Don’t be misconstrued by the title. This podcast + book guide can be for women and men, and it definitely isn’t limited to just creatives and entrepreneurs. But these are the podcasts (and books) I’ve been loving lately and figured if they have helped me, they may help others. I won’t go into too much detail about the podcasts themselves since I do that in the guide, but here are my top 5 podcasts for women (by women).
- The Next Right Thing by Emily P. Freeman
- The Selfie Podcast by Sarah & Kristen
- The Goal Digger Podcast by Jenna Kutcher
- For The Love by Jen Hatmaker
- The Lazy Genius Podcast by Kendra Adachi
I’ve only recently discovered podcasts and all their glory. Although I can’t remember exactly when I started listening to them, it’s definitely been within the last year. I was tired of listening to the radio, and I was looking for something inspiring and a better way to fill my time, especially on my short commute. These amazing podcasts by these awesome women fulfilled that need. They have helped me grow mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
Since I was loving podcasts (and was way late to the party), I figured others had their favorites too! So I polled my readers and asked what their favorites were. I included this list in the guide as well! There were a ton of good ones, and I can’t wait to add some of them to my library.
Over the last several years, I’ve read many self-improvement books – mostly due to joining Arbonne. I know, I know… I used to think I’d never read one of those self-help books. But as soon as I finished my first one, I was hooked.
Even after backing away from working my Arbonne business, I still keep catching myself going back to these types of non-fiction books. I’m so glad (and grateful!) I got over my own stubbornness, and honestly my fear, of reading a “self-help” book because they have helped me tremendously in both my personal life and work life. Not only did they help me grow my Arbonne business, but they helped me grow as a person, be a better wife in my marriage, and even motivated me to finish my Masters degree.
To anyone who hasn’t read a self-improvement book and wants to, but there’s maybe something holding you back (stubbornness and/or fear, like it was for me), my advice for you is to give it a try. Step out of your comfort zone, and step into courage. I know it’s easier said than done, but your future self will thank you. To help you get started, I’ve listed some of my favorite books in the guide – some brand new and others are solid staples. I’ve also linked them all below!
Books I’ve Read
These I’ve read and highly recommend to anyone – male, female, single, married, divorced, widowed.
1. The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown
2. On Fire by John O’Leary
3. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
4. Indestructible by Allison Fallon (available for pre-order)
5. Sometimes You Win – Sometimes You Learn by John Maxwell
6. Failing Forward by John Maxwell
7. Training Camp by Jon Gordon
8. One Word That Will Change Your Life by Jon Gordon, Jimmy Page, & Dan Britton
These are the books I’m currently reading or are TBR (to be read). I’m more than half way through #1, #2, #5, and #6, and they are game-changers.
(Side note: I started reading Attached after Kenny passed away and I had started dating again. I’d recommend this book to anyone dating, single, or even married. It helps you learn what kind of attachment style you and your partner [or future partner] are, and how to navigate those styles and build a stronger relationship.)
1. Rising Strong by Brené Brown
2. Daring Greatly by Brené Brown
3. Braving the Wilderness by Brené Brown
4. A Million Little Ways by Emily P. Freeman
5. You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero
6. Attached by Amir Levine & Rachel Heller
7. The Magnolia Story by Chip & Joanna Gaines
8. Option B by Sheryl Sandberg & Adam Grant
9. The Last Arrow by Erwin Raphael McManus
10. Chasing Slow by Erin Loechner
11. From Depths We Rise by Sarah Rodriguez
12. I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn’t) by Brené Brown
13. Uninvited by Lysa TerKeurst
14. The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer
So maybe you’re new to podcasts like me, or maybe you’re a veteran but are in search of some new podcasts to add to your list – either way, I compiled this 5-page mini guide just for you! And it’s free! Just sign up below and your copy will be sent straight to you inbox. I’ve included my list of podcasts for women (by women), as well as what I love about them and some of my favorite episodes.
Have you read any of these books? What are some of your favorite books and podcasts? Tell me in the comments below!
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