Podcasts: A New List of Favorites!

My love of podcasts continues to grow. I’m actually kind of obsessed. I did a post two years ago of favorite ones, but since then many have changed (either people stopped posting or I stopped listening – none were for negative reasons), so I thought it was due time to update because I love all of these podcasts. I laugh, cry (seriously, some people need to provide a crying warning), am inspired and did I mention I laugh?

Relevant Podcast: Let’s just say I’m a little late to the game on this gem of a podcast. It’s been around for over 10 years or something close to that. It’s great to hear from authors, athletes, musicians and a lot of others. Plus so many laughs with the hosts (I’m pretty sure people at the gym wonder about me because I burst into laughter while working out. Legit LOLing). It’s good one y’all. Promise.

The RELEVANT Podcast features the creators of RELEVANT magazine discussing the stuff that matters to your life, with in-studio music performances and interviews thrown in for kicks. The weekly show is an off-shoot of RELEVANT magazine, which covers faith, culture and intentional living.

Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey: Y’all, I just love this podcast. I know the Lord is doing amazing things through this podcast. I usually want to buy every book mentioned or instantly follow the guests. I love the authenticity from the guests and Jamie. There’s some where you crack up, some you’ll cry your eyes out and some make you stop and pause the rest of the day because they were “whoa” (I’m looking at you Ann Voskamp). Also, I saw this meme tweeted about another podcast and it’s 110% accurate about this one – I can’t stop laughing!

The Happy Hour Podcast is hosted by Jamie Ivey, and each week she brings a guest to the show. During the happy hour they will discuss anything and everything just as if you were around the table with your own girlfriends. Jamie loves to connect with women and encourage them as they journey through life. These conversations will make you laugh and cry all in one. The Happy Hour will be something you look forward to each week. You will be encouraged as you listen to other women talk about the simplest things in life to the grandest. Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy the conversation!

A Great Story with Sam Collier: This is a new one to me, but I love it. The third one I listened to was Montell Jordan and my fandom was sealed. I’ve listened to four episodes and I have to stop myself from tweeting about every one I listen to. Don’t want to seem like brand new stalker you know? I have my rep to worry about people…. or something like that…..

Sam Collier interviews leaders, influencers and celebrities about the story that God is telling through their life. Six 5 minute interviews underscored by a unique soundtrack.

The New Activist: Want to be inspired to change the world and partner with people doing just that? You need this podcast in your life.

The New Activist gives all of us a chance to learn from other activists – some of whom you’ll know, many of whom you won’t. In every episode we’ll discover what makes that person tick, what’s beautiful/hard about the work that they’re engaging in, and how we can take a step – a little or big one – in pursuing our own activism journey. We hope you enjoy The New Activist – and thank you for changing the world.

The Big Boo Cast: I pretty much laugh the whole way through this podcast. They both crack me up! I love that I still enjoy even if some of the topics are ones I’m not into (i.e. This is Us. I stand firm in my refusal to watch this show). So trust me, y’all check this one out.

Authors / speakers Melanie Shankle and Sophie Hudson – also known as Big Mama and BooMama on their blogs – talk about all the important stuff: faith, family, friends, football, fashion, and food. Plus, of course, their hair.

Alright, which ones are you listening too?

Dead Poets Society | Movie Musings

(Moving Musings are some of my thoughts on some of the all-time greats in cinema. I love story and the power that comes with it, so I thought it would be fun to occasionally post about them. Also, there shall be spoilers. If interested in past Movie Musings, just click here!)

Movie-Musings

“Words and ideas can change the world.” Mr. Keating

“What will your verse be?”

Since I’m only three Movie Musing posts in, it’s safe to say all the movies I’ve shared about are all time favorites. Ones I have seen many, many times. I love to watch them with friends, because I like watching epic movies with people I’m fans of.

Except this one.

This one I watch alone.

Why? Because there’s no “blink away tears” kind of crying with this beautiful and powerful film. Nope, it’s more like “commence bawling and messy times two crying.” There’s no in between. I watched this a few weeks after Robin Williams’ tragic death, and y’all, only made it worse.

Yet, I’ll continue to watch it because there is such beauty in this film. In case you aren’t familiar, here’s the trailer:

It’s so beautiful and timeless. It speaks to the heart and our longing for beauty in the world. I love each of the characters (well, except for our buddy who throws Mr. Keating under the bus) so much.

Image Credit: Touchstone Pictures

I love Neil Perry for his passion, even if he crushes my heart with his final decision at the end of the movie.

