Hello friends, I've been dipping my toe in and out of podcasts for the past couple of years. And lately, I've been all in.
First and foremost, apologies for how late this is being published. I've had a family member in the hospital, along with two cats who are experiencing rough upper respiratory infections. So yeah, my mind has been pretty busy, but I'm finally dedicating the time to writing something new.
Sometimes when I'm at work, I can get in my head. Especially when life is as busy as it's been lately. I love finding new albums to indulge in, but they don't always get me fully out of my head. For those of you who don't know, I'm a full time graphic designer at a print shop. My mind is typically occupied on my work, despite my lovely case of ADHD. But when life is as chaotic as it is right now, there's too much swirling around in my brain that I feel physically dizzy. It's important sometimes to get invested in a podcast, where the conversations are carrying on, and I don't have to pay as much attention to the stressors in my own head. So for today's post, I wanted to give some love to my favorite podcasts. I hope you enjoy! Let me know which podcasts you're a fan of.
The first podcast I want to celebrate is Cody Ko's Insanely Chill podcast. He recently re-started this podcast to dedicate to his interests that he doesn't dive into much on his YouTube channel. He mentioned being really interested in both finances and fitness, so I'm loving this casual podcast where he discusses those things he's super passionate about. Some of my favorite episodes are the interview with Danny Gonzalez, where they discussed running, his episode with Kelsey, discussing when they first started dating, and his episode with Jimmy Tatro, where they speak about triathlons. Also, the new logo is dope.
The next podcast I want to give some love to is the Sad Boyz podcast, hosted by Jarvis Johnson and Jordan Adika. I cherish this podcast because 1.) these guys are hilarious together and independently (on their YouTube channels), and 2.) they're so great about being open and honest regarding emotions. They have great chemistry as hosts and even mention feeling like they're brothers. Just the constant open dialogue towards their feelings and opinions is super refreshing, and it makes me feel like I'm listening to my own friends speaking together.
They're also incredible at articulating super niche notions--things as simple as men wearing fedoras, where Jordan spoke about his theory that fedoras create an illusion that the wearer is a distinguished and well-versed person, whether that be true or false. They're just both so in-depth about any topic and I think that's so admirable in a podcast.
Jenna + Julien Podcast
Ah, my comfort podcast. They no longer create episodes since Jenna left the internet, but I constantly revisit episodes. This podcast is lighthearted fun, where Jenna and Julien often create and play various games and challenges. I love them so much together as a couple and as hosts, because their chemistry and chaos brings me genuine joy. Hearing them play rounds of trivia while I'm on a long drive keeps me awake and in great spirits. As a side note, my favorite episodes are the Shark Tank episodes and the Jenna Trivia, where Jenna's mom Debbie competed with Julien to guessing facts about Jenna. Bonus points for when they have dogs present for the pod.
All In Our Heads
I always find myself recommending this podcast to friends. This podcast, hosted by Jake Doolittle and Jacob Andrew Sharpe, discusses chronic illness and hospitalizations, along with making it through difficult--even traumatic--experiences and emphasizing that you aren't alone in your struggles. For context, Jacob Sharpe had brain cancer, and Jake Doolittle has chronic Lyme Disease. They give detailed accounts of various experiences they've had throughout their journeys.
I don't have a chronic illness, but it's been so helpful bringing awareness about different health struggles people around me may go through. Just watching the community of listeners relate and share a kind dialogue about different stigmas around various illnesses has been a beautiful thing to see. Plus, both Jake and Jacob are so hilarious and open that it's super comforting to listen to, even if some things are considered tmi. I super duper recommend this podcast to everyone out there, even if you can't fully relate, because it's inspiring and helpful to hear about the physical and mental experiences both Jake and Jacob have fought through so far.
I'm still new to listening to this one, so I'll keep it a bit more brief. The Trillionaire Mindset podcast, hosted by Ben and Emil, speaks about finances and politics. I started listening to it recently because 1.) I know so little about finances, and 2.) Ben and Emil are hilarious. I heard them each be interviewed separately on the Are We Still Friends podcast (more on that pod in a bit) and I adore them both. They've got great chemistry as hosts, and I'm loving this office-inspired production set by TMG studios.
The Fellowship Covenant
I got so obsessed with this podcast, and they recently halted episodes indefinitely. The Fellowship Covenant, hosted by Ryan Beard and Nick Green, was a podcast that poked fun at overly religious groups, while staying light-hearted and incredibly comedic. They praised "Gormu" and had iconic alternatives to current religious beliefs out there. For example, instead of Heaven versus Hell, you'd go to Gormu's house, where you'd be at his house party and either had a super great time, or simply had a little less fun, like slim pickings for the bean bags for cornhole. And honestly, I was down for some of the concepts they created. They also had an opening and closing prayer ceremony, where you'd have to not blink for the entirety of the prayer. And those had me cackling every time. Praise be! (wink wink)
Are We Still Friends?
Saving the best for last. Honestly, the Are We Still Friends podcast has become a major favorite of mine. I started this a bit late, but since Sarah is about to go on a pregnancy leave (I believe), I've got some time to catch up. Aleena and Sarah host this podcast, and speak candidly about embarrassing stories, their childhoods, and most importantly, poop. Their interviews with Ben and Emil from Trillionaire Mindset have been some of my favorite episodes so far. In general, their cold opens each episode have been amazingly done, and everything is monitored and assisted by their producer Alex, who works alongside Noel Miller as well. Keep it up guys, I love this show so much and I always have to hold in my laughter at work.
And that's it! Those are my favorite podcasts as of right now. They've been keeping me on my feet lately with everything happening in my life. What's a podcast you enjoy? Comment it down below.