Weekend Listening

It’s Friday night and I should be doing something really exciting, but I’m not.  After playing ball with Hannah after work, doing dishes, and cleaning up the kitchen, I’m pretty much ready to call it a day.  Even though I still really look forward to Friday and am typically in a great mood all day, it’s been a long time since I’ve wanted to go out and do anything on a Friday night. 

So what do I do when I spend so much time at home?  Lately I’ve been listening to two different podcasts.  The first is from The Minimalists, Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus.  Josh and Ryan take questions from postcards, posts on social media, and on their voicemail, and cover a variety of topics from decluttering to education to relationships.  What I enjoy about their show, aside from their humor, is that they help me to examine not just the stuff in my life, but every aspect of my life.  They’ve taught me to ask whether the things I own, the way I spend my time, and the people I have around me add value to my life.  When I look at life through that lens, I’m much more conscious about what I buy and bring into my home, what fills up my day, and whether the people in my life are healthy or toxic. 

The other is Budgets and Cents, by Cait Flanders of Blonde on a Budget and Carrie Smith at Careful Cents.  Cait started her blog after deciding to go on a year long shopping ban.  What’s pretty amazing is that on her one year anniversary, instead of going crazy and spending all kinds of money to make up for that year of deprivation, she decided to go another year.  The side benefit of all that ‘suffering’ is that she’s been able to freelance and be her own boss, travel to all kinds of places, and save a ton of money.  When I heard she was partnering with someone to do a podcast, I just had to check it out.  What I enjoy about Cait and Carrie’s podcast is that they are so honest – they are not afraid to talk about what made them change their lifestyle.

If you’re buried in snow, stuck inside because of rain, or need something to listen to while you’re outside taking a walk or a jog, I wholeheartedly recommend listening to both of these.

If you’re interested in the saga of my kitchen, this is what I came home to yesterday.

Drying Machine

It was really loud, but it did suck some of the water out of the room because there were a few inches in a bucket when I woke up.  It was gone when I came home tonight.  No word on when the hole in the ceiling might be fixed, but I’m sure it will happen soon.  Soon.