13 Podcasts I Love Listening To

For the last 4 years or so, I have loved listening to podcasts while I drive, cook, clean, paint… pretty much anything! I listen to podcasts just about every day. A while back, I shared 12 Podcasts I Love Listening To here on the blog. Now I’m sharing an update! Out of those original 12, I still regularly listen to 6. Some have ended, like Chris Love Julia and Surprisingly Awesome- but are still archived and great to go back and listen to! Others are still great, my interests just evolved and I wanted to refresh my podcast Library.

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FYI, not me. Although I wouldn’t mind having pretty highlights like this model for free stock photography …

Still Listening To…

  1. Shailey & Katie’s Lemonade Stand | Still one of my favorites after over 2 years of listening! They describe their podcast as “two creative business-owning moms who are laughing their way through parenthood”. THEY ARE HILARIOUS. They make me want to live in Missouri so I could wedge my way into their friendship!

  2. Happier with Gretchen Rubin | Still obsessed with Gretchen’s Four Tendencies framework (I’m a Questioner!) and listening to her and her sister Liz chat about happiness and good habits makes me miss my sister, who like Liz lives in LA! This podcast is always uplifting and refreshing.

  3. The Goal Digger Podcast | Jenna Kutcher is one of those “love her or hate her” types on social media, and that’s not by accident. Jenna teaches online marketing and believes as a personal brand, you need to be 100% authentic to yourself to “attract and repel”. Over the years she’s interviewed countless brilliant entrepreneurs, shared her infertility and body positivity journeys and most recently, welcomed her first daughter into the world!

  4. Being Boss | Kathleen and Emily are business bestie goals. They share smart business advice for creatives and I love the dose of “woo woo” they add to my podcast repertoire. I am all about manifesting your goals in life and business and learning from the methods and practices that have worked for other powerful female entrepreneurs!

  5. Young House Love Has a Podcast | John and Sherry’s podcast is just so much fun! They are a husband and wife blogging, renovating and podcasting duo. Most recently, they’ve been renovating not one, but 2 beach homes in Cape Charles, Virginia! I’ve learned so much from following them over the years and their podcast is a fun mix of interviews, fun game show style segments and updates on their home improvement adventures.

  6. 99% Invisible | This podcast is endlessly fascinating! The name 99% Invisible refers to all the “thought that goes into the things we don’t think about — the unnoticed architecture and design that shape our world”. Their topics cover categories from history, to city planning and infrastructure, to objects, sounds and technology. Just trust me, the title of an episode will probably be something you’ve never heard of but you’ll be sucked in within the first 5 minutes!

New Favorites…

  1. The Great Indoors | When I was pregnant, Anthony and I got really into The Great Interior Design Challenge and ahem…Anthony developed a bit of a crush on host Sophie Robinson. After he told me to follow her on Instagram, I found out she started an interior design podcast with Kate Watson-Smyth of Mad About the House. I love listening to them chat about all things home and design!

  2. The Little Chapters | This podcast is brand new, but I already love it! It’s all about intentional living and shares conversations between friends Jessica Rose Williams and Kayte Ferris on topics like mindset, lifestyle and creativity. If living life on your own terms is a personal goal of yours, you’ll love the perspectives shared on this podcast!

  3. The Misses Ambitious | I recently discovered this podcast after connecting with one of the hosts on Instagram and I love it! Kiley and Blaine share what they’ve learned about creativity and entrepreneurship in such a real and approachable way and have interviewed some amazing names in small business! This podcast is a new favorite, for sure!

  4. Behind the Scenes | If you watched Little People Big World, you’re probably familiar with Jeremy and Audrey Roloff. I actually haven’t had cable for the entire time their show was on but I started following Audrey on Instagram a few years ago. They are new parents and work together as husband-wife team on several different businesses and projects. (Sensing a theme here? I would love to work with Anthony some day, just have to convince him on the whole husband-wife team idea!) I like their perspective and how they let their faith lead their choices in life and business.

