That’s right, children, I am now transitioning to two blog posts a week!
I found that limiting myself to one post a week was incredibly annoying, because there is just so much I need to share with you, and it is impossible to put all of it into one giant article every week.
However, I didn’t want to get too ahead of myself, so here’s the plan: every Wednesday, I will upload a mini-post (pfft let’s face it, these will eventually become full-size posts because of my talent for rambling) alongwith the usual full-length blog posts every Friday! I’m still working on how to divide up all the categories and content, so please bear with me through this change!
Alright because this is a short post, I’ll explain more of the ‘why’ later this week, so stay tuned for that!
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Okay, let’s get right into it!
Lately, I’ve been absolutely addicted to podcasts. I find that they are a lot more engaging than reading material. I’m an auditory learner, and so hearing about concepts helps me remember them much better than reading about them. I haven’t heard of many people who prefer this learning technique, because it just doesn’t seem to be as popular as mind-mapping or flash cards….wonder why that is!
Personally, I find podcasts to be a better, and much more productive alternative to music – especially if your music library hasn’t been updated since 2003. (I can’t be the only one.) Put that together with some incredible tips and life lessons, and you have the perfect listening material for when you’re working, or creating, or even doing the chores!
My favourite kind of podcasts are ones to do with creativity, self-improvement, goal-setting and entrepreneurship, and I much prefer full length solo shows over group interviews and shorter talks, but again, that’s just a personal thing.
Side note: the podcatcher I use is PodcastAddict for Android, but there are loads of other softwares out there, the most popular ones being iTunes and Soundcloud! For each podcast on my list, I’ve added direct links to their audio feeds so you can find them easily.
My top 5 podcast recommendations are ones I listen to every single day, especially in that golden hour between taking my sleeping medication and actually passing out. My brain is always ready to lap up new information at that time (which is weird) and I always love to feed it helpful information!
Here’s what I listen to, in order of preference:
Okay, I have no idea what my life was like before Andy’s insight. Creative Pep Talk is exactly what it says on the box – pep talks to boost your creativity, and how you express it.
Each episode is between 30-50 minutes long, sometimes even longer (which makes me happier than it should!), and a majority of these are solo shows (again, ticking all my boxes here, Andy!).
I know I sound partial to this podcast – that’s because I am. You guys, I quite literally listen to one episode every day, and I’ve found myself coming back to replay a lot of them!
Andy has brought me to so many amazing realisations, not just about my art or how I project it to the world, but also about my subconscious thoughts and beliefs, and my personality traits. Plus, every single episode (interviews included) is jam packed with so much amazing, other-wordly wisdom, put into simple, easy-to-understand words, it makes me want to cry sometimes.
Yes, I’m fangirling here. Yes, it’s totally warranted. Yes, you should go listen to it right now.
Speaking of solo shows, if you haven’t listened to Jenna’s Goal Digger Podcast, you’re seriously missing out.
Her theme is a little different than Andy’s, in that this podcast is a lot more practical and grounded, with absolutely no fairytale metaphors. The Goal Digger podcast is brimming with serious, workable advice on how to set and smash goals, be more productive, network with other creatives effectively, create a thriving community…you get the idea!
The one thing I totally love about this podcast is that you can quite literally take this advice and apply it in less than an hour, and it actually works! I can’t count how many times I’ve found myself listening to her and going,”Aha! That has been staring me right in the face and I can’t believe I haven’t noticed it yet!”
Plus, Jenna has loads of amazing free resources on her website. Seriously, why aren’t you listening to her yet?
Listen to Goal Digger Podcast: iTunes
Okay, confession time. I’m not usually a big fan of shows with multiple hosts. I’m not going to name any podcasts, but I’ve found an irritating trend where sometimes, the hosts tend to carry each other off into irrelevant conversations and inside jokes, and as a listener, not only does it take up a lot of my time, but it also makes me feel like an outsider. Not cool.
Jessica and Jaclyn have thrown this notion completely out of the water! It’s so easy to hear them talk, and while there are loads of (frankly hilarious) interjections, I find myself laughing along with them. Plus, it definitely does not take up too much air time, and their episodes are absolutely packed with more advice than I can handle in one sitting!
Ranging between 25 and 50 minutes, this podcast talks about running an online business, with special focus on female entrepreneurs and troubleshooting problems specific to this niche. However, even if you don’t have a lady business, there is a ton of content in here that you can apply to your own business!
Love these two, and their sometimes hilarious, noisy pets coughJessica’s laughter fitcough!
Listen to All Up In Your Lady Business: iTunes
If, unlike me, you do love shows with multiple hosts and loads of amazing guest interviews, Being Boss is definitely one you should be listening to!
Their main focus is on self-made, self-employed bosses, and their guests are often really talented entrepreneurs who have made it on their own terms. You can totally tell that both hosts put a lot of thought into the questions they want to ask their guests, as well as what topics their audience would want advice on, and this is a huge edge they have over other interview-led podcasts!
I must admit I don’t listen to this podcast as much as I used to (or should), but I know a lot of creatives swear by Emily and Kathleen, and I definitely recommend giving it a whirl if you haven’t already!
Okay, this podcast is still quite new to me, and I happened to stumble across it while looking for podcasts about running a small business.
Small business boss is hosted by two amazing, genuinely helpful ladies, and like the Goal Digger podcast, has tons of really helpful, practical advice on how to take care of the nitty gritties and day to day housekeeping when it comes to your own small business.
Honestly, this podcast isn’t half as popular as it should be! Hand to heart, I’ve queued up at least twenty episodes to listen to!
Listen to Small Business Boss: iTunes
Special mention: Make It Happen by Jen Carrington
No word of lie, Jen is probably one of my favourite podcasters in the world. Make It Happen is an amazing podcast that shows positivity-driven creatives how to stay inspired and motivated, throw competition and jealousy out the window, and stay focused on the end-game.
Why is this not in the main list? Simply because there is not enough of Jen!
While her full-length interviews are really well thought-out and informative, like I’ve said a thousand times already, I much prefer solo shows. The interviews tend to be about an hour long each, but her solo shows are usually less than ten minutes long! This is amazing for people with short attention spans, or very little time to dedicate to listening to podcasts, and I feel a little hypocritical calling someone (whom I love very much) out for creating bite-sized content, but I honestly crave longer episodes from Jen.
That’s not to say her shorter episodes are bad, quite the opposite! They are incredibly motivating, and chocked full of seriously useful advice – to the point where I’m quite literally pleading for more!
I’m hooked on self-improvement podcasts, and have absolutely no idea how to write a short blog post!
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Thank you so much for reading this post, I loved creating it for you! I hope you guys have an amazing week ahead, and I’ll see you again very soon!
All my love,
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