With a life spent fairly consistently on the go, it is hard for me to find time to sit down with a great book and read for more than 20 to 30 minutes a day before I’m up and running to the next event. Also being a person who appreciates being out with others enjoying activities, or out at events talking with clients and working in the community, it is even harder for my restless mind and body to sit down and stare at a book. Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy reading when my body finally wears itself out from too many days spend having adventures, but most days, I find myself itching for some inspiration, education, or laughter through entertainment, while I’m on the road or at my computer typing away.
Which is why I wanted to share my top 3 women ran podcasts that give me inspiration, teach me something new, or just genuinely make me laugh and disconnect from the world for a bit.
If personal development and mindset management is on your list of to-do (which, it needs to be) be prepared to have your mind blown and change your entire viewpoint of yourself and others with Unf*ck Your Brain by Kara Loewentheil. Her podcast has transformed my own thoughts about myself (such as going from “no one will ever love me, I don’t deserve it” to “I am worthy of being loved 100% or more by someone, and I will find someone who is worthy of me”) and about how I handle my emotions around other people’s personalities and reactions (the biggest tip is to stop trying to make everyone operate out of your ‘manual’ of how you think everyone should act in a situation), plus, my thought work I’ve done through her is a cornerstone on how I believe we all can handle difficult bosses and coworkers. Kara is a genius, and if you want a no BS, straight shooting, feminist in your ears coaching you through your negative thoughts and mindset, then you will get so much from her podcast and coaching skills.
The news is full of insanity and stress, with a few sprinkles of happiness mixed in, and it can get complicated and stressful to try and keep up with the constant barrage of what is going on with who, what, when, and where. I rely on the podcast Skimm This from theSkimm to give me a quick breakdown at the end of the day with the top stories that occurred since I woke up. While I do also read the news and listen to other news podcasts, at the very least on my busiest day, I turn up this podcast for the 15 or so minutes it runs and figure out what I missed while running from event to event or working.
For professional development, Bossed Up! with Emilie Aries is a really great podcast (and she is a fellow career coach!) full of tangible, intersectional advice on “bossing up” inside and outside of the workplace, plus beating burnout all while lifting others up alongside you. As an alum of her amazing Bootcamp I can attest to the fact that she is just as amazing and inspiring in person as she is on her podcast. She also has a wide array of guests on her podcast, and to this day, I still recommend her episode on Feminist Men with Wade Davis in it to all the men in my life who preach that they want to be feminists.
While my podcast queue is chock full of other types of podcasts (including basically every podcast that NPR produces) these three are my favorite women ran podcasts that I guarantee will educate you, expand your mind, and have you walking away feeling well informed and ready to kick ass.