Podcasts are a relatively new-to-me addition to my entertainment line-up. Music, movies, books and magazines have always been staples my whole life. But podcasts are only something I discovered and really got into in the last few years, and I struggled to find the best podcast picks. I first starting listening at home, while housecleaning or making dinner. However, lately with driving and dropping the boys here and there all over the place for their activities (I am squarely in the “chauffeur” era of motherhood…sigh!), podcasts are definitely keeping me company in the car! I love the Bluetooth!
Before I get into which podcasts I love, I should mention my favourite podcast app! I started with the standard podcast app that came with my iPhone. This worked fine, and I really didn’t know any different. However, a few months ago I discovered the Overcast app, and I am IN LOVE!! I can create customized playlists, and speed up or slow down the playback.
Serial and Undisclosed
My first podcast experience definitely spoiled me, and set the bar high for podcasts in general. Serial, an award-winning true crime podcast that became a cultural phenomenon, instantly hooked me, and I found myself immersed in the Season 1 real-life story that is still unfolding today. An offshoot podcast, Undisclosed, delves further into this same story of Adnan Sayed, from a more legal standpoint, analyzing both the Serial podcast and new evidence uncovered.
Someone Knows Something (SKS)
After Serial and Undisclosed, I was addicted, searching for other similar true crime podcasts to listen to. A Canadian award winner, Someone Knows Something, came up as a suggestion, and I jumped on board during Season 1. Season 2 had me even more intrigued, because it profiled the story of a missing woman from Hamilton, ON, my university town, where I lived a few years before she disappeared.
The Simple Show
Needing a lighter subject matter though, I started looking at other options, which I mostly came to through online bloggers. A long time fan of Tsh Oxenreider of The Art of Simple, I added her podcast The Simple Show and quickly found myself backtracking to listen to all the episodes. I have learned more about personality tests, world travel and minimalism in one place than I thought possible!
The Lazy Genius Podcast
A big fan of The Lazy Genius Collective emails about celebrity crushes, motherhood, and meal prep brought me to the podcast. Kendra Adachi is hilarious in her descriptions, quick witted and just a joy to listen to!
(Inspiration for this post about my favourite podcasts came from The Simple Show Episode 113, where Tsh and Kendra waxed on about their favourite podcasts and playlists! I highly recommend if you’re looking for listening ideas! One of my new favourite podcasts, The Popcast with Knox and Jamie came from a suggestion in this episode, and I have been laughing out loud in the car since!)
The Marie Forleo Podcast is an extension of MarieTV, which I was always a big fan of for inspiration for living the best life. I’m so happy to be able to listen in podcast form when I don’t have time to watch. The episode How To Become a Writer with Cheryl Strayed really made me deep-dive into my own insecurities, and inspired my post Are You What You Want To Be “When You Grow Up”?
Bonus for Blogging
Although this one is pretty audience specific, if you’re a fellow blogger, or interested in starting a blog of your own, I have to mention a favourite podcast of mine, Just Keep Blogging by Kim Anderson. I eagerly await every new episode, and have been known to go back and re-listen to older episodes for inspiration. If you’re enjoying Little Pockets of Bliss, you definitely owe some thanks to Kim, her podcast and her coaching and courses offered at KimAndersonConsulting.com! People in blogging circles refer to her at the Blog Whisperer, and I can attest, she truly is!
So that’s it for my favourite podcasts at the moment. What podcasts do you love listening to? Where do you find yourself listening? In the car, grocery shopping, doing housework? I’d love to know, and I’m always looking for new suggestions! Let me know by leaving a comment below!
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