Yep, I'm jumping on the bandwagon pretty late, as per usual. Before you read this, open the Podcast app in your phone or on your laptop or wherever you are reading this from ASAP - because you are definitely going to stop reading this halfway through because you've started listening to one of these amazing podcasts. I guarantee it.
I am a music lover. Ever since I was given my first Barbie Pool Party Mix when I was about five years old, I was hooked. I moved on from Barbie pretty quickly when I discovered my parents range of 80s' Hits CDs on the bookshelf - yes, there were still CDs around when I was young. I remember the day my Dad gave me my first MP3 Player, a hand-me-down after he purchased the first ever iPod Classic. Ever since then, I've been pumping out the tunes day and night - and I have no music 'type', I simply like a bit of everything, from AC/DC to Meg Mac. But that's beside the point. My point is, I love music, in fact, sometimes my favourite part of my day is driving home from work on the freeway whilst belting out Rapper's Delight. However, over the past couple of months, I have been becoming more and more fond of podcasts. No, you can't sing along (badly), or bob your head to the beat. But man oh man can you chill out and learn some serious stuff during your daily commute.
Despite my relatively new discovery of the amazing world of podcasts, I thought I would recommend a few that you'll love if you are interested in listening to inspirational women who are killing it in their creative fields and businesses. Podcasts have this some kind of magical power over me - I never finish one without feeling inspired, excited, productive and happy all round. They are also a perfect alternative to music when you have a headache or cold (that's exactly why I started listening to them), or just need a little pick me up. So, without further ado, here are four (starter) podcasts that I have been listening to and absolutely loving. This list is by no means exhaustive, I would recommend starting here and if you like what you're hearing, having a browse of the 'suggested' section on the podcast app. Happy listening!
Note: Each recommendation is linked to the offical website of the podcast, however, all of the below can be found on the Apple Podcast App or whatever your preferred mode of listening.
This was one of the first podcast series that I started listening to. The two amazing creatives behind it, Anna and Lily, are in fact two of my favourite English Bloggers. On their podcast, Lily and Anna visit the homes of a variety of business women, from Zoella to Alexa Inge, founder of Cult Beauty. This is interviews with a twist - a more personal interaction with someone's life, in their own home. It's more comfortable, relaxed and thus somewhat more educational and easier to enjoy.
I listened to Sophia's interviews six months or so ago after first reading her book, Girlboss. I have obsessed over that book enough here on the blog, and by now you should all know how much I love it. Like Anna and Lily, Sophia's podcast is a series of interviews with fellow Girlbosses, but more focused on how they got their start in their career. From first jobs to tips and tricks from some of the biggest names in the business, Girlboss Radio is sassy, funny and witty, just like Sophia. If you're in the mood for an educational, empowering laugh, then this is definitely the one for you.
I've only listened to a few of these, and I am already obsessed. Created by Aussie Jaharn Giles, my friend Libby suggested that I have a listen after confessing that this podcast gave her just the push she needed to start her own business. This series goes one step beyond interviews, offering actual step by step advice on how to get your creative start, in whatever way the statement applies to you, from someone who experienced it first hand. Definitely give this a listen if you have been pondering or 'almost' getting started on a project for far too long - it will give you just the right push to do so. And even if you have started your project, like me, there are still many ways that you could improve what you're already doing, without even knowing it.
Another new one, but a familiar voice. I have been watching Estee on Youtube for years, and she is the definition of London x Canadian cool girl. She is sleek, organised and stylish whilst remaining somehow very fun and laidback. Her podcast is a collection of short essays, with lack of a better word, about her life. Less hardcore educational, more informative and enjoyable to listen to - think of it like a real life E-book.