I first discovered podcasts back in 2016 when I bought a new car (after 8 years living overseas without one) and had a daily two hour return commute on my hands. I kinda assumed that I was late to the party and that podcasts had been around forever, but it appears not. I still find myself smugly guiding people to the native podcast app on their iPhone.
(Side note: did you know that the word 'podcast' is actually a portmanteau of 'iPod' and 'broadcast'. Mind. Blown.)
Over the past couple of years, countless road trips down to the family cottage in Waihi and daily hour long commutes, I've developed quite the library of go-to podcasts, and I’m can honestly say, I’m all the smarter and more wordly for it. I actually start the majority of my conversations or coaching sessions with “I heard this on a podcast recently….” Seriously, they are the modern day almanac, and if you haven’t already become an audio content consumer, now’s the time. According to Gary Vaynerchuck it’s the future (and the present.) And, it’s the best way to fall in love with Auckland traffic.
Just a little secret—I always have the playback speed set to 1.5 so it speeds up the audio and I can get through more eps.. I don’t have time for slow talkers!
I'm often asked by friends and on Instagram what some of my favourite listens are, so here they are. The top 10 I have on regular rotation in my ears.
If you’re not familiar with Rich Roll he’s a total badass. An ex-lawyer, who battled with drug and alcohol addiction before seeking reform in the world of plant-based nutrition and ultra-endurance races, Rich delves deep into all things wellness with some of the brightest and most forward thinking, paradigm busting minds in health, fitness, nutrition, art, entertainment, entrepreneurship & spirituality. Even if you’re not a fan of veganism or ultra-marathons, you’ll still find this super thought-provoking. Caution: super long episodes.
I first started listening to Caty when her podcast was called The Spiritual Gangster Podcast, because, why wouldn’t you? It’s been an incredible couple of years listening to Caty’s evolution from spiritual gangster to absolute fierce goddess homegirl, still with a lot of swagger but also plenty of sexy. The show is a modern woman's guide to personal development, spirituality, manifestation, and entrepreneurship. If you need a serious kick up the butt in your life and business, listen to her - NOW! (Ps. I’m super excited to be interviewing Caty on my own podcast this month. Stay tuned for when that launches!)
I’m a huge fan of the mindbodygreen newsletter, so the podcast was a natural progression. Jason Wachob, founder & CEO of mindbodygreen, shares motivational interviews with the people shaping the wellness world: pioneers, cutting-edge thinkers, and entrepreneurs who are changing the conversation. Topics include health, fitness, nutrition, self-help and more. It’s bangin’
Look, you either love or hate Gary Vaynerchuk and I am his number one fan. There’s little I wouldn’t do for that man and I can’t wait to see him in person at his Auckland show in October. I’ll be the one up front throwing my panties on stage. Gary is an entrepreneur, CEO, investor, vlogger, and public speaker based in NYC and is my go-to when I need a good old business pep-talk. If you want to learn about how to use social media effectively, he’s your guy (also his book Crush It is epic for social media advice).
I don’t know what it is about Jonathan Fields, host of the GLP, but there’s just something about him that makes you want to invite him over for brunch. It would be a super throught-provoking chat, that’s for sure. This podcast is a collection of ‘conversations about living a fully-engaged, fiercely-connected and meaning-drenched life’ and it’s one I keep coming back to again and again when I need a good dose of positive juju.
Hosted by Who What Wear and MyDomaine co-founder Hillary Kerr, the Second Life podcast has been a recent addition to my line-up, but has been super inspiring so far. Hillary interviews a bevvy of inspiring women who have transitioned into a ‘second life’ aka a career change. Something many of us are doing or dreaming about.
An awesome font of knowledge for health coaches and wellness enthusiasts alike, Ashley - despite having quite the grating voice - really knows her shit and interviews some really fascinating people, including some of the worlds most successful natural healers. You know dis my jam! Caution: the episodes are quite long and there’s over 280 of them at last count.
I feel like 2018 was the year when everyone on my radar started talking about embodying the divine feminine, ecstatic dance and deep intimacy, and I needed to get schooled, stat. Susana covers all of these topics and more, through her role as a ‘Deep Living Coach and Sacred Dance Facilitator igniting women through erotic empowerment’. From sexuality, orgasms and body-love, to overcoming shame, doubt and fear, to cultivating deep intimacy and creating a life aligned with your truest desires - Susana and her guests discuss it all, openly and honestly.
As if this needs an introduction—anything Oprah does is pure magic, and she interviews the best of the best thought-leaders, best-selling authors, spiritual luminaries, as well as health and wellness experts. Her interviews always give me the warm fuzzies and force me to ask some really big questions of my life.
Julie Parker, host of The Priestess Podcast interviews her guests about all things Divine Feminine, Goddess Culture, Women's Spirituality and Soulful Business. If you can handle a strong Aussie accent and a good dose of woo-woo, then this podcast is for you.
I hope that has given you some inspiration for the next time you are out for a run or driving to work, and I would love to hear what some of your favourite podcasts are. You can probably pick from the above that wellness and spirituality are my genre of choice, but always open to a wildcard or two. (Not so into the murder mysteries though..)