  5. Freedom-Cast: Leaving Normal Behind | This podcast is hosted by one of my dear childhood friends Miranda and her husband, Jordan. As a couple, they are all about dreaming big and living fearlessly and I love following their journey! Jordan is a writer and entrepreneur and Miranda recently quit her 9-5 job so they could make a big leap.. They are currently in Thailand for 2 months to explore the digital nomad lifestyle. These two are so inspiring! You can follow more of their Thailand adventure on Miranda’s Instagram here.

  6. Sexy Soulful Success with Emily Cassel | Emily is a fellow Chatham University alumna and I worked with her when she first started her life coaching business 5 years ago! This woman changed my life forever and she is ON FIRE with ambition, wisdom and passion for leading through sisterhood. Her podcast is so motivating and uplifting for women who want more out of their life, relationships and business.

  7. Babes & Babies | I can’t be the only one who has a love/hate relationship with The Bachelor, The Bachelorette and all it’s various spinoffs. This podcast is hosted by three Bachelor alum, two of which are married (to husbands they met on Bachelor in Paradise!) with babies of their own. The host that isn’t mom yet is actually a practicing doula and they don’t actually talk about the show that much! The dive into all types of women’s issues, pregnancy, motherhood and more. Tuning into their show feels exactly like catching up with your best girl friends and it’s a nice addition to my podcast rotation!

What podcasts do you love listening to? Share in the comments below or join the conversation on Instagram.

My Word of the Year & Tips for Choosing Yours

This is the third year I’ve chosen a word to summarize my goals for the new year. At this point, I have developed a method for choosing a word so I wanted to share a little more about mine and also share my tips for how to choose a word of the year for yourself. I first heard about this idea on one of my favorite podcasts, Happier with Gretchen Rubin. In 2017, my word was “Steadfast”. In 2018, as I was approaching new motherhood, I chose the words “Growth & Grace”. For 2019, I didn’t have to think long for the word to come to me:

B L O O M

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Learning to be “Steadfast” meant finding alignment and cultivating a spirit of preparedness and follow through. My year of “Growth & Grace” was about devoting myself to improvement but only in the areas that were most important to me. Not hustling for the sake of appearances or glorifying being “busy” but growing deeper into my values while giving myself space to make mistakes and change my mind in the midst of challenging transitions. I’m dedicating my 2019 to learning how and creating space to “Bloom”.

Over these years, I’ve been dedicated to cutting out what isn’t working in my home, business and life, developing systems, simplifying wherever possible and planting the seeds for what the best version of these things can be. In 2016, I essentially blew up my life (in a good way!) by leaving my full-time job to work for myself and this year feels a bit like that energy is coming full circle. Before you get worried, I’m not envisioning any huge changes like quitting a job or starting a new business this year!

I’ve told Anthony many times that I feel like I’ve been waiting for this season of life for as long as I can remember. I was kind of an odd kid and teenager. I was definitely the “mom” of our friend group, making birthday cakes for everyone at our lunch table and giving out life and relationship advice like it was my job. I thought I was so wise as a 17 year old… but I didn’t feel like I fit in with other people my age. I thought college would be where things finally clicked for me. I found amazing lifelong friends at my small women’s college and felt more at home than I ever had before, but I still felt like things weren’t quite right. Even in the early days of our marriage, I felt like I was always looking for the next thing and never content with where I was.

The day our daughter was born, that feeling completely disappeared for me. Not once since that day have I wished time away or wanted to be anywhere else. For the first time, I feel like I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be in life and all I want to do is give my best to this season. I feel so grateful for everything I have and everyone I hold dear and I want to do them justice. I am feeling called to step into my full potential as a wife, mother, entrepreneur, friend, interior designer and homemaker. To fully bloom.


Tips for Choosing a Word of the Year

First and foremost, my advice is to listen to your intuition. If there’s a word that pops into your head immediately, that’s probably your inner self guiding you towards what you need most. There are a few things I do around the end of one year and the start of a new one that also help to guide me in setting intentions for what I want to work on in the coming months.

