Let’s Talk Podcasts: August & September

These days I’m listening to podcasts more than I watch television. I’ve been traveling a lot more and popping on a new podcast can make a 5 or 6 hour drive go by 10x faster. True crime stories really catch my interest so I try to find all that I can. Podcasts these days are really going above and beyond normal storytelling. Some of these investigative journalists are actually solving crimes that might have been cold for years. It’s amazing.

Aside from true crime, I have really gotten into fictional stories. I thought it was a stretch at first, but now that’s what I find myself listening to them the most. Here’s what I’ve been listening to these days:

Knock Knock
This true crime story takes place in Starkville, Mississippi. Two elderly women were killed on Labor Day weekend in the early 90s. Now, the grandson of one of the victims is determined to figure out who committed this obscene crime.

I lived in Starkville for two years during college and had no idea this ever took place. Best of luck to everyone involved in this investigation – I hope you get to the bottom of it!

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In The Dark
Jacob Wetterling was abducted while riding his bike home and never to be seen again more than 20 years ago. This podcast dives into the story, the suspects, and how the law enforcement mishandled information. The bigger picture here is – what questions should we be asking when someone goes missing. It’s hard to hear how easily evidence can fall through the cracks. Truly a great listen!

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Tanis
This story is so hard to wrap my mind around because it’s so well thought out it has me thinking…Is this actually in our world? I really can’t explain “what” Tanis is, you’ll just have to find out for yourself.
Tanis is a truly compelling narrative that I would recommend anyone who is fascinated by lore or urban legend-type stories. Episode after episode I am left wondering. I have so many theories! It’s hard to stop this one.

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Homecoming
Another very convincing fictional story based in a secret military project that went sideways. Soldiers reluctantly took place in an experiment that lead to negative lasting effects. That’s all I can say without giving too much away.
Very in-depth character development with many twists throughout the storyline.
This psychological thriller features a few well-known voices like Catherine Keener, Oscar Isaac, David Schwimmer, and Michael Cera!

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xx
kayla

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Run Away From the Fear of Running

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It’s finally acting like spring for most of the afternoon here in Mississippi and the flowers are starting to bloom and everyone is sneezing while chasing their puppies around The Drill Field between classes at Mississippi State.  Some brave souls are looking flawless on their mid-morning jogs around campus – I’m not one of those brave people.

I love finding new ways to incorporate exercise into my daily routine but running is something with which I have a huge love/hate relationship. It makes me pant uncontrollably and I feel like I’m being stared at by everyone around me. However, I feel great afterwards every.single.time. I always know it was worth it even when I wake up sore the next morning.

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Just give it a chance – I know this to be especially true. After nice jog with my earbuds in and sweat dripping down my face, I’m ready to take on anything. On days when I’m stressed out from a school overload or I’m just having a bad day, I immediately get dressed in my workout clothes and somehow convince myself to get out there. You just have to go out there without thinking about it much.

Never have I ever regretted a run or a time I chose to be active. It makes me feel great about my body especially when I’ve been consistent. Spring is literally the perfect time to get out there and embrace its warmth!

Tunes for your travels – I’ve self diagnosed myself with ADD many times throughout my life and the same goes for when I’m exercising. My mind can’t do it without music. I’m not quite sure what that says about me, but you’re likely to find me sitting in the grass playing with flowers if I forgot my earbuds.

Having a go-to playlist for running makes it easier to just press shuffle rather than piddling through Spotify figuring out to whom you want to listen. Here’s my running playlist I keep near and dear to my heart.

https://open.spotify.com/user/1241521050/playlist/466et9xccirEudvd9hqtUP
(spotify is weird and won’t let me post the playlist)

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Stretch it out – You won’t be running for long if you have an injury. Cold muscles can cause strains even from the shortest of runs and will make you want to stay in bed for the next couple days. Stretching is so vital for a successful run/job/or long walk.

 

Walking lunges loosen up your quads and hip flexors which are what’s being used most. Just make sure you’re focusing your attention to those legs! Hip circles and stork stretches are easy peasy. You’ll thank yourself later.

 

Add variety – An inside track can get very repetitive and boring. Mix up your routine and run outside or on a treadmill! Outside is my favorite, especially when it’s hot out.

Having an app like Nike+ Running that keeps track of how many miles you’ve covered and shows you a map when you’re finished it also congratulates you which is always a self esteem booster!

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Running and jogging seems like the toughest things to grow to love, but with these little pieces of advice you’re sure to do well. Always remember to mix it up and alternate from track, to road, to treadmill, and don’t forget your water bottle.

If you have any other words of wisdom you’ve learned from experience, please share! I’m already looking on ways to improve!

The Journey to Simplicity

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This is the longest I’ve gone without posting in 6 months! THis is also the most stressed out I’ve been in the past 6 months, too. Between my current assignemnts, my new freelance job, my real job, and applying for jobs and internships – I don’t even have time to workout as much. 😦

But hey, it’s all worth it. I just have a lot on my plate right now. BUT since I’ve started this journey to simplicity, I’ve felt better already. Not as many obligations. My room is cleaner. My mind is clearer. We’re makin’ it over here.

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But this is how I feel most days

 

I’ve been reading blogs about minimalist lifestyles for a while now. I’m drawn to all the clean lines and neutral colors that lie in most of the photos. It’s aesthetically pleasing to say the least, but is it real?

I love the idea of having less things and being able to enjoying life more, but I’m definitely aware of being far from that at this point. I’m going to start scaling down my possessions, letting go of my stuff so I don’t feel as weighed down.

IMG_2289.JPGStuff. That’s a good word for the abundance of things I own. From books, clothes, and shoes, appliances, even comforters – I have so many things I don’t use.

Honestly, half my closet could be thrown away and I bet it’d take me 6 months to notice what’s actually missing. I don’t like that at all  so it’s time for a change.

I’m moving in a couple months so now it’s time to really take this seriously! I can already see myself loading up my car with all the “things I might need one day” and items that “I’ve had too long to throw away” and without a place to put them – and I can’t let that happen.FullSizeRender.jpg

It’s gonna be so satisfying to find a new home for my possession that no longer have a use in my life.  My blog is here to hold me accountable and track my process. I feel like it’s the only way I’ll ever get anything done.

 

The items I’d like to minimize are:

  • Clothes
  • Shoes
  • Books
  • * pretties * (vases, wall art, etc)
  • CDs/DVDs
  • Makeup
  • Any item that could be placed in a “junk drawer”

 

I still have a good timeframe to get this done and I’ve already started on my clothes so I’ve got this project moving along. .I’ll be posting my progress and what I’m doing to decrease!

I feel so great about this change and I’m able to get a head start on my spring cleaning 🙂

Love,