Conscious Consumption: December Consumption Report

The holidays are finally over and the New Year is here! Crazy how fast this entire year has gone.

I’ve now done these Consumption Reports for six months and I still find them insanely interesting. Not only are they allowing me to see patterns in the things that I watch and read and listen to, but it makes me stay more mindful of the things I’m choosing to consume. So even if I wasn’t writing these reports, I’d probably be keeping track of things just for myself.

Podcasts

Sex & relationships - 6
Business & creativity - 10
Finance - 4
Health & nutrition - 2
Personal Development - 34
Random & misc. - 5
* Bonus: Christmas-related - 18
* Bonus: New Years-related - 18

TOTAL PODCAST EPISODES: 61

Yet another slow month for podcasts… or maybe those really high months in the summer were actually the outliers, not the other way around. Either way, I listened to some great podcasts, quite a few of which were on the longer side. I’ve really been enjoying the longer-style interviews lately.

Stand Out Podcasts this Month:

Real Talk Radio (5 episodes)

  • Cait Flanders on Being a Mindful Consumer and Creator. I loved this episode so much. It was a testament to following the path of what feels good to you, not what you "should" be doing.

  • Laura Hughes on Van Life and What It's Like to Live and Work on the Road. I'm totally not into the van life movement, but this was such an interesting episode!

Wandering Aimfully (5 episodes)

  • Authenticity Isn't Just a Buzzword. I don't think I've laughed so hard at a podcast in a long time. Great episode.

Being Boss (3 episodes)

  • #206 - Company of One with Paul Jarvis. I loved what they had to say about just reaching out to people you admire and talking to them, because it may build a relationship. This is something I'd like to do more of in the future.

  • #207 - Self-Limiting Beliefs and Goal Setting. I loved this conversation and I love the idea of the "Ding!"

The Joy Junkie Show (1 episode)

  • 6 Ways to Manage Holiday Stress [TJJS: EP279]. This episode had some GREAT tips and tricks. I loved Amy's short scripts for saying no, backing out, and adjusting expectations.

Other shows I listened to:

  • Hello Freedom (4 episodes)

  • Marriage is Funny (3 episodes)

  • Chasing Joy Podcast (3 episodes)

  • The Purpose Show (3 episodes)

  • Raise Your Hand Say Yes (3 episodes)

  • Manifest This! (2 episodes)

  • Foreplay (2 episodes)

  • The Wellness Mama Podcast (2 episodes)

  • That's So Maven (2 episodes)

  • The Simple Self-Care Podcast (2 episodes)

  • Grace & Grit Podcast (2 episodes)

  • Power Couples (1 episode)

  • Whiskey & Work (1 episode)

  • Optimal Finance Daily (1 episode)

  • All Up in Your Lady Business (1 episode)

  • Her Rules Radio (1 episode)

  • Money Girl (1 episode)

  • The Bloom & Grow Show (1 episode)

  • Creative Biz Rebellion (1 episode)

  • Let it Out with Katie Dalebout (1 episode)

  • Mo' Money Podcast (1 episode)

  • Spiritualish (1 episode)

  • RISE Together Podcast (1 episode)

  • Goal Digger Podcast (1 episode)

  • The Kate & Mike Show (1 episode)

  • Strategy Hour (1 episode)

  • The Lively Show (1 episode)

  • The Marie Forleo Podcast (1 episode)

TV & Movies

We've been on a big Survivor kick this month. We watched the end of the current season, then started watching some of the old seasons. Cody watched a lot without me, but I got to see quick a few episodes. It’s the perfect thing to have on in the background while I work on other things.

We also got a GIANT new TV for Christmas. We went from 42" to 65", which, as you might expect, is a big jump. Everything looks super great on it... and now Cody refuses to watch ANYTHING in standard definition. Merry Christmas to us, I suppose!

Books

I finished reading "Once Upon a Christmas Kiss" by Manda Collins. Cute and festive, but nothing to write home about. Even still, it’s been a very long time since I read a romance novel and it was like coming home.

I also read "When Sparks Fly" by Sabrina Jeffries. Definitely another cutesy Christmas romance.

Games

We both bought Nintendo Switches at the beginning of the month, so we spent a lot of time focusing on Games. I'm loving The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Mario Kart has been great on our new TV. Split screen is still huge for each of us! Mario Party has been great to play together, as well.

Music

I still listened to Christmas music off an on, slowly refining my playlist to be perfect. When I was younger, I really loved Christmas music. I’d listen in July sometimes. But now, I’ve just lost that love. I try to listen a little, however, to make sure that I still get some of that Christmas music. Is this a classic case of “Society says I should do this, so I should do it”? I don’t think so. I think it’s more of a nostalgic attempt to bring a little more Christmas spirit to my every day life. No harm, no foul.

In non-Christmas music, I’ve been loving Bastille's new album with Other People's Heartbreak. A little more on the techno / pop side than they normally are, but great songs.

I bought tickets to a Mae concert in early January, so I made up a setlist playlist to listen to in preparation. I’ll be listening to that as much as possible in the next couple weeks.