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An Open Letter To My Pre-Study Abroad Self

Dear Krystal from a month ago,

Can you believe that you have lived in Florence for almost a month already? You have literally been planning this semester since December of last year. You formed the dream in your heart years ago, and today you are thriving here.

Isn’t it funny how life always finds a way to work itself out? Before coming here, you felt unsure about the decision to move across the world for almost four months instead of moving back to something you knew and were comfortable with. You had anxieties watching friends move back to school two weeks before you could leave. Italy was a gray area with no previous experience to base ideas on. You couldn’t imagine not being an hour and a half away from home let alone in a different time zone.

Again, life tends to work itself out, and now, more than ever, you are loving this life. IMG_6715With the help of your family, friends, and a whole lot of prayer, you settled in quite quickly. Isn’t it crazy how you started with nothing; no prior experience of places or food or culture, and now you are completely immersed in all of it every single day.

Just think about the first time you felt at home in this foreign city; when you saw the Duomo. You and your new roommates were trying to find an orientation building when you all of a sudden ran into it. How could you not have noticed the huge reddish-orange dome took up your whole view? You couldn’t help but fall in love with the city right then and there. You even make a point to see your Duomo once a day. It is hard to imagine that you once lived your life without this jewel.

Now the people. You have met people from all walks of life, different cultures and religions, and from numerous cities and countries. You have become close with strangers from class, and now you can’t imagine your life without them. Meeting people and hanging out with people who have the same travel bug as you have immensely motivated you to take a different street just because.

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Now that you know your surroundings, your favorite places to sip coffee, most delicious gelato places, and the best views of your coveted Duomo, enjoy every last second of it. Aside from learning about this place you are learning about yourself. Learning about a new culture while trying to take classes has given you a new sense of self and placement in this world. Don’t forget that breathless feeling. You are so blessed to be able to call this life yours. Don’t forget to live each day to the fullest, and to soak up every ray of sunshine.

Sincerely,

Krystal, With a K

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Florence Frenzy

Frenzy (/ˈfrɛnzi/): a state or period of uncontrolled excitement or wild behavior.

Just a little bit over two weeks ago I stepped off a plane in my new home, Florence, Italy. The first 24 hours of my stay were full of uncertainties, fear, excitement, and exhaustion. The lack of caffeine and sleep from traveling left me in a state of shock, and it wasn’t until I had my first glimpse of this Renaissance city’s crown jewel that I knew I was right where I belonged.

img_1056.jpgFrom the Duomo (the so-called crown jewel) to the people I’ve met so far, this city has already captured a huge part of me. I’ve spent most of my first days exploring both the touristy parts of the city as well as the more authentic side. I already have my favorite gelato and coffee places, knowing my order in Italian at both. I have totaled more than 300,000 steps since being here, and I don’t plan on slowing down anytime soon.

Aside from exploring my city, some new friends and I adventured out to Cinque Terre.IMG_1079 Literally meaning five lands, this city sits on the northwestern coast of Italy. We traveled with a student travel company (Bus2Alps) to see three of the five towns. The best part of this day trip was the hike from Vernazza to Monterosso (town four to town five). The hike IMG_3805was difficult in the beginning, starting with virtually a straight climb up narrow, makeshift staircases, but the views on the mountainside made it all worth it. Once we got to Monterosso we made our way to the famous, fresh margarita buckets and then to the beach where we swam in the saltiest water I’ve ever set foot in.

My classes are unlike anything I’ve experienced back home in Michigan. I focused on taking classes that would count as electives here so that I could really experience Italy’s culture. IMG_2087The classes are once a week, but they are two and a half hours long each time we meet. I’m working on my Italian both in class and in the city daily. I’m learning about the history of Florence’s architecture in my ceramics class by using the same methods that early Florentines used when creating the city. I’m exploring the wine culture of Italy and discovering that I, in fact, do like some dry wines with two wine tastings each time we meet. I’m learning more about my personal camera and photography in general in my street photography class. Finally, I’m discovering the healthy lifestyle of the Italian people in and health and fitness class where we hands-on learn why this culture is so much healthier than ours.

