Happier with Gretchen Rubin.
I’m pretty new to the podcast world (for some reason I felt a bit daunted by it, but once you get the hang of it, podcasts are easy to navigate), and thanks to this weekly podcast, I’m hooked. In a nutshell, American writer Gretchen Rubin and her sister discuss doable life hacks for a happier, easier-to-run life. I like that the women are honest, too, admitting to their ‘demerits’ in the happiness pursuit, which isn’t necessarily about achieving perfection.
My favourite take-home tip? If it takes less than a minute, do it now. Gretchen’s mantra? “Outer order leads to inner calm”. I’m not the tidiest person, but consciously reminding myself to pick up after myself is making me a little bit neater, and saving me time (less accumulated mess!). A couple episodes of this makes the perfect walking/workout buddy…before I know it, I’ve been walking an hour!
Some other tips from the podcast that have stuck with me…and that I’m trying to take on:
- ‘Get rid of it as soon as it’s worthless’ (Can’t deny I’m a bit of a hoarder)
- ‘Set an alarm for bedtime’ (Okay I’ll admit I haven’t done this yet, but I’m a night owl and NEED to do this!)
These gluten free pancakes at Hale and Hearty. The batter’s made with rice flour, coconut cream and coconut sugar. Do it, Sydney peeps!.
The Rosie Project, which my mum so well described as “light, without being rubbish.” I’m trying to get back into the reading game and this one’s a been a great start. A quirky, romantic page turner.
Offspring. Backwards. I only got into this hilarious, moving Aussie drama at the start of Season 4 and am now indulging in the box set (thanks, mum!) because it’s not on Netflix. Beautifully shot and a really special show.
Who agrees that Nina and Patrick are the best TV couple of all time? Wish I didn’t know what happens next!! Offspring fans, you know what I’m talking about. Sigh.
This Paleo Bread. Topped with smoked salmon and cream cheese <3
It’s a bit of an effort to make (a lot of ingredients), but totally worth it. I subbed 1/2 Cup of the almond meal with buckwheat flour and used ground flax instead of LSA. I also love a recipe that doesn’t require a food processor.
Love reading this kind of thing in the paper/other blogs, and loved putting this post together! Let me know if you’d like more of this kind of thing on the blog.