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June 13, 2016

Best Podcasts for Self-Care

Podcasts are just one ingredient of my self-care practice.

I work from home, and am a natural introvert. But I also have a range of ability and access issues that make typical work styles and media-processing difficult for me. So, I’m always looking for creative outlets to consume media and connect with the outside world, in a way that works for me.

Enter: Podcasts

I know, podcasts are totally the hip thing right now.

Even so, I resisted them for a long time.

For about a year now, I’ve really been enjoying them, so I wanted to round up my favorites and share them with you. But first, a little about how podcasts themselves can be self-care.

Podcasts support my self-care.

Sometimes, I’m too tired to read. Sometimes, I’m sick of my music playlists. Sometimes, I don’t have the energy to talk on the phone. I have trouble keeping track of the plots of audiobooks.

But I’m still looking to feel inspired, deepen my spiritual practice, and feel connected with like-minded folks.

So, podcasts seems like the natural fit. But it took me a long time to really get into the groove with them.

Secretly, I though podcasts were only for intellectual stuff.

And sometimes, I’m not that into learning things. (I mean, while we’re being honest here.) Then, I found some great meditation podcasts, but even those were a little heavy for me sometimes. Finally, I feel like I’ve stumbled into the sweet spot of fabulous podcasts that address some of the intersections of work, values, creativity, self-care, healing, and becoming.

I’m so psyched to share some of my favorite shows (and favorite episodes of each). These cover a whole range of self-care and inspiration topics, so there’s really something for everyone. I also love that (totally by accident) all of the hosts here are some super-fabulous women. They are smarty-pants and I’m psyched to support them.


Real Talk Radio

Host: Nicole Antoinette

What it’s about:

Long, meandering conversations about life, how we show up, and how we live well. No bullshit (see title), no surface-y small talk, but in-depth, fruitful conversations with fascinating guests. Nicole has a rather amazing, inspiring backstory herself and she is refreshingly transparent about her journey. The result is that her guests are willing to do the same. It’s a great listen, always.

Favorite episodes:

Jumpstart Your Joy

Host: Paula Jenkins

What it’s about:

Paula is one of my IRL friend-colleagues who is awesome. She’s so sweet and bubbly, and has a huge range of guests on her show talking about what lights them up, brings them joy, and keeps them going. Her podcast is such a delight, and I’m super-glad to know her. Also, she now teaches a course called Jumpstart Your Podcast. Paula is someone I never would have met, if not for our businesses, and I’m so grateful.

Favorite episodes:

The Couragemakers

Host: Meg Kissack

What it’s about:

Meg is another one of those podcasters with whom I got on famously after about 5 minutes of chatting. Couragemakers is a podcast for creative and passionate mission-driven doers, makers and world-shakers designed to inspire and encourage. Plus, Meg has the most amazing British accent and is adorable. You’ll love her.

On Being

Host: Krista Tippett

What it’s about:

From On Being: “On Being opens up the animating questions at the center of human life: What does it mean to be human, and how do we want to live? We explore these questions in their richness and complexity in 21st-century lives and endeavors.” And it is so, so rich.

Favorite episodes:

Raise Your Hand Say Yes

Host: Tiffany Han

What it’s about:

The podcast is all about creativity, doing the work, taking risks, daring, cutting the crap, and making great things. If you need a spark, a kick in the pants, or an awesome big sister to tell you to pull your shit together, you’ve come to the right place. Tiffany has conversations with lots of smarty-pants people about pursuing a creative life. She gives great interviews, and also occasionally posts “solo shows” where she riffs and rants about what’s on her mind.

Favorite episodes:

Joy Patrol Show

Host: Kristl Yuen & Rachel Shipull

What it’s about:

Kristl and Rachel are so great – they’re real-life loves (the cutest) and get really-real about their own journeys, struggles, and sources of joy. They also invite smarty-pants guests to come chat with them about joy in every realm of life. Conversations touch on business and money, wellness and health, spirituality and real-life habits. They never shy away from admitting when things are tough, but always make it applicable and relatable for their audience. Y’all are going to love them.

Favorite episodes:

Tara Brach

Host: Tara Brach

What it’s about:

Meditation, mindfulness, Buddhism, wholeness, and love. Tara Brach is one of the most respected meditation teachers in the world. Her podcast is no-frills, no BS, real-deal meditation. These are classes that you might otherwise have to pay a boat-load of money to attend (and Tara could easily sell these on her website), but she gives it all away free. This makes Buddhist teachings accessible for literally millions of students, which is incredible. Give her a listen.

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