Podcast Roundup

Ever since I discovered podcasts four years ago, I can’t seem to get enough of them. I’m constantly playing them in the car on my way to and from work, Pyro Man and I have used them on road trips and they’re great if you need something other than tunes on a long walk.

Last roundup I had lots of true crime, and it’s still a favorite, but I’ve got a few inspirational ones, too. Let’s get to it!

Podcast Roundup

Over My Dead Body

If you’re looking for the next podcast, dig into this one! So freaking interesting! I enjoy a good true crime and this one is laid out in six perfect chapters for the listener. Essentially the story lays out a perfect marriage, nasty divorce, a murder (shocker) and the unraveling of family drama. Get in, get hooked.

*PS - They also did “Dirty John,” which was made into a TV series. Also an excellent listen!

RISE Podcast

Julie-come-lately, I found Rachel Hollis last spring when her book came out. Tons of ads started showing up on Facebook for Girl, Wash Your Face and friends were posting her quotes constantly. I found her podcast first and really enjoyed her message and how she put it all out there. I liked her interviews and how she seemed to really connect with each interviewer. Yes, if you listen constantly then you’ll realize it’s the same message over again, but honestly, maybe it’s a message you need to hear over again.

Favorite episodes: #79, How to Find Your Calling with Lewis Howes, #75 Daily Habits that Change the Game with Brendon Burchard, #73 How to Gain Control of Your Money with Rachel Cruze, #61 Lewis Howes Interview, #58 The Lie - I Am Not Enough

Cultivate Your Life with Lara Casey

A friend recommended Lara Casey’s book, Make It Happen, several years ago and I found a lady who’s whole mission was to help you figure out how to make your goals happen through planning and following faith. I. was. hooked. First of all, I love planning. It’s a weird thing I learned from my mother and her trusty blue book, aka the Bible. If your plans did not get written down in Mom’s blue book, it didn’t exist. Our family lives ran off that calendar and I couldn’t wait to be old enough to have a beautiful planner of my own. Fast forward to college, I went to an incredible place that really nurtured that love of planning to a whole other level. Truly. So, finding someone who’s mission has been to help women dig into goals, learn to plan them out and tackle them with grace, I knew I had found someone I could get behind. I had listened to all her interviews I could find on Apple Podcast and was thrilled when she announced she was starting her own show. Her podcast is new so there aren’t too many episodes out there yet, but I enjoy the message she sends out and how she incorporates her family into it all.

The Daily

I’ve mentioned this one before but it’s still my favorite quick and easy 20 minute news source. I’ll use iHeartRadio to stream NPR in the morning while getting ready and follow up with “The Daily”. It’s New York Times sponsored, they bring you straight facts, usually focused on one central concept and they end the show with something you need to know for that day. In essence, if you’re looking for a snippet of information on something pertinent for the day, this is it!

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That’s what I’ve been soaking up a lot lately! A little mystery, a little news, and a lot of personal growth because, hey, it just keeps me trying to be a better human every day!

Happy listening, y’all!

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My, My, How Can I Resist You?

Y'all. I adore music theater. I remember the first time I went to see a musical in rehearsal, my mom was helping with costumes on our local production of Camelot and I got to go up to see a rehearsal one timeI walked in through the doors of the auditorium and it was like I walked in to the most wonderful magical place on earth. Truly. There was a parade of performers singing, dancing, and all these people directing them down in front. I'd never seen anything like it in my whole life. 

I was seven at the time and every summer after I would spend most evening at the performing arts center where I was eventually dubbed a PAC Rat. It wasn't long before I got to be up on stage myself just living my best life. Those were some of the most magical summers of my life. My mom would take us the video store or library to rent musicals, too. I remember watching My Fair Lady, South Pacific, Showboat, Funny Girl, Hello Dolly and so, so many more. 

When Fosse came out, my dance teacher at the time was a huge fan. We rented Pajama Game and Damn Yankees and I did a whole research project over the man in 7th grade. My sophomore year I had to build a mole for Mole Day in Chemistry. At the time I was in A Chorus Line at another theater so naturally I worked with my costumer mother to build a mole with a replica of the infamous "One" costume. Naturally. So let's be real, I've loved me some music theater for a long time. 

Honestly, who doesn't enjoy a show where everyone breaks out into song and dance AT THE SAME TIME? I can even get my husband to see one on occasion. And speaking of seeing shows, I took myself to see Lyric Theaters Mamma Mia just this week. Oh y'all, who doesn't enjoy a little ABBA?

I was a total dancing queen in my seat the whole time! The music is so darn fun, you can't help but sing along. I was in stitches over "Mamma Mia," their Donna was a hoot! I thoroughly enjoyed Tanya during "Does You Mother Know," and my eyes were on the brink of spilling over during "Slipping Through My Fingers." Oh, it was just so good and such a fun way to spend a night.

Best part was getting to see several of my students out there just living life on stage! I tell you what, if my seven year old self knew I'd someday be working with the talent that crosses that stage, sometimes even getting to set work for musicals myself, she would be pretty dang proud. 

Next up, I guess I'm going to have to check out Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again in theaters to just round out the experience. Anyone interested in going with? 

Seriously, a riot and had me in stitches! 

Seriously, a riot and had me in stitches! 

  OK folks, name your favorite musical! Go! 

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