I go through phases of silence and noise. If I’m working reeeeallllyy hard at concentrating or writing blog posts (like now), I don’t like noise in the background. If I’m doing something that’s not as intensive, like light photo editing, I love listening to something to break up the monotony. Sometimes it’s music (I’ll touch on my favorite tunes in a future post), but right now it’s podcasts. Since people are talking but there’s nothing to look at, it’s like a bridge between vlogs and music. It reminds me of in the olden days when families would gather around the radio to listen to programs before the invention of TV—funny how technology always makes its way full-circle.
The podcast world is a small world. Everyone is interconnected and knows each other through layers of mutual friends. I’ve discovered a lot of new podcasts by listening to people on podcasts reference other podcasts.
Here are a few of my absolute favorite podcasts…
One Part Podcast with Jessica Murnane
This is the first podcast I started listening to regularly that introduced me to the world of podcasts. I found it through Minimalist Baker. (Side note: here is the episode with Dana of Minimalist Baker.) Jessica is a down-to-earth no-fuss real talk kind of girl. With all the perfectly curated, perfectly composed, and perfectly edited content that saturates the Internet, this girl is a breath of fresh air. Although the podcast is rooted in eating plant-based (eating a plant-based vegan diet helped Jessica’s endometriosis and spared her a hysterectomy), the podcast deals with living a life that inspires you and those around you. Jessica is currently on a hiatus from her podcast because she’s writing her first cookbook (!) and needs to focus her attention on recipe developing for the next few months. Some of my favorite episodes are Kelsey Miller, Anne Sage, Isabel Foxen Duke, Dana Shultz, Dr. Campbell, Rochelle Bilow, and Jess Lively.
Marriage is Funny with Jessie Artigue + Gerard Brown
Okay, so this podcast is focused on marriage and relationships. I’m not married or in a relationship, but I still enjoy listening to Jessie and Gerard talk. I’ve been internet friends with Jessie (who also writes the blog Style & Pepper) long before her podcast and enjoy getting to know a more personal part of her life. I appreciate how she and Gerard are mindful about their communication and the way they express themselves. They try to be balanced, but know that there is no such thing as perfect love, just great love and there is happiness in every mess. They are extremely honest and transparent, making themselves far more vulnerable than the hosts of any other podcast I’ve ever listened to. Even though the marriage part doesn’t directly affect me, I can implement their tips and advice when dealing with friends and family. Some of my favorite episodes are Take Care of Your Assets In Case You Become A Widow, Never Try to Paint Your Nails While Riding in the Car, Connection is Easier When You Have a Good Cushion, It Never Hurts to Ask for a Price Cut, and No One Likes to be Woken Up By a Vibrating Floor.
The Lively Show with Jess Lively
I have to thank Jessie of Marriage is Funny and Style & Pepper for introducing me to this one. Jessie was on The Lively Show a few months back which officially got the show on my radar. Jess is zealous for helping others and listening to her podcast changed my entire mindset on life. She’s introduced me to a new way of thinking and approaching my work ethic. I’ve learned to differentiate my ego from my intuition and live life with (more) intention (continually a work in progress). Some of my favorite episodes are Alex Ikonn, Elizabeth Gilbert, Young House Love, Gretchen Rubin, Mimi Ikonn, Jen Gotch, and Lindsay Ostrom.
Being Boss with Emily Thompson and Kathleen Shannon
A great podcast for any creative or aspiring entrepreneur. Being Boss is focused in starting and running your own business and includes interviews with all sorts of inspiring business owners. It’s about taking control and “being boss” in all aspects of your life, be it your health, relationships, business, or pleasure. Some of my favorite episodes are Lindsay Kluge, Finding Focus in Your Creative Business, Creativity & Magic, Brené Brown, and Giving It All Away.
Happier with Gretchen Rubin with Gretchen Rubin + Elizabeth Craft
By now, we’ve probably all heard of Gretchen Rubin. If not, we’ve probably seen her books. She’s most known for The Happiness Project, Happier at Home, and her latest, Better Than Before. I found out Gretchen had a podcast while listening to her episode on The Lively Show (which was one of my favorite The Lively Show episodes!). Gretchen runs the podcast with her sister, Elizabeth Craft. The podcast deals a lot with conquering bad habits, cultivating good habits, understanding yourself, understanding others, and really being the best version of yourself. It’s really nice to learn more about Gretchen on a personal level as she’s one of my favorite authors. Some of my favorite episodes are Why Elizabeth and I Lower the Bar, Choose the Bigger Life, Take Photos of Everyday Life, Treat Yourself Like a Toddler, The First Episode, and A Close Look at the Upholder Personality (aka what I am).
Beauty Inside Out with Kimberly Snyder
Kimberly is a celebrity nutritionist who practices alternative medicine and is currently in 6-year Ayurvedic medicine training program. I think I found Kimberly after Googling some sort of natural health question. I clicked on her website and proceeded to get lost in the endless topics and plethora of knowledge in her blog posts. Then I found out she has a podcast and have been hooked ever since. Her health beliefs closely align with my own, so it’s interesting to hear her take on numerous health subjects. For those who aren’t into woo-woo, Kimberly can get a little woo-woo at times (not a lot, just a little), so just keep that in mind. Some of my favorite episodes are Anthony Mackie, Kip Anderson, The Calorie Myth Explored, Is Oil Pulling Really Beneficial, Adventures in Sri Lanka, and White Rice & Weight Loss.
Creating Your Own Path by Jennifer Snyder
I found Jennifer’s podcast through Jessica Murnane, mentioned earlier, when she was on a CYOP episode. Jennifer interviews creative individuals who are truly doing what they love. With a background in PR, she now writes freelance for publications, websites, blogs, etc. and is a regular contributor to Clementine Daily. This past summer, she took a road trip around the US, interviewing people in person for her podcast. Creating Your Own Path teaches you how to craft a life that serves you, be it by starting your own business, landing your dream job, or finding joy through hobbies. Jennifer is currently on a brief hiatus and will return to the podcast soon. Some of my favorite episodes are Simone Anne, Ana Manzano, Katie Michels, Rachel Smith, Lisa Congdon, Cassandra Lavalle, and Hilary Rushford.
Do you listen to podcasts too? Are any of your favorites the same as mine? Send me some recs!