As you can see, there is a lot that I am doing with my time here in Florence. I am in love with my life more than I ever have been before. I feel incredibly blessed to have been able to make my dream a reality. I want to thank anyone who encouraged me to do this, and of course, I want to thank my family for the love and support. I will try to keep my blog updated as much as possible with my upcoming travels and Florence discoveries.

Arrivederci!

Krystal, With a K

 

 

 

Goodbye Summer, Hello Italy!

The time has finally come for me to start my junior year as a Chippewa in a new country. This is something that I’ve been waiting for since December. I’ve been trying to find the right words to explain my emotions, but I don’t know if that’s even possible. Everyone is wondering if I’m excited or nervous, and, truthfully, it’s a little bit of both.

With every 60 seconds that pass, I am one minute closer to living in Florence, Italy for almost four months. It’s safe to say that waiting for this time to come was a true test of my patience (or lack thereof) because it has truly felt like forever. All of this waiting left me trying to fill my summer with friends, family, and loads of adventures.

I was able to visit one of my favorite places as well as hang out with some of my favorite people (one of my favorite places I visited is featured in this post: Mackinac and St. Ignace, MI). My long summer allowed me to work as well as meet many people for breakfast (one of my favorite activities). Aside from this, I had so much fun with my summer job where I meet some incredible people and made even better friendships.

From little adventures, like exploring a new breakfast place to big adventures, like road-tripping with my friends up north, I had a great summer. Looking back at everything that I’ve been able to do this summer, I realize that I’ve gotten to do a ton!

I know this was a short entry, but I’ve been extremely busy preparing for my trip in addition to working. I’m not sure when my next post will be, but I am sure that it will be posted somewhere in Italy. Ciao for now!

Sincerely,

Krystal, With a K

20 Things I’ve Learned in 20 Years

Hello, beautiful people! It has been a week since I turned 20 years old, and it’s very hard to believe that I have been in this world for two decades. I thought about all the things that I have been through and everything I’ve accomplished in the 20 years that I have been on this earth. The list of things I have learned is almost endless, but there are certain things that have stuck with me more than others. That brings me to a narrowed list of 20 (more or less) specific things I have learned in 20 years, those of which I thought I’d share. In no specific order, let’s get into the 20 things I’ve learned in 20 years.

1. Life is Short

In the past five years or so I feel as if I’ve experienced much loss. Family members, beloved pets, amazing friends, and the list goes on. Some of these losses are people who’ve had long lives (in terms of human years) and some not even making it to 20 like me. No matter the case, people don’t live forever thus making life short. You never know if you’ll be granted another day, so why not live each day like it’s your last?

 2. Do More of What Makes You Happy

This kind of goes along with #1. Since life is short, why wouldn’t you spend more of it doing the things that make your heart happy?

3. Spend More Money on Experiences vs. Things

I’ve always loved traveling, going to concerts, and other extravagant things as well as shopping in general. Unfortunately, material things don’t last, but the memories I have from day two of Taylor Swift’s 1989 concert in Chicago will last a lifetime. I will always love buying clothes and decor for my living space, yet as I’ve gotten older, I’m more apt to spend money on the plane ticket rather than a new bathing suit.

4. Family is Forever

My dad has always told me this little saying, and for the longest time, I didn’t think much of it. However, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve really taken this saying to heart as I spend an immense amount of time with my immediate and extended family. People think it’s crazy that at 20 years old my cousins are some of my best friends, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

5. Self Love is #1

Being a girl in this Instagram obsessed world, I am able to tell you everything I don’t like about my appearance in a matter of minutes. Although this will most likely never go away, I try to counteract these negative thoughts with all the things I like about myself making a mental list of things I could work on. It’s so easy to compare ourselves to other people, especially as young women, so instead of gawking at another woman’s tiny appearance I try to appreciate what I have that helps make me capable of the things I like to do.

