Do you listen to podcasts? I have become obsessed. For the past 3-4 months, any time I need to fold laundry, wash dishes, clean the house, exercise or even drive somewhere by myself, I turn one on.

The first one that got me hooked is Balanced Bites, which I started listening to shortly after we completed the 21 Day Sugar Detox back in February. The creator of the 21 Day Sugar Detox, Diane Sanfilippo, has a great website and blog I started reading. While on her website, I stumbled upon her weekly podcast show and started listening. I ended up listening to nearly THREE YEARS worth of episodes in the span of a month or two. I could not get enough! The topics are mainly focused on nutrition and wellness, which are both big interests for me. After listening to all the back episodes, I was so sad that it had come to an end.  I would now have to wait weekly to get the newer episodes. So I started investigating and finding others.

I listen to them at every chance I get. I’ve discovered many good times in my day to sneak them in. For example, at the gym, I listen as I am warming up on the treadmill or elliptical. At home, I listen when I am picking up the house, washing dishes, and folding laundry. I also listen in the car when I am driving places by myself. I even tried listening while grocery shopping, but that didn’t work as well.

Below are the ones I currently enjoy. If I had to guess, this list will be ever-changing, as I discover new podcasts and get cravings for different topics.

1. Balanced Bites Podcast – Diane Sanfilippo and Liz Wolfe educating the audience on the Paleo lifestyle and answering reader questions regarding nutrition and wellness.

2. The Tim Ferriss Show – Tim Ferriss interviews the most interesting people in a variety of fields (technology, business, economics, etc). He has an amazing way of getting guests to share ultra-insightful advice that can be applied across any walk of life.

3. NPR Ted Radio Hour Podcast – If you like  the CBS Sunday Morning Show, this is almost like the audio version of that show. This show takes a topic, and with a host, weaves in TED Talk audio clips, and interviews the speakers of those talks. For example, one episode is called “Growing Up”. They feature clips from 3 different people who have spoken on the topic as a TED Talk, interview them, and then weave it all into a beautiful episode.

4. The Lively Show – Jess Lively interviews people from the blogosphere and through her questions, gives the listener a good understanding of what it means to be in business for your self in the land of the Internet.

5. After the Jump – Grace Bonney, the creator of Design Sponge, also interviews guests similar to the Lively Show, but she covers a wider spectrum of creative fields. She also has episodes without guest that focus on helpful topics such as, Productivity, Finding Inspiration, Dealing with Failure, etc.


Learning from people with more experience than me, different lives than me, and topics that make me go “Hmmmm…” is something that I thrive on. And I am so glad it has made the old dreaded tasks into something I look forward to now.