So a little while ago a friend told me to listen to podcasts, and like most things people suggest, you become resistant to the idea the more they harp on. They just didn’t interest me. Besides, when would I have time to listen to one with two small kids and a near enough full-time job? Then one day, and I can’t even remember how or when, I started listening to one at work. I have the type of job where we can sit with music or the radio on our headphones. I know – amazing, huh? And I remember quickly becoming addicted! I soon went through every available episode and craved a new show to listen to as not only did I find I was working faster and hitting my targets more as I couldn’t chat to my colleagues whilst I had one on, but I just felt so uplifted by them! And they were free. Even better!
I’d recently become interested in the law of attraction and manifesting what you want in life, and on my list constantly was, ‘Please bring inspirational people into my life’. Now like Aladdin and his magic lamp I perhaps should have been more specific and added ‘in person as new friends’ but what ended up in my life was podcasts. And it wasn’t long before I clicked that these were the inspirational people I’d prayed to find in my life. They may not be friends, but they were real and they were out there doing good in the world. They restored my faith in humanity, inspired me, gave me new ideas and different paths to follow, and most importantly were the little positive voice in my ear that I so desperately needed.
So here are my top 3 favourite podcasts:-
Buddhist Boot Camp Podcast
I had the book and kept it by my bedside table to lift me up when life felt hard, and the podcast was no different. In fact a lot of it is chapters from the book. It’s just the author, Timber Hawkeye, discussing everyday situations and feelings, and ideas on how to re-think and deal with what’s thrown at us. It’s so simple you’ll kick yourself that you never thought of analysing situations as Timber Hawkeye does. He really is inspirational and down to earth and human. A lot of what he talks about is situations he’s been in and how he’s dealt with them, and I just felt such calm after listening to each of his podcasts, like I could deal with absolutely anything with peace and dignity.
The Lavendaire Lifestyle
I quickly became addicted to this podcast and listened to every episode, even ticking a list off on my desk so I knew I hadn’t missed any. She interviews a lot of very inspirational people, and I just felt so motivated by each and every one of them. Even if I read the blurb and didn’t feel especially inspired, I often felt so different by the end of the interviews! She’s calm, she’s authentic and she really is inspiring. She also has a You Tube channel that I love to watch too!
Style Your Mind
This is my new latest treat of a podcast. I love, love, LOVE this girl. I want to go for a drink with her. She’s a life coach, and whilst a lot of her work is aimed at female entrepreneurs I just got so much personally from listening to it. She made me feel strong, confident and able to do anything. In fact she’s been the person that has really kick started me to set up this blog; something I’ve thought about for ages but felt overwhelmed at the thought of. She made me believe I could do it, and 2 days ago I didn’t even know how to set up a blog, so her words really have motivated me! I have literally sat and cried at my desk at some of the things that she’s said that made me think, “Yes, somebody gets how I feel and understands what I see in the world!” And she’s just so bubbly and positive you can’t help but feel amazing after listening to her.
So they’re my current favourites. And whilst I initially thought listening to podcasts would be hard to fit in, I’ve come to love them so much I’ve started playing them in the car on my drive home from work and round the house whilst I’m doing housework, on top of listening to them whilst I work. I really do find them inspiring. And what’s even better is that every time they interview someone on their podcast I find new people to follow and listen to. My Facebook and Instagram accounts are no longer filled with attention seeking randomers I may have gone to school with, worked with once upon a time or are friends of friends eager to up their friends list. I’m following authentically real positive inspiring people. And you know what they say, “Raise your vibe, attract your tribe!” I feel so uplifted after I’ve listened to them that I can’t help but spill that out into the relationships around me.
There’s a podcast on every subject you could imagine, so you don’t even have to stick to self-help/life coaching-type podcasts. Listen to something funny and have a giggle. That’s got to make you feel great! And if you don’t feel you have the time to listen to them, think about all the times you are bored, using public transport, walking to the shops, lying in bed waiting to go to sleep, waiting for your kids to come out of their dance class. You’ll soon find the time when you find one you enjoy. It’s a great way to learn and feel connected to other people, and I find myself spouting out random facts I’m learning from them when I’m with other people, so they’re great for conversation inspiration too. So let me know what your favourite podcasts are and why.