Lots of you asked on my Cultivating Happiness post about ways that I get inspired & what some of my favorite podcasts are. I thought it would make for a fun blog post to talk about these things & a few other ways that I like to spend my alone time. We’ve all heard the saying, you can’t drink from an empty well. This is so true for women & moms, as we constantly take care of others & pour ourselves into them, we must also fill our own well. Be intentional about your own happiness so that you can radiate happiness to others.
I was chatting with one of my good friends last week and she asked me “what do you like to do for fun, for yourself, like when your husband takes the kids and you can go do anything, what do you do?” She said she had a hard time coming up with an answer for this for herself. It took me a second, and I realize I was trying to think of an answer that would sound right, like maybe go do yoga or read or go for a run, all of those are not for me. I wouldn’t choose to go get a massage or facial, or even to go shopping. I would choose to curl up in my bed, with my favorite blankets and pajamas, and a huge iced coffee and flip through design magazines, scroll pinterest (I keep a private pin board for images + quotes that inspire me!) or maybe work on lettering/design projects while watching Diane Keaton movies in the background. It’s how I get inspired. And after I get a little time to do these things, I feel completely recharged & full of ideas!!
I’m also a compulsive multitasker when I am by myself, if I am getting a pedicure, doing mindless work, putting away dishes, or sitting in traffic, I have to be doing something else. Sometimes I just listen to music (mostly if I am in the kitchen I am listening to Ray Lamontagne or VanMorrison) but when I have a little more time, I like to squeeze in a podcast! Here are a few go-tos (and ones that have been recommended to me!) that you can add to your queue: Girlboss Radio, The Chic Site DAIS, Magic Lessons, Happier, Brene (the queen!), Chris Loves Julia, Risen Motherhood. Dozens of people have told me that they are obsessed with True Crime podcasts, I have literally never listened to a single one but I am SO curious about Serial & Dirty John, may have to give them a whirl on one of our next flights or roadtrips!
So that’s it, a few of my favorite things to do when I have free time all to myself! Would love to hear a few of yours & any books or podcasts you might recommend!
Have an amazing week, friends!! xo223