I am alway discovering “the goods.” I know, strange name. But “the goods” are the new-to-me things that have come my way and are having a moment in my life. From books to social media accounts to underrated life hacks to products, “the goods” are the things making life simpler, more thoughtful and often more fun in a season of my life.
So I introduce you to The Good List. A new series you can catch on here every great while that will list and explain all the current “goods” in my life. Take what you want and leave what you don’t - we’re just simply about sharing around here.
Half The Church
A book written in 2011 but just recently introduced to me is a game changer. Carloyn Custis James is an intelligent, curious and bold mind and mouthpiece in The Kingdom. The book hones in on the harsh realities of women in patriarchal cultures, the lies the Western Church has accepted about women, and the weight of the call we all have as God’s image bearers. You can’t leave the pages of this book unawakened.
2. The Unspoken Podcast
This podcast has woven its way into my last nine weeks (every episode so far) and I am so grateful. As a listener, you will feel as engaged as you would if you were in the room. I want to encourage like Ruthie, ask bold questions like Miles and live as heart-forward as every single one of their guests so far. The latest episode with William Matthews has my mind expanded a couple hundred miles.
3. Waking Up Before Sunrise
I used to try to spend my mornings cozied up with my Bible and coffee, but in the grind of the semester I learned quickly that I, frankly, wanted to stay there! My body functions best in the morning. My focus is tight, my energy is high and I’m eager to get going. So I have tried to set up the majority of my “work time” in the morning and setting my other routines (Bible and coffee) to later in the day. I know many are not morning people ,but I’m telling you there is something about being awake before the rest of the world does (perceivably) that is special. This practice requires intentionally going to bed earlier (this girl needs a full night sleep to function) and setting a plan of attack. Answering “what time will I get up?”, “where will I go?” and “what will I get done?” before sleeping are strategic ways to begin implementing this practice.
4. Brown Paper Visuals
Hello external processors of the world! Sometimes we have so much in our heads that if we don’t get it out some sort of disaster is around the corner. Besides writing in my journal or talking to someone, writing new thoughts or information stirring inside me on huge pieces of butcher paper has been such a strange and beautiful blessing in my life. My house is covered in sheets of sharpie-d diagrams and words right now! Not only is the end result of spilling your thoughts special to look back at, but the process of creating one overflows revelation and clarity too.
5. Marco Polo
Please tell me you’re on the train already. Do you want to create stronger bonds in your relationships? Get this app! It is a video messaging app. Really it is texting but with videos. It’s similar to Snapchat. Maybe this app isn’t that cool, but I’m shamelessly nerding out over it because I get to converse with my friends everyday via video, therefore I also get to see their beautiful faces that I miss when we can’t overlap our lives to FaceTime.
6. Breakfast at Brooklyn Street Local
If you invite me to a cute breakfast place there is an 100% chance I will say yes. My friend and I split their seasonal blueberry cream cheese scones, both ordered roasted veggie and feta omelettes and took the friendly waiter up on his suggestion to get half salad and potatoes on the side. The coffee rocked and the aesthetic was exactly what I wanted on a chilly fall Sunday. Next time you’re in Corktown, you’re going to want to go here.
7. To Shake the Sleeping Self: A Journey from Oregon to Patagonia and a Quest for a Life with No Regret
Another book. This is a memoir of Jedidiah Jenkin's journey on a BIKE from Oregon to Patagonia. He takes you through his adventure stories and honest revelations. I can’t put it down.
8. No Excuses
Well first, if you aren’t subscribed to The Skimm, go ahead and do that now. It is a daily news email written in millennial language. It’s not my only news source, but it is an entertaining way to get the lowdown on the days to-knows. Their campaign “No Excuses” helps its readers get registered to vote as well as inform them on all that will be on their ballot come November 6th. Type in your address and get yo’self prepared like the good citizen you are.
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