Things I've Been Meaning to Tell You

There's a handful of recommendations I've collected on my phone this week. I like to imagine that this journal is just a text I'm sending to a friend. And instead of sending you a note every time I've thought about you, I've decided to save them up for the weekend. So pal, here are some things I've been wanting to share with you.

Podcast Episode Recommendations
In my last post I recommended a couple of new podcasts, but here are a few specific episodes that I've enjoyed lately.

Henry Cloud on The Shauna Niequist Podcast -  great relationship-focused conversation covering dating and marriage. Pairs well with the Annie F. Downs interview on Jen Hatmaker's For the Love podcast. Both episodes refer to Henry Cloud's How to Find a Date Worth Keeping.

Offer Your Work With Hope - Episode 5 from The Next Right Thing podcast. I've sent this link to so many people, but I have to include it on this list still. In the midst of so much hurt and tragedy in our world, it's an encouraging reminder that your contributions matter. Let's keep pursuing the work we were made to do friends.

Friendships - Episode 92 on The Simple Show. Continuing in this season's theme on the essentials, Tsh Oxenreider and Erin Loechner offer a lot of great insight into the challenges and joys of making friendships work as you grow older. My only wish is that the show had a host who could speak from the perspective of the unmarried, as I think that gives you a different perspective on relationships that is worth examining.

Music Recommendations
Sam Smith - Too Good at Goodbyes - I had kind of forgotten about Sam Smith, but this single reminded me of how much I enjoyed his first album. Now I can't get this song out of my head.

The National - Sleep Well Beast. This is what I'll be listening to this fall, perfect melancholy music for those cool days. The review from Pitchfork is as enjoyable as the album. I loved what the author, Jayson Greene, said about the power of consistency (emphasis mine). 

"...the National offer testimony to something we don’t often celebrate: Enduring is a superpower of its own. The fact that no one can talk about the National without invoking their dependability might feel a bit unfair to them, or at least a bit tired. And yet, there’s a reason it remains such a dominating lens through which to examine them. Consistency is not boring. Consistency is a miracle, a small act of defiance against entropy. Berninger has compared the band to a marriage, as all band members do, but their music feels particularly devoted to the quotidian nature of lifelong unions, the way that your success is measured in time, how each year together turns your commitment into its own kind of monument. There’s a reason anniversary cards say things like 'All these years later, I still love you.' It’s because the miracle isn’t in the 'love,' it’s in the 'still.'"

What are you listening to these days? Do share! And if you take a listen to anything above, I would love to hear your thoughts.