PODCASTS – they're my new absolute FAVORITE way to keep myself entertained during a myriad of activities. Getting your nails done? Folding laundry? Doing your makeup? Stuck in traffic? Trying to stay on the treadmill a little longer? Podcasts are the answer!!! It seriously doesn't matter what your age or interests are, there's a podcast to inspire, teach, and entertain you. I PROMISE! And today I'm gonna break down how ridiculously easy it is to fire up a podcast on your smart phone and share a list of my faves.
Ever since I launched my podcast Mint Arrow Messages, I've received so many messages from people who are like, “Ummm, how do I listen to a podcast?” And I'm not just talking about my grandma or someone in their 80s. People of ALL AGES have asked me this! So we're going to make it super duper easy for you to get podcasts going on your phone and in your ears anytime you need something to keep you company.
how to listen
If you have an iPhone or iPad, did you know your device comes with an app all ready to play podcasts?! Seriously! It's a purple square with a microphone icon.
The easiest way to find it is by pulling down on your home screen and typing “podcast” into the search bar…it'll pop right up! To find a specific podcast, click on “Search” in the bottom right corner and type in the name of the one you're looking for. Once it pops up, you can select “Subscribe” and all of the new episodes will automatically load into your library when they publish.
If you're wanting to listen on an Android, there are several different options for getting podcasts onto your phone. The one I always recommend is Spotify! It's super simple on that app–you just search the name of the podcast you want to listen to, and when it pops up you can hit “Follow.”
You'll also see all of the older episodes, so you can scroll through and get caught up on ones you might have missed! If you don't have Spotify, you can use Google Pay music (the List icon in the upper left hand corner has a Podcast option) to search, subscribe, and listen to podcasts.
where to listen:
Some of my fave places to listen to a podcast … everywhere. Okay really, it's hard to think of a place where I don't love getting totally lost in the conversation or story told by a really good podcaster. But here are some fun places I've found that are perfect for tuning into a podcast:
During a manicure
On an airplane
Driving in the car
At the gym
Doing my makeup or hair
During a blowout (with airpods!)
Walking the dog
Running (Neil's suggestion ha – I'm not a runner)
Cleaning the house
Of all these places, I think the one I love most is during a manicure. I used to kind of dread getting my nails done because it's so much time sitting there where you can't use your hands and get work done, etc. Now I can totally relax during that time and still be entertained with just a set of headphones or airpods!
what to listen to:
If you're ready to dive in and get started on listening to podcasts, here are some of my very favorites that I'm fairly sure you'll love too!!
Mint Arrow Messages – okay I KNOW that's cheesy to suggest your own, but we really do work super hard to find guests who have powerful messages to share that uplift and inspire and provide deeper understanding to situations and life experiences that maybe all of us haven't experienced before. Last week and this week, Neil and I shared our “real life love story” of finding hope and healing from pornography addiction through the 12-steps. We have LOTS of incredible interviews back-logged that I'm dying to share with you guys, coming out soon!!!
The Next Step Podcast – if you're looking for more stories filled with hope and people who have actually turned their lives around from addiction, this podcast is incredible. It's one of my favorites ran by a couple surfer dudes here in Southern CA and the stories are raw, real and soul-shaking.
Awesome with Alison – actionable tips on how to be a better entrepreneur, wife, mom and WHOLE person! Alison makes me laugh and gives me real, tangible tips every single episode that help me improve as a person. WIN.
Classic Speeches – this is a collection of the BEST of the best speeches given at the University I graduated from, BYU. These are always PURE GOLD and I can't tell you how many times Neil and I have had the most amazing discussions after both listening to these. Hard to choose favorites but some of the ones that have been real paradigm shifts for me are “Gifts of Love” Dec 1980, “Remember Lot's Wife” Jan 2009, “Cast Not Away Therefore Your Confidence” Mar 1999 (side note: if not for this speech, Neil and I would probably not be married!!), “The Loneliness of Leadership,” Nov 1969.
How I Built This – if you're an entrepreneur this podcast is a must! You'll learn the ins and outs of how so many successful self-starters launched their careers.
Smart Passive Income – another podcast that's great for online business owners or entrepreneurs. This was one of the first podcasts I got hooked on and Pat feels like a real-life friend even though I've only met him once in person! His episodes are always packed with amazing business advice.
Making Oprah – okay this will come up as “Making Obama,” because they changed the name of the podcast after the first season. But the first 3 episodes entitled “Making Oprah” are FASCINATING and I learned so much about how Oprah became the powerhouse she was during my growing-up years and how she made intentional decisions about only representing GOOD MESSAGES in her career, even when it was less popular, that led to her total domination in the television space.
Oprah's Super Soul Conversations – if you miss Oprah on the reg at 4 p.m., this podcast is for you. Little truth nuggets from your favorite soul sister that will have you laughing, crying and always feeling uplifted.
Those are the podcasts I frequent! What do you guys love to listen to? Please let me know in the comments so we can add more to the list!!