The 5 New TV Shows to Watch

by mindy @ just a one girl revolution. on September 22, 2016

in Pop Culture and Entertainment

I know that the trendy thing these days is not watching a ton of television and cutting the cable cord. I will be the first to admit that I am a sucker for pop culture, including television. While I’m always sad when summer ends, I do get excited for the new fall lineup! For a couple years (2012, 2013), I wrote about the new fall shows I was excited to watch. I’m bringing back the tradition this year with the five new shows I think you should watch. Although I’m excited for some returning favorites (Big Bang Theory, Law & Order: SVU,  and Chicago Med, among others), I can’t wait for these new series.


This Is Us (NBC, Tuesdays at 10pm)


Hands down, This Is Us is the show I am most excited for this year. Since the “Candy” days, I’ve been a fan of Mandy Moore and I was excited to learn she was coming to network television. Plus, Milo Ventimiglia of Gilmore Girls is just an added bonus. This show is about the intertwining lives of six characters as they navigate life. I watched the series premiere and am absolutely in love with this show already. (Having already seen the first episode, it’s hard to say too much without huge spoiler!) I was devastated when NBC cancelled Parenthood and I think this show will fill that void.

The Good Place (NBC, Thursdays at 8:30pm)


Kristen Bell is one of my favorite people in Hollywood, ever since Veronica Mars. I am thrilled she found a home on network television, especially opposite a legend like Ten Danson. After an accident leads to her untimely death, Bell’s Eleanor finds herself in spending the afterlife in “the good place.” She quickly realizes she was mistaken for someone else. She knows her time on Earth was less than moral, so it’s time to make some changes. With the help of other Good Place residents, Eleanor takes a comedic journey of self-improvement.

Designated Survivor (ABC, Wednesdays at 10pm)


During the State of the Union address, one Cabinet member watches from an undisclosed location in the off chance something happens at the Capitol. As the “designated survivor,” Kiefer Sutherland becomes President of the United States after a terrorist attack leaves him next in command. I love The West Wing and this show seems to be what’s next for those who miss the days of President Bartlet.

Notorious (ABC, Thursdays at 9pm)


Scandal-esque drama, Notorious looks at the relationship between the media and criminal law and features Piper Perabo of Coyote Ugly fame. Per Deadline, this show is “inspired by the true-life stories of famed criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos and cable news producer Wendy Walker, who serve as executive producers, is a provocative look at the unique, sexy, and dangerous interplay of criminal law and the media.” Although reviews are mixed, I’m really excited for this show, particularly since I lost interest in Scandal partway through last season. I’m hopeful that this show will bring a similar energy to network television.

 American Housewife (ABC, Tuesdays at 8:30pm)

American Housewife is about a down-to-ear woman trying to fit as a wife and mother in a very affluent Connecticut town. As much as I love dramas, I love a good, lighthearted comedy. The trailer makes me laugh and I’m hopeful that the series is equally as funny. I loved Katy Mixon in Mike & Molly and am happy to see her in a leading role this time. There is the potential for this premise to feel overdone, but if it’s well-executed, this comedy could do very well.

What new and returning shows are you excited for this season?

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I’m Doing This For Me

by mindy @ just a one girl revolution. on September 20, 2016

in Goals and Challenges

Two weeks ago, I celebrated my 33rd birthday. As I usually do, I made a bunch of goals for the year, but all I shared on social media was a very vague “I want more of the things that bring joy to my soul.”


In many ways, I find birthday goals more motivating and empowering that New Year’s goals. A new year of life feels more full of hope and promise than simply a new calendar year. Maybe it’s simply that New Year’s resolutions/goals feel so cliché with the running joke that they’re meant to be broken. Not that I don’t make New Year’s goals, because I’m all for any chance to refocus and set new goals. But, for me, I find birthdays to be much more of a fresh start. I love sharing my ambitions and dreams for the year, and the accountability of the putting them on the Internet is helpful on my journey.

This year, something in my gut told me to keep my goals to myself. Maybe not for the whole year, but just to start. I was talking with a friend and struggled to articulate why I wasn’t sharing them. I just knew that to start, I needed to be private. Not that they’re anything I wouldn’t be open to sharing, but something was holding me back.

On my way to work this morning, I was listening to the latest episode of the Jillian Michael’s podcast. (Stay with me. This is not the total non-sequitur it appears to be, I promise.) Shay Sorrells, one of Jillian’s contestants from The Biggest Loser, was in the studio. At one point, they were talking about a time on the ranch when Shay walked out of the gym and Jillian didn’t let Bob go after her.

“Don’t. I need her to come back for her, not for you.

Suddenly, it hit me just why I didn’t want to share my goals this time around. I’ve been blogging since May 2010 and over the course of six years, I’ve had a lot of goals. Some I’ve reached with ease, some I’ve worked my ass off for and earned success, and some I’ve had to learn from my failure. I’ve written a lot about my journey toward these goals. When I have a big race on the calendar, weekly recap goals share my trials and tribulations towards the finish lines of everything from 5ks to marathons. My weight loss journey has been an ongoing topic with progress photos complete in my bikini and weekly weigh-ins. I love blogging and this little writing home of mine, so these goals provided easy ideas for posts. Over time, my goals became less about me and my happiness.

In many ways, I know that the public accountability of blogging helped me to achieve my goals. Yet, in other ways, I fear that I set some goals so that I would have something to blog about, to Instagram, to get a bigger reach. To be clear, I didn’t do it intentionally or to manipulate numbers. As I work to grow this side hustle, I think I gravitated towards the goals that bring in readers. I think I lost sight, just a little, on setting goals simply for me. Sometimes, I put more energy into writing about these goals and my efforts to make them a reality than I did towards actually achieving them.

For now, I’m sticking with my original inclination to keep my goals quiet. Certainly, some will become more public along the way. I have some really big, exciting goals that are intertwined with my life as a healthy living blogger and health coach. It will be nearly impossible not to write about how my goals relate to my journey. As I start working towards making them a reality, I want to put my energy into just that. I want to know that I set these goals for the right reasons, for reasons that will set me up for success.

I’m doing this for me.


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