creative with Jen Carrington and Sara Tasker
  • The Dropout from ABC News
  • Money Diaries from Refinery 29 with Lindsey Stanberry and Paco de Leon
  • Hurry Slowly with Jocelyn Glei


  • Mister Rogers (childhood hero)
  • Carvell Wallace (journalist/host of Finding Fred)
  • Roger Manix (teaches compassionate leadership through play)
  • Esther Perel (relationship therapist)
  • Megan Rapinoe (soccer superstar + advocate for humans)
  • Deesha Dyer (community leader + organizer)
  • Aminatou Sow (podcast host Call Your Girlfriend)
  • Lizzo (singer/musician)
  • Erika Hall (UX truthspeaker)
  • Lisa Congdon (artist and author)
  • Grace Bonney (founder of Design*Sponge)
  • Sas Petherick (self-belief coach)
  • Tiffany Han (life coach)
  • Jonathan Van Ness (curious human and star of Queer Eye)
  • Brené Brown (shame, empathy, vulnerability researcher and author)
  • Debbie Millman (designer and host of Design Matters)
  • Michael Collins (astronaut)
  • Adam Grant (organizational psychologist and author)
  • Jocelyn Glei (host of Hurry Slowly)
  • Greta Thunberg


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