Was it just me, or did 2019 put many of us through the ringer? I got a peek at who I actually might be which is exciting, but I'm leaving this year feeling like I "survived" it. While family and friends were the #1 reasons I pulled through, I wanted to share a few things that helped me not only maintain my sanity, but also break through mental barriers. I'm regaining optimism and compassion for myself and others by surrendering to the natural waves of life. Thank you all for joining me via my blog this year--sending you lots of love going into 2020!
Oprah's Super Soul Conversations is simply phenomenal. I love listening to anything to do with self-discovery or introspection, and this one really takes the cake for me. Oprah's excellent interviewing skills transfer seamlessly in a well executed series of talks with author Eckhart Tolle. This series came out in early March at precisely the time I needed to hear it most. Two particular episodes focus on Tolle's interpretation of the Pain Body and Breaking Free. The idea of pain being an entity separate from our 'self' but still something we can understand and interact with, completely changed my perspective on how to identify and deal with my anxiety. It took away the panic. I've re-listened to these two episodes about five times each--they are that good.
I'm a major fan of Inside Trader Joe's. The creativity, the innovation, the friendly chatty feel--it all works for me. I've always been curious about how they ideate and develop their signature dishes and treats, and this podcast gets right into the heart of it. Each episode focuses on a different endeavor - chain expansion, produce, spices, sustainability, etc. It's quirky, quick, and entertaining. 10/10!