Brain Food

What are you filling your mind with on a regular basis?

What we watch, listen to, and read impacts our mindset more than we might realize. It’s so important to be mindful about what type of content your consistently feeding your brain.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not asking you to eliminate all of your guilty pleasures. I have my fair share of cringe-worthy favorites, too. It’s all about balance. If you’re going to binge on the housewives or Kardashian drama, just make sure you’re also spending time diving into content that makes you think, helps you grow, and has a positive impact on your mindset. You can find this type of content in a variety of forms, but my personal favorite is listening to podcasts.

When I first heard the word “podcast” I imagined a very bland recording of someone talking about politics and the economy. I’d heard people rave about their favorite podcasts for a few months but I still wasn’t sold on investing my time into listening.

That is until I was 3 hours deep in a 6 hour road trip, burnt out on music and the sisterly-bickering coming from the back seat. I did a quick google search, found a highly suggested podcast, tapped play, and fell in love.

Seriously! I’m slightly obsessed. Podcasts are the only reason I don’t mind spending an average of 1-2 hours driving everyday.

If you’re looking for some brain food, check out my favorite podcasts to listen to right now!

1. The Minimalists Podcast
by The Minimalists

If you haven’t heard of The Minimalists, i’m going to assume you’ve been living under a rock. Just kidding. I actually only heard of them recently and am so glad I did because it transformed my life. Literally.
Josh and Ryan discuss what it looks like to live a more meaningful life with less.
You can listen to this podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and YouTube.
I recommend starting with their first episode: 000|Who Are the Minimalists?

2. Crime Junkie Podcast
by Audiochuck | Ashley Flowers

OK, this podcast is my number one guilty pleasure! Two life-long besties, Ashley & Britt, dive into a different true crime case each week. They are committed to giving the victims the recognition they deserve, raising awareness, and doing their best to report the facts. After listening to one episode you’ll wish you could be the third wolf in their two-man-wolf-pack.
You can listen to this podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and crimejunkiepodcast.com.
It’s hard to choose a favorite episode but if I were to pick a favorite to start with I recommend: Episode 33: CONSPIRACY: The Women of Juarez.
or Episode 51: CONSPIRACY: Women in the U.S. Military
or Episode 71: MISSING: Amy Lynn Bradley

3. The Chris Hogan Show
by Ramsey Solutions

When I was 25, I went to an all day Dave Ramsey conference. He had 9 speakers discussing topics like parenting, relationships, budgeting, entrepreneurship, and retirement. Can you guess which speaker was my favorite? If you guessed it was any other speaker than the one who talked about retirement you’d be wrong.
The speaker was Chris Hogan. If you haven’t heard anything by Chris Hogan, you need to stop what you’re doing and check him out now! His voice is what I imagine God’s voice will sound like. He also has an insane ability to inform and inspire you to take care of your finances.
You can listen to this podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, YouTube
and www.chrishogan360.com/podcast.
This is one of my favorite episodes & a good one to start with: It’s better to give.

4. TED Radio Hour
by NPR

If you’ve ever watched or listened to a TED talk, you know just how powerful they are. TED promotes “ideas worth spreading”. Adding this podcast to your list of things to listen to should be a no-brainer!
You can listen to this podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and www.npr.org/programs/ted-radio-hour/.
There are so many great episodes, you really can’t go wrong starting with any of them.
One of my favorites: Wired for Altruism

5. CCV Audio Messages
by Christ’s Church of the Valley

Of course, I have to throw my church in here. Not because i’m partial but because they really deliver some of the best, most insightful messages. The pastor’s and occasional guest speakers have a way of breaking down and explaining scripture to make it understandable and relatable for everyone.
You can listen to this podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and ccv.church/watch.
This was one of my favorite messages. If you’re new, I recommend starting here: aTypical

6. Elevation with Steven Furtick
by Elevation Church

By the time you’re 10 minutes deep into any of these messages you will want to jump straight up out of your seat to praise Jesus. Of course, if you’re driving, I recommend you stay seated. Pastor Furtick has a crazy ability to speak wisdom and inspiration in your life all while proclaiming the gospel. If you haven’t heard a message from Steve Furtick yet, it’s time to change that!
You can listen to this podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and elevationchurch.org/sermons.
I recommend starting here: Choosing Your Chains

7. Imagined Life
by Wondery

Imagined life takes you on an immersive journey through the life of a legend with a unique point of view. Each episodes exquisite storytellers put you in the shoes of the main character. Although clues are given through out the entire episode, it’s not until the end that you find out who “you” are.
You can listen to this podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcast,
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You can listen to this podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcast, and wondery.com/shows/imagined-life.
I’ve enjoyed all of the episodes so far. I recommend starting with the first episode: The Outsider

8. Serial
by This American Life

Serial has a different format than my 7 previous suggestions. Each season, Serial’s host, Sara Koenig, unfolds a captivating true story. Each episode dives deeper into the story with a sole mission to uncover the truth.
You can listen to this podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcast, and .http://serialpodcast.org.
I recommend starting with the first episode in Season One: S01 Episode 01: The Alibi

If nothing on this list suits your fancy, there are thousands of different podcasts to choose from that might be more up your alley.
Either way, I hope you find something to fuel your brain!

If you decide to give any of these a listen, please stop back by and drop your opinion in the comments!

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