6 Inspiring Podcasts For Moms

6 Inspiring Podcasts For Moms

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6 INSPIRING PODCASTS FOR MOMS

Motherhood is all the things: exhausting, wonderful, maddening, joyful, overwhelming, impossible, glorious.

In the throes of our daily challenges, it can be easy to abandon our personal dreams as we struggle through survival mode.

But motherhood doesn’t have to mean the end of personal dreams. Your dreams and your big goals matter. And podcasts are an incredible free resource for getting pumped up to pursue the life of your dreams.

As an avid podcast listener, I can say that listening to the following podcasts has not only been inspiring, but life-changing. All are hosted by charismatic and accomplished hosts who are sure to inspire and uplift through sage advice and awesome interviews.

Here are my favorite inspiring podcasts for moms!

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1) DO IT SCARED

Hosted by Ruth Soukup, this podcast is all about overcoming your fears and going for the goals that terrify you.

Her motto “do it scared” has pushed me to do things where I would normally hesitate. Like just this weekend, I conquered my fear of my Instant Pot and fell madly in love (OMG, I have been missing out).

Ruth’s story is incredible: she went form a depressed and suicidal college drop-out to massively successful blogger, New York Times Best selling author, and owner of a multiple 7 figure company. Kinda impressive, right?

Not only is she amazing and full of inspiring and actionable advice, but she interviews truly incredible people. I highly recommend getting started with episode 1 and starting your journey towards the life you love.

2) DON’T KEEP YOUR DAY JOB

I knew I was a fan of this show 5 minutes into the first episode I listened to. Cathy Heller, singer songwriter & entrepreneur, is like a walking ray of sunshine. Her bubbly personality creates incredibly dynamic conversations with her guests.  She is so upbeat and encouraging and the people she interviews are incredibly inspiring.

3) HAPPIER

Gretchen Rubin is amazing. Her books are among some of my favorites (like Better Than Before and The Four Tendencies).

Supreme Court clerk turned writer obsessed with happiness, she and her delightful sister Elizabeth (a Hollywood write) discuss very practical tips for creating a happier life in this podcast.

Occasionally, these very charming sisters interview other people doing amazing things and it’s always a delight. This is just all-around awesome podcast for anyone wanting to live a better life.

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4) SCHOOL OF GREATNESS

It was one of the episodes of School of Greatness that inspired me to finally start this blog, something I’d been merely thinking about for years. Not only is Lewis Howes himself inspiring, but he interviews incredible people who are doing a wide variety of amazing things.

5) THE CHALENE SHOW

Chalene Johnson does just about everything. She is a fitness expert, the creator of PiYo, an entrepreneur, and a podcaster among other things.

She is peppy, kind, and the perfect cheerleader to inspire your on your health journey. If was on her show that I first learned about intermittent fasting, a tool that I’ve used to lose 40 lbs and reclaim my health.

6) THE MARIE FORLEO PODCAST

Marie Forleo is pretty epic in her accomplishments (a trend among those on this list). Not only does Marie give so many quick and inspiring tidbits to live a happier, more productive life, but she interviews absolute rock stars who are accomplishing amazing things. I can’t imagine that it’s possible to listen to an episode of Marie Forleo and not feel inspired to do something great.

In the ups and downs of mom life, keep yourself inspired by these 6 inspiring podcasts for moms. Listening will lift you up and get you feeling ready to fulfill your potential.

So pick a podcast (or 6) and get listening today! And then tell me how it goes in the comments.

 

Why You Need to be Listening to Podcasts

Why You Need to be Listening to Podcasts

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Why You Need to be Listening to Podcasts

Being a mom of small kids means your brain is probably full of Disney lyrics and wistful thoughts about napping.

Or being alone for 5 minutes.

Sometimes, you feel like your “mom brain” is turning to mush, held hostage by the sounds of children’s TV programing and the constant hum of whining or asking for snacks.

But don’t despair: podcasts to the rescue.

For me, podcasts are the antidote to the crazy, “blah,” mom brain that often accompanies long days devoted to raising small kids (here are 7 podcasts that’ll help you feel smart again).

They are the perfect way for busy moms to be entertained and learn new things, without taking up any extra time in the day.  

Seriously, they will change your life. Here’s why:

1. They’re free.

Um, can I get a “heck, yes”!?! When I discovered that I could download any of the bazillions of podcasts out there FOR FREE I felt like stumbled on the greatest thing in the world.

