Streaming Shows I’m Watching Right Now

I’ve been so careful going anywhere lately, quarantining because C-19 rates are up and everyone is getting sick this winter like normal. So in turn, I’ve been watching a lot of newly added tv shows, discovering new originals from Netflix and new seasons of other shows I love. I’m trying to get outside my own comfort zone and watch a lot of different things and unexpected titles that I actually have really gotten sucked into. Let’s read down the list of things I’ve been watching lately and I’ll include some descriptions of my top few as well.

NETFLIX:

Found-This is a great random find! I had no idea looking at this what it would be about and to my surprise it was about three girls in different parts of the U.S, how they find each other and how they connect through the combined experience of the “one child rule/unwanted girls” from China before it was removed. It was an emotionally charged and fascinating story and I would love to recommend this to you.

The innocence project-Another one that I wasn’t expecting to be as good as it was. Following the actual Innocence Project and how inmates apply and write letters of their stories, where the truth lies and investigating to find the answers outside of the corrupt system. It made me sad, mad and frustrated but also relieved that people and organizations like this exist at all.

Queer Eye (new season)- Who doesn’t love this series?! It’s exciting, joyful, riveting and each story is a transformation. It’s so neat to see what a big difference each person makes in the few days and big movements to make their life all the more fulfilling. And in turn the Fab 5 also teaches us how to love ourselves and do better each day.

The 24 faces of Billy Milligan-One of the first few stories in the U.S of multiple personalities. This went into his crimes, the journey of how he “realizes” that he was under other personalities while committing the crimes. He was in and out of jail, hospitals and through mental evaluations with lots of doctors and psychiatrists. Will you believe him or not? Are multiple personalities real or was he faking the whole thing? By the end, you’ll have an opinion.

Virgin River (continuing to watch)-A romantic drama about a new female doctor who moves to a small country town and is thrown into a new simplistic lifestyle where everyone takes care of everyone. She falls in love, tragic things happen, lots of suspense and dramatic scenarios unfold. It’s a very popular show and there has been a few seasons so im excited to watch through the whole thing and see where she ends up.

Cheer/season 2: This is a great take on the cheer revolution! It’s a take on a serious competition sport and these teens and young adults work really hard. As a previous cheerleader I just am really amazed in the progress of someone’s talents and growth.

The Innocent Man
Pretty Smart
Trail 4
Let it fall
The college admissions scandal
Fear City-NY vs Mafia
Trial by Media
Jeffrey Epstein documentary
Bad sport

HULU:


Eli Stone- My next new watch… it sounds like it’s gonna be so good.

Samantha Who?- This comical and dramatic story of Samantha who gets hit by a car and is in a coma for a week when she awakes- she remembers nothing and has to restart her life over. It’s funny finding out how she navigates her dating life, work life and family life-getting to the bottom of what is the most important.

I hope this gives you a bunch of ideas of what to binge lately. I’ve been really enjoying my downtime watching things that make me happy or feel some deep emotions. What is your take on television broadcasting right now? What shows, movies and series are you loving right now?

My Top 10 Favorite Teas You Should Try

What’s the one thing you want when you’re sick, have a chill or it’s a cold morning and you aren’t a coffee drinker? Tea. Although I enjoy most hot beverages, tea is my second favorite (next to coffee – they sometimes go interchangeably).

I knew tea pretty well growing up- I believe my mom was a big tea fan and very often drank Chamomile. She introduced it to me at a very young age, when I was sick it became my go to and I love enjoying it again and again. It’s one that is calming, soothing, great for any time of day but ideal for wind-down time.

Raspberry Zinger is another favorite of mine. This all started because I began to have a serious issue with feminine cramps and I was told that this is a big relief. It became one of my go-to’s for years and it really tastes strong and delicious (also because raspberry is my favorite berry). I’ve also heard from others how beenficial it can be during labor and how many vitamins it contains.

Jade Citrus Mint and Citrus Ginger flavored tea by Teavana is a tea featured in the Starbucks Medicine Ball drink recipe and it’s very popular for those who are very sick. I’ve had success in using for a healing effect to soothe and coat the throat, ease cough and congestion. I rewrote my version of it: Copycat Medicine Ball Tea, check it out and tell me what you think if you try it.

