Feast Your Eyes&Ears 4

Hello everyone!

It’s been a while since I’ve written one of these posts, and since they’re some of my favorite things to write, I thought it was high time for part 4 to come out! If you’re new here, these posts are basically a space where I share all the media I’ve been loving both recently and in the long-term. However, this edition is a little different than the previous ones. I am only featuring two women whose content I have been loving recently. Since both of these women do SO much, and I love it all, I wanted to share with you all what I love about each and every facet of their businesses. So, without further ado, let’s hop right into it!

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Stephanie May Wilson

Stephanie is a podcaster, writer, speaker, and on top of all of these things, she is an influencer on Instagram. I have been listening to her podcast “Girls Night” on nearly every drive to work the last month or so, and I feel like I’m either always moved to tears or inspired with each episode. She also writes a blog, and with each podcast episode she publishes “show notes” on her website. I especially appreciate her linking every single linkable thing discussed in each episode, which I love because I always want to check out everything she talks about. Her interviews in each podcast episode don’t even really sound like interviews, they are heart-to-hearts with the best women on such important topics. She talks candidly about dating, choosing the right career, depression and anxiety, and a slew of other issues that women in their twenties and thirties are worrying about.

I was listening to her episode called “How to Date with Intentionality,” and the episode was actually a rare case where Stephanie herself was being interviewed. In this discussion, she talked about how she wanted to be a best friend figure in her audience’s lives. Even beyond that, she views her audience not just as a bunch of subscribers and followers, but just as a group of women who are her friends. This unconventional and loving outlook on her audience is what I think draws me to Steph’s content the most, because you really feel how much she cares about each listener and reader. She really does want to be your friend, and I feel like we are friends (even though we’ve never met!).

Finally, Steph has also written a book, among many others, called The Lipstick Gospel, which you can download FOR FREE on her website. Isn’t that amazing?! In this book, she writes all about how she became a Christian. It’s her testimony as well as travel memoir. It is so honest and raw, and I downloaded this book at just the right time in my life. I’ve been going through some rough stuff recently, and along with my upcoming graduation from college in the next couple weeks, I’ve been leaning more into my faith than ever before. I have been committing myself to God more and more these last few weeks, and this book has been an immense help. Steph is also just an amazing writer, and I so appreciate her being willing to share her story for free and in such an open and honest way.

Here are some links where you can find Stephanie’s content: Her podcast, her Instagram, Her book The Lipstick Gospel, and her website!

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Kristin Johns

Kristin is a Youtuber, boss-lady business owner of her company Kristin Made, and is also an Instagram influencer. I have been watching her YouTube videos for a few years now, but I feel like recently Kristin has really come into her own. Her videos are so unique, and you can tell she tries her hardest to be true to herself with her content. She posts vlogs of her day-to-day life, videos about her plants (she has like 50+!), and also style and thrifting. I really identify a lot with Krsitin because of her love of thrifting, plants, her home life, and her faith. She even went to Coachella in the last few weeks, but unlike every other influencer who went to the festival, Kristin’s vlog felt the most down to earth and real. She talked a little bit about how she felt like a fish out of water, and I really appreciated her honesty when other influencers were just posting glossed-over versions of their Coachella experiences.

Most of all, and similarly to Steph’s content, Kristin makes a concerted effort not to lump all her viewers together as one big audience. She is intentional about her content, and really cares about what each and every one of her viewers and followers want to see from her, which I appreciate.

Also, really quickly, her new business Kristin Made, which is both a community for homemakers and also sells apparel, has a really refreshing Instagram account. She shares recipes, DIY projects, and style tips for the hair scarves she sells. Her apparel is also ethically made, which I love. You can just tell that Kristin really puts a lot of time, thought, and effort into each business move she makes, and I admire that so much about her.

Here are some links to Kristin’s content and business: Her YouTube Channel, her Instagram, and her business Kristin Made!

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I hope you guys enjoyed this pretty rambly FYE&E post. I love both of these women and what they do, and maybe (if you hadn’t heard of them already) you may, too! And, of course, if there’s any new book, music, or any other sort of content you’ve been loving, please share it with me and the rest of those reading down below in the comments, or on my Instagram @thegingerintrovert!

XOXO

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Never let loyalty and kindness leave you! Tie them around your neck as a reminder. Write them deep within your heart. {Proverbs 3:3}

Holiday Book Haul!