It was like a master baker moved in next door and would bring me free pastries and fresh bread everyday. But it’s even better because you can’t get fat off of podcasts!

2. You can listen as you do all the stuff you’re gonna do anyways.

Whether cleaning your house, going for a run, folding laundry, or driving your kids to soccer, you can be feeding your brain and soul with the goodness of podcasts.

Through a podcast app, you can download them straight to your phone. Then you can sync it to a portable bluetooth speaker, throw on headphones, or connect it to your dashboard. You can listen anywhere while doing just about anything.

Seriously, you’ll actually look forward to folding clothes and mopping your floor when you can listen to your favorite podcasts.

Podcasts are amazing for moms

3. There is a podcast for EVERYTHING.

When it comes to podcasts, there is an insane amount of variety. Comedy, parenting, health and fitness, history, true crime, motivational–whatever you’re looking for, there’s a podcast that’ll knock your socks off. Here are some of my all-around favorites.  

Need a quick place to start? Check out any of these crazy-addictive series:

Oh, and there’s even podcasts for kids! My kids love to listen to “Wow in the World”. It’s hilarious and educational.

There is literally no end to the amazingness and variety of podcasts at your fingertips.

4. You get to learn awesome stuff & be inspired.

Which, at the end of the day, just makes you a better mom. I’m always learning stuff that helps informs my parenting or helps me be more understanding of people who are different than me.

I’m not exaggerating when I say that podcasts have changed my life. Listening to podcasts is what inspired me to start this blog, try intermittent fasting (which helped me lose 35 lbs), and keeps me informed about the world around me. If I could hug podcasts, I would. 

Basically, podcasts are the bee’s knees.

While they’re great for most everyone, podcasts are an especially amazing resource for busy moms. You can feed your brain as you go about your day doin’ your thing. Check out Apple Podcasts or Stitcher and bring this amazing force into your life. Start with one of the addictive series I mentioned and then tell me all about how obsessed you are (because you will be). 

Listen on, mama!

 

7 Books You Should Read Right Now

7 Books You Should Read Right Now

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7 BOOKS YOU SHOULD READ RIGHT NOW

I love to read. Despite 4 kids 5 and under, a busy house, and classes to teach, I find time most everyday to read. After my kids are in bed, I enter my relaxing nightly self care routine that includes reading.

It feeds my soul. In the last year, I read dozens of books ranging from science to fiction, history to self help.

Of those books, here are my absolute favorite books that I’ve read from the last year. 

7 Books to Read Right Now

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

If you pick this up, prepare to not do anything until you’re done reading. You aren’t going to want to put it down.

Tired of all the non-fiction books I’d been reading, I picked this up one evening and figured I’d read if for a few minutes to relax and unwind. I finally slipped into bed at 4:00am after finising the book.

I cried. I laughed. It was a great read.. 

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie 

Once you start this murder-mystery, you will want to devour the entire thing. Spooky and undeniably clever, this book is a serious page turner. 

The plot: Ten strangers all arrive at a mansion on a remote island. One by one, they start to drop off with no one able to leave the island.

Oh my gosh, it’s soooo good! 

I’ve been on a major Agatha Christie kick since reading this book. She is indeed the master of mystery. 

Grit by Angela Duckworth

If you’ve never heard of her, Angela Duckworth is definitely someone you want to check out.

This book is a fascinating look at grit, the power to succeed and overcome obstacles. She delves into fascinating (and motivating) examples of resiliency and perseverance and unlocks the keys to obtain those qualities.

Not only did it inspire me to be more gritty and resilient, it’s helped me focus on how I can help my children develop the trait. I’ll definitely need several more reads!

The Miracle Morning

Want to change your mornings? Then check out this extremely motivating book. This book literally changed my life.

Though it’s not without its flaws (he really needs to cite his sources and use footnotes), it motivated me to start waking up and exercising at 4:00am.

This book was a major paradigm shift for me not only in completely changing my mornings, but it was very instrumental in helping me get the courage and determination to start this blog. Definitely a super motivating book.

7 Awesome Books to Read Right Now

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin has made it to 2 places on my list. I simply adore her and her podcast too.

Former Supreme Court clerk turned researcher and writer, Rubin is obsessed with happiness. This book is her exploration into her year-long “happiness project” where she, using research as her guide, actively set out to increase her happiness.

It’s so inspiring and will surely leave you with many ideas about how you can be happier.

