Last week I made a conscious decision to give up junk food entertainment for a while. I was suddenly hit with the realisation that I was consuming an awful lot of rubbish. How can I produce anything worthwhile myself if I am feeding my mind with cheap, unhealthy, syrup based produce?
I decided that for a week my entertainment was only going to be educational, unusual and that I would have to actively seek it out, not be handed it in the form of a kind of TV/Film Happy Meal.
Within a few hours of day one I felt lost. I had forgotten how to find good content. I had forgotten what the radio was, or how to read a good book.
So I forced myself to step away from Netflix and YouTube, to ignore Twitter and Facebook, and to look for something different.
It was great! I began to discover a world I had forgotten existed. I read informative books. I listened to podcasts. Instead of Tweets, I read opinion pieces in the news.
Out of that week I came across a few productions that I really think are worth sharing, so here goes:
The Sheroic Podcast
Cassey Ho (aka Blogilates) is a fitness instructor that I've been following and watching since 2014. She is the only fitness instructor I have ever enjoyed and apart from the effect her workouts have on my strength, I just love her character. She's happy (real happy not fake fitness instructor happy), she's unique and she talks about topics I'm interested in.
Her new podcast with co host Lisa Bilyeu feels like it was made for me. It covers fitness and health but they also talk about life, issues such as body image and being a woman in business, all in a way that I can digest and that I enjoy. They also have really interesting guests on occasionally and bring out hard and probing questions that really get you thinking.
Smile by Raina Telgemeier
I love graphic novels, especially ones that are based on true stories. If you're a fan of books like American Born Chinese and Nimona, then I think you will like this one.
Raina just wants to be a normal sixth grader. But one night she trips and falls, severely injuring her two front teeth. What follows is a long and frustrating journey with on-again, off-again braces, surgery, embarrassing headgear, and even a retainer with fake teeth attached. And on top of all that, there's still more: a major earthquake, boy confusion, and friends who turn out to be not so friendly.
Griefcast by Carian Lloyd
Now this is a bit of a weird one but I a podcast I highly recommend.
"Comedians talking about death. A podcast hosted by Cariad Lloyd." It does exactly what it says on the tin and I think it's one of the most educational shows I've listened to.
In a world where we are bubble-wrapped, packaged away and hidden from anything uncomfortable it is truly, truly freeing to hear how awful death and grief can be, firsthand from those who have experienced it. I feel like these are the conversations we should be having in our own families, learning about how to handle and expect death from our elders, but sadly it has become a taboo subject and most people shy away from it. Which is why I'm glad this podcast exists!
I'd love to hear your suggestions of good, healthy things I should read or listen to! Leave them in the comments and I'll check them out.