I know I’ve talked about my new love for podcasts. If you haven’t read all about my love of all things podcasting, you can read that here first. Of course, I’ve added more loves to my list since then. So many, that my app always has hundreds of unplayed podcasts. Normally, this would bother me to the core (hello, unread emails in my inbox), but with podcasts, the fact that I have so many to listen to only excites me more! I always have something to look forward to. I almost hate getting home after all the traffic in my commute because inevitably, I’m at the peak of the episode I’m currently listening to and really hate to have to wait to find out what happens until the next morning.
You can find anything that suits you – cooking, drinking, celebrity interviews, running, personality deep dives, sermons and faith-based topics, pop culture, which books to read next, and the list goes on. Some of my favorites are certainly anything that makes me laugh. I mean, who doesn’t need something to make you laugh so hard you’ll cry when sitting at a standstill for a 45 minute drive totaling 7 miles!!! Gotta love Bay Area traffic! I’m not complaining, because at least I don’t live in L.A. Okay, I am complaining, it stinks! There, I’m done with the traffic rant. See my need for laughter!
One of my other favorites are any interview style podcast. It’s so captivating to listen to the heartfelt and honest stories of, often times, ordinary women doing really extraordinary things. There are a couple podcasts that I listen to immediately when they pop up in my feed. I’ve binged all the previous episodes, and savor the current ones. My favorites are the Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey and Tell Her Story with Sarah Ann. Both of them are compelling, inspiring, and I never listen to an episode where I don’t feel called to action in some way.
When I’m listening, I often think about how I would answer some of the questions they are asking their guests. What would I do if I was actually a guest on one of these podcasts? Now, first of all, that’s hilarious to think my introverted self could do a podcast. It might seriously be a disaster. However, I think it’s something really interesting to think about. The idea of being a guest on one of these interview podcasts often really gets me thinking about my current life. It challenges me to think about if there are ways I am living my ordinary life as ordinary, or if I’m working at ways to make it extraordinary? It makes me long to have a story to tell!
If you’ve read my blog for a while, you know the last few years I’ve been working on transformation. Well, I am continuing to work on transformation, but I have to believe ultimately God has written a story of redemption for me. I’m working it out, one day at a time. working on the ordinary becoming something brilliant.
Most of the women telling their stories seem to have it figured out (I know they would probably say otherwise). They have a purpose, a calling, an understanding of most of the pieces that fit together in their story. Boy is that a challenge, something I’ve been wrestling with for what seems like ages. I feel the stirrings every time I listen to their stories. I’m working through those barriers that want to convince me that I have nothing left to offer. Most importantly, even though I don’t know exactly what it will look like or if it will look like what I expect it to, I am convinced that God has the desire for me to understand that I have a story to tell.
Until then, I’ll keep searching, keep waiting, keep asking myself the same questions as if I was a guest on a podcast, and listening to the stories while trying not to cuss in rush hour traffic!
Where does the boozy strawberry lemonade come in? Well, it just tastes good! So you should make it since it’s summer, and it’s hot. 😉
- Makes 6-8 servings
- 1/2 cup sugar (I like superfine)
- 1 cup water + 2 cups water
- 3 cups fresh strawberries, hulls removed
- 3/4 cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice (preferably Meyer lemons)
- 3/4 cup vanilla flavored vodka (or other flavored vodka of your choice)
- Additional strawberries and lemon slices for garnish, if desired
- Combine sugar and 1 cup water in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, until sugar is completely dissolved.
- Remove the syrup from the heat and add remaining 2 cups water.
- In a food processor or blender, combine the simple syrup mixture along with the cut strawberries, lemon juice, and vanilla vodka.. Puree until completely smooth.
- Pour into a large freezer-safe container and seal with lid or plastic wrap. Place in the freezer and freeze until solid, approximately 4-6 hours or overnight (if you can wait that long).
- Remove from freezer. Scrape with a fork to loosen ice similar to a granita, and stir the rest of the mixture together to combine if needed.
- Decorate glasses with a lemon slice if desired, and serve with a straw and a spoon.