“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” asks Mary Oliver. Every week, I sit down with a fellow Midwesterner and discuss what we're doing with our precious, wild lives. Listeners leave with inspiration, tips and resources needed to live with intention and beauty.
Ep. 28: How Our Habits Help Us Reduce Waste
Kristin and Abigail sit down to discus how their daily and weekly habits help them save money, use their time well, steward their mental energy and recycle in their homes.
Follow Kristin on Instagram at @sageandskydesigns. Follow Abby on Instagram and Twitter at @abigailmurrish.
Jennifer Scott's website, The Daily Connoisseur
The Slow Home Podcast
Ep. 27: UPDATED Tools, Tips and Little Joys for Your New Year
Sometimes, things don’t go as planned and podcast episodes are share WAAAYYY later than planned. So, here’s Abigail and Jonathan talking about their favorite things from 2017. But while I (Abigail) was editing it, I realized that the episode also works for January too, because we’re really just talking about the tips, tools and little daily joys that made our lives better last year. And who doesn’t need that in January?
News Feed Eradicator for Facebook
Abby’s favorite podcast discoveries in 2017:
Presidential Pass the Mic The Popcast No-Knead Bread in Dutch Oven
The 10 Item Wardrobe
What is Hygge? From Hygge House
Ep. 26: 10 Books that Shaped Us in 2017
Abigail Murrish sits down with Hillary Copsey, founder of Make America Read, to discuss their favorite reads from 2017 and how those books shaped their lives and perspectives on the world.
Sign-up for Hillary's newsletter Make America Read. And, follow Hillary on Instagram and Twitter at @HillaryCopsey.
Sign-up for Hillary's newsletter Make America Read.
The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
Founding Brothers by Joseph J. Ellis
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Mr. Rochester by Sarah Shoemaker
Liturgy of the Ordinary by Tish Harrison Warren
Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke
In the Shelter by Pádraig Ó Tuama
The Three Pines Series by Louise Penny
The Tech-Wise Family by Andy Crouch
Ep. 25: Simple Ideas for Walking through the Holiday's Bittersweet Moments
Today, Abigail is joined by Abby Hummel to talk about how to live in the tension of joy and sorrow during the holidays.
Abby's first appearance on Our Midwestern Life: GMOs - Our World and Your Kitchen
Sorta Awesome 80: Offering Gentle Comfort in Times of Grief
Just Show Up by Kara Tippetts and Jill Buteyn
The Hardest Peace by Kara Tippetts
Persuasion 118: Going Solo during the Holidays with Gina Dalfonzo
Every Moment Holy
Brené Brown on Empathy
Fat & Faithful: A Fat Holiday Survival Guide
Abby's Chai Recipe
2 cardamom pods 1 cinnamon stick A few whole peppercorns (pink peppercorns are delicious!) 3-4 cloves 1 piece of candied ginger 2 black tea bags (you can substitute rooibos tea for a caffeine free option) 1 cup of milk Sugar Directions:
Put spices and tea bags plus 2 cups of water in a small saucepan. Bring to a low boil, then simmer the mixture for 5 minutes. Add the milk, and let simmer for another 5 minutes. Add sugar to taste. Enjoy!
Ep. 24: Why Traditions Are More Important Than You Think
Kristin and Abby talk about the significance of traditions and rituals in this episode of Our Midwestern Life. Abby detangles the term liturgy, and explains how it's related to traditions and rituals, and how it's shaped her daily and seasonal habits.
Kristin's Advent Calendar
The Lazy Genius Collective Blog + Podcast
Why You Need Rituals and Where I Invest My Love and Life (Abby's articles on Boundless)
The Meaning is in the Waiting by Paula Gooder
How to Celebrate Everything by Jenny Rosenstrach
You are What You Love by James K.A. Smith
Liturgy of the Ordinary by Tish Harrison Warren
Simply Christmas by Leslie Odom Jr.
Ep. 23: How to Cultivate Life-Changing Friendships
Jill and Abby talk about how they have built friendships with people in different stages of life than them.
The Big Family Cooking Showdown
Giddy Up, Eunice by Sophie Hudson
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Great interview with Tanorria Askew
Enjoyed learning about her reconciliation table.
Not just for midwesterners!
Great new podcast about varied and interesting topics relatable to many. Both interesting and fun, the conversational style is easy and enjoyable to listen to. Looking forward to season 2!
This is by far my favorite new podcast. The host's relaxed interview style turns an informative discussion into something that sounds more like a fun conversation between friends. Rather than a dry interview the host allows the conversation to have a natural ebb and flow that lets the conversation be more personal to both the host and the listener. If you want to become more informed on various topics that shape your life, while also feeling like you just had a good chat with a friend over coffee, than this podcast is for you. Highly reccommend!