In my opinion, podcasts are quite simply the next best alternative to streaming music and audio books. I love listening to them during commutes to work, busy airport lines, and during workouts. I find podcasts to be informative, entertaining, and usually, more mentally stimulating than Top 40 Pandora. I love that they are consistently updated, and depending on what you are listening to- they can be a great source of knowledge. From self-help, meditation, to beauty advice, I rarely end a podcast without some sort of take away. Other times, its just a great mental vacation. If you’re new to podcasts and don’t know where to start, these are some of my current favorites.
I like to listen to a variety of different podcasts- depending on what mood I am in, and what I need to hear. I like to feel balanced. When I’m energetic and motivated, I love listening to Lori Harder- Earn Your Happy. When I’m really into blogging or growing my Instagram presence, I listen to Lauryn with The Skinny Confidential. Because of this I don’t just listen to science podcasts, or wellness podcasts. I like a colorful palate of podcasts. Here are my top 5 podcasts for the well balanced twenty something…
Lauryn Evarts, the founder of The Skinny Confidential, created this podcast with her husband- Michael. Every week they bring a new guest on the show to discuss various topics like wellness tips, business advice, relationship insight, etc. They’ve hosted celebrities like Kristin Cavallari and Jillian Michaels. She routinely hosts doctors, entrepreneurs, influencers, and experts. I’ve learned about the importance of balancing your hormones, to managing stress, and about how to best present yourself in our social media crazed world.
At the gym, in the car, or while you are cooking or cleaning.
#115- Dr. Stephen Cabral. Covers gut health, anxiety, depression, energy, metabolism, and hormones.
#124- Michelle Promaulayko, Editor-in-chief of Cosmpolitan. Covers sex ed, wellness routines, meditation, and how to break into content and publishing in the digital age.
#119- Kristin Cavallari. Covers parenting, routines, reality TV, and the grieving process.
Don’t let the name scare you away! This podcast is all about the empowerment of women, and challenges the way we think of female sexuality. With over 200,000 SoundCloud subsribers, this podcast is nothing short of informative, entertaining, and ground breaking. The show is hosted by Kristina and Corrine, two New York based comedians in their 20’s. I first heard of their podcasts while they were guests on Joe Rogan’s podcast and I loved their candor. Initially, the show began with Kristina and Corrine interviewing men they had previously slept with. Since its creation, the show has expanded their interviews beyond former sexcapades. They host other comedians, activists, medical activists, and- occasionaly, yes, previous sex partners. I like that they touch on current events (like the big Harry Weinstein scandal), and and aren’t afraid of voicing their opinions in a respectful manner. They answer listener emails and offer advice about life’s sticky situations in regards to sex. These two have a great way of reminding us that sex is healthy and shouldn’t be put in a box labeled: shame. Yes, at times, it can be explicit- so don’t listen to it with your mom. I did that, once.
In the car, on your way home to see your boyfriend/husband. It’s a great way to get you in the mindset of well… sex. And your boyfriend won’t care what got you in the mood, he’ll just be happy to see you. Also, not the best time to listen when children are present. Definitely an adult show, full of humor and real sex.
“WHEN DID YOU NOTICE SOMETHING WAS DIFFERENT?”- Aired March 22, 2018
“YOU JERKED OFF TO PIPPI LONGSTOCKING? W/ ARTIE LANGE”- Aired December 24, 2015
“AUSTIN: DO YOU LIKE GETTING YOUR ASS LICKED?”- Aired December 20, 2013
I came across Lori’s podcast while I was preparing for Miss Alaska USA 2018. She helped me have a positive mindset, and really get in the head space to enact change. As her podcast intro states, Lori is the founder of the Bliss Project, 3 time fitness world champion, fitness expert and cover model, turned self love junkie – lifestyle entrepreneur and author (what a mouthful). Each week she brings you an inspirational guest, a story or a “quickie” of motivation to get you out of a funk or blast you even further towards your dreams. Whether it’s focusing less on the negative, and more on the good stuff – or – learning how to stop people pleasing. She has created a tribe of women (and men, alike) who listen to her 250+ episodes and visit her Bliss Project conventions.
#254: The Difference Between What Our MINDS SAY and WHO WE TRULY ARE.
#247: Turning Negativity and Pain Into Productive and Purpose with Andy Frisella.
#234: How To Look Forward To Every Single Day.
I started listening to Chel Hamilton’s meditation minis (usually ranging anywhere from 5-20 minutes long) when I was experiencing crippling anxiety. Her voice is soothing, and her meditations are themed. They range from meditation for sleep, for detachment from anxious thinking, relaxing, and just mouth drooling ones where you go up, up, and away. She makes it so easy to leave your chattering mind and sink into a place of stillness. With over 3 million listeners, it’s not doubt she’s helped people kick anxiety, self doubt, and negative thinking to the curb. If I have a few extra minutes before work or after a yoga practice, I will put on whatever mediation is calling to me that day. This podcast is great if you are new to meditation and just looking for guided practices that are short enough where you remain present and won’t drift off to sleep (guilty).
#128 Breathe Away Discontent and Tension
#109 Choosing Energy
#85 Loving Kindness- Others Practice
#71 Gentle Meditation for Anxiety and Relaxation
Another podcast, I started listening to while preparing for Miss Alaska USA. This podcast is great for the busy woman with no time to sit and watch the actual 6 o’clock news. The podcast is produced by CBS News and features a daily, 8 minute, overview of what is happening our world. Steve Kathan, the shows producer, does a great job of hitting on the high points of what is going in the news. It doesn’t go extremely in depth, but I like that issues are brought up and then I can do more research at a later time.