I’ve had a rough few months (more on that in a future post!), so trying to find the motivation to even launch Pop. Culture. Blush. (something I had long envisioned and been planning) really became a challenge. There were days I didn’t even want to get out of bed. I felt worthless, and as though my life was at a standstill. But I needed to snap out of it, because this mindset was no good, not only for me, but also those around me.
What did I do? I started turning to the things I loved doing: spending time with family, reading, Netflix-ing, playing with makeup, and listening to podcasts.
There’s something about sitting down, grabbing a cup of coffee, putting my headphones on to tune out the world, and listening to an inspirational podcast that really gets me going. I love hearing about other women who are out there being total boss babes. I also enjoy a good earnest chat that brings you back to reality and makes you realize that you’re not the only one going through things, and it could be a lot worse.
I’m sharing my favorite podcasts that always make me feel motivated and inspired.
I became obsessed with Style Your Mind’s host, Cara Alwill Leyba, after reading her book Girl Code (a MUST, if you haven’t read already). Her podcast is full of empowering chats that really help elevate your way of thinking, and have a way of completely transforming your life. Cara talks about everything from the importance of gratitude to walking around like you own the place.
On this podcast, Girlboss Sophia Amoruso herself, shares interviews with “boundary-pushing” women like Yesi Ortiz and Rupi Kaur. I love that these conversations are totally unfiltered, giving them this sense of honesty and vulnerability being shared. There’s a ton of career lessons, too.
I’m a frequent reader of IWantHerJob.com, so when the team launched a podcast, I was thrilled to get to hear these career convos. Each episode takes you inside different career paths, while sharing tips and advice on how to build your own career. The majority of those featured are badass entrepreneurs, and so it’s a great way to get insight on how to run a business.
MAKERS hasn’t uploaded in several months, but it’s worth going back and listening to their episodes highlighting Shonda Rhimes, Dolores Huerta, and Oprah.
Reach Mama is a newbie in this bunch, but definitely already noteworthy. Hosted by founder Karina Cabrera Bell, Reach Mama was made with mommies in mind. The episodes offer advice on how to pursue a career while raising children. Another plus for this one — it highlights multicultural women! “My mission to bring these stories to light comes from my personal experience,” Karina said to me in an email.
“Back in the Summer of 2016, I was the mother of a two-year-old girl and six months pregnant with my second child. I was working in the Obama White House in Washington, DC and my husband was in NYC working on the Hillary Clinton campaign. As you can imagine, I was completely overwhelmed and unsure how to make it all work.
So I began to look for inspiration. Not finding what I needed, I saw a need for this content, not just for me, but for the millions of other mothers out there like me. That’s why I decided to create this podcast featuring successful multicultural women who are managing a career and family.”