I love podcasts! I don’t remember the first one I listened to or how I got introduced to the podcast world, but I’ve haven’t looked back since. Free content on literally any subject you can think of — what more could you ask for!? I use podcasts as an opportunity for growth in different areas such as personal, health, and business. They’re also just entertaining! I listen to episodes while I’m getting ready, doing chores, driving — pretty much any time I’m doing a relatively mindless activity. It’s a great way to productively multitask. I know multitasking isn’t really a thing, but in this one case… it is!
You may be new to the world of podcasts or you’re just looking for some new episodes to check out. There are tons of podcasts out there and it can be hard to figure out which are worth listening to, so I’m here to help! These are the podcast that make me most excited when a new episode is available. Listen + enjoy!
Personal Development Podcasts
Rise Together Podcast with Rachel & Dave Hollis
By now you’ve likely heard of Rachel Hollis and her best selling book, Girl Wash Your Face. Rachel and her husband, Dave, are goals. Although I’m sure #goals takes lots of hard work every day. They are open and honest about their own struggles and take every opportunity to share the lessons learned. No topic is off limits (they did an entire episode on sex sooo I really mean that). I enjoy hearing the perspective from both sides. If you’re striving to be a better person, married or not, give this a listen.
Rise Podcast with Rachel Hollis
Lets be real: I can’t get enough Rachel Hollis.
Girls Night with Stephanie May Wilson
Girls Night feels like an actual coffee date chat with a girlfriend. Stephanie interviews awesome ladies and has truthful conversations. I love that she’s a Christian, but her beliefs don’t feel forced upon others. She discusses topics like healthy relationships, finding a mentor, friendship, depression, and business. I’m a little bit better after each episode because of her loving wisdom.
Happier with Gretchen Rubin
The title of this podcast pretty much explains the way I feel about it. Gretchen Rubin and her little sister, Elizabeth Craft, are the co-hosts of this sweet show. The sisters share practical and manageable advice about happiness and good habits. My favorite part of each episode is probably the “try this at home” segment where they share a tip or hack to try. I’m all about some life hacks!
Oprah’s Master Class
Anything Oprah does is gold, right?? This is no different. Oprah brings on people from various arenas: actors, musicians, public figures, athletes — the masters of their work. People like Justin Timberlake, Reba McEntire, Shaquille O’Neal, and Dwayne Johnson. Oprah jumps in from time to time to provide a background story or other helpful information, but otherwise it’s a one sided conversation of life lessons and personal insight.
Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations
Again, Oprah = gold. This one is an interview style conversation with her guest.
Over It & On With It with Christine Hassler
Christine Hassler is a life coach. She coaches a caller live, providing a blend of practical and spiritual advice to help both the caller and listener. It’s so interesting to hear about the challenges for which the caller needs coaching and then how Christine walks with them through it. She also does a “Coach’s Corner” where she will speak solo or bring on a guest to discuss a topic. I have an undergraduate degree in psychology, so this is right up my alley!
That Sounds Fun with Annie F. Downs
This podcast is truly fun! I think Annie is hilarious and her bubbly, Enneagram 7 personality shines through! She’s a Christian author and speaker — one I’m so glad I found. All guests are her friends (or people she wants to be friends with), so the conversations feel effortless. She’s a lover of the Enneagram and soccer, so don’t be surprised if these come up in most of the conversations.
The Dave Ramsey Show
If you need help with your finances (lets be honest, doesn’t pretty much everyone??) you should subscribe to this one. Dave answers caller questions about money and celebrates people as they come on to do their debt free screams. I’ve learned a lot through this free resource — it has actually been a big part of our debt free journey.
Typology with Ian Morgan Cron
If you’re interested in learning more about the Enneagram, this is it! In case that word is new to you, the Enneagram is pretty much a personality test, but that’s way oversimplifying it. Ian speaks with guests through the lens of the Enneagram typing system, discussing how to use it as a tool to become our best, most authentic selves. I’m here for it.
Your Kick-Ass Life with Andrea Owen
Andrea is another life coach that I love. She’s no nonsense and isn’t afraid to speak about any topic. She’s open about her past struggles with alcohol and addiction and is someone that believes in showing up and doing the work. She provides self-help in a easy-to-digest, no sugar-coating it kind of way that I love!
Hope Community Church Podcasts
Hope Community Church is our home church in Apex, North Carolina. I try to attend the live service as often as I can, but sometimes I’m not able to or I want to listen to the message again. I do miss the worship music when I’m not able to be there in person, but I love that these episodes jump right into the teaching.
Your Move with Andy Stanley
The hope behind Andy’s messages is that you will “discover how to make better decisions and live with few regrets.” Yes please! Andy Stanley is a senior pastor and he’s one of my favorite speakers. The topics can get pretty heavy, but he always balances that by bringing in humor and personal stories to engage and teach. These weekly 30 minute episodes are the gut checks I need to help stay on track with my life and faith.
The Proverbs 31 Ministries Podcast
I will never stop needing wisdom from women who have gone before me. Proverbs 31 Ministries provides many amazing resources for women who are trying to grow in their relationship with Jesus and this is one of my favorites. Every episode features a variety of teachings on something valuable, so no matter your age, background, or life stage, you will walk away with something good.
The Health Code with Sarah & Kurt
Sarah and Kurt are an Australian couple that strive to live their healthiest, happiest lives. I could listen to them talk all day because of their Aussie accents and lingo. While they’re not technically experts, they share openly about things that work (and don’t work) for them, which I find incredibly helpful. Self-care, rest, going hard in the gym, nutrition, skin care, relationships and more.
The Model Health Show with Shawn Stevenson
You may have heard of Shawn Stevenson from his hit book, Sleep Smarter. If you haven’t heard of him, you have now and should probably learn more. He’s an author and nutritionist that has lived his own transformation from illness to wellness. Shawn is an excellent role model and uses his own insights to help us live our best lives. Although the episodes are generally quite long (over an hour), they’re entertaining and full of useful information.
The Buyer’s Mind with Jeff Shore
Jeff Shore is a real estate expert and trainer. I actually learned about him through his books and training at work. I was thrilled when I found out he has a podcast! The episodes are usually short and sweet, always with at least one helpful takeaway. You don’t have to be in the real estate industry to benefit from his insight — any sales professional will gain from time listening to Jeff.
The Brian Buffini Show
Brian Buffini is in the real estate space, so that immediately drew me to him. I just also love his Irish accent. He is the classic American rags-to-riches story and we can all learn something from his work ethic, successes, and mistakes. He shares interviews as well as solo episodes of “how-tos,” encouragement, and lessons learned.
Goal Digger with Jenna Kutcher
Jenna is a wedding photographer turned business queen. She’s real and full of so much good entrepreneurial information. I love her show because it isn’t always just business talk. She also discusses subjects that matter to her like pregnancy (and their heartbreaking struggles with miscarriages), body image, and self care. She is full of girl power, spunk, and empowerment.
Most likely to binge-listen Podcast
Up and Vanished with Payne Lindsey
I binge-listened to season 1 (24 full episodes + many bonus episodes) in a matter of a couple weeks if that says anything about how interesting this show is. Payne is an Atlanta filmmaker turned amateur investigator. In season 1 he decided to investigate an 11-year-old cold case in Georgia to see what information he could gather. The podcast follows his investigation and aims to share the true story of the missing teacher/beauty queen. Currently downloading available season 2 episodes…
What podcasts are you loving!? Share in the comments below — I go through them so fast, so I’m always looking for new, good ones!