Podcasts You Need In Your Life ASAP.

For years, I maintained an on-again, off-again relationship with podcasts. I never had the commitment to consistently listen to them. Now that I’ve found a ton of podcasts that I’m ultra-passionate about, I can’t stop listening to them. I’ve given up my Netflix shows in place of listening to podcasts. The best thing about them is that they only require listening, so, for multi-taskers like me, it’s awesome because you can cook, do laundry, clean your room, etc. without being glued to a screen to know what’s going on!

I love listening to a variety of podcasts that cover all kinds of topics, so hopefully one of the ones I share below will jump out and interest you. This month, I decided to take the budget I have for myself a lot more seriously, so I cut out my monthly Spotify subscription. It was definitely a lot harder than I expected, because I realized how much I use the app, and what an integral part of my drives it is.

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Podcasts have really come in handy since they are a free alternative, and they can be funny, educational, storytelling, or really any kind of thing you want them to be! Here are my top five picks that I can’t stop listening to ~ simply search any of these names in the iTunes Store and they should pop right up!

1. Women, Work, and Worth

This podcast has been so influential in my life the last few months that I’ve been giving it a listen. Mavenly + Co. is such a great resource for young professionals and women who want to excel in their careers. Some of the topics that they talk about on the podcast include things like working abroad, starting a business, taking risks, becoming your best self, etc. The list goes on and on, and honestly you will never be wasting your time by giving one of these episodes a listen. They are such an investment into your own self, and the advice and organic conversations that they have on the episodes are so insightful. One of their last episodes a few days ago was really helpful because it talked about deciding whether you want to go to grad school. Since this is a goal of mine for the future, it was so helpful to lay out a plan based on what I learned from the episode!

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2. Accused

Guys. I cannot get enough of this podcast. This 8 episode series produced by the Cincinnati Enquirer has got me hooked. If you listened to Serial and loved that, then you will be absolutely intrigued by Accused. This podcast digs deeper into a 1978 cold case around the Miami University campus in Ohio. I was so obsessed with this that I listened to all 8 episodes in a little over a day. That should say something right there, because I have never been one to binge watch or listen to anything. Ever. There is just something about true crime that really gets me. All the books, documentaries, and shows lately I seem to be taking in are related to true crime. Years ago, I wanted to be a forensic nurse and work on crime scenes with trauma victims. Now that I’ve gone a different path, I see this as my outlet for the part of me that’s so highly interested in crime.

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3. CollegeFashionista Office Hours

It might not surprise you to see the CollegeFashionista podcast on this list, since I write for their website. However, I really don’t think I’m biased when I say that this is one of my favorite podcasts out there. Specifically, it’s so me. The podcast interviews a girl boss in the fashion industry who has really stood out as a young entrepreneur or had great success. The podcasts are short, usually under 15 minutes, so I can knock out an episode in the time it takes me to drive to campus and find a parking spot. If you’re looking for a quick dose of inspiration, knowledge, and usually humor, this should be your go-to listen.

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4. The Lively Show

This is my newest podcast discovery, thanks to the recommendation of my boss. The entire reason this conversation came up was because I was sharing my love for Brené Brown, and then my boss informed me that Brené actually was a guest on Jess’ podcast. In that moment I knew I had to check it out, so I did. Jess incorporates peace, joy, and fulfillment into each one of her podcasts. Whether it’s her talking nearly the entirety of the podcast, or she has someone on that she is interviewing, those three values are always incorporated. Everything she packs into her podcasts is so uplifting and often geared towards entrepreneurial women. I would highly recommend this if you want to finish an episode feeling refreshed and encouraged.

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5. Young House Love Has a Podcast

Young House Love has been one of my favorite websites for a while, but it wasn’t until later this summer when I realized they had a podcast. That made me love them all the more! Sometimes, you find people that you love on one outlet, but when you follow them on another, you realize, ehhh maybe I don’t like them so much after all. The contrary happened with Young House Love. John and Sherry were able to add in humor and cute quips back and forth that don’t necessarily make it into their weekly blog posts. It’s cute to be able to see people’s personalities in ways like through their podcasts. To me, their podcast is the perfect mix of topics. While of course they talk a lot about DIYs and home renovations like their blog focuses on, they also have a great addition of episodes not related to home reno things like “how should bloggers create sponsored posts?”, “why we quit our blog for 12 months” and “design, blogs, and girl bosses”. This podcast also serves as my outlet to dream about the future and what owning an apartment or a home will be like, with the ability to do all kinds of amazing DIY projects!

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Do you listen to podcasts? What are your favorite ones? I’m constantly looking for more because I want to constantly be learning and taking in more information. Any recommendations you might have for me are welcomed in the comments below! Thanks!

Have a great week!

Olivia

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