TAZO Awake English breakfast is a great and strong alternative to coffee on mornings when I want caffeine to wake up and be more alert. It’s a more bitter taste; however, I always sweeten it up a lot with sugar and sometimes a dash of cream. It also contains potassium- great for reducing blood pressure and increasing energy. Another beneficial mineral it contains is manganese, which improves the density of bones. There are many positive benefits to making tea a part of your daily and weekly intake.

TAZO Passion tea is another one I drink all the time from Starbucks, especially in passion tea lemonade. This one is a sweet tangy tart summer treat that is a favorite of mine. I love to drink it warm and fruity or iced with lemonade. This flavor is actually hibiscus, orange peel and rose hips.

Echinacea tea is a great second tea for when you’re really feeling under the weather and need some thorough inner healing. It’s cool and refreshing and very, easy on your stomach and throat as well. It has helped me to feeling better in a shorter amount of time although this isn’t proven.

Peppermint teas also do a lot of the same things as echinacea and has the same properties for aiding in sickness. It feels great on your throat and will soothe upset tummies and digestive problems real fast.

Rooibos tea latte specifically at Starbucks because I actually fell in love with this drink by accident. I asked for a latte but I wanted tea and wanted to try something new and different but not matcha. She suggested a tea latte, made one with Rooibos which I had never tried. I ended up loving it and it was exactly like a chai taste but not as spicy (?). I may order this kind and attempt to make my own at home with my machine and milk steamer.

Peach Bellini is a new one also by Teavana that I just purchased- a very fruity tea with a combination of pineapple and mango bits inside. A tropical version of a lighter, sweeter tea, I’m sure it tastes great and will be a summer staple soon. On another note, I love a good peach iced tea by Snapple (not hot tea but still delicious).

Tea is a calming, soothing, beneficial drink that is great for anytime and any place (most restaurants, hotels, coffee shops etc all carry teas). It also can help you drink more water, relax, and wind down for the night if you have a hard time with that. If you haven’t been one to enjoy tea or are looking for some caffeine free options, now is the time to give tea a try.

The Hustle Sanely Planner by Jess Massey

I have supported Jess since her first blog and her old personal training job, which has really been about 10 years or so. When she started getting real consistent and friendly on IG-I immediately took notice. Every morning I began tuning in to IG chat and tips, tricks, productivity hacks or knowledge that she had or was creating. She chatted every morning for 20-30 mins so for awhile that became my routine and then i caught myself watching her more throughout the day. I loved that she felt so real and relatable. My mood went up, my work effort increased and I wanted to do it the best way possible “without sacrificing my mental health and relationships”. She started with digital planning items which I bought ALL of and really loved that I can (always) continuously use them no matter what. Her paper goods came out last year and I was so stoked about that too. I got the planner but began using another one that worked better for me at the time. As the year went on through Covid etc- I kept supporting small businesses like Hustle Sanely. When she built on what already amazing products she had this year and re released them; I JUMPED at the timing to snag all of them again. She presented us HUSTLE SANELY BFFS (a private fb group & membership community) with a new HS JOURNAL AND HS PLANNER NEW AND IMPROVED! This year she was also to also sell her “HAVE THE BEST DAY EVER!” sticker on the side with the Hustle Sanely rainbow and a featured pen of the same design. We all lost it in the best way! We really rally around Jess and her genius when it comes to ‘peacefully pursuing our dreams’. She already has sold out this year and will only be restocking the journals through the year. They did so well- so much so that Adam, her husband recently left his job to peacefully pursue his dreams and chase his own goals and Jess of course, being fully supportive and giddy about it.

