13 Reasons Why I Keep Going Tag

This past weekend I was fortunate enough to enjoy a mini vacay with my husband and two of our closest friends. Where did we go? Las Vegas.

It was H-O-T, hot. We spent the majority of our time in the pool. We also watched Shrek 1, 2, 3, & 4, because they kill me. Rarely do movies make me laugh out loud, but those movies get me every time! My in-laws also live right outside of Las Vegas, so we were able to enjoy some family time too.

Recently, I was nominated for the 13 Reasons Why I Keep Going Tag by my friend Denny. I do not struggle with depression, nor have I ever experienced suicidal thoughts, but I do think it’s important to reflect on those things that make life meaningful. To switch things up a bit, I thought I could incorporate those aspects of my recent trip that really refreshed my spirit.

Here we go!

  1. Outdoor patios. They are great for reading, thinking, and eating breakfast sandwiches.
  2. Water slides. Who knew sliding down a dark tunnel could make you feel 10 again?
  3. Books. Right now I’m reading the chronological Bible and a book called The God Conversation by J.P Moreland and Tim Muehlhoff. I highly recommend both.
  4. Water. There is nothing as refreshing as water. Fun fact: I don’t drink soda, and I never have.
  5. Food.
  6. Friendship. This one is new for me. I come from a large family, so I’ve always joked that I never needed friends, but they’re pretty cool.
  7. My husband. I’m just amazed that someone, who is not my parents, can love me as much as he does.
  8. Shrek 1, 2, 3, & 4. Must I say more?
  9. Time away. I haven’t told anybody here on WordPress, but I was recently hired as an Adjunct English Professor for two different college campuses. I’m SO excited to start, but as I’ve said before, having this summer of blissful nothingness has been life-giving.
  10. WordPress. I have not been as active on WordPress as of late, but there are so many of my WordPress friends who show me patience and understanding, and I am just absolutely grateful for YOU. The fact that you are reading the words I’ve typed is just unreal.
  11. The Bachelor/Bachelorette/Bachelor in Paradise franchise. The finale of the Bachelorette was this past Monday. The irony is I don’t necessarily watch to see a love story, and I certainly don’t watch to see the drama. For me, it’s like going to an airport to people watch, but I don’t have to leave the comfort of my own home.
  12. My dog Dobby. Home just isn’t home when a furry face doesn’t greet me when I walk through the door with luggage in hand.
  13. God. Truly, He’s number 1-13.

I hope y’all enjoy this short list and have a happy Wednesday. 🙂

T. Shaw

Podcasts I’m currently listening to…

Happy Tuesday! Tomorrow is my 3rd wedding anniversary, and it is also the first day of Spring semester! I am SO ready to go back to school. Christmas break was slightly overrated. I got a Christmas cold, and then I got the flu. But I’m healthy now, and that’s all that matters! I’m also ready to have a routine again and see some sun. I’ve been inside way too much.

Anyway, I wanted to share with ya’ll what podcasts I’m currently listening to. I haven’t been listening to podcasts for very long, probably just this past year. Really, I’m always eager to learn about how different people do life, and podcasts are another way I can get inside some fascinating minds.

So, let’s begin!

1) Dais Podcast- Find Your Platform

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This podcast is hosted by the brilliant Rachel Hollis. I originally found Rachel on Instagram, because of my interest in adoption.
At that time, her and her husband were seeking to adopt a little girl to complete their family, and they will actually finalize the adoption next week! However, that is not what Dais is about. Although Rachel is a mom of four, she is also a CEO and an author. Her main goal is to empower women in life, but more specifically in business. Therefore, she introduces her listeners to “fellow business powerhouses” so that we can kick butt too! She talks about:

  • How to start your own business
  • How to grow your business
  • How to sell your product
  • How to balance work, life, and family
  • How to dress for the job
  • How to achieve a goal
  • How to ask for a raise/negotiate pay
  • How to get your book published

Let me emphasize, the advice she gives is tangible. She be breaking things down into bite size pieces for those of us with a lot of fears and a lot of excuses. I forgot to mention, I’ve never been interested in business (I blame the English major in me), but Rachel has me hooked, and she’s convinced me it might be nice to have money one day. 😉 Also, although this podcast is geared toward women, I wholeheartedly believe men can enjoy it too!

2) The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey

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Jamie Ivey is a Christian, wife, mom (she’s also adopted children), author, and Texan! Each week she interviews a new guest, and they somehow never disappoint. I say that because she has SO many episodes. You’d think there would have to be at least one dud. Jamie only interviews women, and as you could probably glean from the title, her show is meant to make you feel like you’re sitting around a table among friends. Every conversation includes God. Her atmosphere is chill and lighthearted, but every now and then you get those deep, serious conversations. Often her topics include:

  • God/faith/ministry
  • Marriage/family/parenting
  • Community
  • Adoption
  • Authors/books (She interviews quite a few authors)

She also may interview people you already know. She has interviewed Kathie Lee Gifford from Today, and Catherine Lowe from Sean Lowe’s season of The Bachelor. (Which may or may not be a good thing 😉)

3) After 10 with Dave & Joe


This is a brand-new podcast started by my brother and his friend Dave! Although they have hit some bumps in the road, I especially recommend episode 2-goals. Beginnings are difficult. Even this blog can mess with my head sometimes, and I’ve already started to question whether I should be writing at all. But, this is NORMAL. It is scary to step outside of one’s comfort zone, and that is one of the issues addressed on episode 2. It is vital for people to go for things beyond their reach. Otherwise, we grow stagnant and crusty. Ha, what a visual. Although this podcast does not have a fixed direction yet, you can be sure Dave and Joe are gonna share matters close to their hearts.

That is all for today! I hope you all had a marvelous Tuesday.

If you have any podcast recommendations for me, please leave them in the comment section! 😊