For years people kept telling me I needed to start listening to podcasts and would ramble off some of their favorites.
For years, every time I heard that said to me I would inwardly roll my eyes and think “How boring”.
Then, a few months ago, all it took was one.
It began with my favorite morning radio show. I love listening to The Bobby Bones Show on my morning commute. However, I would miss so much outside my 45 minutes in the car. Then he started hosting a podcast in his home interviewing country stars. That sounded interesting to me, so I found that podcast app on my iPhone (fun fact, it came preloaded on the phone) and subscribed to The Bobby Bones Podcast. By doing that I also subscribed to the podcasts of his morning show too.
And that’s how it all began. I started listening to his interviews, and then the morning shows.
Then I started searching in the podcast library and a world of podcasts exploded upon me.
There is a podcast for everything! Things that educate you, make you laugh, blow your mind, drop your IQ, and everything in between.
I found myself listening to these instead of music. Then I started replacing TV time with podcast time. I listen to them while I workout, do the dishes, clean, shower, etc. There is a podcast for whatever mood I’m in.
Since the world of podcasts is so new and exciting to me, I thought I would explore the subject with you here, and also share my favorites (right now).
S-Town (Listen to this now! It is 7 episodes just released! I listened to them while painting my house!)
These are just a few I listen to. I randomly search through favorites when I’m in a mood for something different, listening to an episode here or there, wondering if it will be my new favorite.
Do you have any favorite podcasts? I often find new ones by starting this conversation with a fellow podcast lover and usually get a treat or two of a podcast from that discussion. I would love to hear your recommendations!
PS – Yes, I bought a new house. Yes, I’ve been working like a MANIAC on it. Yes, I have been taking a million pictures on the progress (SO MUCH PROGRESS). No, I haven’t really had time to breathe and sit down, much less download the pictures and write a post. Patience, though, it’s coming and it’s oh so beautiful!
To help us all get by before my giant post of what my house looks like, here is an iPhone process picture of my living room prior to moving in. 🙂
I sit here staring at a white screen with all the emotions swirling in my head, but I don’t know the exact words with which to share them.
I BOUGHT A HOUSE.
Yes, I’m yelling, but it’s out of excitement and wonderment.
As you know, I’m a big fan of homes, decorating, and projects.
So to find this glorious little home to call mine, that I bought all by myself, that I can decorate all by myself, that is my own, is a dream. It’s more than a dream, it’s a fantasy – one I wasn’t even looking for.
The story of how this house found me is one for another post, which is coming, I promise, but for now I just had to gush over this place I now call home.
There will be endless projects and posts and pictures coming about this house (which I will name, but I haven’t fully decided yet), but for now, here are a few sneak peeks.
I will be in major project mode for the month of March, so I still may be a little MIA on here as I get down to business. Your best bet is to follow me on Instagram (rhapsodyinrooms) and Snapchat (megaubrey01) to see real-time updates.
Yesterday I left my friends, I vanished from society, to crawl into blanket sheets that keep me too warm even in the winter time.
I left a place that was supposed to be happy to find happiness on my own.
My world is changing, and I needed to be alone, to find my happy place, to swath myself in blankets, and feel. To feel the change, to fear the change, to embrace the change, and to recognize the change.
Sometimes you just have to sit back and watch the feelings, the emotions cross your existence. To say hello and goodbye in the same mindful, fleeting instance. To watch them fade like vapor in the sky.
The journey home last night came in an Uber. I needed to leave, but my friends had driven me, so I decided to take the $6 Uber home to allow myself the freedom to feel, alone. Yet that drive was an essential part of my journey that night.
To open the door to Christian music, to hear the man speak so eloquently and sweetly, to only have his voice eclipsed in a stutter when asking me if I liked the music. The way I said “yes” and the look of peace that softly swept upon his face. The way I felt love in that $6 drive home.
That was part of the journey.
The way I saw a father walk his son to the handicap bus, delivering him like he must every morning. To see arms reach towards this radiant face of love as he took each stair one at a time.
That was part of the journey.
The way I see kindness, caring, humor, and love in the faces of my friends, who are my family. The way we all care for each other, even though we’ve only known each other months. It’s like they’ve always been an essential part of my life.
This journey is amazing, unexpected, painful, sad, and the biggest blessing I could ever know.
I accept the pain with the joy. I love how pains acts as a tool to bring me one step closer to who I was born to be.
These words I write, they are poetry, they are truth, they are inside me yearning to be let out. To share these feelings I have in the hope that they too touch you, make you feel, embolden your yearning for understanding, betterment, and acceptance in this world.
As thing changes envelopes me, it brings everything into question . Why is that? Why do I question completely unrelated items when one change happens in my life?
But yet, I’ve come to love it. I love to reassess all I thought I knew, I wanted, I loved. Actually, I come to reassess me. To make myself become the best person I can be.
I want that for you too. I want you, that struggling, beautiful, wonderful person you are, to realize it through and through. To rise up and see your unbelievable being that is so needed in this world.
I hope to someone, I hope especially to you, that these thoughts tumbling out of my head and traveling along my arms until they reach these fingertips that won’t stop tapping these black keys, will be a part that helps you in this journey of life. These small journeys that add up into one incredible sum called life.
I wake up and I can’t move. My neck is stuck in place, and I feel like I haven’t rested at all.
