Another month down! The last couple months have flown by and things have been good on the consumption front. I've done a lot of podcast listening and we also picked up on our tv watching, not necessarily on purpose.
Here's what I watched and listened to this month.
Sex & relationships - 69
Business & creativity - 16
Finance - 5
Health & nutrition - 8
Personal Development - 13
Random & misc. - 8
TOTAL PODCAST EPISODES: 119
This month was a little different than previous months. I was super determined to binge listen to ALL of Marriage is Funny in order to catch up before the new season comes out in early October. So easily, the majority of the podcasts I listened to were from this show. This skewed my numbers and topics a bit for sure. BUT I loved listening to all of it in a short amount of time because I felt like I was really building a relationship with the hosts, Jessie and Gerard. Despite how much I loved this show, I was also really relieved to finish it up and move on to other shows that I'd been missing. More on this show below.
I also found myself breaking up with one podcast this month (read: unsubscribing). It'll remain nameless because it's not BAD, but it had become frustrating to me. I didn't resonate with the host, no matter how much I loved the subject matter. The host also rarely backed up supposed facts with actual sources. Several times during the episode, I'd question things, then head to the show notes hoping to find some sources... but nothing. And so... I unsubscribed and I'm not going to listen any longer. As a society, we’ve created this expectation that we finish reading every book, we finish watching every movie, and we finish listening to every podcast. But that’s NOT TRUE. I don’t want to waste my time pushing through movies and podcasts and books that just don’t interest me. I have better things to learn elsewhere.
Stand Out Podcasts this Month:
#120 - Nurture Your Land (and Yourself) with Mary Reynolds. This was such a lovely episode. I could've listened to her beautiful accent all day. I love the things she talked about and can't wait to read her book. I'll save this one to relisten to next spring to inspire me to do some gardening.
The Perfect Wife (5 episodes)
6.0 | Monica Swanson, The Hard-Working Wife. I loved this episode! This woman is more of the family-oriented, home-schooling kind of wife, quite different from most of her previous guests, but there was so much to learn from this one.
7.0 | Krizia Liquid, The Kuma Wife. A lot of focus on parenting while in a relationship, moving all over the place during your marriage, and making friends as an adult in new places.
Marriage is Funny (56 episodes)
This month was ALL about the Marriage is Funny podcast. My original motivation for binging was that I wanted to finish up all the episodes before the new season started… and then I realized how much I absolutely loved it and I simply wanted to catch up. Their conversations are just so real and relatable. I felt like I learned a ton about relationships, communication, and growing together. I found myself actually using techniques that I'd learned in various episodes, particularly revolving around communication.
Most quotable lines:
"I am not a victim of my busy-ness" - Michelle Dlux
"The measurement of a successful marriage is not the fact that we built a business, that we became famous, or that we look good as a couple. The measurement of our success is how well we are able to love each other." - Kelly Dlux
Best episodes of the month:
Rule 024 | Use Caution When Giving Your Real Last Name to Strangers. One of my favorite episodes that had SO MANY good tidbits (see the quotes above!). I loved what Kelly said about creating expectations, communicating them to your partner to make sure you're on the same page, and then offering grace if expectations need to shift. I also adored hearing how Kelly wants Michelle to know she's beautiful and that he chose her above everyone else. It's even better that he wants everyone else to know that, as well.
Rule 033 | Never Forget That You're on the Same Team. A very emotionally charged episode. It started out lighthearted while they chatted about sports, but they ended with a talk about Jessie's chronic pain. Out of all the episodes of Marriage is Funny that I've listened to, my biggest takeaway has been HOW to speak to your spouse. I love listening to them have truly useful, respectful conversations. I noticed this last week that I was speaking very deliberately to my own partner in order to make sure he understood what I truly needed from him.
Rule 040 | Custom Domain Names Make Horrible Baby Gifts. What a powerful episode. I struggle with this topic as well, as I don't really want kids (at least not at the moment), but sometimes feel like I should. I keep waiting for that lightning strike that lets me know my babymaker is open for business. This was a refreshing episode that reminds me that I'm not the only one that is struggling with the answer to the question: "Do you want kids?"
Hurry Slowly (1 episode)
Jason Fried: Whose Schedule Are You On? Great convo that got me thinking. I'd love if my managers listened to this. Not everything is a race and very little needs to be done immediately.
