Podcasts To Listen To Right Now 🎧

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, podcasts are amazing. I started listening to podcasts regularly last year because I was so sick of listening to the radio/music during my daily commute. There’s only so much you can take before you start going crazy!

There are a few podcasts I was instantly addicted to but since then, I’ve discovered more that are now added to my {ever-growing} library. You’ll notice there really isn’t a theme to the podcasts I listen to. There’s a little bit of everything – faith, business, lifestyle, professional tips, and current events –  but that’s why I love the line up.

If you’re like me, you’re always looking for recommendations so below are some of the podcasts I’ve been loving lately.

Reach Sermons

  • I may be biased, but I love this podcast. This is the church we regularly attend and they upload sermons weekly. I especially love listening to this when I’ve skipped a service due to sickness or volunteering in the children’s ministry.

How I Built This with Guy Raz

  • If you’re interested in learning how companies and products came to be, this podcast is for you. I find people’s stories of how they got to where they are fascinating and Guy Raz interviews famous entrepreneurs and CEOs of successful companies. A few of my favorite episodes: Home Depot, Kate Spade, SoulCycle, and Instagram.

Date Night Diaries with Steve and Stacy Hart

  • Love this duo! Steve and Stacy share real-life tips and stories about marriage, owning your own business, and family. They always relate it back to Christ and I always end each podcast encouraged.

Somebody Knows Something

  • This is a very dark topic so listener discretion is advised. In this podcast series, the host tries to solve one missing person case per season. It’s both sad and intriguing as you listen to witness accounts, family interviews, and the host trying to solve each case.

Hannah Ashton

  • On a much brighter note, Hannah Ashton is a new professional who created a podcast to interview other professionals, talk about daily life, and share professional advice. I found Hannah through her YouTube channel and recently discovered her podcast. It’s great for college- and post-grad-girls because the content is relatable and interesting.

Coffee with Kalyn Nicholson

  • Kalyn Nicholson is one of my favorite YouTubers to watch for inspiration and motivation. She has great ideas and the overall aesthetic of her videos is calming and fun to watch. I started listening to her podcasts at work because they aren’t too serious in terms of having to focus intently the whole time. She sets them up so it feels like you’re just hanging out and talking over coffee.

Gals on the Go

  • To be completely honest, this is a “guilty pleasure” podcast to listen to. Gals on the Go is a podcast hosted by two college YouTubers, Danielle and Brooke. They talk about their lives, school, and current events. This is a podcast I usually listen to in the car or cleaning the house.

Stuff You Should Know

  • Disclaimer: I just discovered this podcast the other day so I haven’t listened to a lot of episodes yet. However, from what I’ve heard, I think this podcast is going to be beneficial and educational!
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On My Radar: 2019 Edition

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In my mind, this is the end of the first week of 2019. I don’t know about you, but the first couple of days in the new year don’t feel like a new start. My body is still in holidays-mode and it takes a few days to “wake up and reset.”

So this was the first full week back to the grind in 2019. Although a bit sad that the holidays are *officially* over since we took down our Christmas decor, I’m excited to get back into the swing of things. You know I love a good routine 😉

Here are a few things that are on my radar this week.

{ONE} Bullet Journaling

I’ve recently gotten hooked to bullet journaling. I started watching AmandaRachLee’s videos on YouTube and was instantly fascinated by how beautiful she made her planning spreads. It inspired me to try it out so I asked for a bullet journal and supplies for Christmas. It’s been fun trying my hand at being creative, and it’s also one of the goals under my “Learn” word for 2019. Let it be known I am not an artist; I cannot “doodle” to save my life. I’m still a newbie (the cover photo for this post is a snippet of my bullet journal) but it’s been fun to play around. As seen in the photo, my spreads are not as aesthetically pleasing as some of the ones I pinned on Pinterest but check out the board to get a feel for the possibilities! A few of my favorite spreads I created so far: 2019 Bookshelf, Habit Tracker, Netflix Tracker, and 2019 Goals.

{TWO} Minestrone Soup

As I noted in my Three Words for 2019 blog post, one of my goals is to continue learning how to cook healthy meals. One of my favorites that I made so far is an Instant Pot recipe for Minestrone soup that I found when searching for quick and healthy meals. It’s the perfect cozy meal for cold winter nights and only requires a few ingredients. Best part about it? It takes under 30 minutes from start to finish. Check out the recipe here. 

{THREE} Bevgo Infuser Water Bottle

I don’t know about you but drinking enough water each day is a challenge. I get bored drinking plain water and let’s be honest, coffee is way more tempting. I start out the day motivated and drink a lot of water but by the afternoon, I forget all about my water bottle. Whoops. That’s where my Bevgo Infuser Water Bottle comes into play. I asked for this water bottle for Christmas and it has changed the game. I’m not kidding when I say this: Since Christmas, I have hit my daily water goal every day! Granted, it’s only been two weeks or so but that is an accomplishment, let me tell ya. I fill the bottle with fruit (lemon slices for now) and know that in order to hit my daily goal, I need to drink the entire bottle twice since it’s 32oz. The fruit makes it delicious and I can see the progress throughout the day, which keeps me motivating to keep going. I’m telling you, it’s great and I feel so much better when I’m hydrated and healthy!

{FOUR} How I Built This podcast episode: SoulCycle

I’ve mentioned before that How I Built This is one of my favorite podcasts to listen to. Each week, the host interviews entrepreneurs of famous brands about how they got to where they are today. I love learning about how people achieved their dreams and the obstacles they faced along the way. This week I especially loved the episode about SoulCycle and I highly recommend it! It’s such a fun story about how two moms met in New York, hated the workout classes offered, and decided to do something about it. I’ve never tried SoulCycle, but now I definitely want to!

Monthly Roundup: June Favorites

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How am I writing another monthly favorites post? I’m telling you, the months are going by so quickly these days…it’s crazy!

June was a fun month, less event-heavy then May but that’s okay. I made some fun memories and checked a few things off of my summer bucket-list in the midst of working and everyday life. It was a fun start to the summer and can only go up from here!


{ONE} Sonic

Yes, a drive-in restaurant made my June favorites list. Why? Because I finally went there with my fiance and a few friends for the first time ever and it was an awesome experience! After seeing the commercials for years, we decided to finally check it out. Marketing works, people. Highly recommend.

{TWO} How I Built This Podcast Series

I am always searching for alternatives to music for commutes. Someone recently recommended the How I Built This podcast series and I am hooked! In each episode, the podcast host interviews a CEO/entrepreneur of a famous brand or company and asks them to share their story of how they got to where they are today. A few of my favorite episodes include Kate Spade, Instagram, The Home Depot, The Knot, and Chuck E. Cheese.

{THREE} 5K Training

I signed up for my first official 5K. While it does not seem like a long distance, this is a pretty big deal for a non-runner like myself. In June I started training for the race (which is in July) and made it my goal to not only run it under 30 minutes, but to do it without stopping. Stay tuned on progress.

{FOUR} Bloom Daily Planners Daily Pad

I won this daily pad on Twitter recently and I absolutely love it. I felt wasteful using each sheet for only a day so I changed up how I use it to accommodate my needs. Instead of a daily pad, I use it as a week-at-a-glance. I fill out my weekly must-dos, important days/times of the week, things to buy, other to-dos, etc. For the meals section, I write “M T W R F” in each subsection so I can document each day’s meals all in one place. I’ve loved it so far and highly recommend it!