The Top 5 Podcasts You Should Subscribe To

The Top 5 Podcasts You Should Subscribe To

I’ve become a huge fan of podcasts. I have a somewhat monotonous job, and being able to listen to the radio or podcasts definitely makes the day go by faster. Before listening to podcasts, I listened to news radio or listened to documentaries on Netflix (with my screen facing down on the desk of course – I don’t watch movies at work although I have been looking for a free standing kitchen islands uk distributer, as I want to chnage my kitchen around a bit). Eventually I got to the point where I needed a break from the often depressing news of the world and I ran out of documentaries on Netflix. It never really occurred to me to listen to podcasts, but once I got turned onto Serial I was hooked and went on the hunt for more podcasts to subscribe to.  If you’re like me and always looking for something new to listen to, hopefully you will find my list useful!

 


1| This American Life – each episode has a different theme, and explores different stories based on that theme. The weekly topics vary widely and you are with a huge archive, you are sure to find some that spark your interest! This American Life could also be considered the parent to other great and well-known podcasts.

The Top 5 Podcasts You Should Subscribe To

2| Invisibilia – an offshoot of This American Life, Invisibilia explores the invisible forces that influence us – thoughts, fear, senses. It’s really fascinating and I found it enlightening as to why I myself do the things I do or feel the way I feel.

The Top 5 Podcasts You Should Subscribe To

3| Serial – Duh. Who hasn’t heard of Serial by now? If you haven’t already binge listened to all the episodes, go do it now! Serial is another offshoot of This American Life, and follows the investigation of a 15-year-old murder and whether the person convicted of the crime is actually guilty. Luckily for us, they are in the process of producing a second season with a new story!

The Top 5 Podcasts You Should Subscribe To

4| Sword and Scale – After Serial ended, I craved more. I have always been a lover of true crime, so I went on the hunt for more true crime podcasts out there. Let me tell you there are some terribly produced ones, but Sword and Scale is not one of those. Instead of following one crime across all episodes, Sword and Scale investigates a different shocking crime every week, and has interesting interviews with victims, family members, and investigators. I highly recommend episodes 11 & 12!

The Top 5 Podcasts You Should Subscribe To

5| BBC Documentaries – I love film documentaries, so of course I am also a big fan of the audio documentaries by BBC. They also have a huge archive of episodes with a wide array of topics for all to enjoy!

The Top 5 Podcasts You Should Subscribe To

What are some of your favorites?

 

Working With A Blogger You Don’t Like

Working With A Blogger You Don't Like

It’s no secret that you’re not going to love every blogger out there. But what about when you really can’t stand one and you have to work with them?

Not everyone is going to share our beliefs or opinions, and really that diversity is one of the best things about this community. However, I think most of us have come across blogs or bloggers that make our blood boil, or at the very least, deeply irk us. There are one or two that really bother me and often leave me speechless. I’m not referring to a blog where someone simply has different views than my own. I’m talking about the one or two blogs out there that I find to be incredibly offensive and insensitive to readers. It’s as if those bloggers completely lack self-awareness and have no clue how terribly they are making themselves come across, or they simply don’t care.

Normally I can just distance myself from the person and blog that gets under my skin, but an issue arises when I have to work with that blogger. It’s not unusual to be sponsored by a blogger you have had little to no contact with, and once you get involved with them you realize what a bad match you really are. I’ve spoken with other bloggers about this issue, and found I’m not the only one that has had to deal with it.

I try to solve the problem by checking out new sponsors and sending them an email with a refund explaining that I don’t think we are a great fit (so it you are one of my current or past sponsors, please don’t think I am referring to you, because I’m not). This goes for blogs besides those I don’t care for. For example, my blog is probably not a great one to sponsor if yours is primarily faith-based with Christian themes, since I am Jewish and can’t really relate to your content. As a result I may have trouble promoting it properly. Same goes for blogs concentrating primarily on parenting, since I know zero about kids and may miss the finer points that need to be promoted. I want my sponsors to get the promotion they deserve, and that means that sometimes I’m not the best option for them. This approach also luckily works for the blogs that I simply don’t want to promote, because the blogger or content are strongly adverse to what I consider to be good taste.

How do you handle blogs or sponsors that you don’t care for but have to work with?

