Things I Believe In This Week: Podcasts, Home Cooking & The Power Of A Smile

It’s been a while since I wrote a weekly roundup post and figured it was high time I brought it back.

A lot is happening this month, Dry January has appeared, healthy living is in full swing and it generally feels like the longest month ever, yup it’s only the 19th! I have committed to maximising my life the best I can and appreciating the small things, here’s what has cultivated happiness for me this week.


What’s the deal with these podcasts? I know this is a question you are probably asking and one I am frequently asked. The thing is, they come in various forms, talk shows, language classes and even stories. You can stop and start them whenever you like, they are convenient, you don’t have to do anything else other than listen.

I have just completed Season 1 of Serial by This American Life produced by journalist Sarah Koenig. She investigates the disappearance and murder of Hae Min Lee in 1999. Her ex-boyfriend Adnan Syed was sentenced to life in prison for this and the podcast follows an intriguing trial, looking for answers as Adnan maintains his innocence to this day. He has been granted a new trial expected to take place this year. It is a well-told, addictive and captivating podcast capturing cultural issues and uncovers thought-provoking gaps in the investigation.

As when you have finished a Netflix binge I was left completely lost and immediately began the search for a subsequent gripping podcast. Next up is The Teachers Pet hosted by this time Hedley Thomas an Australian journalist, who takes us on a journey of an investigation into the disappearance of Lynette Dawson in 1982. Her husband, Chris Dawson was having a relationship with their 16-year old babysitter who he also taught at the local school. He moved her into their marital home as their relationship continued and shortly after, Lynette disappeared and hasn’t been seen since. I am only a few episodes in but I am hooked and the Nancy Drew in me is getting to work forming my own opinion as to what may have happened. I really should have been a detective.


Ok hands up, I am on a diet! Well, more of a lifestyle change if I am honest but none the less, whilst I am enjoying the increased exercise (no honestly I really am!), I am also relishing being a domestic goddess in the kitchen. Ok, maybe not but I am giving it a good go.

A healthier lifestyle can result in clearer skin and improved sleep. Both of which I can attest to, but the biggest stand out is that I am not feeling sluggish after meals. Fresh ingredients coupled with carefully allocated five a day portions are having the desired effect. And I am winning at life by using up storecupboard ingredients which I am guilty of usually topping up rather than actually using!

Here are some of my recent healthier options, who needs takeaways anyway?!


Bacon and Egg Breakfast Burrito


Banana and Strawberry  pancakes


Spicy chicken kebab


You really can’t underestimate how a smile can transform not only how you feel but also the recipient. I realised how uncanny it was that this time last year I wrote a post dedicated to the power of a smile.

This week I have committed myself to smile as much as possible, even at people I don’t know and even when quite frankly, I don’t feel like it. Watching their facial transformation is fascinating, a grumpy morning commute can quickly turn into a bit of fun. And you never know, just that one smile whether giving or receiving, really can make someone’s day.


Photo Cred: Wyron A / Unsplash

What are the things you believe in this week?

By Nicci McShane


  1. Rian Edwards
    January 19, 2019 / 8:57 am

    Love this Noo. The recipes look fantastic too – on my to do list for next week now! xx

    • niccimcshane
      January 19, 2019 / 9:01 am

      Thank you lovely!! The breakfast burrito made me very happy 😂 xxx

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