It all started with the 9 hour drive to see my in-laws. When the kids were small I would read to them, play brain teasers they didn’t realize were really math problems etc. When they were a bit older I stumbled across these things on iTunes called podcasts. Eureka! Fantastic listening and learning at the same time. I knew this would literally change my life!
The first and only podcast I listened to for years was “Stuff You Missed in History Class.” Two hosts (who have changed over the years) provide fascinating history lessons on things I didn’t even know existed (like The Radium Girls) or give in depth coverage on topics I thought I knew about-and realized I had no clue (like The Irish Potato Famine). The hosts are wickedly smart and their banter back in forth is endearing. There were SO many podcasts my kids loved that we’d listen to them for hours.
And that is how it went for many years. We’d listen to that particular podcast on car trips.
Then one day when I was dusting it occurred to me I should listen to PODCASTS while I cleaned, folded laundry or did any other mundane chore. As I’ve branched out in my listening, I’ve come across some fantastic podcasts that have been instructional and/or motivational. Allow me to share these great podcasts with you so you too can get the motivation to make small-and then maybe big!-changes to your life.
Podcasts that will Inspire and Motivate You
- Happier by Gretchen Rubin
This probably doesn’t come as a surprise to you. I love everything this woman writes. She has three great books-The Happiness Project, Happier at Home, and Better Than Before. (See below on how to order) I love that I can hear her voice-along with that of her sister’s-as they laugh together and provide “try it at home tips,” “gold stars and happiness demerits,” and general all around great advice on how to make small changes that will have a big impact on your life. (My family thinks I stalk her just because we’re both from Kansas City!)
- Organization Station @ Home with Monica Ricci
Monica Ricci is an organizational expert and a regular on HGTV’s Mission: Organization. What I love about this podcast is that it’s brief and gives extremely practical, do-able advice. There’s a lot of episodes that start out “5 Secrets to…” or “4 Reasons…” Might want to keep a pen and paper handy.
This podcast does seem to be geared towards organizing professionals, but what I think everyone can learn from this podcast is the WHY we sometimes let clutter rule our life or why we sometimes can’t get rid of a certain type of item. Each episode Mark interviews one organizing professional. Since organizing is not a one solution fits all situation, it’s wonderful to listen to how each of these organizers works and what their strategies are.
- A Slob Comes Clean by Dana White
Dana is just a real woman who was not born to organizing (apparently not a nerd from birth like me) and her advice is so do-able. She does not strive for perfection and is very realistic.
- Confidence on the Go with Trish Blackwell
I feel that this podcast is so uplifting and empowering. I listen as often as I can. Just a few titles that I completely identified with: In Judgement of Judgment, Goal Setting with Purpose, and Taking Pressure Off Yourself. Isn’t that the best?!
My Lightbulb Moment
As a professional organizer, I am all about decluttering, purging, basic getting rid of excess stuff. I feel it is insanity to organize things that make you feel guilty, that remind you of bad times, or that you don’t even need. So as I was listening to The Minimalists (another favorite) Ryan (one of the 2 minimalists) said minimalism wasn’t about getting rid of everything he owned (although it sort of seems like he did) but about having a well-curated life.
Wow. That hit me like a ton of bricks. Hi Impact. Not just a well curated art collection or book collection in your home, but a well-curated life. I try to be careful about the items I keep around me-that they are meaningful, beautiful and useful to me. I just re-did my book case and kept only the most special books. (The Minimalists would be proud.) (See below for how to order their amazing books.)
But a well-curated life? Think about that. Have I curated the activities I spend my time on? Or am I running around doing everything anyone has asked me to do or am I making time for those things which I find meaningful? Do I spend time with the people who love me, care for me, and want the best for me? Or do I spend my time with people I wonder might talk behind my back later?But a well-curated life? Think about that. Have I curated the activities I spend my time on? Click To Tweet
I’ll be thinking about this for awhile. I meant not to give any answers to the questions above but to open a dialogue. What does a well-curated life mean to you?
Books Mentioned in this Post
The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Life by Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus
Everything That Remains: A Memoir by The Minimalists by Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus
Essential: Essays by The Minimalists by Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus
Thanks for reading.