5 Podcasts You Should Listen To Right Now

Over winter break, I ended up having to commute an hour every day for a class I was taking and that left me with a lot of time spent in the car. In order to fill some of this time, I began listening to podcasts for the first time ever. I have begun to really enjoy them and I think they are fun to listen to if you are looking for something to do.

Here are some of the podcasts that I ended up listening to and enjoying. No matter if you are just getting into podcasts or have been listening to them for awhile, these are some great ones to check out:

1. “Hurry Slowly”

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This is a podcast series talking about different ways that you can learn to slow down in your life and actually increase your productivity and creativity. Sounds perfect—who wouldn’t want that? If you are interested in self-help type stuff, then this is a good one for you. Some recent titles include, “Walking Is The Best Way to Go Slow,” “Prioritizing Rest and Reflection” and “The Science of Sleep.”

2. “What Should I Read Next?”

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This would be a great podcast for you if you a giant book nerd like me. It basically talks about all things reading-related and is pretty laid back. Some recent titles include, “Your Best Reading Year Yet”, “Reading Slumps Are The Worst”, and “The Anatomy of an Excellent Reading Experience.”

3. “The Heart of It” with Estee Lalonde

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This is a podcast series that explores a different subject with a special guest for each episode. The topics of season one include travel, identity, mothers, strength, feminism, makeup, tattoos, and protests. I found this series to be very enlightening, but also very calming to listen to. There should be a season two coming out sometime soon in 2018.

4. “Happier” with Gretchen Rubin

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This is another self-help type podcast that deals with topics related to your happiness. The topics are very diverse, but all very interesting and thought-provoking. Some recent titles include, “Don’t Know What Will Happen in the Future? Try to Understand Now,” “Keep a Running List of Your Favorite Things,” “Introduce a Note of Whimsy.”

5. “The Daily”

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This is a podcast put on by the New York Times that gives a news update in twenty minutes for five days of the week. This is a good one to listen to if you are like me and don’t have much time in college to watch the news, but still, want to keep up-to-date on things that are going on.

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January Monthly Favorites

I have decided to start trying something new and that is what this blog post is! Every month, I find that I have a lot of new favorite things that I want to talk about. My favorite things consist of both bookish and not bookish things. I am going to attempt to do this every month and incorporate things like movies, music, podcasts, books, etc.

Here are some of the things that I have been enjoying in January…

Movies- La La Land

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I know that I’m really late to the game on this one, but I’m so glad that I eventually ended up watching it. It was way better than I was expecting it to be! I love Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone together and this movie was magical (if that’s not too much of a cheesy way to describe it). I have heard that the ending is pretty controversial, but personally, I loved it. Also, I have been listening to the soundtrack on repeat while I do homework. The music is so good!

Spoiler Alert: I’m so glad that it ended really realistically and not in the classic Hollywood romantic ending. I don’t know if this makes me seem unromantic or not, but it’s true. The fact that they parted after smiling at each other in the end left me feeling content and satisfied. They both benefitted from being in each other’s lives, yet they still had to go their separate ways to pursue their dreams and they couldn’t have both– realistic and satisfying

Podcasts- The Heart of It by Estee Lalonde

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If you don’t know Estee Lalonde, she is famous for her youtube channel where she posts about beauty, lifestyle, etc. I started listening to her podcast series, “The Heart of It” over winter break, as I was spending a lot of time in the car commuting to a class I was taking. Each episode in the podcast covers a broad topic and hosts a special guest that gives a unique perspective on the subject. The topics include Travel, Identity, Mothers, Strength, Feminism, Makeup, Tattoos, and Protests. I think she has a second season coming out sometime in February and I can’t wait to listen to it! Somehow, she just has this way about her that makes everything so calming and nice to listen to. You can definitely tell that a lot of effort was put into each episode and each one is very enlightening. Definitely, recommend!

Music- Turn by The Wombats

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I absolutely adore The Wombats’ music and when I heard that they were coming out with a new album in February, I was ecstatic! Their song “Turn” is one they released from the album early and I have listened to it way too many times on repeat. So good.

If you’ve never listened to The Wombats before, you should also check out “Curveballs”, “Pink Lemonade”, “Tokyo”, “Jump Into The Fog”, “Walking Disasters”, and “Moving To New York”. They have a lot of other really good songs: those are just some of my favorites.

Books- The Chalkman by C.J. Tudor

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This was probably my favorite book that I read this month. I also really loved And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie (my full review), but I think The Chalkman just stole the show for me. It was such a gripping, mystery story and I didn’t want to put it down!

Read this one if you’re in the mood for a book that keeps you turning pages. You can read my full review of it here: The Chalkman 

Bullet Journaling

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This month I started trying to bullet journal because when is a better time to do that than the start of the year? My journal is super simple and not beautiful like the ones on all the youtube tutorials, but the only way that I will actually use it is if I don’t have to spend too much time on it. I really like the idea of having different spreads and being able to put whatever you want in it. You can cater it to yourself and if it looks kind of ugly, that’s okay. It’s only been a month though, so I’ll still have to see if I stick with it, but so far so good! Also, yes, I immediately put a narwhal sticker on the front after I bought it 🙂