Things I Love Right Now: Podcasts

I’ve been a fan of podcasts for awhile now. Storytelling, listening to people have conversations (friendly and/or intellectual), and learning something new have always been appealing. When my family moved to the States from London, my parents discovered public radio, and constantly listened to it. I’ve found comfort in public radio in my adult life. Not only is it often interesting, it reminds me of my childhood.

With podcasts, this allows me to listen to a lot of my favorite public radio offerings at my own pace. Of course, there are so many other podcast options out there aside from public radio offerings. I have a huge collection of podcasts in my Overcast library. Variety definitely is the spice of life! I must say, I have a couple hundred episodes to listen to at this point, and I am totally okay with that.

A few of my favorites are somewhat popular and probably don’t need too much of an introduction. Others might be completely new to you.

Dear Sugar
Everyone is gaga over Cheryl Strayed, and rightfully so. She’s insightful, caring, honest, and witty. This podcast was born from the Dear Sugar column in The Rumpus. Basically, both the column and the podcast are akin to Dear Abby. The difference is that Dear Sugar is raw, a bit brutal, honest, and incredibly helpful. I love hearing Cheryl and Steve Almond offer sage advice to people who write in. The letters that they get are exceptional, and the responses are equally amazing.

Ladies Who Lunch
This is a weekly podcast done by two YouTubers, Cat Valdez and Ingrid Nilsen. I stumbled across it, as I occasionally watch Ingrid’s YouTube channel. Sure, I’m a few years older than both ladies, and the content is definitely geared towards Millenials (I stick to my guns when I say I am Gen X). The content is still great, and it’s wonderful to hear two women have an intelligent conversation about a multitude of topics, including the election, our bodies, and dating.

#GoodMuslimBadMuslim
I love this podcast simply because offers such a positive insight on Islam. This is a podcast everyone should listen to, Muslim or not. Taz and Zahra are hilarious, well spoken, and downright awesome. I downloaded the first episode soon after it was published, and did so out of sheer curiosity and with the hope to enrich my own life. We all should expose ourselves to ideas and cultures that are different from our own. This podcast allows me to learn a little about Islam and Muslim culture, and hear from intelligent, thoughtful women.

2 Dope Queens
If you aren’t listening to this podcast already, please do. Seriously, stop reading this post right now, and download as many episodes as you can or want. For those of you who are unaware, this is an awesome comedy podcast lead by Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams. In this podcast, comedians of all genders, ethnicities, and sexualities are featured. I absolutely love and need this podcast. This is absolutely necessary on bad days, as I know that I’ll get a giggle. I mean, if you want free stand-up, this is right up your alley. And, I think we should be supporting women of color.

Not By Accident
The first episode of this podcast was featured on another podcast, Strangers (which I love, for the most part). I love the format of this podcast. It is a audio documentary of a single woman, who happens to be gay, getting pregnant and having a child. Sophie Harper’s story is very touching and inspiring. With every episode, I am reminded that I can do many things I put my heart and mind to. Also, I am reminded that it never hurts to ask for help. Sure, this podcast caters to a specific audience, but it really is worthwhile.

Stuff Mom Never Told You
There is one huge reason why I listen to this podcast: learning. There is a never ending slew of topics Caroline and Cristen talk about, some of which I know and understand. However, this is a basic jumping off point for getting inspired to research a multitude of topics that are female (cis- or not) related. My one gripe is that the two women hosting this podcast are cis-gendered and Caucasian. With that said, they do their best to be impartial and educated with the information they are talking about. They cite their reputable sources, which is incredibly important.

These are the ones I listen to the most frequently. If I am all caught up, there are a few other podcasts I’ll listen to, which I often reserve for commutes, cooking, or moments I need a giggle.

What are your favorite podcasts? What are you obsessively listening to? I love recommendations!

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San Francisco Solo Shopping Date

Yesterday was the last day for awhile to enjoy a clear sky & sunshine in San Francisco, so I took myself up there for a date with myself. I had intended on picking up some things at Lush, but the Powell street location was having some remodelling done, and let’s be honest, I didn’t want to trek all the way over to the Cow Hollow/Pac Heights store. Sure, it was only a 2.5mile walk from where I was from, but I couldn’t deal.

Instead, I went into Sephora to see what brands they have that the Palo Alto store don’t. I played awhile with the Becca Cosmetics, as the line was reintroduced to Sephora and it is a brand I absolutely love. I was debating whether or not to get the Radiant Skin Satin Finish Foundation. I found that the finish is more semi-matte than satin. I liked that it is medium coverage & did a good job covering my naturally red cheeks. So, I decided to get a sample and wear it for the day. I did, however, purchase the Perfect Skin Mineral Powder Foundation. It is a water-resistant, buildable coverage powder. I did put it on over the liquid foundation with a sponge and it looked and felt great. I can’t wait to use it! I’m not a big foundation person, so I feel like I can easily get away with wearing just the powder and some bronzer/blush or cheek stain. While I was there, I also got Josie Maran’s Rosey Mist. Yum! I’m all about refreshing facial mists, especially ones with rose. I also grabbed a mini L’Occitane Almond Hand Cream. I love the smell & wanted something easy for my purse.

I then headed to Barney’s to check out their Ren selection, as they sell almost the entire line, including their body care. The visit in was quick, as I knew what I wanted. The most important item was a bottle of Hydra-Calm Cleansing Gel. I almost purchased a bottle of the Rosa Centifolia Foaming Cleanser at Sephora, but I am really loving the Hydra-Calm Gel right now and I already use Ren’s No.1 Purity Cleansing Balm to take off my makeup. I love to keep my makeup remover & cleanser seperate. I’m old fashioned like that. With my cleanser, I purchased the Hydra-Calm Youth Defense Serum. I like that it is hydrating, calming, strengthening, and anti-aging. I felt some on the back of my hand & fell in love with the fact it absorbed quickly.

After strolling around for awhile, I went into Old Navy to see what dresses they had. Sometimes, I feel I need a loose, comfortable dress to wear. I’m sick of wearing jeans all the time. Unimpressed with the dress selection, I tried on some jeans and decided that a new pair of jeans can be a reward for finishing my first half marathon in October. I have plenty of jeans that work until then. My grand purchase was a pair of black capri leggings, a pair of grey capri workout pants, and a chambray looking shirt.

My last official shop was at Lupicia Tea. I wasn’t really planning on buying anything, but I fell in love with the smell of their Melon Rooibos tea. I purchased a tin & two bags of the tea. In fact, I just steeped some a bit ago & am about to try it.

To finish the evening, I headed to Panta Rei restaurant for a quick bite. And, on a whim, I headed over to Punchline comedy club for Dov Davidoff’s final set. I went to his first set on Thursday & enjoyed that set. I like stand-up & am always game for a laugh. It was a great way to end the day.

Enjoy your Sunday & smile!