The 4 Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin

This is a book that will completely change how you see yourself and other people. My book club cannot staop talking about it..

After exhaustive research, Rubin created a personality framework based on how people respond to both inner and outer expectations.

People fall into 4 categories: Upholders (that’s me), Questioners, Obligers, and Rebels. Take the quiz and tell me what you are.

It is sooooo fascinating. And it’s extremely helpful for understanding ourselves and the people around us.

Harry Potter and The Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, & Jack Thorne

I found this quick read to be downright delightful. While some die-hard Potter fans find fault with various parts of this, I loved it. It’s a playscript and not a novel, so it reads differently. But once you get into it and can envision it on the stage, it is transporting and very engaging.

It picks up the story when Harry Potter’s own children are at Hogwarts. I loved every second of it and hope to see it on stage one day. I thought it was a perfect addition to the Harry Potter series.

You deserve a great book.

You work hard and deserve to immerse yourself in a fantastic book. Go to your local library or Amazon and get yourself one of these awesome books to read.

Then tell me what you think!

7 Books to Read Right Now

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7 Amazing Podcasts For Moms Who Miss Learning

7 Amazing Podcasts For Moms Who Miss Learning

7 Amazing Podcasts For Moms Who Miss Learning

Sometimes you just want to feel smart again. Like your brain is capable of doing something other than memorizing all the words to the children’s movie your kids are currently obsessed with.

Your life may seem like and endless cycle of changing diapers, dealing with tantrums, preparing meals, and chauffeuring. And of course, the endless messes and laundry.

You love your life as a mom, but you crave mental stimulation. Well my friend, you need podcasts in your life. And these 7 podcasts are the PERFECT way to remedy this feeling. 

 

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 7 AMAZING PODCASTS TO FEEL SMART AGAIN 

1) Freakonomics

This is one of my all-time favs. You learn about about basically everything in a super captivating and entertaining way.

Listening to this actually improves my life and helps me be more efficient. You may have heard of or read the book Freakonomics written by economist Steven Levitt and journalist Stephen Dubner (if not, it’s fantastic).

Dubner hosts this podcast and he is absolutely delightful. You will feel 10x smarter after listening to any given episode. This is one of my favorite episodes.

2) Stuff You Missed in History Class

As the title suggests, this podcast is about history. Before you say “But history is boring!” just remember that history isn’t boring– your history teacher was boring (of course I may be biased as a history teacher).

This show highlights super interesting (though often overlooked) stories from the past and delivers it in short and engaging episodes. I burned through about a dozen painting a bathroom recently.

This is one of my favorite stories they covered from the French Revolution.

3) Happier with Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin is a happiness guru, a bestselling author, and my spirit animal.

This podcast, as the name suggests, is full of practical and actionable steps to lead towards greater happiness. And it’s packages in short little episodes. I love it!

Want to learn way to be happier and more productive? This one is for you. This recent episode really changed my perspective.

7 Amazing Podcasts for Moms Who Miss Learning

4) Hidden Brain

If you’re interested in psychology and human behavior, this one is for you. It’s so fascinating.

It basically helps you understand the world and human actions better. If you struggle to keep your house clean, you may like this one: Why Disorder May Be Good For Us.

5) Revisionist History

I love Malcom Gladwell. Reading his books always makes me feel smarter. When I found out he was starting a podcast, my nerd heart almost burst from sheer happiness.

He sucks you in with very compelling stories and then leaves you thinking for days. I recommend starting with season 1, but I’ve never heard him more eloquent then when he waxes on about the McDonald’s french fry of his youth. It’s brilliant.

6) This American Life

This American Life is a classic. This radio show has been going for ages and now you can get any episode you want on the podcast.

It’s full of entertaining and engaging stories all on a related theme. You’re going to love it. It always sucks me in and helps me see the world a little bit differently.

Trying to pick a favorite episode is liking trying to pick a favorite pastry in a French bakery–it’s impossible. You can’t go wrong with any of the episodes here.

7) Radio Lab

I wouldn’t call myself a science buff, but this podcast weaves science and stories about the human experience in a way that is fascinating. Trust me, you don’t need to love science to find this totally interesting.

The hosts are warm and are amazing at explaining complicated things in a way that makes total sense. 

So Pick a Podcast & Get listening!

Ready to ditch “mom brain” and feel smart again? Pick one of the podcasts and listen while you are cleaning, exercising, driving or whatever. Comment below and let me know what you think!