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.
I stumbled across Tony Gonzalez’s podcast while looking for interviews with Jessica Alba, who I find so inspiring. And I was really impressed with the authentic conversation between the two of them. I love the way Tony Gonzalez interviews guests. He’s an ex-football pro, but has such a spiritual side and discusses mindset, wellness and health with successful people.
The Let it Out podcast is by Katie Dalebout and it’s all about interesting perspectives, creativity, wellness and working on yourself. She interviews inspirational people and I’ve discovered a few other podcasts from her, which is amazing. 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.
I first fell in love with Amy Landino’s youtube channel, AmyTV, which is all about practical ways to better yourself. And once I discovered her podcast, I loved that too. I love that she cares about talking about the details of successful people’s routines because I’m always nosey about that kind of thing.
I first discovered Chalene at random on Periscope and I loved her energy right away. She’s a health and fitness expert and she 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 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.
Jess Lively’s podcast is life-changing, but I especially liked the first couple of seasons of her show. She has since pivoted in a completely different direction, but I really liked these episodes: Mimi Ikonn interview, Brene Brown interview.