Wednesday, 1 July 2015

25 Podcasts you should be listening to


As the beginning of a somewhat new chapter for this blog where I'd like to share more informational posts with you all, today I'm sharing some of the podcasts I listen to regularly. Podcasts have recently started gaining more popularity, and if you haven't tried them out before these are some good ones to get you started. If you aren't quite sure what a podcast even is...

podcast     (noun): a digital audio file made available on the Internet for downloading to a computer or portable media player, typically available as a series, new instalments of which can be received by subscribers automatically.

The most popular apps to use to subscribe to podcasts are Stitcher and iTunes. You can also listen to them online without subscribing, usually on the podcast's website or wherever the specific podcast has been made available, often sites like Soundcloud. (subscriptions on iTunes and Stitcher are generally free)

So the podcasts I listen to fall mainly into two categories: creative business and entrepreneurship, and background listening. I've shared a pretty large mix of both categories here and have linked to each podcast's webpage because they often have other great content beyond the podcast, and also so that you can choose your preferred listening medium. Click on the pics for the links! I listen to these while I'm working, so if I'm doing stuff that requires more thinking I'll listen to the background listening stuff, and if I can spare some attention to actually take in some info I'll go for the creative business stuff.

Here are my top 5 most often listened-to podcasts:
The #AskGaryVee Show Podcast Gary Vaynerchuck runs a huge digital agency, has invested in many of the largest social media platforms, and is an all round dynamic and charismatic guy. On the #AskGaryVee podcast and the matching Youtube channel Gary provides huge value by taking questions about social media, entrepreneurship, startups, and family businesses. It's super interesting as well as entertaining.
Seanwes PodcastSean McCabe is a hand lettering artist and designer who runs his own business. On the Seanwes Podcast he shares great advice on creativity and business, professionalism and marketing within the design industry. A must for freelancers for info on pricing and how to deal with clients.
Being Boss PodcastThe Being Boss podcast is about creative entrepreneurship and is run by Emily Thompson of Indie Shopography and Kathleen Shannon of Braid Creative. They share useful advice and interviews, and I especially like the dose of what they call "woo woo" that they add into it, meaning looking at things from a more emotional and spiritual side.
This American Life This American Life is an award winning weekly radio show. Each week has a theme and the show interviews all sorts of different people in each episode who have interesting stories relating to the theme. Their archives go back to 1995, so there's a ton to go through if you get into it.
TED Radio Hour TED Radio Hour features fascinating ideas, new ways of thinking, inspirational people and great speakers, based on the popular and often awe-inspiring talks from TED conferences.

Entrepreneurship, Business and Creativity
The Accidental Creative The Time Ferris Show What's Your Story Podcast The Lively Show
Live Free Podcast This Girl Means Business 1 Simple Thing Smart Creative Women
Raise Your Hand. Say Yes. Podcast Explore Your Enthusiasm Podcast How to Hold a Pencil Podcast Pencil vs. Pixel Podcast


Background listening - Talk Shows and Storytelling
No Such Thing As A Fish Podcast Dinner Party Download Podcast Stuff You Should Know Podcast Tales of Horror Podcast
Audio Books - Loyal Books Grimm's Fairy Tales Far-Fetched Fables Podcast The Mystery Show Podcast Serial Podcast


Do you already subscribe to podcasts? I'd love to hear what you're listening to! Please share your faves in the comments :)


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Monday, 29 June 2015

July 2015 Free Printable Calendar and Planner

Happiness is... July 2015 Free Printable Calendar and Planner - hand lettering
Let's go, second half of 2015!

The July calendar is made up of hand lettering and a sprinkle of other goodies on the side that remind me of popping candy. Like it? Let me know! ;)
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Happiness is... July 2015 Free Printable Calendar and Planner
Happiness is... free printable January 2015 calendar and planner
Happiness is... free printable January 2015 calendar and planner (black and white)

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Thursday, 4 June 2015

Hand lettering by Happiness is... in Ideas Mag

Hand lettering by Fathima Kathrada at Happiness is... in Ideas Magazine June 2015

Check it out! Very stoked to have had the opportunity to create a custom #HIWordsinShapes illustration for the June 2015 issue of Ideas Magazine (SA). The issue is pet themed so they provided me with a  really nice apt quote to use, "Be the person your dog thinks you are".
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Hand lettering by Fathima Kathrada at Happiness is... in Ideas Magazine June 2015
Hand lettering by Fathima Kathrada at Happiness is... in Ideas Magazine June 2015


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Friday, 29 May 2015

June 2015 Free Printable Calendar and Planner

Happiness is... June 2015 Free Printable Calendar and Planner - cross stitch watercolour

Halfway through 2015! Not gonna lie, I'm having a few moments of mid year, what-have-I-done-with-the-past-6-months anxiety. Do you get that? It'll pass :)

Moving swiftly onward, the June calendar is cross stitch inspired, but in watercolour! It's also an unusual colour palette for me... what do you think? It was pretty fun to create.
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Happiness is... June 2015 Free Printable Calendar and Planner
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Friday, 22 May 2015

Old Town Italy, an Italian Food Emporium in Durban

Happiness is... Old Town Italy, an Italian Food Emporium in Umhlanga, Durban
If you're a long time follower of my blog you'll know I love showcasing new Durban coffee shops that fit my criteria for awesomeness... and it has been a while since the last one! Enter the new and amazing Old Town Italy in Umhlanga. I popped in there for a visit yesterday after having already heard much hype about it, and I wasn't disappointed. On entering I was given the friendliest greeting by Ally, and immediately felt at ease. She introduced me to Kirsten, the GM, who very kindly took some time to sit with me and chat about this wonderful new space and concept, even though the place was busy and bustling at 10:30 AM.

Happiness is... Old Town Italy, an Italian Food Emporium in Umhlanga, Durban
Happiness is... Old Town Italy, an Italian Food Emporium in Umhlanga, Durban

“Old Town, the very word, evokes a sense of history and a portal back to a time when life itself was defined by a seemingly more romantic set of values.”

Happiness is... Old Town Italy, an Italian Food Emporium in Umhlanga, Durban
Happiness is... Old Town Italy, an Italian Food Emporium in Umhlanga, Durban
Happiness is... Old Town Italy, an Italian Food Emporium in Umhlanga, Durban
Happiness is... Old Town Italy, an Italian Food Emporium in Umhlanga, Durban

Old Town Italy is owned by the Fratelli group, of Remo's fame, possibly best known for their diet-crushing cronuts which are gladly also available at this new spot amongst a plethora of other delicious goodies. Old Town Italy is exactly that - kind of like a little old Italian town in one space. It's got a butchery, bakery, ice cream cart, all the cheeses, seasonal organic vegetables, groceries which are mostly authentic and imported from Italy, and of course a restaurant. All in one space! There's also a variety of seating options available from the bakery area, to the bar counter, to the diner style couches, tables and chairs, and outside seating as well.
I took like a bazillion pics to try and convey the full experience of the place, so click through to see them all ;)
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