I love a good podcast.
My best friend was just asking me when I listen and here’s my answer:
Any time I can squeeze it in.
On the 12 minute drive to pick up the boys from cross country.
On the 4 minute drive home from dropping the little kids off at school in the morning.
On the way to the grocery store. On the way to visit my grandma in the hospital. On the airplane to Nashville. With headphones in while making dinner.
If I’m in the car with the kids, I don’t generally listen (although I wish I could). It drives them crazy to listen to people talking about things they don’t care about and I get that. I remember my parents listening to talk radio when I was younger and I hated it, too. But any time I’m in the car without them, you can count on me scrolling through my podcasts to play something good.
There are countless programs and episodes to listen to and I’d love to share with you a few of my favorites.
THE NEXT RIGHT THING with Emily P. Freeman. You guys. Listen to this one. Emily has the most peaceful talking voice with wise words and helpful prompts for those of us who crave direction in our lives. Each episode is about 15 minutes and you’ll leave feeling thoughtful and empowered to choose the next right thing.
THAT SOUNDS FUN with Annie F. Downs. Apparently I like friends who use their middle initials in their work :) I’ve talked about Annie’s podcast a million times because it really is a happy spot in my listening. I’m a fan of every episode, but for those of you who are new (or have never heard!) to the enneagram, her latest episode, number 53, is such a great summary of the personality typing system that is literally bringing so much freedom to my life right now. I, like Annie, want all of my friends to know and love the enneagram.
BRIDGETOWN CHURCH I’m pretty sure I’ve told you about this one before, too, because it has been so transformational in my faith as well. This is a church in Portland, Oregon with an incredibly smart pastor. There is a series from this summer on Prayer that is so good, one from Jesus’ teachings on the sermon on the mount and last year had the best teaching I’ve ever heard on the practices of Jesus.
GLORIOUS IN THE MUNDANE with Christy Nockles. Christy is a singer and songwriter (you may remember her from the Christian group Watermark). Her podcast is gentle and wise with stories and teaching and tender encouragement. She has said before that this is sort of like the book she would write, only it is her speaking it instead. So good.
MAKING OPRAH Just three episodes plus a couple of bonuses, this series is a quick one to listen to and I didn’t want it to be over when it was. I didn’t realize how much the Oprah show was part of my life growing up until I listened in, remembered the old episodes, heard the theme songs. Her tenacity and influence is truly inspiring, whether we totally agree with her or not.
ABOVE & BEYOND with Brock Huard. This one is a brand new find for me and I’m loving it already. Brock Huard is a pacific northwest native who played quarterback at the University of Washington and then the Seattle Seahawks. He is now on local sports radio and well-known for his faith. This new podcast interviews professional athletes and talks about the intersection of faith and athletics. I am actually really excited to have the boys listen to this one with me.
THE ROAD BACK TO YOU with Ian Cron + Suzanne Stabile. I know … more enneagram. The hosts of this podcast wrote a great book and this interviews different people and couples to talk through how our enneagram types are played out on a daily basis. I usually pick and choose and listen to the episodes that are about my number (9) because I’m selfish like that.
HOW I BUILT THIS with Guy Raz. This podcast interviews successful business owners (think companies like Spanx, Whole Foods, Crate + Barrel) about their business journey. I love hearing stories of peoples lives and seeing how all the pieces fit together. You know my love of Barre3 and I was super excited to listen to how Sadie Lincoln started her company. It was my favorite episode yet.
Do you have any favorite podcasts? I’d love to hear!