6. You’re Not Always Going to be Right

This was one of the harder lessons that I have had to learn. I’ve always been extremely opinionated and willing to fight for what I believe. This isn’t bad, except that opinions don’t necessarily matter when facts can prove you wrong.

7. The Little Things in Life are the Most Important

Just a couple of days ago my friends and I spent our evening put-put golfing and watching the sunset over Lake Michigan. We all agreed that the simplicity of watching the sunset over the water all together was one of the most fun nights we’ve ever had. What about the times where you’re just driving around screaming the lyrics to your favorite songs? Such a simple thing makes me feel so full of life.

8. Get to Know Yourself

If you don’t know yourself when it’s just you hanging out alone, how do you expect to know yourself when you’re in a room full of people? I find it extremely important to know my morals, likes, dislikes, what makes me feel lonely, and more because everybody needs a little bit of alone time.

9. It’s Okay to be Sad

When I was younger I always felt like I had to be a strong person even in the worst of moods. I started to realize that missing people and missing certain times in your life is sad, so if I want to be sad for a little bit that’s okay. I always make sure that I don’t let myself wallow in my own sadness for too long, and talking about it can always help.

10. It’s Okay to Like Different Things Than Other People

This can sometimes be hard for young people, and it was for me. I always liked something or someone that other people didn’t. It took time to learn that just because other people didn’t like it or didn’t think it was “cool” doesn’t mean that I still don’t like it. In the end, it’s not about what other people like because if I enjoy doing something or if I like something then it doesn’t really matter what other people think.

11. Treat Yourself

I am a huge supporter of treating myself. My parents are very good to me, but every once in a while when I’m at school and it’s been a long day/week, I always treat myself with a coffee or a cookie from someplace on campus. I have to be extremely careful that I don’t do this too often otherwise it will become a habit.

12. Just Have Fun

If you’re not having fun why are you doing something? This is something I’ve had to ask myself so much while at school because virtually everything I do is in preparation for my future. If I’m not having fun creating content and writing at school then what makes me think I would want to do it for the rest of my life? Every day is a new adventure where new fun awaits.

13. Stop Comparing Yourself to Others

Again, jealousy is natural, especially in this day and age. You know everything about someone based on their social media platforms, so it is so easy to get caught up in what you do or don’t have compared to someone else. This can be things someone has or how they look compared to you. Either way, it gets really tiring for you to constantly compare yourself to someone skinnier or someone with a bigger house than you. You will be much happier and healthier if you focus on what you do have, and if you do want to make a (healthy) change, make some goals. No one was created looking the same or born into the same life, so why are we always comparing ourselves?

14. Just be Nice

Seriously. I can remember some of the worst things I’ve said to people where I was so mean. Nothing makes me feel worse than knowing I purposely might’ve tried to hurt someone’s feelings. You may forget a lot as life goes on, but I don’t think you’ll ever forget how you made someone feel.

15. Expensive Things Don’t Define You

Things are just things. You can’t take them with you when you’re gone. Sure, I love shopping and spending money on things. I also like to treat myself with things, but having nice, expensive things don’t determine who you are AT ALL. Don’t judge how great someone is based on what they have; it doesn’t mean much.

16. A Handwritten Card Goes a Long Way

This is something both of my parents have always stressed to me. We live in a world full of ingenuity, so taking five minutes to write out a “thank you” or a simple “hello” could give someone that extra boost.

17. Relationships Are a Two Way Street

Since graduating and moving to college, it hasn’t been super easy staying in touch with some of my best friends. I can admit that I haven’t always been the greatest at it, even with the technology that we have today, I don’t always feel as connected as I could to a friend. In all my relationships, I find it important to shoot a message to them every couple of weeks or maybe once a month if I haven’t heard from them in a while. I know that peoples’ lives are just as busy as mine is, so sending a little, “I’m thinking of you, hope all is well,” text is a good way to keep in touch with friends.

