Until recently I don’t know that I would have called myself a podcast gal. Sure, I binged on Serial like the rest of ’em. And my husband and I have been known to turn to podcasts for entertainment on long road trips. But I didn’t even know what a podcast was until Serial hit the news circuit. And I didn’t have any favorite podcasts to my name.
Because I’ve always been book girl. I love browsing book stores. I love picking up and holding and opening a book. I often splurge on hardcovers, just because I liked their weight compared to paperbacks. I’ve always loved buying and borrowing and reading and sharing books. And mostly, I love a well decorated bookshelf. But then motherhood happened. And somehow between the sleepness nights and limited time to myself, I find myself with fewer and fewer opportunities to sit down and read a good book. Instead I keep buying books that I want to read, and they literally collect dust on my side tables.
When Podcasts Took Over
Thankfully, I discovered how easy and convenient podcasts can be, and since then I’ve been pretty much hooked. I subscribe to podcasts through my iPhone’s Podcast app, and since I started listening a few years ago, I’ve built up quite a list of my favorite podcasts. The truth is I subscribe to far more than I can keep up with week to week. But the result is an endless library of entertainment, just waiting at my fingertips. And I love it.
Because of how convenient podcasts are, I listen to them everywhere. Always in the car (unless Gemma demands her toddler tunes). Through headphones if I’m shopping solo. At home when I’m cooking dinner or doing the dishes or even when I’m getting ready in the morning. I love that I can squeeze in a few more minutes of my favorite podcast in teeny moments, like when I’m walking to the end of the driveway to get the mail! Or… when I have a few minutes of solo time in the bathroom. True story.
My go to podcasts vary a bit with my mood as the months change, but here’s a roundup of all my current favorite podcasts.
Just for Fun
- Almost Famous
- Young House Love has a Podcast
Podcasts on Motherhood & Marriage
- Respectful Parenting
- The Mom Hour
- The Mom Confidential
- At Home with Sally
- RISE Together
- The Joyful Morning
Podcasts on Happiness, Habits & Healthy Living
- Happier with Gretchen Rubin
- The Better Life Podcast
- The goop Podcast
- 10% Happier
- By the Book
Podcasts on Business, Work Life & Creativity
- Worklife with Adam Grant
- Radical Candor
- The School of Greatness
- RISE Podcast
- Side Hustle School
So there you have a long, laundry list of my favorite podcasts, broken down by categories like motherhood, happiness, and work. Some podcasts (like Young House Love) I listen to religiously every single week, while others pile up in my library until I feel pulled to catch up. But regardless of my listening habits, I hope you find at least one or two new podcasts to try out based on this list!
And if you’re a big podcast person, share your favorites with me in the comments, please! I’d love to add a few more to my library.