5 podcasts for the well-balanced twenty something

Jessica DeBano

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…

1). The Skinny Confidential- Him & Her Podcast

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.

This podcast is perfect for:

  • Anyone who is new to podcasts
  • Listeners interested in business or branding
  • Bloggers or people wanting to get into blogging
  • Listeners who love beauty/wellness tips
  • Anyone looking to become the best version of their selves.

Best time to listen:

At the gym, in the car, or while you are cooking or cleaning.

Episodes to Catch:

#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.

2). Guys We Fucked- The Anti-Slut Shaming Podcast

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.

This podcast is perfect for:

  • Your feminist friend who is tired of people putting labels on sexuality
  • Any twenty-something woman with a good sense of humor and strong backbone.
  • Listeners who are wanting to hear something new!

Best time to listen:

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.

Episodes to catch:




3). Earn Your Happy- With Lori Harder

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.

This podcast is perfect for:

  • Anyone who enjoys self-help/motivational speakers like Gabby Bernstein.
  • You friend or loved one going through a difficult situation
  • If you are someone who is struggling to push past some of the obstacles when it comes to really creating the life of your dreams!

Best time to listen:

  • Morning commutes- When I am tired and hating life. She helps bring me back to what is most important.
  • Pre-gym tunes- Because sometimes you just need that extra little bit of motivation to get you going.
  • During rough patches- Whether you’re having relationship issues, friendship hurdles, or stuck in your own head, this podcast can be very helpful in helping you shift your thoughts and prepare you to take control of whats seemingly not going right.

Episodes to catch:

#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.

4). Meditation Minis with chel hamilton

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).

This Podcast is perfect for:

  • Anyone new to meditation, or someone who wants to taste the bliss of being present.
  • Someone who is familiar with meditation but wants to try out a new guide
  • Busy people who don’t have a lot of time to commit to meditating.
  • Anyone who wants to center themselves, or those struggling with anxiety/depresion.

Best time to listen:

  • In the morning, right when you wake up.
  • During your lunch break, or anytime you need a quick mid-day pick me up.
  • After a gratifying yoga practice
  • Before bed, as a chance to wind down your mind and prepare for restful sleep.

Episodes to Catch:

#128 Breathe Away Discontent and Tension

#109 Choosing Energy

#85 Loving Kindness- Others Practice

#71 Gentle Meditation for Anxiety and Relaxation

5). World News Roundup

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.

This podcast is perfect for:

  • Anyone interested in current events
  • Busy people who don’t have time to watch a full news show
  • People who want to be somewhat educated about the world around them

Best time to listen:

  • In the morning, during work commutes
  • Before going into a meeting- great talking points.

Other podcasts worth checking out:

  • The Joe Rogan Experience
  • Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations
  • Pardon My Take


  1. Renae

    July 26th, 2018 at 9:59 pm

    Saving this post! I love podcasts and I am always looking for new channels to subscribe to. ❤️

  2. Jessica Debano

    July 27th, 2018 at 12:48 am

    Thank you! Let me know if you find any other gems <3

  3. Joanna

    July 26th, 2018 at 10:17 pm

    This is fab. Amazing to see some podcasts I haven’t heard of included. I’ll be giving these a go on my hols.

  4. Jessica Debano

    July 27th, 2018 at 12:48 am

    That’s awesome. I’m glad there are some new ones. What do you listen to?

  5. Chantel

    July 26th, 2018 at 10:25 pm

    I LOVE The Skinny Confidential! It’s probably my favorite podcast. I love listening to it when I go for my morning walks. Lori Harder is also amazing! I came across her podcast a few months ago and she actually grew up an hour away from where I grew up. I haven’t heard of the other ones, but I’m definitely going to check them out!

  6. Jessica Debano

    July 27th, 2018 at 12:48 am

    That’s crazy! So you grew up in a small town lol I can’t remember what state she says is like Ohio? or Iowa? lol I can imagine how great podcasts would be on a morning walk– if only I could get up earlier before running off to work!

  7. Marissa

    July 26th, 2018 at 10:29 pm

    I’ve been wanting to start listening to podcasts so this post came into my life at the perfect time! Thanks!

  8. Jessica Debano

    July 27th, 2018 at 12:47 am

    No problem, thank you for reading! Once you are up and running on podcasts- let me know of some good ones 🙂

  9. Cristal

    July 27th, 2018 at 2:35 am

    Thanks for putting this together. It was very helpful the way the review was laid out. I have never heard of any of these podcasts. I’m new to this podcast world 🙂 really interested in checking out Earn Your Happy!

  10. Grace Esedeke

    July 27th, 2018 at 3:58 am

    I’m just getting into podcasts and I’ve subscribed to a number of them which I so love. Never heard of this channels and they all sound like something I’d love to listen to.
    Thanks for the list.

  11. Rebecca

    July 27th, 2018 at 4:18 am

    I’m well beyond my 20s, but I look forward to trying some of these to add to my podcast playlist! The meditation one sounds perfect. The reviews and recommendations are so thorough and detailed it really is helpful to narrow down what I would like to try. Thanks for this article! Great job.

  12. ivana

    July 28th, 2018 at 8:50 am

    I love Oprah’s Super Soul, this is a great list. I’d also suggest Kalyn Nicholson’s Coffee Talk and Lavendaire lifestyle, those are my favorite 🙂

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