Totally Tuned In: She Percolates Podcast

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I have found that when one is willing to drive 3+ hours and take all of their sewing supplies along with them in order to sew like a mad woman for only a couple days and then make the trek back, it is important to have something to listen to on that 3+ hour drive. Now, if you happen to have a friend who is going with you, GREAT! You can pass the time by chatting about quilt patterns, business ideas or general life stuff. I really hope that someday I have a travel friend like that. Until that time, because the radio is a little redundant and one can only listen to certain pop music so many times in one day PLUS reception gets a little sketchy out there in the boon docks, podcasts will be my go to listening choice for long road trips. (And in Texas, EVERYTHING is a long road trip, in fact, it’s at least 30 minutes to get almost anywhere in the city of Houston.)

I recently heard about a new(ish) podcast called She Percolates which launched in January or so and I eagerly looked it up and tuned in right before I left for my trip (after a harrowing 3 hours of waiting to actually get out of the city).

So listening to this podcast literally feels like I’m sitting in the room while Jen and Danielle chat about stuff that I am already thinking in my head! In fact, I don’t even really know how to describe it but when I heard the second interview which was actually Danielle interviewing Jen, I felt like  what she described is practically my ideal life! I mean, Social Media Strategist!? I totally want to do that! Also, I love that she defined success not by how much money is made or status at work, but by being able to feel happy and spend time with friends and family. (Happy just happens to be my One Little Word this year.)

The format of the show is pretty awesome, the co-hosts spend roughly an hour chatting with women from various walks of life about what success means to them. In reality it is different to everyone based on where they are in life and that is a very strong message in their interviews.

They also have a Friday Coffee Chat series where it’s just Jen and Danielle discussing some topics that are important to them or have struck a cord on Instagram posts. I’m seriously hooked on this show!

I won’t ruin any more of the episodes for you, they are truly worth a listen! Who knows, they may even inspire me to get back to the gym and the treadmill so I have some uninterrupted time to listen! They already have 42 episodes recorded so I have enough to last me for quite some time (plus they are always recording more!)

Hope you enjoy the show!

Happy Stitches,

Anna

Totally Tuned In: Dear Handmade Life and While She Naps Podcast

Recently I listened to the first full episode of a new podcast for Dear Handmade Life. It was all about organizing craft shows and the craziness behind the scenes that the attendees don’t really ever have to see. Imagine my surprise when they introduced one of the guests on the show as the organizer of a large craft show in Houston, TX called Pop Shop – Houston! I’ve never heard of that and I LIVE in Houston! Of course now I have to check out the next one which is on March 8th. I will certainly be curious to see what it’s all about. The ladies who host this show are the masterminds behind a huge craft show in CA called Patchwork Show (which they started because there wasn’t one in their area), a Craft and Business Retreat called Craftcation and the Blog on Dear Handmade Life. Now they’ve started up a podcast, because I guess they just weren’t busy enough.  But it’s awesome, just like they are so I’m glad they did it!

I also want to say thanks to Abby from While She Naps for talking about the Craft Sanity podcast in her weekly newsletter. I’ve started listening to those episodes as well and since that one has been going on since before my dumb phone got an upgrade (circa 2007), I have a lot to catch up on! (Abby is also the reason I know about the Dear Handmade Life site in the first place.)

I’m very excited to find out if anyone will be podcasting from QuiltCon or maybe prepping to have a post QuiltCon podcast. If I find out anything, I’ll share that info on here tomorrow.

When I hear about a new podcast I just go to my phone, open up the Podcast Addict app (I have a Samsung Galaxy 4) and search for the podcast. Then I download the episodes I want to listen to (usually when I’m stretching before I hit the treadmill) because then they are saved on my phone and don’t have to be online (i.e. zapping my battery) for them to play! Yes, I’m weird and I will turn off the WiFi option and any sort of Internet Access option (on my phone it’s called Mobile Network) when I’m not using it. Supposedly this saves battery life and doesn’t use up data that way (I also have a ridiculous plan that only gives me 500 MB a month of data, silly I know).

I’d love to hear about the podcasts you are listening to. I’m always down for a good one and I have a 3 hour drive (each way!) with plenty of air space to fill on my way to Austin on Friday (not to mention the drive back).

Happy Stitches,

Anna