You’ll find here a library of helpful resources in a variety of categories. Whether you’re looking for ways to find community,  foster collaboration, start traveling the world, resources in self-awareness, and more, there will be something here to get you started.

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This list is updated regularly and is a work in progress as new tools are released to help us in our lives. Please share in the comments or email me your recommendations. – HITRECORD is an open-collaborative production company, and this website is where we make things together. Started by the dreamy Joseph Gordon Levitt of 3rd Rock From The Sun and other great works since then. – MassMosaic believes there is a hidden abundance within our personal, communal, and global worlds that is waiting to be unlocked. Through this website, you can add anything you want or have . The site then matches you to those who want to exchange. It’s fast, universal, and free. – Helps groups of people with shared interests plan meetings and form offline clubs in local communities around the world.

CoWorking Space Directory – The idea is simple: independent professionals and those with workplace flexibility work better together than they do alone. Coworking spaces are about community-building and sustainability. Participants agree to uphold the values set forth by the movement’s founders, as well as interact and share with one another. We are about creating better places to work and as a result, a better way to work. – Search Volunteer Opportunities. VolunteerMatch provides volunteer information and listings in your local community. Information exchange for volunteer workers and the organic WWOOF host farms who offer a learning and working opportunity. – is a site set up to promote fair exchange between budget travellers, language learners or culture seekers and families, individuals or . Travel the world, explore your city and host new friends. Couchsurfing is the world’s largest travel community. – Rent unique accommodations from local hosts in 190 countries. – is a site for reciprocal hospitality for touring bicyclists.

The Explorer’s Club – Promotes the scientific exploration of land, sea, air, and space by supporting research and education in the physical, natural and biological sciences. – If you want to join an adventure or grow your adventure career – you’re in the right place. They’re building Explorers Connect to provide you with the information, contacts and opportunities you need to realize your own adventurous plans. – There is no better site for low fares to destinations.  Every destination is under 6 cents a mile…which is as cheap as you’ll find. (learned from Jeff Barney of – Join the world’s largest treasure hunt. Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. – Search Volunteer Opportunities. VolunteerMatch provides volunteer information and listings in your local community. Find local volunteering opportunities now! -Tech savvy volunteers promoting peace through remote volunteerism.

TED: Ideas Worth Spreading – TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading.

Vice – VICE specializes in exploring uncomfortable truths and going to places we don’t belong. –  Actionable insights on productivity, organization, and leadership to help creatives people push ideas forward.

Coursera Take free online classes from 80+ top universities and organizations, ranging from Introduction to Guitar from Berklee College of Music to Constitutional Law from Yale.

iTunesU Includes 500,000 different courses, with material ranging from elementary school to college-level.

OpenCourseWare A web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content.

30 Flash Fiction Prompts – A few examples include “Write a story that’s happened to someone else, but write it as if it happened to you.” & “Write a story that takes place over breakfast.” – It’s about learning a new habit: Writing. Every. Day. Challenge yourself to write 750 words per day. Write and track it here.

DayOne The best journaling app for iOS and Mac. On top of providing a clean place to write your thoughts, it also includes syncing, photo imports, a passcode lock, a public publish option, reminders, etc.



Roll Up – Sends 1 Roll-Up Email Per-Day of all the “froms” you choose for your inbox. This way you could put all your Blogs you follow that you subscribe to, in the Roll Up.

Boomerang – Lets you have an email returned to you that has been unanswered after a certain period of time. This helps big time with follow-ups.

Kickstarter – The most well-known of the crowdfunding websites, Kickstarter focuses on creative endeavors including design, the arts (film, publishing, music), gaming and technology.

IndieGoGo Is becoming known for financing personal and cause-related campaigns

Trevolta is a global crowd-funded travels website. We enable travellers to submit their extraordinary ideas for expeditions in order to raise funds for it

Your Content Goes Here – Offers high quality organic bulk herbs, gourmet spices, loose leaf teas, essential oils, herbal extracts, and natural body care ingredients. Their extensive selection includes certified organic, fair trade, ethically wild harvested, & Kosher certified botanical products.


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About Lauren Rains

Hi my name is Lauren Rains. I write about the human experience. Through thick and thin, I’m dedicated to growth, adventure, integrity, and love. The Mad To Live is based on my pursuits, experiments, research, and lessons of challenge and triumph in all areas of life, including being entrepreneur, a writer, a philosopher, a traveler, a teacher, a student, a creative, a friend, a daughter, a sister, a significant other, a stranger and the list goes on. At the end of the day, I believe human beings are here for two reasons: 1.) to love one another with total acceptance, and 2.) to see what we’re made of as we create the possibilities for an abundant life for ourselves and for others. No more bullshit, let's just enjoy our lives.

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