Hi there friends! Amidst these times of uncertainty and chaos, I’m bringing you another installment of The Little Things – an ongoing series where I share some simple things that have been impacting my life in big ways. Because it’s the little things in life that add up to make the greatest of impacts. I have received some of my best recommendations from blogs, podcasts, or friends, so I want to be a pal and pass along some things making my life just a little bit better lately, in case you might find some value in them too. Here’s what’s been making a difference in March:
A feel good video that will surely brighten your day: Some Good News
If you haven’t already seen John Krasinski’s viral contribution to the current state of things, this is an absolute must see. And if you have seen it already, it’s probably worth another watch. We could all use some uplifting and positive news to increase our hope and joy amidst a season full of so many unknowns. I cried tears of joy numerous times my first watch through – it’s just that good.
An “morning show” that’s worth your time: The Made Up Morning Show
Jess Connolly continues to prove to be one of my favorite people to glean wisdom from as her and her sister, Katie Walters, have been hosting an Instagram Live every morning, Monday through Thursday, called the Made Up Morning Show. They spend 30-60 minutes chatting about a variety of topics, but also focusing on tips for joy and strength in this season of turmoil, while being the down to earth, goofy sisters that they are. It feels just like having an encouraging chat with close friends. Plus they do daily giveaways, and who doesn’t like that? It’s been a must watch for me, and I haven’t missed an ‘episode’ yet. It seems like they are going to continue with it for the foreseeable future, so you can either tune in live at 10am EST or rewatch the saved video within 24 hours over on Jess’s instagram. I’ve been enjoying it either while I’m getting ready for the day, or with a cup of coffee on the couch.
A chill album to listen to: Vacancy by Will Reagan
Will Reagan became a fast favorite of mine a few years ago when I was turned on to his music through his participation in United Pursuit (an indie-folk worship collective). Their album, Tell All My Friends, continues to be one of my top picks, so when I recently realized that Will came out with a new album last summer, I instantly listened to it over and over again (& wondered how I didn’t know about it sooner!). It’s less meditative worship than Tell All My Friends, and lyrically seems a bit more like a processing of life. Musically it sounds a bit more experimental than its predecessor, but it’s still incredibly calming to have playing in the background at home.
My current can’t miss TV show: Survivor Winners at War
Apart from This Is Us and A Million Little Things (who else caught the season finales last week??), the show I most anticipate each week right now has got to be the latest season of Survivor. While we’re well into it at this point, it continues to bring me incredible thrill and excitement every week (& sometimes massive frustration when some of my picks are voted out). The nostalgia of all these great players together amidst some great game play makes for fantastic entertainment each week. If the recent cancellation of sports has been bumming you out and you need something else to watch, this show can definitely offer you the competitive edge you might be seeking.
A recent read: Move for Joy by Kasey Shuler
This book has preached to my soul practically everything I’ve been needing in regards to my fitness journey. It’s been incredibly helpful for my ever-evolving journey to pursue health in a way that glorifies God. Kacey dives deep into the variety of motivators we might have in regards to fitness and then tries to connect them with more lasting motivators to help us truly enjoy moving our bodies. I will say, there were a lot of typos and grammatical errors in my copy that were a bit distracting at times, but there were so many nuggets of gold throughout the book that I still would highly recommend it. If you are looking for some freedom and joy in your health and wellness journey, then definitely check this book out.
And that’s all for now, friends! Five little things that have been making a big impact in my life this month. I hope if you give any of these things a try that they add value to your life and make a big impact for you too. You’ll have to let me know if you end up trying any of them OR if any of them are already little things in your own life!
Until next time,