18. Everything Will Be Alright

I don’t really know how or when, but it just will. Things that were so heavy on my heart for a full week somehow ended up working out. I really have no other answer other than prayer and hope because I promise, everything will be okay.

19. Tell People How You Really Feel

Anyone who knows me might say that I do this a little too much. Hear me out when I say I really am trying to not say everything that comes to mind. However, I still believe in telling people how you feel. If someone hurt your feelings maybe you should tell them what hurt your feelings and why. They might not have even known why your feelings are hurt. If you don’t ever tell someone you like them as more than a friend how will they ever know? C’mon people!

20. Just Be You, and Enjoy Life

Big number 20 is that I love my life. I’m the only person put on this earth with exactly everything I like or don’t like at exactly this age in exactly this town. It’s important to remember that we matter, and we were put on this earth to be ourselves. Enjoying life comes after you enjoy who you are and what you love.

Overall, I have learned more than just these 20 things in life, but these are most relevant to me at this time. I feel extremely lucky to wake up with the opportunities and the love that I do every single day. I have most definitely been jealous of people and maybe been a little mean, but the best part about life is learning something new every day. These 20 things are things that sometimes I forget, but I always come back to them in some way.

Sincerely,

Krystal, With a K

Mackinac and St. Ignace, MI

One of my favorite parts of living in Michigan is that you can have it all. From cool cities to breathtaking nature spots, the only thing Michigan doesn’t have is an ocean. This past week I was able to make it to a place that makes Michigan one of the most unique parts of the United States; Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

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Just before crossing the “Mighty Mac,” or the Mackinac (pronounced MACK-IN-AW) Bridge, you can stop in the northernmost town in the lower peninsula, Mackinaw City. This is where you can stop to take in the bridge and snap a few pictures with it.

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Once you cross this magnificent bridge, you find one of my favorite little towns in Michigan, St. Ignace. This quaint little town is where my family and I spent countless summers, with the rest of my extended family. From playing in Lake Huron, visiting our favorite shops, watching fireworks, and eating too much ice cream, there was always something for us to do. There is so much history in this town as well as beautiful views, like the ones you see when you climb Castle Rock.

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My favorite part of this place is how small the town is the fact that it’s right on the lake. I could spend hours looking through the stones for different designs or flat ones to skip. If I’m not searching for stones I could sit on a bench with some ice cream and watch the ferries go from the mainland to the island and back. St. Ignace is one of the best places to relax with some of the nicest people around.

IMG_0852St. Ignace is also a place where tourists can stay before and after their visits to Mackinac Island. With the lack of cars and the excessive amount of horse-drawn carriages, this eight-mile island makes you feel as if you’ve just stepped into the past. There is a variety of cute shops, cool bars, ice cream shops, and out of the ordinary activities on the island that is fun for the whole family. You can stay on the island during the summer or winter, and some people live there all year round. This is another place that helps Michigan stand out from the other 49 states.

I feel so lucky to be able to drive less than five hours to this beautiful place almost every summer. If you haven’t yet, I encourage you to take a trip to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula or at least to see the bridge and visit Mackinac Island to see the beauty and wonder that exists in the Great Lakes State.

If you’re ever in St. Ignace be sure to visit Indian Village and to climb Castle Rock for me.

Sincerely,

Krystal, With a K

 

 

June Favorites

Another month has flown by for the year 2018. During that time, I found some items/things that I have come to love and use daily. My favorites don’t necessarily go together, but I thought that I would take a chance to share them with you guys. Let’s get started so that you guys too can (hopefully) love my favorites!