HUSTLE SANELY 5
-Complete Focus 3 daily (three main tasks of the day)
-Move for 30 mins
-Tidy for 15 mins
-Do one kind thing for yourself
-Do one kind thing for someone else

Jess is all about protecting your time and energy management by not letting us get to the place of burnout by using her Hustle Sanely 5 method. And in turn by creating your Focus 3 daily- it shifts all the most important items to the top of mind every day. She teaches us how to straighten our schedules out and find our true priorities. I work well with the top 3 very well and then I feel so accomplished when I check those off the list- it feels like true progress. Another thing she teaches us and Jess seems to live by is this: Our schedules and routines are tools not chains. Both layouts have quarterly and monthly goals for you to look ahead, while planning in weekly or daily mode, all while keeping your hustle sanely lifestyle! There is also a place for S.W.I.T.C.H goals and planning what your focus projects will be for the month and/or quarter. If you’d like to learn more about taking the first step with the SWITCH goal method- take a further read here. Also one of my favorite parts of these new planners are the monthly plan and reflection pages where you can map out your one goal of the month, see it step by step and then she also includes a fun challenge at the end like, “Take a mental health day, create some self care and make a mental health day plan of what you really need.”


The reasons I really enjoy the Hustle Sanely Daily Planner is that I function much better with to do lists and top three priorities than a time schedule. I am a list maker and it’s always good to know what kind of planner you are. Do you work well with a time schedule? Do you like to make lists like me? Do you have to account for kids or many activities? I enjoy putting all my blog work hours, my habits and my appointments/events in on my daily rather than on the month view. I’ve been trying to work my meal plans in and get an idea of what we can eat for the week. Some days it’s also handy that she has planning notepads of the same style for daily and weekly planners, great for on the go people or students who might find a write and tear off system time efficient.

She also has courses, digital products and a membership club called Hustle Sanely BFFs and it’s the best place ever on the internet. Each quarter is based on a topic and then discussed through a detailed workbook she creates for us; included is a desktop background and a phone wallpaper with a hand created graphic by her, an inspirational quote or point that has to do with the topic we’ve gone over. She just completed a free workshop called BEST YEAR EVER, a three day instagram video series using her planner to get a jumpstart on your goals and plans in the new year. The Dream It, Do It workshop is a course all about fining your dream, breaking it down and chasing it step by step ‘without (again) sacrificing your mental health and relationships’.

I adore Jess and I know how many people she has helped and gotten to change their limiting beliefs and in turn, their fixed mindset morph into a growth mindset. Create your Peacefully Productive Schedule course is her newest one and I’m excited to jump into it! It’s based all around creating a schedule that works for you and not against you.

I’m excited and looking forward to using this planner and making moves on my goals daily, monthly and quarterly this year. The daily to do list has already kept me very accountable and on track closer than most days last month before I started using it. I haven’t dove into her courses yet (or made time for them) but that is in my goals as well this quarter.

She has already sold out of the new planners HOWEVER you can still grab a tear off notepad of either type- OR a digital copy of the same thing for iPad or the sort. She uses them in Goodnotes 5, she also has a library of how to guides and FAQs on her listings for your guidance. Also she just announced a preorder for next year that just opened up for later in the year- see that here. I wish you all the best start off to 2022 and hope this may have gave you some insight into why I chose this planner this year. I look forward to making the best of it and crushing my goals in 2022!

Thank you again Jess and everyone who helped and put work in to make this the most beautiful product and a special experience for us all! We love our Hustle Sanely community!

P.S Be sure to check out her podcast because it’s amazing and it’s all like free coaching- some of the greatest advice and insight I’ve had (lightbulb moments) because of this podcast! Plus she’s so positive, upbeat and REAL & super entertaining too. She sounds like a BFF because she is our BFF! 🙂

2022 Reading List

In the new year, one of my goals is to read every night and to make a daily writing habit. I enjoy sharing my favorite books and what I’m enjoying on Goodreads during the year, so let’s start off this way. Here’s a schedule (estimated reading month) of which books I plan on reading and what the books are about- linked to where I bought them.

JANUARY: Eat that Frog
FEBRUARY: Take Off Your Pants
MARCH: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
APRIL: The Lazy Genius Way
MAY: Getting Things Done
JUNE: Work Clean
JULY: Effortless
AUGUST: Essentialism
SEPTEMBER: Burnout
OCTOBER: Verity
NOVEMBER: The Truth about Melanie Browne
DECEMBER: The 80/20 Principle

I am trying to aim for mostly productivity and maintaining my life sorts of books. I think it will be reflected in my year and inspire me to push further with my goals.

Eat that Frog:

For January, we chose this book for our book club in a group of my friends on Voxer. I’ve heard reviews of it being a great productivity book on many podcasts and in other videos from personal development gurus. I’m excited to start the year off on such a solid and positive start by eating the frog tasks first which will help me a lot in the end.

