Podcasts have been a regular part of my life since before my daughter was born. I listen to them while I work out, in the van, when I’m cleaning, and anytime I have a minute. Music still gets high priority around here, but podcasts are a close second. I am dedicating this week to the podcasts I listen to. If you have some that you love, please chime in with a comment or two!
You can find day one here: For Starters
Day two: NPR and its relatives
Today’s category is that of notable women. Many of these people encourage me as a mom. Several of them encourage me as a writer. All of them make me smile.
First, you might know Emily and Myquillyn, those clever sisters from right here in North Carolina. They do a free monthly podcast in conjunction with their subscription site, Hope*ologie, and you don’t need to be a site subscriber to listen. It varies in topic from month to month, but the women and their dad do a great job of offering encouragement and a few laughs along the way.
Moms of any age or stage will enjoy listening to Kat Lee from Inspired to Action. Kat is also the brain behind the Hello Mornings movement, helping women make exercise, time with the Lord, and intentional planning part of every day. She welcomes a different guest for each podcast — she recently had Sally Clarkson on (always a favorite).
The Art of Simple is Tsh Oxenreider’s podcast. Tsh is the author of Notes from a Blue Bike, and she always inspires me to keep on swimming upstream when it comes to living with intention. Tsh is also traveling the world right now with her family. When I say traveling the world, I mean close to a year — with three kids. It’s amazingly ambitious and I’m so happy that they’re doing it. (follow her on Instagram to be amazed at where they’ve been and where they’re going!) Tsh also welcomes a different guest for each podcast, and the topics range from writing to simple living to parenting.
Lastly, if you feel like you need a laugh with two ladies who’ve been friends forever, give the BigBoo Cast a listen. Melanie of BigMama and Sophie of BooMama are unapologetic about their penchant for talking about their crazy dogs, their teenage obsession with Amy Grant, their latest find from the drugstore cosmetic aisle, and what’s dumb on TV. They make me laugh out loud, which can be kind of awkward if I’m running while I’m listening.