Sorry Cardi B, Queen Beyonce and that girl from 5th Harmony who broke off to do her own thing, then won all those VMA awards and pissed everyone off (JK, I don't think she pissed off anyone). The song of the summer goes to ....


John Legend and his muse (my girl), Chrissy!


It's only 4 verses and basically lasted like 7 days, but it's my favorite.


#HBOTD



Carol

Updated: Aug 27, 2018


I don't know about you guys, but every day it feels like I'm finding a new podcast to check out. Podcasts are the new media these days (starting with Serial in 2014, IMO), and most recently they are getting the attention of brands - think Shopify and ZipRecruiter - influencers, celebs and entrepreneurs.


When I commuted to work in Baltimore, my favorite podcasts included S-Town, Missing Richard Simmons, Who? Weekly and My Dad Wrote a Porno (driving up to work listening to a 60 year old writer describe a blow job is pretty fun).


Now that I'm at a career crossroads and in a state of self exploration, I have gravitated toward inspirational podcasts that I can get some advice from. Here are a few of my faves that you should check out as well.


1) Girlboss Radio

I have a girl crush with Sophia Amoruso. I picked up #GirlBoss the moment it hit the shelves and have been following her journey ever since. Girlboss Radio reveals the lives of some of the top influencers, and inspiring women from all walks of life. From the former CCO of Hearst Magazine to Jen Atkin hair, you will find these stories will build up your confidence and think "I can do it too!"


2) Jen Gotch Is Ok...Sometimes

This podcast is brought to you by Girlboos Radio. Jen Gotch is a very funny, very REAL entrepreneur who is also the founder of ban.do, which inspired my site design! Her podcast talks about mental health and shares her own fear facing experiences. A great listen if you are feeling alone in your thoughts, and the good news is it's only 14 episodes deep so you can listen to 'em all.


3) Getting Curious

JVN for President! No, for real. Think about that for a minute...! This podcast has actually been around since 2015 but I just started listening it it since Queer Eye. JVN talks inteligently about hot issues that are happening in the world. Suicide rates among the LGBTQ society, the negative affects of family separation and religion with his guests. Not to mention JVN is literally a sponge. He is SO smart and on it 100% of the time. I stan him.


4) The Goal Digger Podcast

This is a great podcast for tips on getting what you want and how to get there. It's a mix of advice straight from Jenna Kutcher, but also features guest appearances. If you are looking for a lighthearted podcasts about how to up your Instagram game, mixed with career advice, then this is a great listen.



What are you listening to? Any recommendations? Leave them in the comments below!


Carol

Updated: Aug 27, 2018




About to drop some herstory about where this blog started!


Built in 1665, Kerkstraat in Amsterdam was originally meant to be the home to 4 churches (Kerkstraat in english means "Church Street"). In reality, it's home to only 1 church and multiple coach houses, which once belonged to the picture perfect houses on the very popular Keizersgracht and Prinsengracht canals.


Now, in 2018, it is home to me! A not so short 6,150 km away from my family and friends in Baltimore, MD, I am now learning how to be a Dutch lady of leisure.


Let's get this straight - my intention was never to be a Dutch lady of leisure living on Kerkstraat. I can't really say this was really my plan, but in March of this year I made the bold move to quit my job and move here to explore life with my boyfriend by my side.


For the last month and a half I have been getting settled in the city and have started looking for work. Being as though I have never been in this situation before, it's been a bit challenging. Finding ways to fill your day is not all cafes visits, work out classes and wine time at 2 o'clock.


But despite it all, life lessons are being learned. I've found myself to be a better follow-up'er, I take more initiative and am learning to be a bit bullish. I have also learned that -


1. Cleaning up after two people can be a full time job (mad props to stay at home mom's)

2. The Monday blues still exist

3. Even with no job it's 100% impossible to watch all the content on you IG feed

4. Boyfriends are like little baby monsters who need to be fed every 2 hour

5. I am officially in love with my plants


I'm looking forward to becoming a working girlfriend again, but until then I am doing my best to enjoy the little things in life that you tend to forget when you're doing the 9 to 5 thing.


Carol

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