I love Todd Anderson for being so young and naive, yet brave enough at the end to take a stand.

I love Knox Overstreet and his you-only-live-once approach to love.

I love Charlie Dalton for everything he is.

And I love John Keating because he represents all the teachers in my life who have challenged me, encouraged me and believed in me.

The scene in which you cry your eyes out. Image Credit: Touchstone Pictures

And because this movie is one of the most quotable, I had to share a few:

“We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.”

“To quote from Whitman, ‘O me! O life!… of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless… of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?’ Answer. That you are here — that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. That the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?”

“No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.”

“There’s a time for daring and there’s a time for caution, and a wise man understands which is called for.”

“When you read, don’t just consider what the author thinks, consider what you think.”

“Boys, you must strive to find your own voice. Because the longer you wait to begin, the less likely you are to find it at all. Thoreau said, ‘Most men lead lives of quiet desperation.’ Don’t be resigned to that. Break out!”

“Carpe, carpe. Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.”

May we daily live extraordinary lives and to the fullest because of the freedom we have!

“And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32

Have y’all seen this masterpiece?

Fun Finds For Everyday #10

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Happy March friends! Are y’all getting ready for Spring? I’m not sure what to think quite yet (expect I’m already angry at being robbed of an hour of sleep on Sunday :), but I’m ready for my first CO Spring, even if it will include much more feet of snow. #JesusHearMyPrayer

1. The Cord Taco. I think I’m going to order these soon. My headphones manage to go from organized to utter chaos as soon as I zip my purse pocket. It can be annoying spending time on the cardio machine trying to untangle the hot mess. Just give me my jams you know?

2. Record Player. I got a record player a couple of years ago and I love it. I have a few records and if I’m cooking or cleaning, I have my favorites playing. They actually are reasonable priced on Amazon and other places, but if you feel like bumping it up in design and style, Urban Outfitters always has some to choose from.

3. Thistle Farms Body Butter.
Winter in CO has taught me about dry skin on a whole new level. That’s been one of the hardest adjustments because my skin likes to go back to being 15 with any slight change. I think I’ve figured out the face lotion now, but I’m always on the book out for body lotion too! Plus buying this helps Thistle Farms. (Thistle Farms is a sanctuary for healing for women survivors of abuse, addiction, trafficking and prostitution)

4. Magic Wand Remote Control. Um. I’ll take two.

What’s something you’ve treated yourself to recently?

Little Letters | Edition #24

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Dear Break Every Chain:
First off, I be crying every time I hear you! Any one with me? But it’s ministered to my heart in deep ways recently and I’m thankful for the Truth of the song. There is power in the name of Jesus!

Dear Remember The Titans,
I will never not love you. I watched you again this weekend and still laugh, still cry and you remain one of my favorites.

Dear Funfetti Cake,
Your calories don’t count right?

Dear Tampa,
Can we talk about the amount of humidity you have during winter? Why do you hate curly hair so much?!

Dear Blog,
I promise I didn’t skip the last two weeks on purpose. Some blog posts are hard to post (and write). People are feisty and a lot of topics have brought so much division inside the church, I’ve not only been shocked, but I’ve been grieved. I hope to post this soon though! There’s is power in God’s Word and that is what I’m turning to.

Dear Bill Paxton,
It’s always sad to hear of actors passing away. Especially when so young. You will be missed. I loved so many of your movies (Tombstone, Twister, Apollo 13, etc) and thank you for bringing your talent to make people laugh, sigh at a romantic scene in a movie about tornadoes, and remember the beauty of the human spirit.

Dear Academy Awards,
Speaking of great actors, DENZEL SHOULD HAVE WON. I’m still mad.

Fun Finds For Everyday #9

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So this may be soooo last weekend, but did y’all catch that Superbowl?? I admit, I didn’t watch most of it (I know! I know! But since my two least favorite teams in the entirety of the NFL played each other, there was no happy outcome for me. I’m a Saints fan, so I can never support our biggest rival and the Patriots? No thanks). BUT DANG. No matter how much I dislike the Pats, that was a comeback and gotta give respect to Brady and crew. On that note, let’s share some things that do make me happy!

1. Be The Good T-shirt. I love the message and the simple creativity. I need to remind myself of this a lot these days.

2. Music Sheet Art. I need this. It’s creative, beautifully done and such a reminder. I actually have no idea if the artist is selling these, but oh, would this be beautiful on my mantel.

