Everybody needs to have some chill time to sit back and watch a Netflix series right? Okay it may just be me, but Netflix is how I fold my laundry or prepare dinner at times. These are some of my more recent favorite Netflix shows…. what are your Netflix Favorites?
Selling Sunset: if you want some drama this show full of a mostly women cast can get dramatic. But to me it was eye-opening to see these Hollywood homes and how lavish and expensive they were! The lady realtors are making so much money selling all these enormous California properties..but you can see it would not be an easy task to please all their clients!
Call the Midwife: What I enjoy about this series is that it’s based off of a midwifes journal in England in the 1950s. I love how well this show is written because it’s suspenseful at times but also heart-warming. I would recommend not watching it around the family because it can get a bit intense with the labor scenes. What I like about this show is it really gets you thinking about all the situations people have when having children, especially back in the 1950s. All these women come from all walks of life and each story is intriguing and interesting. I am excited to see Season 8 get on Netflix!
Street Food: This documentary on street food is fascinating! It takes place in Asia and tells the story of how street food became the way of life for many people in different countries. Even more interesting, it shows how these people that cook the street food dedicate their entire life to cooking food for others. This documentary depicts how poor people live and how driven these people become. There is even one episode where it shows how a chef puts his life at risk cooking food and wears a gas mask to prevent further health damage. This show will not only make you appreciate street food, even more so, it will make you appreciate your everyday living experiences.
Stay here: This series is a fun home makeover show. It brings in 2 experts, a real estate expert and a design expert, and they work together to explain to their clients why people aren’t “staying” at their air bnb. I personally learned a lot about design and real estate from this show. The best part was seeing the end result and how beautiful these once average homes became. And goodness people are making some good money renting out their homes!
Tidying up with Marie Kondo: this series was fun to watch! I’ll admit I watched it because of all the hype behind Marie Kondo’s organizing style. Watching Marie work with people was so fun and exciting. She could take the most unorganized, junk- filled room and completely de-clutter and organize the rooms to perfection. Marie Kondo has such an interesting art and routine when it comes to organizing. I’ll admit I did organize one drawer like Marie’s .. maybe one day I’ll do more !
The Crown: I’ll confess, I just started this series but I’m really enjoying it. This show gives you a good history of the English royal family. It tells the story of the current Queen Elizabeth II and the hardships and struggles that come with being the Queen of England. I never stopped to think about how long she has been reigning and what an intense job that can be. There is of course scandal and drama thrown into the show, but it keeps things interesting. If you enjoy history, this series will suck you in and you’ll be wondering what happens next you can’t help but binge watch it!
So these are all series I have watched within the past year. There are so many shows I love that I will be adding more. But if you need something to do while folding laundry, or to just sit back and relax….I hope one of these series is something you can enjoy!
And remember…I’d love to hear your favorite Netflix series too!
As we think about life and how we live it, isn’t it interesting that as adults sometimes we forget to have fun? Now some people will say, “Oh we go out drinking and have fun on the weekends,” and perhaps that works for them. However, when you stop to think about it it’s not the drinks that are fun necessarily, the friendships are what people enjoy.
So why is it, that we forget that it’s okay, if not even really important, to have hobbies as adults? I think the big answer is TIME. For me, I am a mom of two toddlers and my life revolves around my sweet children. However, something I am slowly learning…is that I am a better mom when I take time to to do even small things that I enjoy—hobbies. I am not saying that your hobbies have to take up ALL of your time, but it’s amazing how much happier and more fulfilled we can feel when we take time to do those little things that make us enjoy life.
For example, I love anything artsy or crafty. My friend makes beautiful cakes, and for my daughters birthday I thought “Why not try making a cake?!” The cake process was fun and exciting because it was something new for me to try.The cake didn’t end up perfect, but it wasn’t too bad either. I loved decorating it and I decided I am going to keep trying to make cakes again in the future. I felt accomplished, and baking the cake gave me that little self-esteem boost that I so needed for that week.
Something as simple as starting a new project, or learning something new its amazing how it can help us feel better about ourselves. It’s not selfish to have hobbies, it just takes some time management. I am by no means encouraging hours away from your family or your job to enjoy fun things.That’s not always practical or healthy. What I am saying is that it is HEALTHY to do things that make you smile. Life is too short to not enjoy the little things. I love seeing and watching people thrive in their hobbies. Sometimes those hobbies turn into a job and sometimes they don’t. At the end of the day it’s always good to find things that make you smile.
I love the quote “There is a fountain inside you. Don’t walk around with an empty bucket. “ —Rumi
I believe that quote is encouraging in so many ways. Rumi reminds us that we need to be fulfilled as a person to truly develop into who we want to be, and therefore, to be able to help those around us.
I encourage you to find a small hobby everyday to pursue. Perhaps you stay home with your little ones like me, you can still take time for that hobby. Don’t use anything as an excuse. Find the TIME for things that make you smile and feel accomplished. It may mean you work on your hobby while your little ones take a nap, or during your lunch break at work. There is always a moment for YOU and for those things that bring peace to your mind and heart. It’s not selfish, it’s helping to shape you into the person you want to be.
So stop reading this…and go find your hobby! The possibilities are endless and I can’t wait for you to find that something that makes you smile:)