Hello everyone!

In the last couple of weeks, I am sure we have all seen/read/watched alllllll of the fresh Christmas hauls that have been floating around the internet. Since I am just a naturally curious person, I always enjoy reading/watching these hauls. I don’t think I typically post about what I receive as gifts for the holidays, but this year I was exceptionally blessed to have received quite a few books and Barnes and Noble gift cards for Christmas and my birthday (which is about a week before Christmas on the 16th… if you didn’t know before). So, I thought I would share this haul with you guys, for all of you book lovers out there!

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Women Who Run With the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes

This was a recommendation from some of the wonderful ladies over at the Goddess Council! I heard so many women rave about this book after that, and I figured I had to read it. I put it on my Christmas list, and it turned out my mom had a copy she was finished with and gave to me. I’ve read the first couple of chapters, and I have found that all the raving was well-deserved. This book is both empowering and captivating, and the perfect balance between storytelling and gender-study. This is not the kind of book you would read in one sitting, however. This is the type of book you savor, make notes in and highlight, keep on your shelf to refer to or read for a dose of empowerment, or if you’re feeling a little lost. Lately, I’ve been keeping this book in my purse to read whenever I have a spare moment since my copy is so small and portable.

Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman

I was a little late to the CMBYN train, but I’m totally here for it now. I watched the movie back in October, and I fell in love with the story. Quite honestly, I think it would be impossible not to. After I watched the movie for the second or… ahem *third* time, I knew I had to read this book. So, once I had some birthday money in my pocketbook, this was my first purchase.

The Crimes of Grindelwald: The Original Script by J.K. Rowling

When a new installment in the Harry Potter universe comes out and is penned by none other than the queen herself, I gotta snap a copy up. I got my copy a little early in the Holiday season, on the Wednesday after Thanksgiving just before my local Target closed. I’m including this book in my Holiday book haul because I got it as a gift for my mom and myself when our family was dealing with the passing of my grandmother. Since we both love Harry Potter so much, this book and movie lifted our spirits during a difficult time, which is a major part of reading… In my humble opinion.

The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron

I found out about this book in a video made by one my favorite YouTubers, Shayna Klee, who was also the inspiration for my 2019 mood board post! When I read more about this book online, I found Cameron’s ideology on art and creativity as a spiritual practice so enticing, I added the book to my Christmas list as well. I have skimmed some of the chapters, and I already know this book is going to be a life-changer. Also, Cameron was the author who came up with the idea of morning pages, which many of my past creative writing classes have used as an exercise. I had no idea the impact this book had on the writing and art world before, so I’m looking forward to learning more from Cameron as I work through this book!

The Art of Character by David Corbett

A friend of mine recommended this book to me, and to be honest I didn’t know much about the book before I added it to my list. However, as someone who writes around character a lot of the time, at least when I’m writing fiction, I’m looking forward to digging into this book more!

I’ll Be There For You: The One About Friends by Kelsey Miller

I have been drooling over this book since I heard Katie Dalebout interview Kelsey in this interview on Let It Out, which is one of my personal favorite podcasts. I am not alone in the fact that I grew up watching the tv show Friends, and I am still an avid viewer to this day on Netflix. (Which, sidenote, they nearly took the show off Netflix at the beginning of 2019?! Nearly gave me a heart attack.) And since I also love learning about popular culture, this book seemed like a perfect fit for me. Since I’m hoping to go back to my blogging roots and start reviewing more books on TGI, I am thinking this will be one of my first reviewees!

The Masterpiece by Fiona Davis

This is yet another book I came across through one of my favorite podcasts when the Art History Babes interviewed the author in this episode. This is a historical fiction novel, and I found the concept of the book fascinating because it takes place in the long-forgotten art school at Grand Central Terminal in New York City. When I listened to the interview, Davis was so well articulated in explaining her research and her writing process with each of her novels, I snapped this book up when I saw it in Barnes and Noble.

Becoming by Michelle Obama

There was been so much buzz and love surrounding the release of this book back in the later months of last year, this book seems almost to be required reading. The fact that so many women I follow on Instagram were raving about this book joined with my ten-year (!) admiration for Obama fed into a need to read this book. This is going to be another book I will probably make plenty of marginalia in, as well as review sometime in the coming months.

