I work in an office, which means that five days a week, I have to get from point a (home) to point b (work) and back again. Granted, I live in the city in a neighborhood that’s super close to work, so it’s not like my commute is long and awful — in fact, it only takes me about 20-25 minutes of total transit time.
However, no matter how long your commute is, and whether you’re commuting by bus, subway, train or car, this one thing can help make the trip into the office much less “UGH I DON’T WANT TO GO TO WORK.” In fact, it can even be…dare I say it…energizing for the day ahead, and on the flip side, help you wind down and transition out of the work day once it ends.
Instead of checking work emails or mindlessly scrolling Instagram during my commute, I listen to a podcast or an audiobook. Lately, I’ve been favoring books and podcasts that focus on self-improvement and wellness — like these seven of my recent favorites in rotation:
THAT’S SO RETROGRADE
I’m a full-on retrosexual. I’m in the That’s So Retrograde Facebook group and I contribute to the Patreon page. But that’s because this podcast is 110% worth it. Elizabeth Kott and Stephanie Simbari make the journey into the wild and wonderful world of wellness accessible, funny and down-to-earth. Plus, they’re cool enough that Andy Cohen stole their “roses and thorns” bit to use with the Real Housewives during reunion episodes. Whether you know your astrological chart by heart or you’re skeptical, give That’s So Retrograde a listen and I bet you’ll learn a thing or two (and laugh along the way). “Shaman Bomb” with Shaman Durek is an amazing episode, and I’m also a big fan of anytime Ryan Weiss shows up on the podcast.
OPRAH’S SUPERSOUL CONVERSATIONS
I’m super late to the Oprah podcast train, but I’m also super into it now that I’m here. Oprah brought her popular SuperSoul Conversations series to podcast form, and it’s every bit as enlightening and inspiring as you’d expect it to be. I mean, come on, it’s Oprah. The Arianna Huffington episode is a fave.
On Girlboss Radio, Sophia Amoruso gets real with a variety of different women who are redefining “success” for themselves and pulls out nuggets of wisdom you can use for your own definition along the way. Guests have included everyone from Sarah Jessica Parker to Rupi Kaur…and that’s just in 2018 so far.
THE INFLUENCER PODCAST
If you’re interested in branding, marketing or the influencer industry, I highly recommend The Influencer Podcast with Julie Solomon. Julie interviews top influencers and industry experts to dive into trends, tips and conversations about what it takes to succeed in this crowded space.
YOU ARE A BADASS
Author Jen Sincero reads the audiobook version of You Are a Badass, the popular self-help book for people who don’t like self-help. Jen’s wry sense of humor and relevant examples make You Are a Badass a refreshing read while providing inspiration to start your day.
Speaking of inspiration, if you’re feeling a little stuck, Big Magic (by the author of Eat, Pray, Love) might just be the encouragement you need to embrace your curiosity and tap back into your creative side.
HOW TO GET SH*T DONE
In How to Get Sh*t Done, Erin Falconer takes a super refreshing approach to productivity. I know I’ve fallen into the trap of feeling guilty because I’m not doing enough and comparing myself to so-called productive people who seem like they’re doing the most. But Erin argues we should do less, so we can be truly productive in the areas that matter (and if you’re not sure what those are, the book will help you figure it out).
Bonus tip: check to see if you can check out audiobooks from your local library! Lots of local libraries offer this feature, including the Chicago Public Library.
I’m always looking for new podcast and audiobook recommendations, so please share away in the comments! What are you listening to or reading lately that really lights you up?
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