my favorite podcasts

For a long time, I never understood all the hype around listening to podcasts. I listened to the occasional podcast here and there (who didn't listen to Serial when it first came out?!) but originally I reserved podcasts for long road trips to pass the time. 

That all changed at the beginning of this year. I am now a self-declared podcast junkie. I listen to them while I'm cleaning, on the way to work, while getting ready in the morning... basically, all the time. I've realized that podcasts are a way for me to learn, "meet" new people, hear their stories, learn skills that I can apply to my work and life, and just generally get inspired. 

I wanted to take some time to share some of my favorite podcasts with you-- let me know if you listen to any of these, too, and if you have any I should add to my list!

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That Sounds Fun with Annie Downs

Y'all. I just want to be best buddies with Annie Downs-- her podcast, That Sounds Fun, is one of my all-time favorites. If you're not familiar, Annie Downs is the author of hilarious, beautiful and inspiring memoirs like "Let's All Be Brave" and "Looking for Lovely". I read her books before listening to her podcast, but since have gone back and re-read each of them, now that I really have a "feel" for Annie's voice, humor and style. Each podcast is a conversation with one of Annie's friends-- including some super-cool people you've probably heard of, like musicians Dave Barnes and Ellie Holcomb, author Bob Goff, and so much more. I've also really enjoyed "discovering" new authors, musicians, and artists through the podcast. Some episodes I find myself laughing by myself in the car, some make me reflect, and some inspire me. Sounds pretty fun, right?

Behind the Bliss

Behind the Bliss is a relatively new podcast, but I'm already such a huge fan. Besties and hosts Rachel and Mary Scott describe this podcast as a place for women to "encourage and inspire, storytell and share." I love this podcast because you find true encouragement and authenticity weaved into each episode. Rachel and Mary Scott recognize the power of vulnerability and the importance of sharing our stories-- both the beautiful and messy parts of friendship, marriage, waiting, grief and so much more. If you're looking for a safe space to say "me too, friend," then this podcast is for you. 

Young House Love Has a Podcast

You may have heard of John & Sherry Petersik, design and DIY bloggers at Young House Love. Well, guess what? Young House Love Has a Podcast... and it's awesome. John and Sherry share practical tips about organization, decorating and life at home through interviews with experts, stories about their own renovation adventures and mishaps (they're currently renovating a duplex in Cape Charles, VA!) and tips and tricks they've learned all the way. Y'all know I love design and decor, and John & Sherry make it super fun!

Christy Wright's Business Boutique

Ever since I was little, I've had quite a few "businesses"-- I've created and sold jewelry, art, door hangers, and more. I've always been interested in entrepreneurism and I still dream of owning my own business one day. Christy Wright's mission is to inspire women to make money doing what they love, and the author, business coach and Dave Ramsey personality inspires and equips women to do just that through her Business Boutique podcast. Through sharing her own experiences and interviewing successful businesswomen, Christy teaches her listeners about practical business concepts such as building your brand, utilizing digital marketing and setting goals, as well as general topics such as practicing gratitude, stepping into your gifts, knowing your worth and more. Her energy and enthusiasm are contagious and so inspiring. Be sure to follow her on Instagram, too-- her Instastories are so entertaining!

The Business Life & Joy Podcast

I can't remember how I first found Shunta Grant, host of The Business Life & Joy Podcast, but I was immediately hooked by her story. Not only does she live in Greenville, SC (where I  grew up), but only a few years ago she took the leap from the corporate world as a lawyer and went full-time with her first online business, Because of Zoe Designs, where she sells unique, hand crafted hair bows for girls. She also serves as a business educator, teaching women how to maximize their time in order to move beyond busy and build an impactful business and a joyful life. In a world that glorifies busy, Shunta is a breath of fresh air and the wisdom she shares (fo' free!) on her podcast weekly offers a unique perspective and practical tips-- no matter if you're a business owner or not! 

What podcasts do you love to listen to? I'd love to hear about them in the comments below!

xo, Ryann