Little Things Podcast is almost a year!

DONE IS BETTER THAN PERFECT.

A year ago I bought a Blue Yeti mic for $100, sat on the floor of my cold closet, and recorded my first ever podcast. Recording audio has been something I’ve wanted to play around with for a very long time, and for some reason I got excited enough about it to impulsively buy a mic and get going on it. And I am so glad I did. During 2018, I published 28 episodes (so far!) and had 5,000 downloads. Despite my ramblings and minor disappearances during pregnancy, you guys kept listening. Thank you so much! I’m really excited to keep recording episodes. I’d love to hear your thoughts on what you’d like to hear more of. You can email me at koselicummings@gmail.com or DM me on Instagram @koswriter anytime.

You can listen to Little Things here, or wherever you like to listen to your favorite podcasts. (I love PocketCasts.)

Eight Months

I can't believe I'm writing this. I feel like I'm on hyperdrive, experiencing pregnancy whiplash, dramatizing what everybody always says: It goes so fast. But it really does. In less than two months, we'll have a Baby. Another boy baby. Rounding out our family nicely with our current three male children. I'm excited/nervous about birth/excited.

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I spent two weeks with my family in Southern California and in Salt Lake City. We played in the sand, watched movies, fell asleep to the sound of waves, and ate lots of dark chocolate. In Utah, we hung out with bestie aunts, uncles, and cousins, ate fresh lettuce from the garden, and attended a dear family friend's funeral. It was a bittersweet visit. 

We're back in the Bay. Back to our routine, however different for the summer. Some camps, some preschool, lots of park time, lots of backyard time. I made yogurt for the first time. I spent Fourth of July in the hospital. (All is well.) I'm reading everything I can get my hands on. I took a break from the podcast/blogging/social media in entirety. It felt/feels so good. I'm wrapping up a couple projects and then I'll be home free for several months. I self-prescribed maternity leave from August-October to relieve my mind of what-ifs. I've learned from past mistakes to set boundaries and respect myself and my newborn.

When I had my first baby, I was responding to client emails and making changes when he was one day old. Recalling this makes me quite, quite angry. I didn't know what I didn't know. 

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The baby swaddles and knit rompers are washed. The bouncer, car seat, and bassinet are ready. I look like I have a basketball stuck to my belly--and have been eating too much ice cream. (I have.) I've only seen him once, at twenty weeks. He was beautiful. Same ski slope nose as his brothers'. Strong heartbeat and kicks. He turned and looked right at the camera, showing the tech and I picture perfect Nightmare Before Christmas skull shot. Still, he looked beautiful. I can't wait to hold him. Have him safe in my arms, anxious to eat and sleep. Give him his name. Dress him up in all his gifted baby clothes and ridiculous bonnets.

I've switched gears entirely from leaning in, to curling up, laying on my left side, holding my stomach, and quietly reading. It's all about the bubble now. Keeping it secure, keeping us safe, and getting through the home stretch. 

Approximately six weeks to go until I officially meet this little turkey. I can't wait.

 

 

 

Recent work

 

I've been working with Whitney Johnson on think pieces for LinkedIn, Medium, and the launch of her new book, Build an A Team.

You can see the articles on Medium here:

An Extraordinary Changemaker

3 Actionable Tips to Self-Disrupt and Get Unstuck


I'm also a new contributor on the Munchkin blog

You can see my articles on Munchkin here:

7 Ways to Get Your Kids in Nature More

Tips, Advice, and One-Liners to Help You Make Mom Friends

We're having a....

Did you know I host a podcast called Little Things? Since October, I've published 16 episodes all about creativity, tech, and motherhood and how they fit together. This means I talk about

*copy writing and building a flexible career to create a lifestyle I want

*what it's like working from home with three kids; my schedule

*my favorite apps, kid's gear, and products for small space living

*my favorite recent purchases from Target and Costco

*Pop culture talk about new books, funny twitter feeds, and The Bachelor

*personal essays on motherhood that (I hope!) uplift and encourage other parents

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Recently, my husband and I found out the gender of our fourth baby. The second I got back to the car, I turned on a voice recorder app and recorded my immediate thoughts. It's my most popular episode yet. Hope you enjoy!

P.S. I recommend using the PocketCast app to listen to podcasts. It's worth it! To find Little Things, open the app, search "Little Things" and hit subscribe. Or you can listen to Little Things from your browser here.

 

February Sabbatical

Anyone else feel the rush of 2018? January seemed to last forever but I couldn't seem to slog through my list of resolutions and get myself in order. Something about holiday travel really threw me off balance and I feel like I'm still recovering. I've never done this before but I'm trying something: I'm taking February off from client work. No freelance writing, no client emails, no nagging push in the back of my head. I feel the need for a break and I feel lucky to get to take it. So far the time I'd otherwise reserve for work is taken up with rest, kids, and winter sunshine. Not bad. Hope to throw in some introspective journal time in there, too. And a trip to Palm Springs won't hurt either. :) I talk a little more about my work break on this week's episode of Little Things, if you're interested.

Thanks as always for following along!

 

Merry Christmas!

I just had to get on and put up a little post to say Thank You for your support of my new Little Things podcast. You guys are the best! It's been a fun experiment to teach myself something new. I admit I'd be happy making it, even if no one listened, but I'm overjoyed that friends actually are. So Thank YOU!

Hope you all have a very merry Christmas and wonderful New Year. xo