Take off your pants-outline your books for faster, better writing:

This was a gift based on the fact that I decided to begin brainstorming for a book in the next couple of years. I would like to get more advice and tips on how to get started in an efficient way. I know brainstorming and outlining may take a long time, so the more I can flush out the story core, character and theme- the better. It will then be a much smoother process than ‘flying by the seat of my pants as the book suggests some people do.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up:

Hello Marie Kondo! Who doesn’t know who this amazing organizing and decluttering genie she is?! I have watched many a decluttering and organizing video based on her approach and seen her Netflix series as well (which was fabulous and enlightening if you haven’t seen it yet- go watch). I look forward to march for the book that will accompany a new closet to make it feel simple and orderly.

The Lazy Genius Way:

Jessica Massey is a productivity coach, host of her podcast and owner of her company Hustle Sanely. She first introduced it on an instaram story or in her book suggestions in her BFF club. I just immediately searched the book and deicded it needed to be in the mix for the year. I have ordered it and I think it’ll be a great addition to my self awareness and growth through reading for the year.

Getting Things Done:

I heard about this one from a blog video I watched by Muchelle B, a youtuber I follow. She used the concepts he taught to apply to her work and home life. From what I gather it’s mostly about capturing ideas and actions in the moment to make you the most productive you can be.

Work Clean:

Muchelle B she also inspired this read, she made a video on this idea of mise en place. This has to do with using simple systems to plan your goals and achieve your work. This book is based on how to organize your life, work and mind the way that chefs do using the system called ‘mise en place’ which translates to putting in place. I’m excited to delve deeper into this method and see how it can help me be more efficient in daily life.

Essentialism:

I love the description of this book- do you ever feel overworked and underutilized at the same time? do you feel like you’re working but not being productive? Hijacked by others plans and agendas? How about yes, yes and yes! Well I’m looking forward to giving this one a read and being more focused with my time and energy. This was one Jess Massey also had on her reading list this past year. I’ve looked forward to giving it a go after seeing a lot of people I know reading and enjoying it.

Effortless:

Doing more with less; not teetering on the edge of burnout by trying to get it all done. You know that saying work smarter, not harder- I’m thinking this book is kind of reflecting that sentiment. Making the most of actionable steps and consistency will pay off in accomplishing your goals one by one. This is the authors’ latest book and looks to be another great productivity and efficiency topic. I found this book based off Essentialism.

Burnout:

Based on the idea that women experience burnout different than men do. What you can do to manage the stress cycle, love your body, why rest and connection are main points to recovering and avoiding burnout. This should be interesting considering that I often find myself in this overwhelmed state of mind. I’d like to avoid this in the future and continue to drive my goals forward.

Verity:

A writer accepts a job finishing a couple books from a famous author who is injured and unable to finish. This book is widely and hugely popular this year and yet never got to it before I lent it out and got another glowing review. I’m so, so excited to dive into it- I may even read it between another so I can get to it sooner (if possible).

The Truth about Melody Browne:

A woman has lost her memory after a house fire in her childhood and has no idea who she is after her ninth birthday. After a night of going to a hypnotist, she faints and then starts to suddenly get glimpses into her previous life. She slowly relearns things about her childhood that she didn’t know and more mysteries turn to light. This was a random find I believe on Instagram or something- it sounds like a twisty kind of mystery story and I’m stoked to get to read it.

The 80/20 Principle:

This book will show you how to be just as effective with less effort! I guess 20 percent of our time accounts for 80 percent of our workload so…. I’m excited to learn how to be EVEN more efficient when using this principle at the end of the year. I found this book in a Goodreads top list- so I put it on here since it fits with the year long productivity theme.

Okay, that was a long one- whew! But here we are, I am so looking forward to TRULY making reading a habit at night and enjoying more simple time in a book. I tried to make reading a habit last year but fell off and lost the priority- so this year is the time to change that. I created a writing and reading habit this year and I’ve already started!

What is on your reading list? What did you read and love last year? Any books I should avoid? Be sure to let me know down in the comments…. Happy New Year and I hope it’s off to a great start!

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