I am not the type of person who puts the TV on just to have some background noise. In that one way I am not my mother’s daughter. I’d much rather sit in silence if I had to choose between the two. I’m more likely to have my favorite music playlist going, or to listen to a new album on repeat. But when I go to the gym, I have found that I prefer listening to podcasts more than music. It’s kinda strange, but I love it. Don’t get me wrong, the perfect song with the perfect beat is magic. Starboy by The Weeknd, that has some magic. But before I turn on any music, I tune into an episode of a favorite podcast. I have a few on rotation right now that I’d love to share with you today.
Wabi Sabi: The Perfectly Imperfect Podcast
with Candice Kumai
First of all, I must say that I love the driving beat of the intro music that starts almost every episode. And then it segues into Candice saying “hi guys, what’s up?” with her laid back Cali vibe. It really is my favorite podcast at the moment. And I anxiously await a new episode each week. Candice tells us about her life story and her experiences of growing up as a half Japanese, half Polish-American girl in SoCal, mixed in with tips and tricks she’s learned from her Japanese heritage for having a healthy, well-balanced life. It’s a mix of tears and expletives that is truly captivating. I really should write a 5-star review like she asks at the end of each episode…brb…
Best of Both Worlds
with Laura Vanderkam and Sarah Hart-Unger
You guys, I am not the target audience for this podcast. At all. Yet it’s one of my favorites. Probably because I’m a fan of Laura Vanderkam’s writing. I’ve read her blog and books for years, so I was excited to learn she was starting a podcast last year. The gist is how working mothers can make the best of both worlds, work and family. Not being a mother myself makes a lot of what they discuss irrelevant to me. Yet I can’t help but tune in, no matter the topic. I love how they talk about figuring out the logistics of everyday life. It’s advice that can be applied to anyone really, not just women with children and a career.
From the Heart: Conversations with YogaGirl
with Rachel Brathen
I was SO behind on this podcast (like a year behind!!!), but I just started listening to it again a couple of weeks ago, picking up where I left off, and I remember why I love it so much. It’s so down to earth. Rachel tells stories of her life, usually about the most recent adventures with her husband and baby, either at home in Aruba or when they travel to Sweden or other locales. Rachel is a yoga guru of sorts, a leader in so many realms, and an all around inspiration. She tells her stories with complete honesty and vulnerability, true emotion and so much heart.
I’m always looking for other podcasts to try out and am open to recommendations!