I am back! The last few weeks I’ve been busy moving to a new house, renovating it, and growing a human. But I didn’t stop listening to podcasts.
I kept following StartUp season two, which I enjoyed although it was not as gripping as season one. I am still enjoying Reply All with various degrees of enthusiasm depending on the episode (absolutely loved that episode about Girl Guides, even made me think I might sign my future kids up to that kind of organisation if it can teach them to be that happy. Best episode ever by far.) and have started listening to Gimlet’s new Mystery Show.
I read your review of the latter with interest as I am still deciding whether I love it or whether I hate it. Like the Girl Guide Reply All episode, it always starts with a maddening thread of random bits and bobs. Sometimes the random bits don’t even tie in with everything else at the end.
The strange thing is, these bits frustrate me but are at the same time enjoyable and interesting in their own right. And you cannot fault the host, Starlee Kine, for lack of enthusiasm in her voice. She might be irritating at times but overall her style is a nice change from all the frying voices of the world of podcast.
Seems like you have mixed feelings too – what do you think now after a few more episodes? I particularly liked episode #3 – was even a bit teary at the end but that might be pregnancy hormones. Episode #2 about Britney Spears was surprisingly good too I thought.
I haven’t tried many new podcasts lately – can you find me some interesting sounding ones about pregnancy or home renovation? You’re good at finding new podcasts.
The only new show I have recently added to my app is Happier with Gretchen. You probably heard about Gretchen Rubin’s best seller The Happiness project.
I loved that book and just finished reading her latest.
Starting and maintaining good habits is hard, yet it can make a huge difference to your life. If you write a few lines everyday, you might have a novel within a year. If you exercise regularly, you’ll be healthier, etc.
The book has lots of good tips and it helped me kickstart a new habit of walking everyday, even if just for 10 minutes. I also now make my bed every morning and clean up the kitchen before going to bed every night.
These sound pretty boring but a clean kitchen in the morning, a bit of time outside every day and a made bed at night do make me happier.
So I thought I’d listen to the podcast now that Rubin is hosting with her sister, TV writer Elizabeth Craft, to keep thinking about habits. They are both high achievers living in big US cities and I am sure you, like me, will feel like your life is completely different to theirs.
But strangely, their organised ramblings on how they improved their habits, often based on research, can be inspiring. In the first episode, they talk treadmill desks, novel writing and stumbling blocks.
Have a listen and tell me what you think!