Monthly Roundup: February Favorites

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I’m officially ready for spring. After a glimpse of sun and blue skies, I’m ready for a change. It’s odd when you get springlike weather in the middle of winter, but I’m not complaining!

Delaware weather is especially odd. One day it’s 60 degrees and sunny and three days later, it snows 5 inches. How bizarre

I discovered a lot of favorites in February and I’m excited to share them with you below.

{ONE} Tidying Up with Marie Kondo Netflix series

Have you joined the #SparkJoy club yet? As if I wasn’t already obsessed with cleaning and decluttering, the Tidying Up with Marie Kondo series came out on Netflix and I’m hooked. I refolded all of our clothes and threw things away I’ve been keeping for no apparent reason. It feels so good and has sparked tons of joy already 😉

{TWO} The Swans of Fifth Avenue

I’m making steady progress on my reading goal for the year! I feel inspired in the winter to read as much as I can because free time in spring and summer tend to be filled with outdoor activities. This book was especially fascinating because it’s based on a true story so I liked doing my own research as I read to learn more about the characters and overall plot.

{THREE} Stuff You Should Know Podcast

I’m on a podcast kick, as I’ve mentioned before, and am always looking for new podcasts to try. A Stuff You Should Know podcast episode titled, “How Central Park Works,” caught my eye because 1) I love Central Park, and 2) I don’t know the history of how it came to be. I loved it because it was both educational and entertaining to listening to.

{FOUR} Insanity

Insanity is back. I completed the nine-week HIIT-inspired workout challenge a year ago and it kicked my butt! This time around, Luke is doing it with me so although it’s challenging, I feel more motivated since I have a workout partner.

{FIVE} The Last Lecture

Another great book from February. This is another true story that tugs at the heart strings on every page. A professor is asked to give his “last lecture” and then finds out he has terminal cancer with only a few months to live. The book outlines his thoughts and lessons about life and it truly is an incredible story.

{SIX} Broccoli and Cheddar Soup Instant Pot recipe

I’ve been really into making soup lately. I blame it on the cold weather. I always crave warm, cozy meals for dinner. The other night I was craving Panera’s broccoli and cheddar soup so I decided to try making it at home! My mom gave me an Instant Pot recipe to try and it was delicious! I definitely will make it again.

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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!