I’m sure you’ve heard the saying by motivational speaker Jim Rohn, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” It makes sense, right? The attitudes and behaviors of the people we surround ourselves with directly impact the attitudes and behaviors we adopt ourselves. They can either motivate us or hold us back. They can fill our cups with positivity or make us look at life half-empty. It’s undeniably important to curate who these people are in our lives.
I count myself among the tremendously lucky in this department. My friends in this chapter of my life are the best of the best. Smart, successful, gorgeous, and funny. Everything I could aspire to be. They propel me forward and give me seemingly endless grace when I stumble. Truly, they inspire me to be a better person.
The tricky thing is that I can’t be constantly surrounded by them because, well, life is busy. It’s not like my college days when I lived within 20 feet of all my best friends. Now we get together when we can round up babysitters and find clean underwear. Sometimes even my husband and I are ships passing in the night. My sister and I can barely find time to split a bottle of wine and have a chat even though we live only a couple miles apart. Making time for the important people is VITAL but it’s not always possible, especially during a Michigan winter when literally the entire state is shut down.
Enter my podcast ladies to the rescue!
I have these FIVE truly inspiring boss babes in my earbuds constantly.
We underestimate the importance of what we CONSUME as an influence on our lives. Especially since sometimes we spend more time with people on TV, on a podcast, or in an audiobook than we do with the real physical people who surround us. Choosing the right content matters. And for me, these women push me to be a better entrepreneur, friend, mom, and human.
The Boss Babe: Lauryn Evarts Bosstick
What’s to Love:
Lauryn Evarts is totally 100% unapologetically herself and shares very candidly about, basically, her entire life. From boob jobs to skincare to diet and mental health, she is FULL of great tips. She gets specific about everything and I buy stuff she recommends all the freaking time because she really is an expert curator. Her skincare advice has legitimately changed my life. She really pushes you to be the best version of yourself and to not be ashamed to take REALLY good care of yourself. She’s like the coolest girl in your high school - except she is super nice and down to Earth and wants to be friends. She does this podcast with her husband and their relationship is very sweet and inspiring as well. She’s a gem.
The Boss Babe: Jenna Kutcher
What’s to Love:
Jenna is the millionaire next door! No really, she’s a Midwestern gal who works really hard and became mega, uber, ultra successful. What I love is that she’s multi-passionate (it gives me hope because IT AIN’T EASY to be one) and honest about her successes and failures. She’s very real, very midwestern, and very body positive. Her podcasts are so informative that I keep a notebook handy and sometimes can’t believe it’s really free business content. She also does personal episodes and shares a lot about her private struggles, her husband, and her Hawaiian vacation homes (UGHHHHH) . She can sound scripted sometimes and is very polished, but it’s great and motivating content.
The Boss Babe: Cathy Heller
What’s to Love:
Literally turn on this podcast if you need somebody to tell you that you’re an amazing, walking miracle who is here to shine their light on the world - because guaranteed Cathy will tell you in the first five minutes. Her podcast has really evolved but centers on encouraging creatives and entrepreneurs to share their gifts with the world. Her interviews are always with super inspiring people with massive success stories and it always leaves you feeling uplifted. She is very candid about her mental health struggles and her turbulent childhood, and also her career struggles before she made it HUGE writing songs for TV ads (think Apple, Walmart, McDonalds etc.). It’s the most cheesy of these podcasts, but sometimes you need somebody to tell you you’re doing a great job and that you’re made of stardust. Which you totally are, by the way.
The Boss Babes: Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark
What’s to Love: TWO BABES IN ONE SHOW!
This podcast creates a feeling of actual community and belonging. It’s much less scripted, full of swearing, and packed with inside jokes for it’s listeners. I’m a huge fan of true crime (and fictional Law & Order style crime, lets be real) and devoured a hundred episodes of this podcast when I was up with my newborn at night. I never looked back. Karen and Georgia are very open and honest about their mental health struggles and the importance of seeking therapy. And although they are very humble and unassuming about their success - they are massively successful boss ladies in their own right. As of April last year, the podcast had 19 million MONTHLY DOWNLOADS. Yes, it’s a podcast about murder. It’s also two women working through their fears and insecurities while helping other women do the same. It’s empowering to hear and an addicting listen.
While these are not podcasts I do listen to Rachel Hollis’s “Girl Wash Your Face” and both of Jen Sincero’s “You Are a Badass” books all the time. Constantly. If I had those books in my 20’s I would be President of the World right now, they make me feel like I can move mountains.
Alright Younicorn, now it’s your turn - who is in your earbuds? I’m always looking for somebody new in my rotation. There is nothing like a new, awesome podcast to invigorate your day and add a little spark. It’s like finding a hidden gem!