Happy Planner

Surprise to no one that I have once again bought another planner before even finishing

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This is the similar size to mine and one of the designs.

my last one. The brand is called The Happy Planner which you can find at a variety of stores and websites. I found my cute fruit, flower, and flamingo printed “Choose Happy” planner at Michael’s and couldn’t resist. At first, I couldn’t choose from the variety of designs because there were so many cute ones. I love this planner because it shows an overview of things coming up in the month, the whole month, and each day split into three separate sections. It’s also good for two years, so fingers crossed I don’t find another cute one before December 2019

Reusable Keurig Coffee Filter

As Americans, we use too much and waste even more. Some of our waste can’t be recycled and is currently rotting in places it shouldn’t be. One of these such items is a Keurig pod. I love coffee, and I like the simplicity of the Keurig. I was racking my brain for ways to cut back on my own waste, and that’s when I found Keurig’s reusable coffee filters.  Once you make the small investment you have to buy less coffee in general and, if you’re like me, you can bring home coffee that you tried and really like from your last vacation.

8mm (App)

Okay, guys. I’m not one to spend money on apps, but this app is amazing if you like the look of old cameras. 8mm Vintage Camera is a fun way to get your videos to look just like your grandparents’ when cameras first came out. I, personally, love to play around and Screen Shot 2018-07-06 at 5.07.09 PM.pngtake video clips for my own fun putting them together later for a larger video. This app takes any videos you already took or you can take videos straight from the app and puts them into different types of old film. You can add breaks in the film and different borders. It’s an extremely fun way to look at life, and it’s the best app I have ever bought.

Crocs Sandal

For my latest summer job, I am required to wear all black shoes. I am a lifeguard, so I wanted some sort of sandal that wasn’t a flip-flop and didn’t break my bank. I was going

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These are the same ones I use almost every day.

to buy a pair of Chacos, but I couldn’t stomach the money before starting my job. That’s when I found a pair of Croc sandals at my local Meijer. They were more than half the price, and they are comfortable for long periods of time.

DesB Fitness Guide

I have already professed my love for DesB in a previous post (linked here), but this is specifically about the programs she created. I bought Fit In Six which is a six week guide. I just love how it helps me know what my workout will be, and if I have any questions about a move I can look up her hashtag on Instagram. It’s helped me stay focused in the gym.

I know the list was very small, but I hope that you guys have found your own favorites for June. If you have anything you’d love me to try please let me know in the comments!

Sincerely,

Krystal, With a K

That Fourth of July Feeling

When the end of June rolls around I’m left thinking about one thing: the Fourth of July. I don’t know if it’s the fireworks, good food, good people, or the increased number of American flags hanging up- it’s my absolute favorite holiday.

Some of my very best memories growing up include the Fourth of July. My family and I would wake up early to get ready for one of the local parades, putting on the classic Old Navy American flag shirts that virtually everyone would wear. We would drive to my aunt and uncle’s house to walk down to the parade with my cousins and other family friends. To this day I can still pick out the corner we would put all our chairs on as we would wait for the parade to get started and, most importantly, the candy we would collect and eat way too quickly!

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve found myself loving the holiday even more, but for a different number of reasons.

I love the way that the American flags line up and flow in the wind on the bridges near my house. I love getting together with friends or family and hanging out by the pool, beach, or wherever thinking that life couldn’t get any sweeter than this. I love the way we can still gather together as Americans on one night to stare into the sky, “oohing” and “ahhing” at the beauty and wonder that bursts out of the sky during a fireworks show. Finally, I love the sense of pride I get knowing I’m lucky enough to wake up as an American on another Independence Day.

Now, I know what you’re all thinking; “The Fourth of July isn’t really your favorite holiday.” I know there is Christmas and Thanksgiving that also bring people together, but I truly hands-down pick Independence Day for the sheer fact that I feel truly blessed to wake up in this beautiful country every single day.

I hope that wherever you’re celebrating this Fourth of July, that you stop to think of the true reason. Maybe you too will have that Fourth of July feeling that I love so much.

