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I am a relative newbie to the world of podcasts, only having
recently discovered and started listening to them.  My first was recommended by a friend from
work and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the case of Adnan Sayed in “Serial“.  Since my son started primary school this year,
and I also have a one year old daughter, I find myself in the car a LOT,
driving here there and everywhere taking us to all of our activities!  The Serial podcast changed my car trips from
time I felt was being wasted, into special treat as I followed the story
Since deciding this year that my themes for life are to be
more creative, calm and connected, I
have been searching for more podcasts to listen to that interest and excite me
and somehow connect back to those themes. 
The most obvious one for me to start with was “Happy Mama with Amy”.  Amy Taylor-Kabbaz is the
amazing and inspiring woman who blogs at Happy Mama, the author of Happy Mama; the guide to feeling yourself again, and genius behind the Reconnect Program which I did earlier this
year (and am doing for the second time now!). 
I love Amy’s work because she is so real about motherhood.  She is not afraid to discuss the challenges
of being a Mama, and ways that as mothers we can reconnect back to who we are
and what we need.  Once a fortnight Amy
interviews a guest and they discuss issues around being a happy mama, and on
the other week Amy quietly provides her own thoughts and wisdom on a topic
relevant to her audience. There is yet to be an episode where I didn’t get some
little gem from, so if you are a Mum, maybe you might like to give it a go!
Another favourite of mine is “Happier with Gretchen Rubin
and Elizabeth Craft.   I am a big fan of Gretchen Rubin’s books The Happiness Project and Better than Before. In Happier, Rubin
and her sister discuss simple changes and ideas for how to make your life
happier.  I love the interaction between
the sisters, and their ideas are great. 
What should I read next” with Anne Bogel is a podcast I both
love and hate!  I love it because each
week Anne does some literary matchmaking with a guest.  They discuss three books the guest loves, one
book they hate and what the guest is currently reading.  Anne recommends three reads based on their
discussion.  I love this podcast because
the format allows you to discover some books that you may also like to read
next.  I hate this podcast because I have
added so many books to my “to be read” list that I think I need a second, third
and fourth job to finance the purchase of them!!
Rob Bell’s “the Robcast” is a podcast that I’m relatively
new to but the few I’ve listened to so far have surprised me.  I heard Bell’s name come up a lot within a
short time from a number of different sources, and I thought the universe might
be directing me to him for some reason. 
Initially I was a bit turned off when I discovered he is a pastor;
however, he discusses issues in a way that doesn’t feel overly preachy or
churchy.  In my desire to connect with
something bigger than myself, I feel like there might be a few gems in Rob’s
podcasts that might raise some questions that I might like to consider.  What I love about him is that he encourages
people not to continue with what doesn’t serve them well – especially in the
religious context.  This one is probably
not for everyone, but one I’m exploring anyway. 
And last but not least, I have been listening to a podcast
with Elizabeth Gilbert (author of Eat Pray Love) called “Magic Lessons”.  It is an extension of her book Big Magic which encourages readers to
challenge our curiosity, tackle what we most love and face down what we must
fear.  This book is eagerly staring up at
me from my desk, waiting for me to read it. 
Each episode, Gilbert has a creative guest on the show that is somehow
blocked, or experiencing some type of creative challenge and provides
suggestions on how they might break through that block to move forward with
their creative life.   
So what podcasts do you love and why?  I am always on the hunt for new ones to
listen to and would really love if you would share some of your favourites with
me.  You can contact me on Facebook
(search Creative Calm Connected) or leave a comment at the bottom of this post.
Until next time,
E xx