If you're a millennial, you're already aware that podcasts are the only way to make it through a commute.
I'll admit - I was a little late to the game when it came to listening to podcasts. Full disclosure - despite running a blog, I'm actually the opposite of tech-savvy. I'm not sure what my commutes to work were like before I discovered podcasts, but I was probably still listening to CD's in my 2001 Toyota Echo. That car definitely didn't have aux cord capabilities.
But then I got a new phone and a new car and got with the times, and I discovered that my commute was something I actually looked forward to - because I got to listen to a fresh new podcast every day! No more CD skipping and annoying car dealership commercials for me!
There's a Podcast for That!
I no longer have the daily commute, but I do go for daily walks through the park with my dog, and for me, it's the perfect amount of time to get through an episode or two of a great podcast. I love them because no matter what mood I'm in - whether I want to be inspired, humored, or intrigued - there's a podcast for that.
So today, I'm sharing a few of my favorite podcast recommendations as well as links to find them on Stitcher. If you think I missed a good one, make sure you let me know! I'm always looking for new recommendations.
Serial is the one that started it all for me. This show now has three seasons, but season one got me hooked with a true crime story that, to this day, may not actually be solved. This show is perfect if you love true crime or cold cases, and each episode left me hooked and ready for the next. However, this story goes into some graphic detail about a murder case, so if you're sensitive to this type of material or have little ones listening, you'll want to skip this one!
The Way I Heard It with Mike Rowe
If you've ever watched the show Dirty Jobs, you'll remember Mike Rowe's ability to narrate a good story. That's where The Way I Heard It comes in! Most stories of famous, successful people start out humbly, so as Mike tells these stories, you never really know who he's referring to until the end. I love trying to guess the subject of each episode before the big reveal at the end (but usually, I'm way off). These episodes are short, sweet, and for the most part, family friendly.
Oprah's Master Class: The Podcast
I might love Oprah more than Josh Nichols (if you get that Nickelodeon reference, you're my new best friend). I absolutely love Oprah's Master Class because, like Oprah, I believe that everybody has a story to tell and lessons to teach from their experiences. Each episode features a different public figure, and each guest talks about their life and how they formed the ideas and the lives they have today. If you're looking to be inspired and to hear some pretty powerful stories, I definitely recommend giving this show a listen.
RISE Together Podcast
Dave & Rachel Hollis of the RISE company have teamed up to create the RISE Together Podcast, which is great for developing your relationship with your spouse. I love that both husband and wife join together for this podcast to give their honest input on topics that we all struggle with in our marriages and families. This can be a great podcast to listen to with your spouse, and I know that for us, it has opened up some discussions about things we would have never felt comfortable enough to confront. And if you want to hear more from Rachel Hollis, check out her original RISE Podcast.
Conan O'Brien Needs a Friend
I just love Conan's sense of humor and his back-and-forth riffs with his assistant and guests on Conan O'Brien Needs a Friend. If you're a fan of his late-night show, you'll love these in-depth conversations with other comedians and prospective "friends." Some episodes are absolute nonsense (which is probably why I love them) and others made my sides split with laughter. This podcast is a fun, easy listen for comedy lovers.
The Sheroic Podcast
The Sheroic Podcast only ran for one season, but I loved it so much and re-listen every now and then. This podcast was hosted by female entrepreneurs Cassey Ho and Lisa Bilyeu and focuses on topics that encourage and inspire young women. Episodes range from interviews with other female entrepreneurs and hot topics like body image, stress, and authenticity. I came away with so many nuggets of inspiration while listening to this show and recommend it to young women all the time - particularly those who aspire to become entrepreneurs.