Cheaters Make Liars of Us All

Here is a PSA: If you decide to cheat on your significant other, please keep it to yourself.

I have an acquaintance, Liz, with whom I share a good friend, Michelle. I see Liz occasionally at weddings and other social functions that cause a big group of us to travel and get together. So although she isn’t one of my close friends and we don’t keep in touch aside from the get-togethers, we are friendly and have known each other for close to 10 years now. Liz is incredibly sweet and I really like her a lot. The only reason we aren’t closer is because we always ran in slightly different circles and didn’t spend much time together in college.

A few years ago I was spending time with Michelle who had just come back from Liz’s wedding. She had been a bridesmaid and was telling me how uncomfortable the entire weekend was for her. She disclosed that since college, the groom, Brian, had been cheating on Liz. The worst part is the person he cheated with was another one of the bridesmaids named Jenny. I swear, it’s like an awful soap opera. They had been cheating together since college, so for at least 4 years when I heard this story. I should also mention that Jenny, who had been cheating with Brian, was also recently married at the time I heard this story. Michelle came by the information because she is also close friends with Jenny who had confided in her.

I do not know if the affair continued on past either marriage, but it doesn’t matter. Every time I see Liz, usually with her husband in tow, I feel incredibly guilty because I know the dirty secret, and it seems like she is completely oblivious. She is still close friends with Jenny and she appears to be incredibly happy in her marriage, so I assume she doesn’t know. Although, you never know what is going on behind closed doors.

I was around both couples a few years later at a wedding and the entire time I was cringing watching them all spend time together and dancing on the dance floor. I just pasted a smile on my face and tried to act normal but internally I was disgusted that Brian and Jenny could act so normal around one another and keep the wife in the dark. It just felt so dishonest.

I realize the affair may all be a rumor, but Michelle is not the type to spread gossip. She was venting to me about how uncomfortable she had been at the wedding, knowing what she knew. And I couldn’t blame her. It’s not our place to spill the beans, so we have to just sit back and watch. It makes me feel like a terrible and dishonest person.

I think perhaps if Liz were a closer friend, and if I had heard the information first hand from Brian or Jenny, I would consider letting her know. But I’m not entirely sure I would actually tell one of my best friends if I had this kind of information. If it was me, I’d want to know. But what if the friend already knew, and they had worked past the issue in their relationship? Then there I am, drumming it all up, rehashing an old issue, and I am sure making her feel embarrassed that others know her private business. As a distant friend of Liz, I certainly do not feel like it is my place to step in and get involved, especially when all I have to work with is hearsay. Regardless, every time I see her post a picture of herself and her husband saying how happy she is and how much she loves him, I cringe with disgust for him, and feel guilty myself. I feel like I am somehow being dishonest and deceitful.

Knowing this kind of information is not fun. I know many might think it is juicy gossip, but this is the kind of gossip I would rather not know. So before you spread these kinds of details about someone else’s life, please think twice. Not only because you are burdening the person you are telling, but because it could really ruin someone else’s life or relationships, and it would all likely be based on a rumor or hearsay. We don’t know the truth behind other relationships, nor should we. It is not our business.

I Started Using Essential Oils

I Started Using Essential Oils

I was so excited to get my package of essential oils from Young Living Oils this weekend!

I’d like to start out by saying that this is not an advertisement for Young Living. I simply went with them rather than the other companies because I knew more people that had used their products and had success. This blog is not going to turn into a Young Living sales campaign. All I want is to try to use essential oils for myself and see if they help me. I am fully aware, I may not see any improvements with the oils, and if that is the case, I’ll be honest about it.

Ok now that that is over, I was like a child opening a present on Christmas, or at least what I imagine a child is like while opening a present on Christmas, since I celebrate Hanukkah. I have been wanting to try essential oils for over a year now so I was really eager to try them all out. Since my biggest struggle is my anxiety I immediately zeroed in on the Lavender, Stress Away, and Peace and Calm oils. I put a drop or two of each in the diffuser and say back to relax. The oils definitely helped to set a different mood in my room, one that I found to be calming.

I’m still researching and looking for other oil mixtures and recipes. I’d love to find one for my chronic sinusitis and ear aches as well as other calming recipes that might help with anxiety, either in the diffuser or applied topically. If any of you have suggestions I’d love to hear them!