A speaker at my church mothers’ group recently talked about all the opportunities for “brain candy” that we have at home. So much of our days keeps our hands busy, but our minds are unoccupied. That can be a recipe for depression and unhealthy spirals if we’re not careful. It’s easy for me to replay my stresses or an unpleasant exchange with a friend over and over in my mind while I feed my child lunch, wash dishes, clean toilets, or go on walks.
Praying is the best solution, of course. But sometimes, what I need is just some good girl talk. And when I can’t call a friend to chat, a new favorite way to fill that need is with a few wonderful podcasts I’ve discovered recently. If you are a technophobe (or just a tech-novice), let me explain that a podcast is simply a regular audio files (just like a radio show episode) that you can listen to online, or download. Effortless and free if you have a smartphone. Just search the titles and download as many old episodes as you want, and if you click “subscribe,” new ones will already download every week.
Here are some of my current favorites:
Tsh Oxenreider (of SimpleMom.net) spends an hour chatting with another blogger every week about raising kids, home decor, traveling, potty training, yard sales, recipes, you name it. Her guests are warm, funny, and wise, and her perspective on intentional motherhood leaves me encouraged every week. The hour flies by and the archives are full of fabulous conversations. She’s my absolute favorite for laundry day. I don’t even notice all the folding.
This is a new podcast from Kat Lee (of InspiredtoAction.com). The episodes vary in length, but my very favorites are her wonderful, quick encouragements for how to be a better mom that day. She has a fabulous gift for encouraging moms with her wit and practical advice. In two recent podcasts, for example, she talks about how to be a more patient mom in 24 hours, and how to deal with yourself when you can tell it’s going to be a bad day. Kat constantly says that every mom is a big deal, and she wants them to know it. Her podcast always leaves me eager to play with my baby and have a great day together.
Ok, this one has nothing to do with motherhood. But it’s funny and fabulous and so girly that I just adore it. Despite the name, it also really has nothing to do with baking. Joy the Baker (of JoytheBaker.com) is a young blogger who chats with her friend, Tracy Benjamin (of Shutterbean.com) about any and all aspects of life. Fashion, relationships, food, friendship. It’s light and carefree and makes me laugh out loud almost every week. Good times.
*Disclaimer: The Joy the Baker podcast would very occasionally get a PG-13 rating. Some adult themes when it comes to relationship/dating discussions. OK, disclaimer over.
Another newer podcast, from Meagan Francis (of TheHappiestHome.com). Meagan chats with guests about her idea of a “kitchen hour;” ie, setting aside time every day to do the necessary work of getting dinner on the table, with more enjoyment and less stress. Her guests are usually authors, and I don’t always agree with them. But I love that, because it’s thought-provoking and engages my mind about some of the more controversial aspects of child discipline, motherhood, and even how children learn. A good listen for your time in the kitchen!
These are just some of my current favorites, so I’d love to know: What do you listen to while you work? Have you found other podcasts that encourage you and pass the chore time?
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