I’ve been commuting to work over four hours a day for the last two months. And I’ve been enjoying it.
I’m pausing for the shock factor. Who actually enjoys four hours of driving?
Okay, so I wouldn’t say I love it, but I’m definitely not hating it. The only reason that it hasn’t been a miserable experience is because of podcasts. Endless podcast listening. I’ve actually been writing this post for a couple of weeks now, trying to really narrow down my favorite podcasts, and give to you the best recommendations possible. I’ve probably listened to over 25 different podcasts and I’m truly into at least a dozen of them.
Here are the best of the best podcasts in the self-growth category that I’ve listened to so far and I hope you give them a listen.
Almost 30 is about navigating life’s transitions from your twenties to your thirties. The hosts, Krista Williams and Lindsey Simcik, interview amazing guests on wellness, spirituality, relationships, personal development and more. Krista and Lindsay are inspiring on their own. They are vulnerable, down-to-earth, and so authentic and their conversations make you feel like you’re chillin’ with them. These girls care about their community is such a rare and beautiful way.
Jess Lively’s podcast is life-changing. If I could only recommend one podcast, this would be it. She is a personal-growth queen. She teaches you how to live with intention, get away from listening to your ego, and trust your intuition. She interviews all kinds of entrepreneurs and inspiring people. I love every single episode and you can tell she gives her podcasts serious dedication. I’m so impressed with her and I love her YouTube vlogs as well. Listen here or on iTunes.
The Let it Out podcast is by Katie Dalebout and it’s all about wellness and working on yourself. She recovered from an eating disorder and talks a lot about that and other self-improvement areas. She interviews awesome, inspirational people and I’ve discovered a few other podcasts from her, which is amazing. She also does really fun mini-episodes called Katie WONDERS where she talks about her favorite things of the month. Those are always a lot of fun to listen to and I always get great recommendations from her.
There is something so rare about Katie’s podcast that I haven’t been able to find with any other podcast. She is so relatable to the point where you feel like you’re best friends the moment you hear her speak. She’s around my age (25) and just released a book about journaling. She definitely inspires me. My only complaint is that she tends to ramble on for quite a bit in the beginning of each podcast and it takes awhile for her to jump into the interviews. Regardless, it’s always a great listen and I’ve powered through at least twenty episodes so far.
One of the podcasts that I discovered through Let It Out is The Brave Exchange, hosted by Lucy Bourchier. Her podcast is all about lifestyle, creativity, mindset, blogging, and business. Lucy is an amazing conversationalist. She asks the right questions and makes the conversation flow so easily with her guests. She’s Australian and has an amazing accent and voice that I could listen to forever. I don’t think the podcast is running any longer and I can’t seem to download them anymore for some reason, but you can still listen on iTunes.
I first discovered Chalene at random on Periscope and I loved her energy right away. She’s a health and fitness expert and she kind of kicks my butt into gear. She’s definitely the one that motivates me the most out of all the podcasts I’ve been listening to. She points out things that I never even thought were huge problems in my life.
One episode in particular of hers really impacted me and it was about shyness. She pointed out how shyness is rude and it sort of changed my perspective on it. I would recommend at least giving that one a listen if you’ve always identified as a shy person. It’s seventeen minutes and it’s a good one. Even if you don’t end up agreeing with her, it’ll give you some perspective on how other people view you when you act reserved and shy. She also has a separate podcast with business tips if you’re interested in that area as well.
Happier is one of the first self-growth podcasts I ever listened to, a year or two ago. Gretchen Rubin is a best-selling author of The Happiness Project and most recently, Better Than Before. She does the podcast with her sister, Elizabeth, a TV writer and talks a lot lately about the four tendencies. I won’t go into any details with that, but if you love personality quizzes, you should take the tendencies quiz. Each podcast gives you tips on how to be happier and I always come away feeling inspired.
I watched the movie, Wild, but that’s about all I really knew about Cheryl Strayed. I had heard of this podcast for a while, but only just recently got around to listening to it. I’m addicted, friends. I believe the podcast is based on an advice column that she used to run. She and her podcast partner receive letters asking for advice and thus, they give advice. It reminds me of the days I used to have silly advice columns as a kid (which is really hilarious when I think about it. What the heck did I know at 11?) They have amazing perspectives and I find myself nodding along when they give their opinions. Some episodes are fairly heavy, but they help you see what some people out there are going through.
Okay, so I’m not even single, and I’m in love with Matthew Hussey’s podcast for single ladies looking for love. His British accent is out of this world seductive. Accents, I’m telling you, they really do something to me. He’s a dating guru who shares little tips (episodes are less than 10 minutes long) for how to get the guy. I would recommend listening to his episode on The Lively Show (where I was first introduced to him). He says things that you think, “Wow, that makes so much sense” after listening to it, but you may not have thought of it quite that way before he said it. I would give a listen to his podcast even if you’re taken. It gives you some perspective on our dating culture and helps you understand men a little more. Plus, you’ll enjoy just listening to his adorable British accent.