I am sure I am not the only ‘at home” Parent who has had time they’ve felt their brain is turning to mush! Since we became a TV free house hold almost a year ago, whilst I have felt an improvement in the “trash” factor, I still missed an input. I rarely get the time and mental clarity to sit and read. Anyone who’s followed me for while will know how horribly Intrepid Bebe has slept, and this really had impacted my concentration and ability to focus. We watch the odd program on catch up. I am currently loving Catastrophe and This is Us, plus Secret Life of 4/5/6 Year olds fascinates me-even pre Parenthood.
Enter stage right: Podcasts. They tick every box for me: I can be hands free, so still toddler wrangle/clean/push a pram/drive. I can pause and replay if my mind wanders (but typically I am so hooked I zone into them), you can pick up an episode at random. My grey matter loves me for feeding it something more than Bing Bunny and twinkle Twinkle. I feel like I am nurturing and developing myself as a person. Frustration is something which has been rife for me in early Motherhood, I am gradually learning that I am exactly where I need to be, and thats sitting under my bebe.
If you haven’t yet discovered the joys of Podcasts; you can either use your Podcast App on the IPhone, Google Play on Android, or you can listen via your Computer.
Here are a few I am loving right now:
I discovered this Podcast because a friend featured on it. How cool is that? The message is simple-don’t wait, make the changes that need to happen to live your life to it’s fullest potential right now. Guests vary from individuals who have sold all their possessions to travel the world, to people whoa have dramatically altered their home and work lives. These aren’t extraordinary people with vast wealth, or celebrity. They are inspirational people, who have taken big steps, but steps we too can take. Mike concludes each Podcast with asking his guests to describe their perfect day. With the strong sentiment that the aim is our actual days and our perfect day, are pretty similar, and if not, how can we shift one closer to the other?
Brooke Mcalary has rapidly become a bit of a hero of mine, or at least a mentor. Her story begins with a struggle with PND, and sees her part with 20,000 possessions, embrace slow living, and become a mentor to many. Her Podcasts with husband Ben truly feel like you’re hanging out with friends. And i challenge you to listen to them without introducing some of her ideas into your own life.
Run Selfie Repeat
Kelly Roberts, is a runner, but as she says: “running is just a vehicle to help us cope with life”, and she described her Podcasts as “life with a side of running”. Kelly is far more than a runner, she’s a inspiring, body positive, funny, smart and entertaining person. You don’t need to be running marathons to enjoy her podcasts, but I think they may well inspire you to dust off your trainers. How can you resist someone who’s ex described them as a “a walking TED talk”! if you aren’t familiar with Kelly’s story, head to episode one for the back story.
Desert Island Discs
If you grew up in the Uk with a Parent who was eternally tuned to Radio Four, you will remember this theme tune. It’s a great mixture of insights, and musical snippets. A wide rang of guests, a few of my favourites have been Bill Gates, Davina McCall, Maryan Keyes, Jimmy Carr and Russell Brand.
A relatively new Podcast by Instagram sensation @me_and_orla which shares her ideas about creating excellent content on Instagram, and providing an insight into what it took for her to reach over 150k followers. If you run a Business, a Blog, or just enjoy sharing your images, it’s an interesting listen with some useful tips.
I truly love a personal recommendation, always have done. I often text friends in Bookshops or Cinemas, as I love hearing first hand what someone enjoys. So if you have favourite Podcasts please do share them with me!
*Sometimes a negotiation between your own Podcast and the CBeebies Podcast needs to me balanced. It’s a great free option, a way to avoid screen time (especially before bed), and features all the Cbeebies favourites.