Podcasts- the good, the better and the life changing!

c343e527a59d717c36566367ca4198bdOkay, I am not a podcast obsessor like my husband but since having more time in the car, I’ve committed to listening to podcasts which are helping to shape my behaviours, routines and ambitions. For me podcasts were something that my husband really enjoyed- they were kind of monotonous- listening to someone go and on and on- nothing to watch or look at.. It reminded me of high school.

Fast forward a few years – the Podcast space has really become flooded with great content! I listen through Apple’s Podcast app so I’m assuming you’d be able to find the same apps on an Android App Store.

Though I’m not a small business owner I would have to say that my favourite types of podcasts are generally geared towards business owners- I always get so inspired by people going after their dreams. While I don’t think I will ever run my own business I am the biggest advocate and supporter of people who do! I have so many friends who have started their own companies the last few years- seeing them post on social media about jobs they get is seriously so exciting to me. I literally have done happy dances in my living room because I am such a supporter of them and their dreams!

If you have a spare 20-30 minutes in the car and you need to hear someone motivate the mess out of you.. these are for you:

  • Building a Storybrand with Donald Miller
  • How I built this with Guy Raz
  • Rise Podcast by Rachel Hollis

If you’re just wanting to know “stuff” for that one time you may get onto “Who wants to be a millionaire”.. I gotcha right here:

  • 99% invisible
  • Myths and Legends
  • Stuff you should know
  • TED Talks Daily
  • This American Life

If you love hearing people’s stories about life, babies, immigration, family…these have it all..

  • The Moth
  • Australia Birth Stories

If you know you are already a rockstar spouse but you may or may not need a little more work, here you go:

  • Marriage after God with Aaron & Jennifer Smith
  • Rise Together with Rachel and Dave Hollis
  • Fierce Marriage with Ryan and Selena Frederick

Quick Tidbits to be a better parent (side note- I find these episodes way too short..):

  • Parenting Great Kids by Dr Meg Meeker

..and lastly..if you need a laugh:

  • They HeyDad Podcast

Happy  listening friends!

More than just the crumbs.

Most have their ‘me time’ at night, when you have no energy left. You’re giving yourself crumbs which is why you spend it scrolling or watching. My ‘me time’ should be when i’m at my best...png

Do you know who Rachel Hollis is? DO YOU KNOW WHO RACHEL HOLLIS IS? Yes, I was emphatically asking you that question.

I don’t know which instagrammmer it was but someone along the way in the last 6 months snapped a picture of them reading the book “Girl wash your face” by Rachel Hollis. Linked here at Amazon and here at Amazon Australia.. go buy it now..don’t wait just buy it. There are great parts to the book and not so great parts (like with every book) but I can absolutely tell you that it has changed my life!

If you know me in person you’ll know that since the birth of baby number duos I have lost a lot of weight.. I’m talking like 45 pounds/20kgs+.. I totally credit my weightloss to two really really hard but rewarding things:

  • The Sweat App- The program BBG by Kayla Itsines gave me that spark I needed to actually start exercising in the comfort of my own home because like legit, who has the time to go to the gym more than twice a week.. especially with 2 kids under 5.. it’s not going to happen.. Did I mention that my husband was training for a marathon while and after I gave birth? Hello 2+ hour runs..

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  • Reading Girl wash your face by Rachel Hollis- I don’t remember much of the book to be honest (I’ve started re-reading it) but one thing that I do remember is her saying something to the effect of- “if you plan to workout (at any certain time) and then you decide not to or get too busy you are breaking a promise to yourself.” We can’t handle it when other people let us down or break promises to us why is it okay for us to break promises to ourselves? This simple statement got me through those times where I thought 9pm was too late to workout or putting on gym clothes at 6am when I was so exhausted. Just a year before I probably broke promises to myself multiple times a week- now, it’s rare if I go a day without a run or 28 minute workout.

While I know these two things may not work for everyone they worked for me.

One morning last week I jumped into the car and on a whim decided to check if Rachel Hollis had a podcast. I figured- she’s cool and hip and speaks really well- she’s bound to have a podcast.. and lo and behold she did!

Hello most recent episode called “How to supercharge your morning routine.” I think someone came to my house and looked in our room every morning. I drrraaaggggg myself out of bed about 45minutes before I need to leave the house. I am exhausted you guys.. Reagan is a good sleeper unless she’s sick or teething which has pretty much been our lives the past month. Thank the Lord for my amazing husband who has bared the brunt of this- he has fed her and changed her at unGodly hours of the morning (or night.. it’s all a blur to me). Without him I would have lost my mind.. legitimately lost my mind.

Anyway I digress- “how to supercharge your morning.” You guys.. she drops truth bombs for about 45 minutes straight. The biggest thing that stuck out for me was when she talked about “me time.” At first I scoffed.. “me time”.. she obviously doesn’t have little children because there is no “me time” only “slave time”. But guys she’s onto something.. she talked about how we’re only giving ourselves crumb me time.. as in, our “me time” generally happens at the end of the day after we’ve worked all day, taken care of the kids, showered and fed everyone etc which is why our ”me time” usually involves Netflix or scrolling through Instagram for an hour.. we’re running on fumes by the time we get our time. She suggests moving ‘me time’ to first thing in the morning. Right off the bat.. wake up 1-2 hours before you actually need to wake up and do something that sets your soul on fire!

Guys, I’m going to do it. If words had ever slapped me in the face this was the day.

I can only imagine how hard it’s going to be tomorrow morning but you know if Rach can do it so can I! Haha..