You might be asking yourself why on earth I want you to know about podcasts and you’re probably thinking that you already consume enough information on a daily basis, right? The question is: are you consuming the right type of information? Information that decreases your stress levels, puts your problems in perspective, shows you that you aren’t alone in your struggles and gives you tools to face life’s big challenges.
We take in a huge amount of information on a daily basis but most of it is just bombarding us from all angles and a lot of the time, it’s hurting more than helping us.
If you take your car to commute to work, what’s the first thing you do when you get behind the wheel? Turn on the radio. And what flows out when you turn that dial? Either a lot of stupid jibber jabber, negative news or music that isn’t even that good. Your other option is to tune into something that is fun to listen to and will enrich your life. The choice is obvious, no?
WHAT THE HECK IS A PODCAST?
The official definition is: a digital audio file made available on the Internet for downloading to a computer or portable media player, typically available as a series, new installments of which can be received by subscribers automatically (source: Google).
Translation? It’s kind of like a radio show that is pre-recorded that you can download and then listen to without any internet connection, whenever it’s most convenient for you. You can browse, download and subscribe to podcasts via three popular platforms: iTunes, PodcastOne, Stitcher Radio or Tunein.
THE BENEFITS OF LISTENING TO PODCASTS
It really depends on the podcasts you subscribe to. The ones I love are inspiring, full of wisdom and life guidance. They are positive and constructive. They give me tools to be the best version of myself and make me feel connected to the rest of humanity that faces the same challenges I do. In addition to this, if you listen to a podcast rather than the news you will expand your knowledge, develop new perspectives and look at life in a grander way (rather than being depressed about the state of the world).
MY FAVOURITE PODCASTS
These podcasters are five completely different genres and that’s what is so wonderful about this media. There are as many different styles than there are individuals doing podcasts. I’m so grateful that we have the technology to access and connect with the people creating this amazing content. I’m currently subscribed to 10 podcasts but the five featured below are the ones I listen to religiously.
Him and Her podcast with Lauryn Evarts & Michael Bosstick
I have a major girl crush on blogger Lauryn of The Skinny Confidential. She’s totally my spirit animal in that she’s a crazy driven perfectionist like me but she’s also super smart, 100% authentic and quite funny. As the name suggests, the Him and Her podcast features Lauryn and her man, Michael Bosstick. They cover topics such as branding, blogging, entrepreneurship, relationships, travel, marketing and social media. I’m sure you can understand now why I’m obsessed with this podcast.
The School of Greatness podcast with Lewis Howes
Lewis Howes is a former pro-athlete turned lifestyle entrepreneur that faced some big challenges earlier in his life but rather than being defeated by them, he rose to the occasion and created an inspiring life for himself. Today, he benefits the lives of thousands of people thanks to the motivational work he does via his podcast, book, speaking events and more. Lewis has incredible guests on his show such as Jack Canfield, Russel Simmons, Elizabeth Gilbert and even Alanis Morissette!
The Rob Cast with Rob Bell
Rob Bell is a bestselling author, international teacher, and highly sought after public speaker. I first discovered him via Super Soul Sunday and I pretty much follow everything he does now including reading his latest book How to Be Here (read my review). Rob dives into the most fascinating topics his show and he’s always a hoot to listen to. Never thought I would say that about a pastor!
Magic Lessons with Elizabeth Gilbert
You likely know Elizabeth Gilbert thanks to her international best seller Eat, Pray Love or more recently her book Big Magic (read it, loved it!). Elizabeth Gilbert is like chicken soup for the soul. Her soothing voice and comforting words are just what we need in a day and age where performance and results make us run ourselves into the ground. In her podcast, Elizabeth teaches us to make friends with fear, be kinder to ourselves and explore our creativity without judgment.
The Art of Making Things Happen with Jennifer Jane Young
Jennifer is a Yogatherapist, coach, entrepreneur and more importantly, a very good a friend of mine. I am always amazed at the wisdom she has to share with us in her podcasts which provide precious guidance for life’s ups and downs. A few examples of the topics she covers: “The difference between working hard and struggling”, “What you need to let go of to reach success” and my favourite, “How being mediocre and stepping outside your comfort zone will make you reach big goals”.
WHEN SHOULD YOU LISTEN TO PODCASTS?
My favourite times to consume podcasts are: during a walk/run, on the train or in the car, while taking a bath or when I am cooking or cleaning the house. These are all these moments during the day where we can just let our mind wander and get lost in worry OR we can choose to use this time to feed our mind and soul.
WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THESE FABULOUS PODCASTERS?
If you listen to some of the above suggestions and like what you hear, you can dive deeper into the great work these podcasters do by checking out their books. Jenn’s isn’t published yet but it’s only a matter of time. I ADORE all four of the books below and highly recommend them if you want to live a fuller, more inspiring and meaningful life. Enjoy!
Have an inspiring podcast you love listening to? Share it in the comments below! As a side note, I was interviewed by Jennifer for her podcast on the realities of building a “dream life”. Have a listen and find out more here.
Until next time, remember to live healthy + happy!