Hello there, and welcome back to another edition of favorites!
One cool thing about today is, I’m currently in Israel!
Well—as I write this, I am at home in California, but when this gets posted I will be in Israel!
And that’s pretty wild for me to say.
This is a very special trip that my mom and I have been planning for a long time and we’re going with a great group of people. I can’t wait to write about all of the adventures we have!
I will be back soon with those stories, until then, here are my favorites from March & April!
I heard about Coffee with Kailey on a recommendation from my sister and it has quickly become one of my favorite comfort podcasts. Kailey Dickerson, wife of country singer Russell Dickerson, has a way of making conversations so cozy and easy to listen to. I always feel like I’m learning something, and I often feel like I’m sitting right there in the room with them, chatting with friends.
The Measure by Nikki Erlick was the March book club pick for the Bad on Paper podcast and I was instantly intrigued by the premise. The book opens with everyone in the world receiving a wooden box on their doorstep. Inside is a string, and the length of the string correlates with how much life you have left to live. Obviously this creates a lot of chaos and it was so interesting to read!
I am putting The Road Back to You by Ian Morgan Cron & Suzanne Stabile on this list prematurely. I haven’t even finished the book yet but I know it deserves a place here because it has taken my mind by storm. At the beginning of April, my sister encouraged my mom and I to take the Enneagram test—which is a personality test made up of nine types. After taking the test, we then started reading this book together, which goes deeper into each type, and it has been WILD. Never have I felt more seen—in both good and bad ways. I am learning so much about myself and about other people. I think this test and this book found me at just the right time. Thanks Natallee!
Also, I gotta add Pieces into Place to this list. In case you didn’t hear, I wrote a book! I was asked to help a couple from my church tell their incredible story about God’s work in their lives and after two years of hard work, it is finally out in the world! I want to say it is “short and sweet” because it is only about 100 pages, but I think it’s more tiny and mighty! It is a powerful message in a tiny book and I’m very proud of it. (you can find it here.)
I could have easily put The Last of Us on my last favorites post because even though I started it late, I very quickly binged it until I was caught up. I was initially a little worried this show would scare me, especially when I heard it was in the zombie/apocalypse genre, but I genuinely LOVED this show and was so sad when the season ended. If you are on the fence, I will say there is far less zombie content than you might expect, it is really more about the people surviving apocalypse. Also, it is a borderline requirement (and privilege) to fall in love with Pedro Pascal while watching this show. (find it on HBO Max)
I do not remember when or why I started watching Full Swing, especially because I would not consider myself much of a golf fan. But I AM a sports fan and I LOVE getting background stories on elite and professional athletes. I am just so fascinated by the lives they live and the sacrifices they make to continue to get better. Needless to say, after I watched the first episode I was suddenly a diehard golf fan and was rooting for these men as if it was my job. Shortly after I finished, my cousin Spenser recommended Break Point, which is the same style documentary about tennis. So yes, I am now ALSO a diehard tennis fan and I have too many people to keep track of and root for. But I love it. (find them both on Netflix)
And finally, The Great. I started watching this one a while back but got sidetracked. But I seem to have gotten back into it at just the right time because season three starts on May 12th. This show deems itself as an “occasionally true story” about Catherine the Great, Empress of All Russia in the 1700’s. It is so funny and strangely charming, and Nicholas Hoult and Elle Fanning are truly delightful. I enjoy every episode. (find it on Hulu)
Come Get Your Wife by Elle King
Jesus Changed My Life by Katy Nichole
One Thing at a Time by Morgan Wallen
I don’t follow a lot of people on YouTube, and I go through seasons of almost completely forgetting it exists, but lately I have been keeping up with two people consistently because they are inspiring me to try new things!
Firstly, CodyTrains. I have followed Cody Ko for a long time and his videos always make me laugh, but this channel is different from his usual content. He has been documenting his training for an upcoming Iron Man and has been posting weekly updates of that process. Though I don’t foresee myself ever doing (or wanting to do) an Iron Man, I love watching people challenge themselves. He has given a very honest look into what training for something that intense looks like and I’ve been loving following along! (find him here)
And secondly, Joshua Weissman. Ironically, I first heard of Josh when I saw his cookbook in Target. I have walked by it many a time in the book aisle but have yet to pull the trigger. But after getting into his videos, I know it’s only a matter of time. He is an incredible chef that often makes recipes I wouldn’t dream of trying, but the fast paced, funny videos make it all look so fun. My favorite are when he competes against people or machines (he recently did a video where he cooked against an Air fryer) and then blindfolds his friends to see what they think is better. (find him here)
Leather hole punch
And finally, in my most random but most joy filled purchase of the last two months, I give you this leather hole punch. Have you ever bought a pair of shoes, or maybe a belt, that has a strap that you can’t quite adjust to your perfect size? I have had this problem my ENTIRE life with shoes and had abandoned shoes with buckles entirely because they were never tight enough for me. I WISH I would have googled this sooner, or that someone at the hole punch factory would have somehow known of me and my neurotic feelings about shoes and called me the minute they invented this because wow. My life is changed. I can finally buy buckled shoes again and I will—without shame—add new buckle slots inches past what is available and live my damn life. (find it here)
Have anything you’ve been loving over these last couple months? Let me know!
See my previous favorites post here.
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