When I stopped commuting and started WFH 10
years months ago, I didn’t think I’d miss the Tube much. The crowding. The smells. But soon I realised something major was missing from my day: the motivational podcasts I listened to on the train.
I used to play episodes of The Longform Podcast, for example, to get myself fired up to do my job, network, and find new ways to tell a story. Other days, I’d need fitness inspo, and would cue up the Ali On The Run Show, which is about what keeps runners going.
I’ve missed this morning ritual, and since the beginning of the year is a great time to form new habits, I’m resolving to start my days by taking a walk and tuning into a motivational podcast.
Of course, people look for different things from their podcasts. But this list — a sampling of my favourite motivational shows — is sure to contain at least one option that will resonate with you and your goals, whether you’re looking for a good conversation among activists to reignite your internal fire, or more practical self-care hacks to help you jumpstart your own healing.
Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations
This profound podcast can do it all, from motivating you to start a project to giving you advice on how to find your greater purpose. Oprah Winfrey interviews a wide range of guests — including Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh — and brings heart and good vibes to every conversation.
Although they’re no longer releasing new episodes of this pod, the archives are truly a treasure trove. Hosts Kathy Tu and Tobin Low tell queer stories with heart, interviewing a wide range of subjects from singing duo Tegan and Sara to a man who adopted his partner before LGBTQ+ marriage became legal. I recommend starting with the episode titled “Return to Ring of Keys.” It’s a tale in which a young woman reconnects with her first queer adult role model.
Maybe you’re hoping to cook up more unique or healthy recipes in the new year. For inspo, look no further than this podcast, hosted by Samin Nosrat, author of Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat, and radio host Hrishikesh (Hrishi) Hirway. They answer listeners’ questions about cooking in quarantine and dish out creative recipes that can most likely be made with what’s already in your pantry. They interview interesting people, too, including Nadiya Hussain, winner of the Great British Bake Off, who shared her family’s delish chicken korma recipe.
Happier with Gretchen Rubin
Rubin, the best-selling author of The Happiness Project, and TV producer Liz Craft are here with helpful tips to help you create good habits that’ll ultimately make you feel, well, happier.Listen on: Apple Podcasts and Spotify.
Black Girl in Om
Lauren Ash and Deun Ivory are all about encouraging Black womxn and womxn of colour to prioritize self-care in their own lives — which is more crucial than ever these days. They interview wellness experts such as sound healer and composer Gina Breedlove, provide mindfulness tips, and offer words of affirmation to sustain listeners through their days.
Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness
You know JVN from Queer Eye, where he takes a heartfelt approach to connecting with others as they work toward self-improvement. He’s bringing the same endearing energy to his podcast, in which he explores a wide range of topics, from how local politics can become more gender-inclusive to how to be a better cat parent.
Call Your Girlfriend
Long-distance BFFs and hosts Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman talk pop culture, politics, and owning your power as a feminist (yes, even amid a pandemic). The more you tune in, more you feel like you’re in their inner circle — and the more inspired you’ll be a better friend and human.
DNA of a Maker
Host Lilliana Vazquez interviews high-power women such as civil rights activist Tarana Burke and Cowboy Ventures founder Aileen Lee, and attempts to learn about the traits that turn “makers” into effective leaders. It’s worth a listen.
The Michelle Obama Podcast
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The former First Lady of the United States and bestselling author delves deep into the relationships that count in our lives in this podcast, and it’ll make you want to start a conversation with someone you care about. Obama interviews interesting a fascinating range of guests, from politico Valerie Jarrett to late night host Conan O’Brien to her husband.