my go-to podcasts

A couple of months ago I made the choice to leave my full-time design job in order to become a creative freelancer. It was an emotional and risky decision for me, but I knew it was the the right step toward building a more exciting and flexible schedule, as well as to improve my overall lifestyle. I'm relieved to have said goodbye to the Monday blues; but because I often work from home now, the feeling of loneliness can sometimes creep in. Listening to podcasts has helped me feel more connected. I've learned a lot about creative industries, pointers on blogging, styling, and photography; and I've been reminded of what I value most. The podcasts are often times the culmination of my afternoon, and I'm so excited to share some of my favorites with you. 

photo by Elizabeth Kitchens

After the Jump: On this podcast, Design Sponge's Grace Bonnie interviews designers, creative business owners, and up-and-coming members of the creative community. It's both a motivator and reality check for people who want to get out of the corporate world or even become business owners. I've noticed that everyone Grace talks with are successful, but they needed to take big risks to get there. My favorite talks are Episode 81, "Jealousy," and Episode 92, "And North." And yes, I've listened to all 100 episodes!

• StartUp: This documentary mini-series demonstrates the roller coaster ride of starting a business. In Season One, Alex Blumerg (a former producer of This American Life) invites you to journey along with him while creating his startup, Gimlet Media. You get a taste of what it's like to build business funding, work the long hours a startup demands, and feel the stress of it all. Ultimately, you understand how rewarding all of the blood, sweat, and tears end up becoming. 

Missed in History: This podcast covers a range of historical subjects from fashion and art, to wars and pirates. The episodes on royal childhoods and love lives were what got me hooked.

• The Honest Home: Interior Designer, Tammy Cody talks with other designers, bloggers, and stylists about their personal creative background, work strategies, tips, and lessons within their field. 

Dave Ramsey Show: After reading his book Total Money Makeover, I came across Dave Ramsey's podcast in which he discusses finances in everyday situations. Having humbly overcome his own personal financial battles, Dave's advice is smart and trustworthy. I've gained a lot of knowledge on how to purchase, save, and invest with our money. Plus, Dave is witty and blunt making financial talk way more entertaining than I ever thought it could be. 

I hope this inspires you to start listening! What are your go-to podcasts?    


Lizeth said...

I need to check out After the Jump! I love Design Sponge. My favorites are TED Radio Hour - education and inspiration in one - about everything! I also like This American Life and 99% Invisible. 99% Invisible is about design related things that a lot of people don't know the origins of.

Adeline said...

Thanks so much for the recommendations! I love podcasts! Do you like wine? If so you should try out grape radio ... it's fabulous!