3. Our Sister, Our Daughter Print. Apparently I’ve made this the art edition of fund finds, but isn’t his beautiful? Plus proceeds help Preemptive Love. Let’s continue to celebrate the beauty in people.

4. Instax Wide 300 Instant Camera. Blame nostalgia, but ever since instant cameras started making a comeback, I’ve wanted one. I have no idea what I would do with it, but it would be awesome having one. So if someone gets me one, I won’t be sad. Also, my birthday is in July.

Any fun finds in your world?

Little Letters | Edition #23

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Dear Blacklist,
Well, you just went ahead and ruined my productivity. I was only supposed to watch an episode or two one day after work when my brain was spent. But what happened? I couldn’t stop watching because I NEED ANSWERS!! And quit adding more questions kay? #NeedSeason4

Dear Joshua Project – Unreached App,
What a great find you are from the app world! Bringing people groups to pray for is never a bad thing.

Dear Former San Diego Chargers,
Can we talk about your move? I admit my feelings are completely neutral (I only care when you’re playing my boys), but why? And the logo, for real?

Dear Death,
I went straight for it, in the mix of a light hearted post. But let me tell you something, you may break our hearts here on earth, but you don’t win.

(I would love your prayers for friends back in California. Heidi fought a courageous battle against cancer and is now free from it and with Jesus. Please be praying for her husband, young daughters and family. Thank you!)

Dear America,
What in the world?

Dear Internet,
You have made me cry in sadness and frustration many times these past few weeks, but you have also given me hope. There’s good in this world, and…it’s worth fighting for.

Dear Refugees,
Please know there are many fighting for you and I love you with all my heart. I won’t remain silent. (If you are looking for organizations to partner with, here’s an excellent list from Jennie Allen)

It’s been a strange and weary start to 2017, so please feel free to share what’s happening in your life – the hard, the funny, the lighthearted!

Gladiator | Moving Musings

(Moving Musings are some of my thoughts on some of the all-time greats in cinema. I love story and the power that comes with it, so I thought it would be fun to occasionally post about them. Also, there shall be spoilers. If interested in past Movie Musings, just click here!)

Movie-Musings

(Before I dive into my discussion I want to say this: I had this post scheduled months ago. The last time I watched Gladiator was for this post and it was when I still lived in Texas. With life, I never got around to posting it until now, so onward).

Gladiator

First things first: Y’all I LOVE this movie. It has all the pieces in a story that captivate my attention. A hero driven by something greater than himself, a purpose, a perfect soundtrack that stirs your heart as soon as you hear it….I just love it. Even the phrase Maximus likes to say is one of my favorites, “Strength and Honor.”

And if you didn’t know, my cat’s name also happens to be Maximus. And this scene? Mic drop.

(This may have also been the recording to my voicemail in my early days of cell phones. I thought I was such a cool college kid in 2000.)

This movie also has one of my favorite all time movie quotes:

“What we do in life, echoes in eternity.”

Now onto our main characters: Commodus and Maximus. Of the quote “strength and honor,” one had both, one had neither. One thought it was okay to have a society that fed off of death. How disturbing that a whole culture rejoiced and thrived off of human life fighting to the death for entertainment. The other? He fought to keep the dream of something more beautiful alive; a Republic. A nation for the people.

© 2000 - Dreamworks LLC & Universal Pictures - All Rights Reserved

© 2000 – Dreamworks LLC & Universal Pictures – All Rights Reserved

Also Commodus is ridiculously creepy. Why else didn’t we like him? He was a coward, he cared only for himself, created laws depending on his mood and had little care for the people of Rome, the people he was supposed to be serving.

Yet, on the other hand, soldiers and gladiators alike trusted and followed Maximus, many to death. Why? He had honor, integrity, he put others before himself (and why Marcus Aurelius wanted him Emperor), loved his family and was brave (among other attributes). He was what a leader should be.

© 2000 - Dreamworks LLC & Universal Pictures - All Rights Reserved

© 2000 – Dreamworks LLC & Universal Pictures – All Rights Reserved

What makes a leader? What makes a person the kind of person others will follow?

Furthermore, when I watch this movie, I often ask myself: What will my legacy be? Both Commodus and Maximus left very different legacies. Will I be remembered as one who fought for the people and where I put others before me? Did I give my life and heart to something beyond myself?

Lord, may the answer to that question be yes.

Have y’all seen this movie? Share some of your thoughts!