7 of my favourite podcasts that you need in your life, too.
At Home With
Anna and Lily have been 2 of my favourite bloggers for a long time, and so when I decided that I was going to try and get myself into listening to podcasts, theirs was definitely one of the first on my list.
The girls record their podcasts in the homes of some incredible and inspirational women, with Jo Elvin, Kate La Vie and the Liz Earle episodes being my favourite. However, they don't just chat to them, they do what we all secretly love to do and have a nosey around their homes and peek into their wardrobes (and fridges!) to really get to know their guests in a totally different way.
I loved listening to the interviews with some fabulous ladies, and I think I devoured the whole series in approximately 2 days. I can't recommend this one enough!
In Good Company
In Good Company is hosted by Otegha Uwagba. I first discovered Otegha through her book Little Black Book: A Toolkit for Working Women, which honestly has become my career bible over the last few weeks. Albeit it's not the longest book, but I don't think I've read a book front-to-back as quick as I did with this one. So again, when I discovered Otegha had a podcast, I jumped on my phone to find it and listen immediately.
And man, I wasn't disappointed. If you're looking for work and career inspiration, this is the podcast you need. There's a different guest each week, all 3 so far have been female entrepreneurs who work for themselves and have started successful businesses, and then at the end, Otegha takes you through any books, articles or essays she's read in the last month or so that she found particularly interesting or useful. There's also an 'Ask Otegha' feature, where she answers questions from listeners, normally with the advice of her special guest for the week, too.
I listened to all three of these while on the drive back down to London a few weeks ago, and I got halfway here and found myself feeling very sad that there weren't any more episodes! I’m most definitely sat here eagerly awaiting the next one.
My favourite podcasts for all of the creative, career & life inspiration you need.
The Female Struggle is Real
I want to start talking about this podcast by saying, I have no idea how Emma achieves so much so wonderfully. If you don't already know of her, she's like super-woman or something, because as well as managing to co-host a breakfast show, write and edit a blog, and curate a beautiful Instagram feed, she also has a fabulous podcast that you need to listen to, too!
The Female Struggle is Real discusses all of those….well, female struggles. From body image, to online dating as women, to going for cervical smear tests - no topic is too much for this podcast, and it's the honesty and realness from Emma that I absolutely adore.
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Emma is often joined by lots of different guests that offer their own insight, wisdom and opinions on the topics in question, and so if you're looking for warm, honest and genuine discussions around topics that maybe aren't spoken about enough, give this podcast a listen.
I so often find myself wanting to join in these discussions myself, and it feels like you're having a chat with one of your best friends over a cuppa, which is just what I need, somedays.
Is it just me?
I cannot tell you how much I enjoy this podcast. There's a fair number of episodes that make up Is It Just Me, and being so late to jump on the podcast bandwagon, I had a lot to catch up on. But you can bet anything that I caught up on every episode.
Recorded by Jo Elvin and James Williams, it's like a fabulous extension to Glamour's Hey it's Ok magazine series, and the team discuss those hilarious, sometimes embarrassing, trivial life-things that you do and often don't quite realise that everyone else does, too. They're joined by a celebrity guest each week to discuss these all important matters, with some of my favourite topics so far being;
- Do you fasten up your bra like a little girl?
- Pretending to have read a book (book-fibbing) or watched a film just to be able to join in conversations with your friends.
- Still feeling utterly mortified about that thing that happened 5 years ago.
This podcast never fails to make me smile and giggle, and some of the chats and discussions are far too real and funny to not give this one a listen!
I don't think I need to say too much about this podcast, because I know that you'll love it just as much as I do as soon as you try it.
Hashtag Authentic is brought to you by Sara Tasker of Me and Orla, which has recently become one of my favourite blogs since listening to her podcast, too! Sara is like the ultimate Instagram guru, and along with her just as incredible guests, this podcast talks you through techniques, tips and tricks when it comes to trying to grow your Instagram, be the best content creator you can be, but also how to enjoy the journey along the way, too.
I love that although Instagram is one of the more heavily focused topics, it's not just about this platform. Sara and her guests talk about all aspects of living online, of running creative and successful businesses and all with a real-life, guinuine and funny honesty to go along with it.
If you're looking for some Instagram or blogging inspo and advice, this is definitely worth a go!
The One Girl Band Podcast
The One Girl Band podcast is my most recent podcast discovery but it's instantly shot up there as one of my favourites. It's hosted by Lola, and it's a podcast for "female entrepreneurs and creatives who work for and by themselves". Each episode is filled full of advice and insightful truths on what it really takes to run a creative business. From the technical side of business things, to making sure you take time off and look after yourself too, I always feel so motivated and inspired to go home and work hard on my blog after listening to this!
With Lola, there's a huge focus on working smarter, not harder, which I think is so important in a culture of being busy all the time and feeling like we're all constantly on the go.
Even if you don't have a blog or a creative business, give this podcast a listen and I can guarantee that you'll be impressed, too!
Keeping it Candid
Lastly, but by no means least, is the podcast brought to you by fellow bloggers Sophie and Millie. Keeping it Candid is described as being 'a podcast series discussing current events, pop culture and everything else #millenial.' It's perfect for your morning commute, and I've found it to be such a refreshing listen with two girls who are able to articulate their views on any topic brilliantly.
They were recently joined by the wonderful Chloe, and the three girls talked all about sponsored posts and how much you should charge and the importance of remembering your worth when it comes to working with brands and honestly, this episode was just what I needed. The honesty and transparency from these girls I am sure has helped so, so many bloggers to ensure that no one is settling for less.