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Favorite Things Friday: Podcasts

I have been loving podcasts lately. First it was The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey (still is of course) and The Runner’s World Show, but I’ve branched out over the past few months and been introduced to or discovered a few other solid favorites. I always learn something new and love that I can do other things while listening like exercise, fold laundry, or cook. Try these out and let me know what you think! Then, tell me which podcasts you’re loving!

  • In Journeywomen, University of Arkansas alumna (love that) Hunter Beless chats with mentors about “gracefully navigating the seasons and challenges we face on our journeys to glorify God.” I feel like Hunter is one of the best podcast hosts around. Her humility and desire to glorify God burst through every episode. It’s like she is soaking up the guest’s every word right alongside the listener. Each guest also shares her 3 simple joys at the end, and that’s always fun.

  • How I Built This with Guy Raz from NPR tells the stories behind some of the world’s most well-known companies with interviews from the founders themselves. Some of my favorite episodes so far have been with the founders of Starbucks, Five Guys, and TOMS. I want to listen to the ones on Airbnb and Southwest Airlines next.

  • Glorious in the Mundane  is hosted by singer/songwriter Christy Nockels, and every episode is so heartfelt. Don’t you love the theme “glorious in the mundane?” It’s what I want to uncover in every one of my days, no matter my circumstance or season. Sometimes Christy shares what’s on her heart around this theme and other times she interviews a guest. Sometimes she shares her music…and it’s beautiful!

  • That Sounds Fun with Annie F. Downs is such a lovable podcast. Annie says the first thing she thinks when she wakes up in the morning is, “What will be fun today?” I love that. On the podcast, she shares her favorite things and interviews her friends about everything from their fave books and restaurants to their stories of salvation. By the end an episode, you will feel like Annie’s friend and also care a little bit more about having fun.

  • The Purposeful Home Podcast is great for those in the thick of motherhood (or on the cusp like me) or even just in the middle of busy adult life. Hosts Allie and Kelsey give practical tips on managing time and a home and do a really good job of reminding us of how intention is the name of the game – not perfection or comparison.

Happy almost weekend! My project this weekend is to go through the last of our unpacked boxes, which have conveniently been hiding out in Baby B’s room. It’s time to start getting our girly’s room ready! You can bet I’ll be multitasking by listening to a podcast or two. Don’t forget to comment with your favorite podcasts!



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Favorite Things Friday

How is your week going? At any rate, you made it to Friday!

I’m still finding my niche as a stay-at-home mom with a very low maintenance baby. Ha. I have my joyful moments of seeing this time of not working before baby arrives as a short, sweet life season, which I am so very grateful for, and then other moments I feel a bit guilty  or pressured – by the enemy, not by anyone else – to have something fancy to show for my time. More than ever before I see how our culture glorifies busy and how I have totally been buying into it.

But lately, God is showing me that quiet and still is better right now. It’s a time to explore writing, to rest, to prepare for our baby, but ultimately it’s still a time to trust Him with EVERYTHING.

And of course, quiet and still yields fertile soil for enjoying those little gifts in life. Here are three I’m loving:

Library Card: These things are golden. Free books I don’t have to add to our already too big collection? Yes please. I just joined the library here and was so happy to find they have a ton of books on my to-read list.

Gallery Walls: If I can build gallery walls, so can you. I did one in my living room and one in my bedroom using pieces I already had. I didn’t spend a penny. Pinterest has some great ideas and templates. The main “rules” I took away for building a gallery wall is to a) use a mix of mediums like art, photos, shelves, and clocks, and b) use similar frames and colors to visually tie the mix together. I love the finished looks!

1 Pump of Pumpkin Spice at Starbucks:  So, a tall pumpkin spice latte at Starbucks comes with three pumps of sugary pumpkin spice. That’s a lot of sweet. (No judgment you if you like it that way.) And yes, yes, I too understand there is artificial junk in the beloved P Spice syrup. For when we can’t (or aren’t willing) to whip up our own at home, might I suggest the minimalist pumpkin lover’s version? I’ve been enjoying one pump of syrup in my drinks of choice this month, which have thus far been a latte, an Americano, and a steamer. I still taste fall, and I think it’s the perfect amount of sweet.

Happy weekending, friends. What are your favorites this week??



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Favorite Things Friday: Harvey Relief

My heart aches for those throughout the state who have been displaced from their homes, who have lost decades worth of treasures and tangible memories, and for those who have lost their lives in the hurricane chaos. This is a very real and continuing storm for so many. If you’re like me, it has been gut-wrenching to sit back and watch Hurricane Harvey wreck Houston and other parts of Southeast Texas. Houston was my home three months ago. I’m constantly thinking about my former neighbors, church, co-workers, my community.

One beacon of light we get to see is that, in the middle of all of this brokenness, people are helping people. They are linking arms in the name of community and love. What a sight for sore eyes. So, my favorite things lately are ways that we, ordinary people, perhaps people not physically affected by Harvey, can do extraordinary things. There are tons of ways to reach out and link arms, even if you’re hours or states or continents away. Here are three.

  • Give. Bethel Church of Houston, my former church, has a benevolence fund for Hurricane Harvey relief. If you’d like to give money and ensure it’s going fully to families who need it, this is perfect. Check it out here.
  • Eat lunch at an East TX Whataburger today. From 11 am – 1 pm today, 100% of proceeds at 32 East Texas Whataburger locations will be going to the East TX Food Bank for their Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. Click here for info and the list of locations.
  • Purchase a shirt with a purpose. Through the end of September, all proceeds from the sales of Magnolia Market’s “Texas Forever” T-shirt will be donated to Hurricane Harvey disaster relief efforts.

We are praying for you, hurricane victims! Stay strong.