The Chasing Joy Podcast (3 episodes)
Ayurveda 101 & Why Health Isn't the End Goal with Sahara Rose. I loved this podcast! I had been wanting to learn a bit about Ayurveda lately, and this was a perfect start! I'll also be listening to Sahara's show in the future.
Wandering Aimfully: The Show (3 episodes)
Recovering Workaholics (1 episode)
Self-Care is Not a Reward. "Self-care is not a reward; it's part of the process." Loooove this line.
The Kate & Mike Show (1 episode)
Episode 2: Parnerships: How to Enter Into Them With Your Eyes Wide Open to Reduce Drama. I really liked this conversation about working together with a spouse. More specifically, I loved Kate's admission that she'd long dreamt of meeting a rich man who'd take all her troubles away and when that didn't happen, she needed a big expectation shift. I definitely want to listen to more of this show in the coming months.
Action Army (1 episode)
AA045: Emotional Rollercoasters. This was such an important episode to listen to, as we're currently experiencing this tough selling phenomenon that's a giant emotional rollercoaster. Totally relevant, great to listen to.
Pivot Podcast (1 episode)
On Plan Z, Creative Finish Lines, and the Graceful No with Alexandra Franzen. Great episode. I could listen to Alex talk forever.
Other shows I listened to:
Your Kick Ass Life Podcast (4 episodes)
Optimal Finance Daily (4 episodes)
Committed (4 episodes)
The Purpose Show (3 episodes)
The Simple Self-Care Podcast (3 episodes)
The Nick Broadhurst Show (2 episodes)
Simple Roots Radio (2 episodes)
Truth Telling with Elizabeth DiAlto (1 episode)
Honest Money Conversations (1 episode)
Stay Married Podcast (1 episode)
Let it Out with Katie Dalebout (1 episode)
Optimal Health Daily (1 episode)
Rework (1 episode)
Aligned & Alive (1 episode)
Nourishing Women (1 episode)
Get Back to Design Podcast (1 episode)
Women's Side Hustle Society (1 episode)
Sexy Soulful Success (1 episode)
Strategy Hour (1 episode)
Optimal Relationships Daily (1 episode)
Perspective Podcast (1 episode)
Mind Body Musings (1 episode)
Love Sex Desire (1 episode)
TV & Movies
Orange is the New Black. Finished the series. SO GOOD.
Last Man Standing. Finished up season 6 in preparation for the new season at the end of the month
Sierra Burgess is a Loser. So good! I really enjoyed this movie.
To All the Boys I've Loved Before. Cute! Definitely a happy, feel good movie.
So You Think You Can Dance. Watched the entire new season. Great background noise. The music was on-point this season.
That 70's Show. Spent some time revisiting this show and letting it play in the background.
King Arthur. Cody had never seen any of the movies on the legend!
Ozark. Tried watching the first 3 episodes. I enjoyed the first episode, but quickly got bored.
Broadchurch. Started re-watching and got through 2 episodes. Cody was so not into it.
Fall TV came back. I watched the opening episodes of Lethal Weapon, Last Man Standing, American Housewife, Modern Family, A Million Little Things, and Single Parents. Single Parents was eliminated immediately, but all others can stay.
Doctor Who. Kept this on in the background while we worked on other things for a few days.
The Good Cop. Started watching this on Netflix. Cute.
Finished The Year of Less (affiliate link). Definitely kept my attention more in the beginning. All in all, though, it made me love Cait Flanders a little bit more. I'm absolutely in love with the idea of experiments in my life and I hope to do more of the same in the future.
Started reading You Are a Badass at Making Money (affiliate link). Made it through the intro. Excited to jump into this one.'
Started reading Come as You Are (affiliate link) because it was Nicole Antoinette's Patreon-only book club pick of the month. Very interesting and informative. I like knowing the science behind things.
I spent most of September playing Harry Potter, Tinker Island, and Trade Island. I go through phases where I play them a lot, then drop way way down, then circle back around.
Very little music listening this month. Maybe a total of 5 to 6 days. Most notably was toward the end of the month when it started to feel like fall that I pulled up my Fall playlist on Spotify and soaked it all in. It’s the best soundtrack for those foggy, cool, damp, and quiet autumn mornings.