Sincerely,

Krystal,With a K

Coffee and Relationships: Part One

Seeing the title of this entry should clue everyone into my very first “Coffee With Krystal” post: relationships. Now, most of you probably think that I’m here to talk about dating and all things being in love, but for the few of you who have continued to read, first of all, thank you, second of all today’s your lucky day.  I’m probably the least qualified person to talk about dating, so I won’t. Instead, we’re going to talk about the relationships almost everybody in the world can relate to, family.

Grab your mug, and let’s get to the first part of the “Relationships” coffee talk.

Immediate Family:

We’re starting this series here because even if you’re not close with them now, you have at one point or another had a relationship with family members. Quick backstory: I have two biological siblings, three step-siblings, two parents, and two step-parents. Aside from the “immediate” family, I am very close with much of my extended family which is way too many people to list in this post. Let’s just say I have a lot of experience with family.fullsizeoutput_1bef.jpeg

My immediate family drives me crazy. I’m not talking about the kind of crazy where I’m actually kidding and we are always hanging out, laughing, and sharing the love. I’m talking the kind of crazy that makes me want to move away and change my last name. Okay, that seems a bit dramatic, even for me, but now you know we have a way of img_2271.jpgpushing each other’s buttons to the extreme edge. If there is one thing I’ve learned from all the chaos of fighting, loving, hanging out, being annoyed/annoying, and everything else my family can manage to do in a 24 hour time period, it’s that having a good relationship with your family is one of the most important things you can do in life.

I always tell people my parents are my best friends. They naturally laugh and think that I’m kidding, but I’m not. Now, I don’t always want to sit around and hang out with my parents discussing whatever the topic of the day is, but I go to my parents for all the best conversations.

My mom is a listening ear for anything heavy on my heart or anytime I think I’m just notIMG_6290 good enough. She’s there for my good times and the times where the Devil himself has just awoken within me and destroyed everybody’s feelings in his path. She has taught me the true essence of giving to those in need. We definitely don’t always get along, but my mom puts up with all of my crap, and I just don’t know how to phrase that any differently. She is by far my biggest fan and supporter, but she is also a great parent. I’m still disciplined when I do something wrong. She helps me learn from my mistakes to create a better future. If I can urge anyone to do anything through what I write it’s to call your mom and tell her you love her. She deserves AT LEAST that.

ballMoving forward to my dad. I should probably start with the overwhelming truth that I look like my mom, but I am my dad through and through. My favorite part about my dad and I’s relationship is that we can make each other laugh like no other. We have the same sense of humor, and I am forever grateful that we share it. Another thing I am forever grateful for is what my dad has taught me about service. His service is to his country and his daughters. He helped create an amazing life for us before he even knew there would be an “us” when he chose to better himself by serving his country. One of the final lessons that I have learned from having a great relationship with my dad is to be tough. Life will throw a lot of curveballs your way, but he has always told me to “toughen up buttercup.” This has helped me to put on a brave face for others in trialing times.

Like I said, my parents are my best friends, but we don’t always see eye to eye. This is where my lovely sisters come in. I’m honestly being way nicer already on here than I probably am to them in person. I am extremely tough on my sisters, but I believe that the relationships I have with them are one in a million.

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I often tell my older sister that she is too dramatic, but she has taught me to work hard and to fight like hell while you do. I look up to my older sister because she works for 100% of the things she has. She teaches me to clap for myself once in a while and to be honest about my feelings. She has finished nursing school and finally accepted her first real job all in less than three months time. She is a go-getter and a true influence.

My younger sister and I started becoming closer when I would drive her from my mom’s house to my dad’s. We would often sing along to our favorite songs, and this somehow would open our conversations. Having a relationship with my younger sister reminds me that people change. I see so much of my old self in her, not bad, but I realize how much I changed from her age to now. Also, she teaches me patience, one because she is so patient with my bad attitudes, and two she reminds me to be patient with her.