Eat Smart by Niomi Smart

I recently discovered I am lactose intolerant. Or, to be more accurate, I’ve known for a while I’m lactose intolerant… I’ve just recently given in to cutting dairy out of my life. Since I am a vegetarian as well, this has driven me to a more plant-based diet (ugh). I will admit this new development in my diet has left me stymied and frustrated multiple times since I’ve been more serious about being dairy-free. However, this cookbook has helped me so much in coming up with more ideas for yummy dairy-free meals. I’ve already tried a couple recipes which have all turned out deliciously well. I have also been thinking nonstop about trying Niomi’s recipe for vegan shepherd’s pie, which she prepared in a recent Vlogmas. The recipe looks to be a little complicated though, so I’ll be sure to document the process on Instagram when I finally undertake the task!

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In 2019, I am hoping to make it a point to read more, especially once I graduate and I won’t be under the collegiate pressure to read constantly. I was a voracious reader growing up, and even though I am a literature major, I rarely read for pleasure in the way I did when I was a kid. As a form of motivation, I’ve committed to reading 40 books for the 2019 Goodreads Challenge, which seems like a pretty daunting task… But I think I’m up for it! If you have an account, connect with me on Goodreads and let’s motivate each other to read more! And, of course, I’ll be posting about the books I’m reading on my Instagram, too!

Do you have any book recommendations? Any books you were gifted during the Holiday season and you’re currently loving? Share them down below or head on over to Instagram to discuss!

XOXO

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Feast Your Eyes & Ears #1

Been looking for some new girl bosses to follow? Look no further! Learn more about the lady influencers, writers, and more that I’ve been watching/reading/listening to!

Hello everyone!

I’ve always been a lover of the internet, and over the years, I’ve collected publications, songwriters, podcasts, and writers that I love to follow and listen to. I especially try to support women who are trying to make their way as artists and influencers. In this man’s-man world it can be pretty difficult. So here are some girl bosses who have been producing fabulous work lately, that I’ve been loving… Each with a link to a specific piece of work that I’ve enjoyed recently 🙂

Influencers I want to be friends with // Lucy Moon

I’ve watched Lucy’s videos for years, and I’ve always appreciated her candor and honesty in her YouTube videos. She talks honestly about sexuality and birth control, mental illness, and her own battles with addiction. I’ve also recently started reading her blog, which is so well written and interesting, I’m more than a little jealous! I especially loved this article on self-care that she wrote.

Podcasts that I listen to at work // Ctrl-Alt-Delete

I discovered this podcast through, funnily enough, Lucy Moon’s blog. I’ve gotten into the habit of listening to podcasts while I’m at work. I like variation, too, so I love when I can find a new podcast. Crtl-Alt-Delete is hosted by Emma Gannon, and she interviews women who are working on amazing projects or own their own businesses. The interviews are always super interesting! Plus, Emma’s English accent is so soothing. I especially love the interview she did with Lena Dunham.

Tunes that I read along to // Jenny Hval

Jenny Hval is a songwriter who I discovered through the Rookie podcast. It is pure poetry, and it’s music that is so easy to lose yourself in. Her stuff is pretty eclectic and dream-like. I like looking up the lyrics and reading along with the songs, and I would recommend doing that as you listen to her songs, if you have the time! Her songs have so much meaning that it’s worth taking a beat and soaking in the message.

What I read before I go to bed // Brianna Weist

She is a fabulous and lauded author and freelance writer who is an alum from my college. She’s written for Forbes, Girls, and Thought Catalogue, and has published a collection of essays and a collection of poetry. Her writing is so full of wisdom and thoughtfulness, it’s incredibly hard to believe that she only graduated a few years ahead of me. And did I mention that her Instagram is the essence of aesthetic? (I just really want to be best friends). I’ve been reading her book 101 Essays That Will Change The Way You Think. I am in awe as I make my way through this book. Brianna is such a fantastic writer, and the wisdom that she portrays through these essays is extraordinary. If you want to have your mind blown with every word, I highly recommend this book!

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I enjoyed putting this post together, I think that I’ll make this a regular post. I like the “Feast Your Eyes & Ears” title, but if you have any recommendations for a title, leave it in the comments below! Also, if you have any writers, influencers, or podcasts you’ve been loving recently, let me know! I would love to hear 🙂

XOXO

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