April Roundup

How is it May 1st tomorrow!? Insert Nsync meme of "It's gonna be may" here. I don't know about you, but the month of April FLEW by. I honestly don't know where the hell it went. I was traveling most of the last half of the month, so that may have had something to do with it, but still, how is it May tomorrow!? 

April Roundup

Podcasts

The Hilarious World of Depression

This podcast is actually pretty funny despite the topic. Hosted by John Moe (humorist and public radio host), he interviews famous comedians about their battle with depression and how they have dealt with the disease and overcome their personal hangups along the way. As someone who has depression, I could relate a lot to what these comedians were saying, but, being able to laugh along the way made it that much more enjoyable. Recommendation: Start with Episode #1

XX, Will Travel

This is a little bit of a plug since I was fortunate enough to meet the hosts of this show at the Women in Travel Summit, and they are so awesome! A podcast for independent women travelers, Ines and Kathy are humble, real ladies just telling it like it is when it comes to travel. They talk everything from how to plan a trip from scratch, to traveling with parents, as well as specific location travel. I loved this podcast before I met these women, but they were so amazing in person I love them even more now. 

Me geeking out over meeting Kathy and Ines from XX, Will Travel 

Me geeking out over meeting Kathy and Ines from XX, Will Travel 

Books

When Breathe Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

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This was a book club read that I devoured in one sitting (ok, I had a 6-hour drive in the middle of nowhere Canada, so I listened to this on audible). Spoiler alert: Paul passed away from cancer in 2015, but, he left us with this memoir where he analyzes life from both a medical and literary standpoint. His unique background of both English and medicine allows him to float between the two historically conflicting camps that analyze "what is the meaning of life?" I found the book to be thought-provoking, interesting, and beautifully written. 

The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer 

I like Amy Schumer, but I didn't love her. Until I read this. This book is the best celebrity autobiography I have read thus far. Most of these books have a similar flow and structure, and Amy's book is no different except for one thing- she is brutally, unabashedly, and awesomely honest. I don't mean honest in the "I have bad hair days and struggle with eating healthy too" kind of honesty. I mean the "I stayed in dumb relationships for too long and it affected my self-esteem and how I viewed myself" honesty. I have never read a celebrity admit to their own role in demoralizing relationships. I have never read a celebrity talk about their failures trying to be the strong woman they want to be and constantly failing, giving into their insecurities. I could relate to so much of what Amy wrote, and I have a whole new respect for her because of it. 

Everything Else

13 Reasons Why - The controversial Netflix series based on Jay Asher's novel of the same title. I'll be writing a separate post about this, but do yourself a favor and watch this series. It's important. *Note- the content in this series can be triggering, so, proceed with caution

Freedom Cards - This amazing service makes civic engagement easy and more visible. Emails are easy to ignore, especially if your congressman/woman is being inundated with them. Actual physical mail is much harder to ignore, especially if it starts to pile up. This is where Freedom Cards comes in. 4 Easy steps! Log in to the site. Pick an issue. Select your representatives/people you want to send it to (this will auto populate). Pay and send. If you're struggling to stay engaged and get your voice heard, I highly recomend you check this out. 

The Skimm - Your daily morning email to get you caught up on all the top news stories. One of the first things I do when I wake up is open my email and read The Skimm. It gives me the key highlights from the day before and gives me the links to the sources to go read more if I want. It is hard trying to keep up with everything going on in the world, but the Skimm makes it that much easier to stay informed. 

Happy May!