For Lent this year (which let’s just get it out there that Lent was never a thing in my house and it’s definitely not a thing in my church but 98% of my friends growing up were Catholic and so I always felt left out when I didn’t give something up, too, and so I still sometimes try to give something up and that’s that) I decided to give up listening to secular music. It’s a nice break from songs I don’t love on the radio and listening to the same 4 artists over and over, and I’ve been loving starting my day with worship music!
But sometimes I’m tired of listening to music, and I don’t want to just clean my apartment in silence, so I’ll throw on a podcast! I keep finding more and more to try out, and some of them have been amazing!! I know everyone has different styles and tastes when it comes to what they listen to (and some people would just rather not listen to other people have a conversation and I get that!) but I am going to share some REALLY REALLY GREAT ones with you today that I think you might like, too!
The Heart of Dating
The Heart of Dating podcast is such a fun one! The host, Kait, and her guests dive into the terrible, fun, confusing, awesome world of what it looks like to date as a modern Christian adult today! She has had great episodes about the Enneagram, what it looks like to start online dating, how to prepare now for marriage later, and more! Her guests are always great and share great nuggets of wisdom.
The Good Place
Yeah, The Good Place The Podcast is definitely my favorite on this list today! I just LOVE this show – it’s so clever and hilarious and has definitely made me cry and it’s just written so well. I also love knowing fun facts and trivia, and THAT’S WHAT THIS PODCAST IS! It’s hosted by one of the actors, and they go episode by episode talking to writers, the creator, actors, directors, and even special effects people about what happened, what happened behind the scenes, and other things that the people (aka me) are dying to know!!! Just make sure that you have actually seen the first two seasons before you start listening, because they didn’t start doing the podcast until well into season 2, and there are major spoilers.
Dr. Death is one that I feel like EVERYONE has already listened to, but that’s ok I’m still going to put it on my list! It’s a limited-series podcast (so there’s only 11 episodes) about a spinal surgeon in Dallas, TX who basically messed up a lot of people’s lives by performing surgery on them when HE SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN DOING ANY SURGERY OF ANY KIND ON ANYBODY. I mean, just because of what happened it was sad to listen to… but it was also fascinating to hear just what happened and why it happened and why nobody stopped this guy sooner. Also it took place in Dallas so I felt like I should listen because I live in Dallas and that definitely upped the icky factor while listening.
Cool Playlist is pretty much exactly what you’re thinking- a podcast where the host Eliza Skinner and a guest come up with cool playlists that have 10 songs! Each episode centers on a different scenario and it’s a great way to remember songs you used to love or find new songs/artists you’ve never heard before but want to check out! Some of the fun scenarios have been playlists for a “roadtrip to Disney,” “eating fast food alone in your car at night,” “first day in a very cool new outfit,” and “coming home after a disappointing day.” Just a warning, they do NOT play the entire song when adding it to the playlist, just a sample. I made a friend listen to the “waiting in line for Broadway lottery tickets” episode when we were in New England last fall thinking she would LOVE it and she was getting so sad because “I JUST WANT TO HEAR THESE FULL SONGS!!!!!!!!!!!” Fair point, and now you’ve been warned.
The Next Right Thing
The Next Right Thing is an extremely specific podcast that I didn’t think I would like but I’m actually really enjoying so far! I’m not all the way caught up, but I started from the beginning a few months ago and I’d say I’m about halfway there. The host, Emily, has a very soothing voice and she talks about making good decisions and being ok with the decisions you make in such a calm way – it’s just really lovely. I don’t struggle with decision making ALL the time, but I’ve already taken some of the things/practices she’s talked about and implemented them into my process and it’s been great! And y’all, she even has A BOOK coming out about the same topic! And it gets released ON TUESDAY!!! I’m definitely going to add it to my library list and read it!