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For the love of Pod!

Hello there, and happy Thursday my feathered friends. (Try saying that after a glass of wine.)

I wasn’t too sure what to write about this week, then it occurred to me that it might be good to write about my favourite podcasts, as I’m currently really hooked on them. I used to listen to audiobooks a lot when I was driving more for work, but now I’m working more from home and driving less, I found myself tuning into audiobooks and being like “what the hell is going on?” and found it really hard to follow the plot when I was listening in smaller bursts.

Enter the humble podcast. For those who don’t know, they are like radio shows that you download for free onto your phone. The range of topics is literally endless, so there’ll certainly be something for everyone.

Here are my favourites:

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The Habitat

This is the one podcast that I always want to recommend to people but always forget the title of. It is absolutely brilliant. On a remote mountain in Hawaii, there’s a fake planet Mars. Six volunteers are secluded in an imitation Mars habitat where they will work as imitation astronauts for one very real year. The goal: to help NASA understand what life might be like on the red planet.

I found this absolutely fascinating. It’s just a massive social experiment, and it was so interesting how six strangers interacted when they had to spend all day every day together.

Below is a picture of the habitat:

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Next favourite:

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The High Low

The High Low is a weekly pop culture and news podcast ran by journalists Dolly Alderton and Pandora Sykes. I adore this podcast. It gives you a good dose of current affairs, interesting interviews, and ideas for what to be reading, watching and listening to. I’m always pleased when I see a new episode appear on my phone each week.

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The Adam Buxton Podcast

British comedian Adam Buxton interviews people. It sounds boring, but each episode is interweaved with bizarre little songs created by Buxton which really appeal to my sense of humour. I often find myself wandering around the house singing to myself: “my name is Adam Buxton I’m a maaaaaan! I hope you will enjoy this, that’s the plan!” Highly recommend to anyone who likes the silly things in life.

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The Ground Up Show

A recent discovery of mine, the Ground Up Show interviews entrepreneurs and business owners. I always find something useful to take away each episode, and it gives me a good kick up the backside to stay motivated as a self-employed human.

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The Butterfly Effect with Jon Ronson

Some of you may know Jon Ronson from his books “The Psychopath Test” and “The Men Who Stare at Goats.” He is a brilliant writer and this podcast is a fantastic piece of journalism. Here he traces a very strange butterfly effect. A teen in Brussels had an idea – to make porn free and easy to stream online. The consequences of that idea are mysterious, delightful, surprising, and sad. As it’s quite controversial, I’d recommend listening discreetly… maybe not in the car with your windows down, as I did, and surprised some innocent pedestrians with some loud moaning coming from my speakers. haha.

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Today in Focus

As someone with their head constantly in a book, I have a slight aversion to reading the news. I find this guardian podcast really informative, and its short daily episodes keep me up to date with current affairs.

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This American Life

I’m sure anyone who listens to podcasts already knows about the hugely popular This American Life. But hey, it’s popular because it’s brilliant. Each episode centres on one theme, for example “coincidences” (one of my favourite episodes) and then tells a few short stories on the theme. Brilliant writing.

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Where Should We Begin?

And finally, “Where Should We Begin?” is another completely absorbing listen. Esther Perel is a relationship counselling expert, and each podcast is a real recording of one of her couples therapy sessions. Really insightful.

So, there we have it. I hope this inspires you to give something new a try.

Please, do recommend any podcasts that you enjoy. I’m alway on the hunt for new ones!

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A new set of challenges

Hello from a very soggy Sunday morning in Leeds. We are in the middle of “Storm Brian,” which is pretty full on. I’ve been awake since 5am (great Sunday lie in) after waking up from a horrible zombie nightmare. Maybe I need to stop watching The Walking Dead right before  we go to sleep…

Parker is delighted that I’m up so early and has pushed my laptop off me and has started giving me a slightly scratchy massage.

Anyway.

When I first started my blog in 2015, I gave myself something fun to do, and also to write about by setting myself 25 challenges to complete before I was 25. I didn’t really complete them all, but it was good fun. You can click the links to read about when I tried lobster, caviar, and meditated for ten days.

Now I’m picking up my blog again, I’ve decided to give myself a new set of challenges. (With no more fishy business – now I’m a veggie)

Although I’ve just turned 27, I’m sticking with 25 challenges (seems like a more manageable number haha)

Here we go, here are my challenges for the year!

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1- Visit India

2 – Hike one of the three Yorkshire Peaks

3 – Read “Shantaram”

4 – See live comedy

5 – Watch “Gone With The Wind”

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6 – Get a tarot card reading

7 –  Take a language class

8 – Donate 200 things to charity

9 – Spend no money for one week

10 – Go to a pilates class

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11 – Learn to salsa dance

12 – Play piccolo in an orchestra

13 – Learn to sew and make something wearable

14 – Host a dinner party for my friends

15 – Go plastic free for a week

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16 – Try making my own cosmetics

17 – Go Christmas shopping in York

18- Go to Ireland

19- Go to a concert of music from another culture

20- Go vegan for a week

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21- Read sixty books in a year

22- Volunteer to help out with a charitable cause

23- Start drawing again

24- Have a car-free week

25- Do yoga every day for thirty days

So there we have it! I’m excited to get going. How nice to have a list of stuff to fall back on when I’m bored.

I’ll keep you posted with how I get on.

P.S. apologies for the photo overload! These are all photos I took on our visit to Harewood House yesterday where I had my mind blown by the dahlias. I am no longer using instagram, so you can expect a lot of photos making there way on here.

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On social media detox

Hello there,

It’s been a while.

Life is good in Leeds. I’m sat at the kitchen table. Outside of the window the sky is weirdly yellow and there’s a feeling of anticipation in the air, like something is about to happen.

Anyway, a quick update from over here. Life has settled down to a gently post-wedding/honeymoon monotony. We are happy as clams. A few weeks ago I decided I needed to be more productive, and removing myself from social media felt like a good idea.

Things I have learnt since quitting social media:

  1. There are so many hours in the day. As a self-employed music teacher, I have an unpredictable work schedule. Every day of the week is different, and I often have the off hour here or there which is free. I’d normally busy myself by doing one thing- like the food shop etc. and then the rest would get taken up with scrolling through instagram looking at people I don’t know stood on a beach in a bikini.
  2. I don’t know most people on my Facebook. When I look through my friends list, and think “when was the last time I had a conversation with that person?” I usually can’t answer that question.
  3. Life isn’t meant to be formed in perfect status updates or immaculate photos of your breakfast. I feel liberated now I’m no longer thinking of the way to retell an event online. I actually enjoy my experiences in the moment.
  4. Social media is a form of entertainment that is systematically designed to be addictive. I watched a TED talk that describes exactly how a little “like” of your post gives you a tiny dopamine boost that becomes addictive.
  5. Life begins when you put your phone down. I’ve been astonished how many people you see just walking along the street staring at their phones. It’s like a dystopian novel out there.
  6. You can still communicate with friends when you’re not on Facebook. Initially I was worried I’d stop speaking to my friends, but I’ve found the opposite to be true. I speak to my friends more now that I don’t get daily updates on what they’re doing.

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I’m aiming to stay off Facebook until Christmas. I’ll update you then with how I get on!

Love, peace, and internet-free time,

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