Podcasts. Episodes are longer and by association sometimes meatier than TED talks but shorter and more digestible than audio books. You can listen while you make dinner or run errands, and they’re topical, so you can choose episodes that interest you and skip the ones that don’t.
Basically, there’s so much to love about podcasts!
I personally am drawn to podcasts that give me pieces of wisdom I can immediately implement in my life. I also love a great speaking voice and tend to shy away from slow-paced conversations and over-sentimentality / cheesiness… but that’s just me!
Because my whole life runs better when I have great content to listen to while I change sheets or work online, I feel like I owe it you as friends to share my favorite listens. Enjoy!
12 engaging podcasts for purposeful women—
This is the podcast I listen to most. It is perfect for any woman looking to live from her values. And I adore Jess on a personal level as well.
In this show, Tsh (the writer of The Art of Simple) explores the idea of “living holistically with your life’s purpose,” which sounds deep and serious, and it can be, but it generally has light and conversational tone that is a pleasure to listen to.
“For the ever-growing group of people who are saying no to life lived at 110%.” What a great line, right? I’m new to this one but was absolutely gripped by the name of their show. Brooke and her husband (bonus, Australian accents!) host fascinating guests in the field of psychology, minimalism, mindfulness, and more.
That Michael Hyatt. He is just an all-around standup guy. I wish I were related to him. 🙂 This podcast has a bent toward entrepreneurship, but it’s also about just living your best life wherever you are.
Creativity & Entrepreneurship
Great subject matter, great guests. In this podcast Liz Gilbert builds off the topic she explored in her book, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear.
Short, topical posts for those with entrepreneurial hearts. Todd has a fantastic speaking voice. My husband would say that by “fantastic” I mean sexy, but those are his words, not mine. 😉
This podcast is brand new, but I adore Don Miller, the author of A Million Miles in a Thousand Years and Scary Close, and I can’t wait to see where he goes with this. He’s a wise guy who speaks from the heart.
Motherhood & Parenting
A great new-ish podcast for women who want to be more playful, present, and peaceful. Hosted by my friend Shawn, founder of The Abundant Mama Project. I’ll take shawn’s wisdom any way I can get it! I was lucky enough to be a guest on the show, which you can find here!
I love that this podcast covers such diverse topics related to motherhood, from reducing your family’s materialism to putting more nature into your nurturing to sex talks and road trip tips. This show has big-time practical applications, along with a lot of fun, recognizable guests.
I was first introduced to this podcast when Tiffany reached out to me asking if I’d like to record an episode. Since then I’ve done some catchup listening and have been inspired by Tiffany and her guests, who dive into some courageous subjects like adoption, special needs parenting, healing after child abuse, and thriving in motherhood. It has a beautiful Christian thread throughout, for those who are interested. (You can find my episode here!)
Hosted by the writer of The Happiness Project and her sister, Elizabeth Craft, this show has an easygoing pace, like you might expect between two sisters, but it’s filled with really practical tidbits to help you live happier.
I’m a longtime follower of Anne’s blog, Modern Mrs. Darcy (she’s even written here at Let Why Lead before!), and because of her, I am never without something to read. 🙂 In her relatively new podcast, she and her guests talk about all things books, with conversations about personality types and work/life balance thrown into the mix. (I put this in the happiness category because books = happiness, right?)
In case you need any help subscribing to podcasts, Anne walks you through how to subscribe in this post.
Do you listen to any of these? Let me know in the comments if you have any other favorites that you’d add!
Last thing—I saved two of my very favorite podcasts for my list of my top 16 resources, which you get a copy of with each (quarterly) newsletter I send out. 4 podcasts, 4 blogs, 4 TED talks, and 4 blogs—for women living with their whole hearts. Sign up in the sidebar or right here!
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