Do you listen to podcasts? A few years ago I had heard people talk about podcasts, but had never listened to one, partly because I couldn’t work out the technology and it all seemed really complicated. Once I had worked out there is a Podcast app on my iPhone and its actually really easy to search for the podcast and listen straightaway, I was hooked. (If you have never listened to a podcast because you don’t know how, have a look at my Beginners Guide to How to Listen to a Podcast, here ) I listen to them when I am working, if I am making dinner and the children are playing, when I am waiting for a class to finish or just doing something where I can listen at the same time – I feel like a multitasking queen! If I am stuck with something in my business, need to learn something quite fast but don’t have time to read about it whilst working, or just want to get some inspiration I listen to business podcasts. But podcasts aren’t just about business advice. I have heard some really inspirational speakers on podcasts, and also laughed along with parenting woes and funny travel tales. I also play podcasts to my children too, the little ones like to listen whilst they play or in the car, especially story podcasts.
Over the last year I must have listened to hours and hours of podcasts – walking a marathon hike certainly helped with listening time! I recommend my favourite podcast weekly in my Facebook group for creative business owners ( intrigued? You can join us by clicking here, and see what we are listening to this week) , and I am often asked ‘ Do you know a podcast about this?’. So I have decided to share my favourite podcasts to listen to in each category but first I am starting with the top podcasts I have listened to over the last year. These are the ones I recommend all the time, or ones that really stood out to me that I still remember. And I absolutely love that they are all by Women – female podcasters are out in force and creating some really content. Here’s my 6 favourites from the last year.
Tea and Tattle – Tea and Tattle is a weekly podcast, featuring interviews with inspiring women and thoughtful conversations about books, wellbeing, creativity and culture. I found this podcast when I felt completely unable to listen to another business podcast but wanted something to listen to, that was inspiring and interesting. I am trying to read more and a podcast about books seemed a good place to start. This was the first episode I listened to, with Bonita Norris, the youngest woman to climb Everest. I immediately bought the book, and its one of the most inspiring books I have ever read, telling the fascinating story of what it is really like to climb Everest but also its about overcoming fear and achieving your dreams. I have played this podcast to my older sons in the hope they are motivated to chase their dreams. https://www.teaandtattlepodcast.com/home/58
Elise Gets Crafty – the podcast from Elise Joy. This is my all time favourite podcast, I have listened to every episode and there is so much value to be found in the past series. Elise reminds me to get stuff done – and that I can choose to be productive if I want to be. Well worth a listen, and worth delving back into the archives as well, there are hours worth of great content in this podcast. https://www.elisejoy.com/podcast/
The Food Medic – This podcast is hosted by Hazel Wallace, a doctor who is also a personal trainer, blogger and author. I follow Hazel on Instagram and love her inspiring , evidence based posts so I was really excited about this podcast. The episode that really stands out for me is episode two, it really reminded me how important exercise is and I have recommended it to lots of people struggling with low mood and anxiety. Its a must – listen episode, and really encouraged me to build more daily exercise into our family life. https://thefoodmedic.co.uk/the-podcast/series-1/
Happy Mum, Happy Baby – This isn’t a podcast I would normally have listened to, but on a very long walk when I just wanted something light to listen to, I downloaded some episodes of Giovanni Fletcher’s award winning podcast and was quickly converted – its like getting together with good friends and putting the parenting world to rights. Not all the episodes appealed to me, but this one with Emma Freud was fascinating, and has stayed with me. Touching on home schooling, traveling abroad with children and the thing that stuck with me most was how Emma talked about parenting teens. This is so often not discussed and it really spoke to me as the parent of a just-teenage boy. There’s also lots of lovely film gossip too for Richard Curtis fans. https://www.giovannafletcher.com/podcasts/series-two/emma-freud
She Moves Mountains, by Bonita Norris – this is a new podcast that just launched and I am already loving it. I read Bonita’s book last summer and it was one of the most inspiring stories I have ever read, and so I was so excited to discover she has a podcast talking to other women who have achieved amazing things. The production isn’t as slick as some of the other podcasts on the list but the content is some of the most interesting and inspiring audio I have heard for years. It is motivating, and so great to hear women celebrating their achievements – and often women who have started as complete beginners but with the right mindset and a lot of hardwork have transformed their lives and achieved amazing things. http://www.bonita-norris.com/podcast/
What She Said – this lovely podcast from Lucy Lucraft was new to me, and I discovered it about a year ago. Its so easy to listen to but full of interesting conversations from intelligent, normal women who are making their way in the creative, freelancing, entrepreneurial world ( there are a few men thrown in there too). Lucy herself is a really lovely person and has a great story, with interesting views on being vegan, living a zero waste lifestyle, and is gut wrenchingly honest about her work, blogging and the struggles that go with it. Get to know her a bit more in this episode but definitely check out the previous podcasts too. https://lucylucraft.com/what-she-said-podcast-17/
I am always looking out for new podcasts, and my intention for the next year is to try out some different genres, and not just stick to business and lifestyle. What is the best podcast you have listened to lately? I would love to know so I can listen along too!
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