I love music. I have blogged about how music is really one of those things that aids in controlling your mind-set. One of my newest mindful tactics is podcasts. My interests are pretty eclectic and ranges from my favorite blog series, to politics, to music, fashion, parenting and even a few celebrity-inspired ones as well. I listen to podcasts at least once or twice a day. I find that I exchange it in its place for music sometimes especially when I get a few minutes of peace.
The benefits to me is mindfulness. I am able to explore different topics that I enjoy or learn new things daily. It allows me to switch it up and feel like I am listening to more purpose filled blogs on the go. I enjoy writing my own blogs, writing for TCP network or even guest appear on other blogs, but all of that is behind the scenes. Hearing other people’s voices speak on a subject matter is super soothing. Now be aware of why you listen to podcasts and be sure to find the ones you are interested in. I know for me the podcasts I stick close to are the ones that allow me to listen straight through. Any of them that I find myself fast forwarding I don’t follow or continue to listen to the artist. No disrespect but my time is valuable so I need to utilize it wisely. I need something that speaks to me as a woman, mother, wife, or just one that provides a good listen to the things that I find the most interesting. I have also been featured in one and let me say that the podcasts was super nerve-racking. One I talk super fast and I am not interested in hearing my voice on a daily. Shout out to podcasts artist who take their artistry serious. I will leave it up to you great voices and may only do an appearance here or there.
- Helps to calm your nerves
- Helps you to maintain information
- Guards your mindset
With that being said here’s a list of my favorite podcasts in no particular order and why I like them:
BGIO-Black Girl In OM
This blog I found about a year ago. I was at work and having a bad day and I literally looked them up and stumbled upon a jewel. This podcasts talks about mindfulness and addresses what its like to be a creative black women who is making her mark. I absolutely love it and although they haven’t had a new episode sine July, it’s still worth going back and listening to.
This podcasts along with the website talks about mindfulness as well as every aspect of what makes a woman a woman. They give great tips and they are an easy listening podcasts that I listen to when I am on my way home. I have planned a few outfits to work just from hearing the information given. Plus who doesn’t want to be a boss? We aren’t bossy we are bosses! Right? Right! This podcasts makes me own it!
Mastering Marriage: This podcasts are from a married couple, Amanda and David Taylor. I found them a few years ago when I got married. They are a couple that talk about how they were headed down the road of divorce. I love this real and vulnerable talk about how marriage taking work and that things are never as cookie cutter as we especially women want them to be. I applaud them for being able to share their real life story of how bad things can get if you aren’t connected and doing the work to maintain.
So this one is by Sarah Jakes Roberts, the daughter of esteemed pastor T.D. Jakes. I was a bit leery of this one because I love the lord but I am also the one that will throw hands and I didn’t need an overly church podcasts. So I just started this podcasts but…. I have listened to all of them. Let me tell you why I like this podcasts and have respect for Sarah, she is real. I like her calm approach to the topics that she knows we know about. She can take a topic from the Shaderoom and spin it to where it’s not a place to hear a dump of information.
TCP; The cultured Professional is the other network that I am on. I would advise this is your one stop shop to be aware, awoke and therefore enlightened. This network is diverse, young, and ready to tackle on the world both professionally and personally. They give it to you straight just like my personality.
Within TCP is there are 5 podcasts that have shows weekly on TCP Facebook. I would suggest you connect to the page as well as link to all of the other pages on Facebook page as well if you have time to link and hear the podcasts in real-time. If not you can do like I do and catch them on the flip side!
Hip Hop and Politics: this blog challenges what you think about the politics around you in addition to how hip hop plays an important part of that. Also a lot of these podcasts actually live shows but the way my life is set up I barely can listen to them live. But fear not that’s what podcasts are for? I can go back and watch them. Although in my link its for Apple iTunes, they are on all major streams for podcasts, check it out!
Sayless: This podcast is one of the most happily ignorant podcasts. This is the one I listen to on the train ride into work. It gets me going. They cover it all from having sex on the first date, spoken word, or catching your significant other with a sex doll. Yep they take it there. This is not your momma’s podcasts. So I would caution if you were looking for politically correctness, this isn’t the place. For the real adults, get your ear phones and turn up!
Raw Royalty: shout out to women empowering one another. This is a queens only podcasts. I listen to them on Sunday night as I go through my house getting my life right for the week. They don’t hold anything back. From raising kids, dealing with co parenting, to dating dos and don’ts, it all hits the fan. They make me adjust my crown every time I turn them on. Raw Royalty is also in conjunction with Regal Finesse:
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Opinionated Facts: This is the Sports and man-cave talk for the men! I do still listen to them. They talk about things from your favorite shows to current events and sports but I love hearing men talk that talk. Why as a woman its hard for me to understand the makings of a man. I love listening to these kings talking and hearing their perspective. Letting men be men and I love it!
The newest newbie but definitely doing its thing in the podcasts arena is Shots of E and J. Lady E and Jessica are the most woke white girls I know. They do not sugar coat anything and they tell it like it is. They are definitely becoming one of my favorites. I love how real and raw but they come with the facts. They hit you hard and steady with the facts then cut you quick before you even know you were cut. Their interviews are great and they make sure that they talk about the issues that are in the media such as Serena Williams cheating (we know she ain’t cheat) to being a stan for Drake. They hit it all so make sure you don’t miss it!
Like I said, make sure that you continue to catch these and add some more to your arsenal. I literally listen to podcasts while doing a number of duties in my life. As I am going to work, rotating the kids from bath, etc. I literally try to keep my mind clear and sometimes podcasts are another notch of mindfulness to add to your daily self-care!