By Breanne Szabados
Over the summer, I wrote a post about my five favorite podcasts. This week, I have some more recommendations for you. Now that the holiday season is here, you may find yourself traveling or with more time in the car to listen to a good podcast, so I thought it would be fun to share some more of what I have been listening to lately. There isn’t really a major theme to this list, just an overall sampling for any mood you may find yourself in.
Reimagining Love: Dr. Alexandra Solomon is a therapist, author and professor who is one of my favorite follows on Instagram. You may recognize her name from one of my book recommendation posts, as her Loving Bravely book is one of my favorites. I am so excited that she now has a podcast. It is a perfect mix of expert guests, exploring relationship topics we all encounter and answering listener questions. She has such a gentle and relatable way of breaking down difficult relational issues and making them less intimidating. There is something for everyone in her podcast.
Dear Gabby: Gabby Bernstein is another name you may recognize from her multiple books, most of which have been on my book recommendation lists. In this podcast, she takes listener calls and answers questions revolving around spirituality, relationships, manifestation, career; basically no topic is off limits. I often listen to this podcast while I’m on a walk, so I can truly listen and absorb the messages that come through, since it is very uplifting and encouraging. There are also some “big talks” episodes where she interviews authors, coaches, therapists, etc. who specialize in these same topics.
Money Confidential: This podcast was created by the folks at Real Simple magazine, which is one of my favorites. They cover a wide range of money topics including debt, discussing money with your partner, if buying a house is really the best financial decision, and on and on. Money is not something that is widely talked about without some element of shame surrounding it, but like with relationships, something that we may not have had much education around when we were younger. I really enjoy the straightforward manner in which they present these topics and make them manageable and relatable.
Don’t Ask Tig: I love stand-up comedy. It feels so good to laugh, doesn’t it?! Those deep, belly laughs that bring tears to your eyes. Tig Notaro is one of my favorite comedians, and her podcast is fantastic. She usually has an equally funny celebrity guest and they attempt to answer listener questions, even though they usually have no expertise in the subject matter. It always makes me laugh, and can’t we all use more laughter in our lives these days?
WTF with Marc Maron: Marc Maron is a comedian, musician and actor whose podcast is thoughtful, funny and informative. He interviews actors, musicians, authors, etc. in such a disarming way, and people usually open up to him more than they would in a typical interview. He discusses everything from grief to depression to music to self-growth with humor and authenticity that is truly refreshing.
Hopefully, these give you some new ideas of podcasts to listen to when you have the time. There are so many podcasts out in the world, that it can seem overwhelming to sift through all of them to find one you enjoy. I hope these recommendations narrow the list down for you. What are some of your favorite podcasts? Let me know in the comments, and happy listening!