Do you listen to Podcasts? I never though I’d be the kind of person who does (I always pictured people who listened to Podcasts being people who like to have intense intellectual discussions, which I do, but I also like eating cheese and watching the Bachelor), but ever since I have been living alone, I like to have something playing in the background when I’m cleaning, doing laundry, or getting ready for work in the morning.
If you’re not familiar, a podcast is basically a radio show you can download for free on your smart phone or stream online. I download them whenever I’m on good wifi (LOL CHINA) and then have them ready to go on my phone! The app automatically comes on your iPhone (it’s a purple icon) and you can go to the iTunes store right from the app, and “subscribe” to your favorite podcasts for free! Android friends, I have no idea how it works for you, sorry!
Here are four of my favorite podcasts as of late. Please feel free to leave your own recommendations in the comments!
Happier by Gretchen Rubin
Have you heard of The Happiness Project? I’m a huge Gretchen Rubin fan; she write about tweaks you can make in your everyday life to make yourself feel happier and more fulfilled. I enjoy this podcast because ever episode includes a “takeaway” of things you can do at home to make yourself happier! (Things like writing in a one
sentence journal or lighting candles.)
This is my current favorite podcast that I anxiously await to come out fresh every Sunday. How many times have you ever felt completely alone or lost in the world, and think “I’m certainly the only one struggling right now?” The truth is, we’ve ALL felt this way. Dear Sugar is an advice column read aloud and discussed with compassion, love, and no judgment. One of the Sugars is my girl Cheryl Strayed! (She’s totally not my girl, I just LOVE HER. Seriously, go read Wild and Tiny Beautiful Things. You will not feel alone in the world anymore, I promise). Warning, Dear Sugar does cover adult content like sexuality and drinking/drug usage , but does talk a lot about the human experience in general. Dear Sugar reminds me that I don’t have to be perfect, and that my struggles make me human.
If you haven’t heard of Serial, have you been living under a rock? #NoReally… Don’t worry, I’ll
catch you up to speed. Serial is a 12 episode mini-series that investigates a murder that happened 15 years ago. Every episode looks at a different angle of the case (using real evidence, interviews, etc), and you can decide what you
think happened. I listened to this in the fall, and just started relistening to it this week (I’m hoping if I listen to it again, I’ll catch some details I maybe missed the first time? Is it weird I’m listening a second time?)
How I Teach
This podcast is definitely a must for all my teacher friends out there! This podcast highlights a key educator each
week as they share their secrets to success inside and outside the classroom. As a young professional who is trying to grow in my field and stay “on top” of educational trends, I’m really loving this podcast! It’s produced in an easy to follow
conversational tone, so I don’t feel like I have to pay attention completely when listening.
What are your favorite podcasts? Have you listened to any of my favorites before?
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