Listening to podcasts / no.16

listening to podcasts

I started listening to podcasts when I was training for my marathon two years ago. After you’ve been running for two hours, music starts to get reeeeally old, so I decided to see what the world of podcasts was all about.

Turns out, it’s awesome!

I used to wonder what kind of people would listen to a podcast. Who has time to listen to someone else talk for half an hour? Oh right — this girl. I have 30 minutes of uninterrupted time on my way to/from work each day, and when I am running the miles seem so much more bearable if I am listening to a program or sermon.

Here are some of my favorites: 


  • Elise Gets Crafty – I have been following Elise’s blog for years, and was so excited when she started a podcast. She interviews bloggers, small business owners, creatives, and talks about everything in between.
  • The Lively Show – I used to follow Jess Lively’s blog, and now just follow her mainly through her podcast. She is one inspiring lady, and I find it really interesting to see her business evolve throughout the past few years. Her show is based on inspiration and intentionality.
  • After the Jump – Grace Bonney from the Design*Sponge blog has a podcast and it mainly focuses on the business behind her blog.


  • Timothy Keller Podcast – Tim Keller is one of my all-time favorite pastors, and I have been listening to his sermons for years.
  • The Village Church – Matt Chandler is another favorite pastors, so every now and then I will listen through one of their series.
  • The Summit Church – My church! I usually only listen to this podcast if I’ve missed a week or want to go back and listen to a favorite sermon.

News / Business:

  • The Dave Ramsey Show - I have to be in the right mood for Dave. He kind of gets on my nerves, but anytime there is a debt-free scream from a listener, I tear up. Every.single.time. 
  • Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me – J got me on this one. It’s hilarious, but only if you follow current events. It can start to make you feel stupid if you don’t really know what’s going on in the world! I normally only listen to this podcast when I am on road trips with him.
  • This American Life – This is one of the most popular podcasts out there, and for good reason. Ira Glass is such a great story teller, and each time I learn something incredibly interesting.
  • Money Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips – I have to be in the right mood for this one, too. but I like it because it’s short. Most episodes are between 7 – 15 minutes long, and have a focused financial topic.

Do you listen to any podcasts? Do you have any favorites or recommendations? I admit, when I go to the iTunes store I get overwhelmed by the options, so would love to know what you listen to!


PS – Boots are from Nordstrom a few years ago.
Also, read more on how podcasts helped me train for that marathon!

Using the library / no.15

using the library

There are a few government programs that I think our nation does well, but one of them is libraries. You can borrow books, audio-books, movies, and Internet for FREE! What a treat.


PS – We are halfway through this series, hooray! Do you have any feedback, for the next 15 days? Is there anything you want to see more of? More serious? More light-hearted? Just curious. :)

Using airplane mode / no.14

using airplane mode

You know that little setting you use when you’re in an airplane? Turns out it can be used on land, and it’s awesome.

As we all know, smartphones are great. Instant connection and communication and information. AMAZING. But as we also know, that all-the-time connection can be exhausting and draining and addicting. NOT AMAZING. I am 10 times more distracted at work when my iPhone is next to me. And I’m 10 times more distracted by messages and notifications and apps when I’m on my phone. It has great and useful purposes, but can also be a major time-suck.

So whenever I need a break from my phone or want some uninterrupted time, I put it on airplane mode. (It’s usually when I’m with J because if there’s a real emergency my family and friends have his number.)

I put my phone in airplane mode whenever I’m doing something intentional that I want to give my full-time focus on. Like going on a hike, a date, dinner party, or on a weekend getaway. I use airplane mode instead of just leaving my phone at home or on silent because it doubles as a camera, and if I want to take a picture I don’t have to be interrupted or distracted with notifications or messages.

And the thing is, every time I switch back to cellular mode, I never miss much. I respond back to not-that-important text messages, post a picture or two, and then get back to real life. It’s refreshing, and I advise it to anyone who may need a little break from their phone!

Do you have any tricks for drowning out the iPhone noise? Have you ever used the airplane mode to step away from the distractions?


PS – Shoes (and skirt) I wore on this day, but I am wearing a different top. :)

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