  1. Make a list of accomplishments from the past year. | First, I write a list of every victory from the past year - big and small. Things that I took and active role in achieving but also positive things that happened to me and my family by luck, fate or divine intervention - however you want to view it! It’s sometimes easy to dwell on the hard stuff and forget all the good things that happen to us. This exercise alone is so helpful in remembering the progress I’ve made and having a positive view of the year gone by. I love looking back on this list from years past and remembering all the ways life has been good to us.

  2. Make a list of things that didn’t go so well and - most importantly - how to fix it. | I always want to focus on the positive but that doesn’t mean I ignore the negative. I try to view every challenge as an opportunity to learn and grow, so this list is usually pretty short but at the same time, the few things on it can feel pretty heavy. My goal is to not write the same things in this list next year that I wrote this year, so I also think of an action plan. Taking steps to fix whatever didn’t go well may look like letting go of that thing or my expectations around it, seeking help from a friend, coach or therapist or most likely a combination of those things. Just a reminder that if you’re struggling with something, don’t be afraid to ask for help! I’ve worked with both a therapist and a life coach in the past and both helped me immensely in becoming a happier, brighter version of myself.

  3. Ask yourself what you want most for the coming year. | The last list I make is a list of what I want to achieve in the coming year. This is a little bit different than a list of resolutions to me because it’s based more on feelings I want to bring into my life than just a list of to-do’s. I think about my deepest desires and just start writing a bullet list. I try to keep this to one page because I want to focus on just my top priorities for the year ahead and not overcrowd my mind with things that don’t aren’t as meaningful to me. From this list, I start thinking about themes or common threads that could tie these things together.

  4. Listen to your intuition. | At this point, I’m guessing that a word or several words will have popped up for you that could be potential words of the year. If you are having trouble choosing, I recommend taking even just 5-10 minutes to meditate or journal about your thoughts on each word. What holds the most meaning for you? What captures your goals for the year in the fullest and simplest way? Don’t overthink this too much. Listen to the nudges your inner self is giving you and trust it.

Now, once you’ve chosen a word for your 2019, come back and tell me what it is! I would love to hear if these tips were helpful for you. Comment below or join the conversation on Instagram.

A Christmas Recap | 2018

This Christmas was special because it was Sage’s first. In years past, I shared multiple posts in the month of December about how I was decorating, what our Christmas cards looked like and other holiday inspiration. But this year, I’m sharing my first (and only) Christmas blog post today and it’s New Years Eve! While it’s a bit late to share any inspiration for this year, I still wanted to document what this Christmas looked like for our family, from simple decorating to establishing some new traditions.

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Decorating

We put up our tree just before Thanksgiving - something I never thought I would do! - but I took my time decorating it. In fact, I added the wood bead garland just a couple days before Christmas. Our nieces did some rearranging of ornaments, but I didn’t bother to fix it before snapping this photo this morning. The tree looks a little sparse here, but with the lights on it’s just right! Perfectly imperfect. Other than the tree, I kept the decorations very minimal. Just pulling out a few things from the attic like this gold deer I thrifted years ago and some small ceramic Santa figurines that belonged to my Nana.

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Christmas Cards

I love designing cards to send to our friends and family every year! We had our photos taken three times by Savannah Smith Photography this year so I added some extra favorites to the back side of our cards. I always share our highlights and wishes for the coming year. This year, they are pretty simple and all about Sage! I keep a copy of each year’s Christmas card in an album that I really love flipping through this time of year. You can see our previous years cards here: 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014.

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New Traditions

Sage’s first Christmas felt a little like my first Christmas again. Holidays start to lose their magic in your young adult years but I can attest that once you have a child of your own, that spark comes back. My wish for Sage was to have a simple and meaningful first Christmas. We started some new traditions, like a Christmas Eve Brunch complete with homemade waffles and giving Sage just four gifts: want, need, wear and read. We aren’t sure how and if we’ll do Santa for Sage, but we have another 359 days to figure that out! We celebrated Christmas morning at home and had family come to visit in the afternoon. I really couldn’t have imagined a more perfect day for our first Christmas as a family of three.

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Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!