We’ve all been there right? When you have a bad mattress, you know it. It’s the worst and affects your daily life, because we all value our sleep! Well, rewind eight months ago and that was me every morning. It was not good. Thankfully I was able to fix that problem pretty quickly by the few quick clicks of a button at the Casper website. A week later a box showed up at my door and one swift flick of the wrist with a razor and out sprang (literally!) a mattress. With 100 days to test it out and send it back no questions asked, it was a zero risk purchase. Thankfully, I’m still sleeping like a baby eight months later, and am so happy with the purchase.
Now, that’s the basis of my bed, my Casper mattress, but it’s not what people see. It’s the pretty pillows, covers, and headboard that make a bed. Let me tell you, making those decisions has been so much more challenging than the actual mattress buying process! Who would have thought.
Sometimes you know what you want and sometimes it takes trial and error. Well my bed process has been both of those.
My next step in building my perfect bed, after the mattress, was picking a headboard. I have built headboards before but I had a very specific image in my head. Also, I was okay paying for exactly what I wanted and not compromising. I wanted a tufted, velvet, wing back headboard.
I scoured website after website looking for the perfect headboard. There was one I kept coming back to, but I kept dismissing it. Could I really commit to a navy headboard? Spoiler alert: the answer was yes. After months of looking at headboards online, I knew I had to go with my gut: the navy headboard. I found it on Target’s website. I also knew from the months of stalking it, that it would come on sale. So I waited it out and grabbed it on sale.
I got it in the apartment and it was perfect. PERFECT! I knew it was right, and I was so happy I spent a little more and followed my heart.
Now it was time for a new duvet cover. The current duvet was at least seven years old, the style didn’t fit anymore, and it was getting stained.
I asked for a new one for my birthday, after months of stalking. And it was wrong, all wrong. I put it on and then immediately took it off and returned it. I put the old one back on and lived with it for five months.
It wasn’t until I was in a West Elm store with my mom that I found the perfect white patterned duvet cover. It was perfect! It had a subtle pattern, a clean look, and I knew I could make it fun with pillows. My mom got it for me for Christmas, but we opened it at Thanksgiving when she was visiting me in Roanoke.
However, once it went on, I wasn’t thrilled. I knew I liked the duvet but the bed wasn’t there yet. It was time to pillow shop. Mom and I hopped online and actually found some amazing ones at….Wal-Mart for about $30 total (faux suede pillow and Greek key foil pillows). Then I scored the matching Euro pillow covers on Cyber Monday on a crazy sale West Elm rarely has.
Finally, I did some bed composition research and took inspiration from Emily Henderson’s formula. When I stepped back, I had found it. It was PERFECT!
Now every day I look at my bed and grin, actually grin! My bed looks beautiful, elegant, fun, and true to me! It has style and personality. People even call it a “Gucci bed”. I’ll take it! I couldn’t be happier! It took some trial and error and almost a year, but finally, my bed is everything I want it to be!
It’s fashion show time! Even though I don’t do Stitch Fix as much as I used to, I still love the odd month when I treat myself to a box full of clothes for me! Gah, I love fashion and clothes. I love the way you can endlessly piece items together to get different looks and feels.
This time around I requested a box full of sweaters for winter. I was feeling like I needed to inject a little more style into my winter wardrobe. I did a great job this summer upping my fashion game so I needed my winter wardrobe to step up too.
Before I jump to the reveal, here is a quick reminder about what Stitch Fix is all about. stitch fix is a personal stylist company that hand picks 5 items based on your style and size. You get assigned your own stylist, and she gets to know your style based on your pinterest fashion board, style profile, and feedback you leave on your previous fixes. In turn she hand picks out pieces she think will make you look – and feel – great and sends them to you along with styling advice and a personal note. Love that part so much!
41Hawthorn Halifax Colorblock Pullover
I pulled this sweater out and immediately knew that it was something I would love. It is green and blue and those are my colors. Plus it was super soft. I put it on and fell in love. Sold, sold, sold!!
Market & Spruce Evrett Mixed Stitch Pullover
When I pulled this one out of the box I was really excited. Give me anything teal, and I will probably fall in love with it. However, I didn’t love the texture of this one. I know myself and to wear anything in the winter it has to be super soft or it’s just going to sit in my closet. I also didn’t love the holes in this. I’m a cold natured person who definitely doesn’t need a breezy sweater. I was disappointed this one didn’t work out.
Daniel Rainn Darcie Lace Detail Peplum Knit Top
When I first saw this one, I knew this wasn’t going to be a winner. First, the purple color is not my favorite. Second, I love a good peplum top but this one wasn’t it for me. It’s just not my style. It’s a little too boho for my taste.
Briton Ivy Sylvester Split Neck Blouse
I love bright colors so when I saw this one I got pretty excited. I wasn’t sure if this shade of purple would work with my skin tone but was pleasantly surprised when I tried it on. I love the shade! I also wasn’t sure if it was going to be too flowy for my taste since I generally like more fitted items. However, this shirt was so bright, fun, and soft that I couldn’t pass it up.
Loveapella Gearan Mock Neck Knit Top
Welcome to the 70’s! Hahaha! That’s how I felt with this top. It was just wrong, all wrong for me. I know that the styles are going a little more retro, and I love a mock turtle neck with the best of them, but everything was wrong with this top for me. I felt like I had gone back in time. Plus, it fit very tight and the stripes were not doing me any favors.
So there is it, another Stitch Fix for you! I don’t do them as much now but they sure are a fun treat every now and then. Plus, I went on a shopping trip the other day and man, was I dragging my feet throughout the mall. I just do not have shopping stamina anymore!
Also, if you’re interested in trying it out, click through to schedule your first Fix (this is an affiliate link).
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