Podcasts to Start Your Week Right

Podcasts are an amazing aural medium for thoughtful discussion on a variety of niches, and I’ve developed a newfound love for podcasts as a platform to cope with stress, anxiety, and lack of inspiration. From podcasts ranging from career advice to health & wellness, I’ve compiled a list of my favorite podcasts to get inspired for the week.

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Optimal Living Daily

Optimal Living Daily is a podcast for...you guessed it...optimal living—daily! Host, Justin Malik, seeks out the best blog posts, articles, and more on wellness, minimalism, and self-improvement, and narrates a new blog post each day on how to optimize your life. Optimal Living Daily episodes are no longer than 10 minutes, and contain short, succinct advice on how to improve oneself, live thoughtfully, and embody a productive, healthy way of living. Take 10 minutes out of your day to listen to this podcast, and I guarantee you’ll start to adopt a more conscious, healthful way of thinking.

Listen to: A Little Guide for More Comfort & Joy (Featuring Jenn Im)

The Accidental Creative

The Accidental Creative is a podcast dedicated to the creative with advice about everyday practices that will encourage you to stay prolific and healthy in life and in work. Todd Henry features authors, business leaders, and other creative professionals, and offers thoughtful advice on how to thrive in your daily life and career with inspiring tips, conversations, and discussions around creativity. Perfect for playing on your morning commute—The Accidental Creative is one of my favorite podcasts for seeking new inspiration or advice on my own creative challenges.

Listen to: What Creative People Need

Girl Boss Radio

Girl Boss Radio is a podcast hosted by Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso, highlighting a different female boss each week through an in-depth interview about how she got her start. The podcast features many CEOs, founders, authors, and creatives alike, and I’m a huge fan of Girl Boss’ curated selection of female leaders and the stories that are uncovered behind her success. The podcast covers a variety of topics from careers, to failure, money, and success, and contains incredibly honest and vulnerable conversation about the highlights and challenges of being a woman in charge. Girl Boss certainly pushes the boundaries for societal conventions and extracts some of the best advice from empowered women around the globe. If you’re looking for some Monday motivation from inspiring women—this is it.

Listen to: Emily Weiss, Founder & CEO of Glossier

Ladies Who Lunch

Ladies Who Lunch is a podcast by Ingrid Nilsen and Cat Valdes navigating the world of adulthood through thoughtful conversation and collaborative discussions. I love this podcast for its openness about various topics that are often stigmatized in the media, with new themes each week ranging from “Taking Pride in Your Bisexuality” to “Non-Romantic Rejection”. Ingrid and Cat are both popular internet creators whose channels I’ve followed since middle school, so I deeply appreciate their perspective on the many controversial subjects discussed within the podcast. Ladies Who Lunch is a podcast to turn on for some inspiration and compassion, and you’ll definitely leave each episode with a new (and optimistic) perspective on life, relationships, and beyond.

Listen to: Mistakes We’ve Made in Our Careers

What are your favorite podcasts? Share your recommendations in the comments below!