~ Chris Gethard’s Beautiful Stories by Anonymous People podcast (Beautiful Anonymous for short). The premise is this: an anonymous person calls in and chats with comedian Chris Gethard for an hour. The caller can’t reveal his/her identity and Chris has to stay on the line for an hour. Once they reach the hour mark, the call disconnects and that’s that. Simple enough, right? Something about the anonymity lets callers get real and sometimes leads to soul-baring conversations. It doesn’t hurt that Chris is a pretty great (empathetic) person who is also hilarious. If you’re into taking a peek behind the curtains of humanity – give Beautiful Anonymous a try. You won’t regret it. P.S. Ron Paul’s Baby is one of my favorites.
~ Yoga. Once upon a time I could sneak away from my busy life and take classes in person – and that was so much fun – but now I yoga in my living room while my kids sometimes try to follow along (my little guy rocks a mean plank – seriously, he KILLS it and puts me to shame). Thank God for YouTube Yoga videos! My current fave is Yoga with Adriene. Her quirkiness and laid back approach make me feel at home.
~ Reading before bed. Why did it take me 38 years to start this habit? It is the perfect way to wind down after a long day. Bonus – it makes you sleepy. I’m currently reading “The Artist’s Daughter” by Alexandra Kuykendall and it’s a great read. I discovered Alexandra through a podcast and bought her book “Loving My Actual Life” on a whim and read it cover-to-cover on a plane. I adore her style of writing and she’s so down to earth. She’s the type of person I’d love to grab a coffee with if we lived in the same town. Head’s up: she’s a Christian and some of that permeates into her writing – it isn’t as in-your-face as some Christian authors tend to be, but it’s there.
~ Reading to my younger two kids before bed. This is something we started this summer, my younger two are 8 & 10 and finally at the age where they willingly sit still for a story. They love longer books that we can read a little bit of each night. We read through The BFG this summer and we just started The Chronicles of Narnia earlier this month. We don’t read every night, more like 3-4 nights a week. They bring their pillows and blankets in and we all get cozy on my bed and I read and watch their eyelids get heavy. Of course sometimes they kick each other and fight over the same spot on my massive, king-sized bed (with plenty of room so they don’t have to fight over the same spot) but what can you do? #parenting
~ The cooler weather. Fall is my jam! Blankets, scarves, jeans with tees and sweaters. Warm socks, changing leaves that paint the forest and signal that cozier times are on the horizon. Warm socks. Books. Coffee and tea. Yes please!
What are you loving these days?