One thing I’ve been loving lately is listening to podcasts! I can listen to them on walks, in the car, and at work sometimes. Some of them are educational, while others are just fun! I’ve found a few that I really love, and there are a few others I’ve just recently discovered and added to my list! There are so many great podcasts out there, and it can be a bit overwhelming to browse through them. The first two are my favorites that I’ll listen to as soon as a new one is released, but the others are just in alphabetical order.
My favorite podcast to listen to is Annie F. Downs’ That Sounds Fun podcast. I first discovered Annie’s podcast through one of her books, Looking for Lovely, which I saw on Instagram sometime last year. On each podcast, Annie interviews one of her friends, some of whom I’ve heard of before and others that I haven’t. Many of the conversations are rooted in faith. She also talks about books, food, Nashville (where she lives), music, and other fun things! (Almost) every podcast ends with Annie asking the guest what sounds fun to them. It’s a good reminder to do something fun everyday, even if it’s a small fun thing. As weird as it might sound, I feel like I know Annie. She’s so real & personable on her podcast and Instagram. She’s currently on a vacation from podcasting, but there are plenty of back episodes for you to listen to in the meantime. There hasn’t been an episode I didn’t enjoy, but this one with Sadie Robertson was one of my favorites!
Another one of my favorites is The Shauna Niequist Podcast. I was first “introduced” to Shauna when a sweet friend recommended Cold Tangerines, one of Shauna’s wonderful books. This is a new podcast that began this spring, so I’ve already listened to all of the episodes. I can always count on writing down a few book recommendations from each episode! As was the case with the That Sounds Fun podcast, there hasn’t been an episode that hasn’t interested me. One of my favorites was Shauna’s episode with Amanda Sudano Ramirez of the band Johnnyswim (who I had discovered through Chip & Joanna Gaines/Magnolia Market).
This is a brand new podcast as of this summer. I have
followed Jen on social media for a while (though I haven’t read any of her books yet) and enjoy reading her usually comedic posts. Because I listen to a few podcasts that are in the same female-Christian-author space, there has been quite a bit of crossover between guests on podcasts and they’re blending together in my head. It will be interesting to see how relatable For the Love is for me, since it’s sort of a mini series set up. The first topic Jen is doing is called “For the Love…of Girlfriends,” which I’m enjoying. However, if in the future there are marriage or parenting series, those won’t be very relevant to me in this season of my life so I might tune out for a few episodes.
I attended my first Global Leadership Summit last week, and it was incredible! I started listening to the GLS Podcast earlier in the summer. It’s always a great way to learn more about leadership. We are all leaders in one way or another, whether it’s formal or informal. Even though I don’t hold any formal leadership roles right now, I still think it is crucial to build leadership skills!
My sister told me about this podcast probably a year ago but I didn’t find myself listening to many podcasts then. Fast forward to this spring when I started listening to podcasts more regularly in the car and on walks, and I’ve added this to my rotation! Jamie’s podcast is another one with some overlap with Annie Downs & Jen Hatmaker, but the conversations are always different each time. Some parts of the podcast will have you reaching for a tissue while other parts will cause laughter. The Happy Hour podcast is usually around an hour, but there are also Happy Half Hour podcasts featuring a returning guest.
Invisibilia is an NPR podcast, and it came recommended to me by a friend I made while studying abroad in Europe! It’s definitely different from most of the podcasts I’ve written about. Invisibilia is all about human behavior, and it combines stories and science into an interesting conversation. I think it would’ve been even more interesting to listen to this podcast while I took psych in high school!
Live Happy is an awesome company leading a global happiness movement. They produce a podcast that is all about happiness and it is rooted in science. I love how Live Happy Now features experts in positive psychology and happiness. It’s such a welcome break from all of the negative news that tries to flood our everyday lives. I’ve heard the Deborah Heisz, the CEO/Founder of Live Happy, speak several times, and she is wonderful!
Maker’s Mic — Mike Luckett
Maker’s Mic is a podcast I very recently discovered. If you aren’t a fan of country music, you might not enjoy this one. In each episode, a different individual in the country music industry is interviewed. They aren’t super well-known musicians in mainstream country music (and not all are musicians). I was familiar with two of the three individuals I’ve listened to so far (Sam Outlaw & Charlie Worsham). The third is a guitar player for Tim McGraw; he told lots of stories about what it’s like to be on the road with such a big name in the industry. This podcast is a nice change of pace from some of the other podcasts I listen to.
The River Valley Church podcast features the sermons from my church each week! I’m not able to attend River Valley because I moved away from the cities, but I still like to watch or listen to the sermons each week. The podcast format is a great way to listen on the go when I don’t get a chance to live stream or watch the service on the weekends. It’s also great if I want to go back and listen to something again!
This Nashville Life — Kelleigh Bannen
I started listening to this podcast after hearing Kelleigh on the That Sounds Fun podcast. I love country music, so I enjoy hearing an inside scoop on how things work in Nashville/the country music world. I’m only a few episodes in, but so far I’ve enjoyed it. Between This Nashville Life and That Sounds Fun, I’m getting a travel bug to go to Nashville (ok, I’ve wanted to go there for a long time, but listening to these podcasts are making me even more excited to go, whenever that may be–hopefully soon)!
I love getting recommendations from friends and by listening to other podcasts. Do you listen to podcasts? Let me know what your favorite one is!