Now, if you’ve made it this far into the post, thanks once again. I knew that this segment would end up containing longer posts, but I believe it takes a lot to talk about this stuff! Like I said, having a relationship with your family members is one of the most important things you can do in life. They were there in the beginning, and if you do it right, they’ll be there till the end.

Sincerely,

Krystal, With a K

Having a good relationship with your family is one of the most important things you can do in life.

Coffee Talk: One Cup at a Time

Hi guys, and happy beginning of the week!

For the past month, I’ve been able to come up with fresh ideas and content for my blog that was a little bit of everything. I haven’t even gotten to creating all of my ideas quite yet, but my favorite idea is upon us. This is an idea I’ve had for a while but honestly, haven’t had the courage to work on. It’s a new segment called “Coffee With Krystal.”

As many of you know, I love all things coffee. I literally have a whole board on Pinterest specifically for anything coffee related (I’ve linked it here for anyone who wants to check it out). I’ve even done a whole post on my coffee endeavors throughout my hometown on the blog already (find it under Coffee Shop Hop). Aside from my coffee obsession, most people in my day-to-day life believe I talk too much. This is something that I too am aware of. Instead of taking this negatively, I’ve decided to start this new category.

This category will be open posts from me as a writer so that my readers can get to know me a little bit better. It will feature life updates, day-to-day battles, my successes, and everything else going on that I feel comfortable sharing. Originally, I wanted to do this so-called coffee talk in the form of videos, and although that idea is not eliminated, I feel more comfortable writing about these topics than I do talking into a camera.

I hope that ya’ll enjoy the newest addition to my blog. If you have any ideas for topics that you’d like me to discuss in this category or any, drop a comment below. I’m hoping to have my first real “Coffee With Krystal” post out by the end of this week. Don’t forget to please subscribe to the blog to get emails about my latest posts.

Sincerely,

Krystal, With a K

Love at First Listen

Hello, and happy day! Earlier this year I discovered my love for podcasts. I don’t know if it’s because my cousin introduced me to the world of podcasts or because I got bored listening to the same playlists on my long road trips; either way I’m glad I found it. In no specific order, here are five podcasts I can’t stop listening to.

1. The Health Code

As it says in the title, this podcast is all things health. From relationships to working out, Sarah and Kurt take you through their own personal journeys and days. Each episode makes you feel like you’re right there with them, and they’ve created a “codebook” system to help you remember all their helpful tips and tricks.

2. Armchair Expert

Ever since watching NBC’s Parenthood, I’ve realized my love for Dax Shepard’s quirky, honest personality. I love hearing the playful banter between Dax and his star-studded guests like Anna Faris, Ellen, Kristen Bell, Lauren Graham, and more. This podcast is a great listen, and it inspires me to one day create my own. Dax does a great job at making people realize he (and all his guests) really are just regular people who so happen to be famous.

3. Serial

If this were in a specific order of favorites I would definitely put this one first (sorry, not sorry). I love all things mysteries, and the first season embodies that. This is the greatest mystery I’ve come in contact with, and it is almost indescribable. You will follow the host as she takes you through the cases facts and much opinion. It keeps you on your toes the whole season and gives you an ending you aren’t even expecting. This is great for long car rides (where I’ve listened to it twice!).

4. Modern Love

This podcast is different each episode, and I love the way that each one tells its own unique story of love. Whether it’s about a breakup or a family, this podcast is relatable and often funny. Stories are read by recognizable voices from TV, Broadway, Hollywood, and more. If you’re looking for a podcast that is a different story of different kinds of love, Modern Love is for you.

5. Reply All

Are you internet savvy? Then this is for you. This is new stories involving the internet each episode. You follow people through their own crazy incidences with all things internet. The hosts of this show have extremely soothing voices, and they have playful banter back and forth. This is worth checking out, especially if you’re willing to learn something new.

This post is a bit shorter than usual, but I hope that your ears find pleasure in these podcasts. If you have any recommendations for new ones or specific episodes from these podcasts comment below.

Sincerely,

Krystal, With a K